Kari Cox

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Greeley County Health Services has recently added a new provider to their healthcare team. Kari Cox, ARNP, DNP, certified physician assistant, completed her undergraduate work at Bethel College, where she earned a bachelor of science in athletic training. From Bethel, Cox went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies.
Cox was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, a small community of about 12,000. Cox grew up on a farm and went to a rural school where she participated in sports. Cox went on to play volleyball for four years at Bethel College, where she played a hitter position.
Cox said her athletic career has played an important role in her career choice and lifestyle.
“I think a lot of lifelong skills can be learned and obtained by playing on a team and being involved in athletics. It [playing sports] teaches a lot of discipline and attaining goals. It [playing sports] has been beneficial to me and my career, plus it’s important to just be active to promote a healthy lifestyle which is important for everybody,” Cox said.
While playing college volleyball, Cox won several awards such as NAIA scholar athlete, KCAC Academic and Volleyball All-Conference, Bethel Volleyball 4-year letter winner and Kansas Athletic Trainers Society All-Academic Honors.
Cox is currently practicing at the Greeley County and Wallace County Family Practice Clinics. Aside from primary care practice, Cox is involved in athletic training and helping student athletes gain knowledge of exercising properly.
“Sports medicine and orthopedic injuries are very common in kids and the adult population. Hopefully, I can provide education and teaching to prevent injuries as well as faster return to play. I like to educate on the safety and proper mechanics in stretching, warm up and participation,” Cox said.
Cox met and married Beau Cox, resident of Weskan, Kansas, while attending college. They married on July 31, 2009 in Beatrice, Nebraska. The couple moved back to Weskan after Cox finished her physician assistant degree.
Cox said she decided to go into medicine because she was always interested in math and science in high school, which transitioned well into the medical field. As Cox prepared for her undergraduate work, some of the degree requirements involved following different healthcare professions.
“Through those experiences and working with an advisor, I began to explore the career of a physician assistant. I liked the variety that’s possible working as a physician assistant in a family practice,” Cox said.
Cox worked as a student for Greeley County Health Services from October to December of 2011. She began as an official GCHS employee in February of 2012.
“I have felt this has been a very easy transition from being a student to a provider. The experience as a student was helpful, and the staff and all of the community have been very helpful during my transition into a new role as a provider. Everyone is willing to help and provide direction and guidance,” Cox said.
Cox also said that she likes the fact that she is living and working in a small community which allows her to see a variety of cases in the clinics and hospital. Cox did say that one aspect of practicing in a small community that is challenging is managing cases that require referrals to specialists.
Cox said that there are many positives to practicing in a smaller community. She said she likes the opportunity to provide a wider range of services than what would be possible in a large setting because all of the providers must be hands-on and ready to care for the patients in a variety of ways.
“I really like that I get the opportunity to go the extra mile and be part of a team who is willing to do the best with the resources we have in bringing the best care to our patients,” Cox said. “Even though we are limited in our resources, I believe that the care our staff brings more than makes up for any lack of resources that we might have such as specialists and supplies.”
Cox is looking forward to the opportunity to start a family and be able to raise kids in a small town, and she is looking forward to getting involved with community activities with the schools and athletics.
Cox has devoted herself to providing the best service to the Greeley County Health Services community. Cox has developed her healthcare philosophy as such: To provide a comfortable and compassionate environment to facilitate higher levels of wellness and prevent illness.
To make an appointment with Kari Cox, PA-C, call the Greeley County Family Practice at 620-376-4251, or the Wallace County Family Practice at 785-852-4230.

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