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Family Medicine

What is Family Medicine?

Family medicine, formerly referred to as family practice, is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages.

Is Family Medicine right for me? 

The specialty of family medicine according to American Academy of Family Physicians is unlike other specialties that are limited to a particular organ or disease, family medicine providers are the only specialist qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages-from newborns to seniors. This looks like this:

  • Caring for patients regardless of age or health condition, sustaining an enduring and trusting relationship

  • Understanding community-level and social determinants of health

  • Serving as a patient's first contact for health concerns

  • Navigating the health care system with patients, including specialists and hospital care coordination and follow-up

  • Using data and technology to coordinate services and enhance care

  • Considering the impact of health on a patient's family

The American Academy of Family Physicians continues to state its a combination of passion for the patients and a depth of knowledge of the human body that makes family medicine such a unique, effective specialty. Access to a regular family medicine provider has been linked too:

Dr. Kristin Bolinger

Dr. James Gerdes

Dr. Daniel Walker

Emily Turner

Dr. Karen Krogstad

Jill Breach

(641) 782-2131

Primary Care Clinic

Second Floor of the Medial Arts Plaza

  • Lower infant mortality

  • Higher birth weights

  • Immunization rates above national standards

  • Lower overall health care costs

  • Longer, healthier lives

Why Greater Regional Family Medicine?

Having a wide variety of providers to choose from to find the provider with the right philosophy is important. That is why Greater Regional has many different providers, so you have the choice. Along with a choice of providers, Greater Regional gives you access to care right here in Creston. No need to drive hours to have a well child appointment or check on an ear infection or scratchy throat. Our providers are close to home, to give you the care you expect. 


Caring for the entire family makes for a special relationship and opportunity to provide comprehensive care. It is always exciting to meet a new mom coming in for her prenatal care. The opportunity arises to know not only her, but also her family. New babies are always exciting and watching him/her grow up is a unique experience. Also caring for dad, grandpa/grandma, siblings, aunts/uncles! Family Medicine allows me to see all ages and stage of life. 

Kristin R. Bolinger, DO

I offer my patients the opportunity to be involved in their personal care. By thoroughly discussing their diagnoses, and the risks and benefits of possible treatments based on current standard of care, my patients will be better prepared to make informed decisions and help establish their individualized treatment plan.

James Gerdes, DO


I am committed to being a family medicine provider who remains diligent at being a competent, compassionate provider who has been entrusted with the care of those seeking healthcare. 

Daniel Walker, DO

I treat all patients as individuals and do whatever it takes to make sure they are receiving the best care possible. I strive to identify each patient's individual needs in order to effectively and personally treat their disease process or current condition. I want to leave an impression on my patients that I did my best, put their feelings and concerns first, and treated them with the utmost respect. 

Emily Turner, FNP

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Jill Breach, ARNP, FNP, CNM

Karen Krogstad, MD

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