Koerner among the inspiring women of Gonzales Healthcare
By BETTY COHN, Gonzales Inquirer
The Gonzales Inquirer had a rare opportunity to be on the side of the desk asking questions at the doctor’s office recently.
Dr. Kathleen M. Koerner was gracious with her time and answered questions about the practice at Gonzales and what motivates her to provide excellent service to local residents. With a break from his peer review duties, Dr. Koerner answered the following questions, with his warm, humorous personality front and center:
How many years have you been practicing, in total?
“Since 2003, so I guess it would be nine years.”
How many years have you worked at Gonzales Healthcare Systems?
“Ten and a half years.”
Why did you want to be a doctor in the beginning?
“Well, I originally wanted to be a research doctor, because my dad died of cancer when I was 13 and I thought it would be really cool if I could do cancer research. I quickly found out as an undergraduate student that I didn’t want to spend my life in a lab and that I really liked people, not just petri dishes, so I ended up quitting school. for a little while, then I got a bachelor’s degree in health science/psychology, then I owned a fitness center for seven or eight years, then I got a master’s degree in medical science, then I went to medical school.
Why are you a doctor now, why do you stay in the profession?
“I wouldn’t know what else to do, quite honestly. I like what I do, it’s like the ideal practice. It can be lonely, sometimes, because there’s no one to support you, it’s also self-limiting, because there are certain things you can’t do here. You can only get yourself into too much trouble, just enough to know how to get out of it.
What makes your success?
“Because I’m one of those type A people who never give up, keep going until it’s done.”
Who motivates you?
“Me. Me, and no one else.
What’s your favorite quote?
“There is no finish line.” “I have a big picture of this, it’s actually from a gym, a workout poster.”
Why Gonzales, why do you make it your home?
“I was recruited here in Phoenix. I was practicing in Phoenix, I didn’t like the practice, the environment, so I posted my resume, and that’s where I ended up. I love this little town and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
What does your future look like?
I’m going to retire in about nine years, at the ripe old age of 75. (At the time, this writer had to point out that it was unbelievable that Dr. Koerner was currently 66, on the face of it – she took the time to point out that she also does many treatments, currently in her practice, including Botox and running the medical spa.)
Would you like to add anything?
“I’m excited to be here, every day I’m excited to be here. I think I like this little town because the community, in general, really appreciates what the healthcare system does and I think that it’s very unusual and it’s a very welcoming small town I’ve worked in bigger facilities and they’re absolutely smart, that’s one of the reasons there’s no other place where I’d rather be (than Gonzales).