Direct Primary Care Doctor
Our guest in Episode #100: Dr. Kristen Dall-Winther is a Wisconsin native. Born and raised in Racine, she was the eldest of 4 children in her working-class family, which her parents led as a career firefighter and quilt-shop owner. She was called to medicine at an early age and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at age 20. After working for a quick year as a Microbiologist, she began medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2000.
She quickly came to learn that one’s ability to create a trusting, open relationship with patients was paramount in being able to care for them well, and it was clear to her that no specialty offered better reverence for that relationship than Family Medicine. Just before she graduated from medical school in 2004, she matched into her first choice of residencies – Family Medicine, in rural Belleville, Wisconsin. There, she fell in love with small-town medicine.
Residency ended in 2007, after which Dr. Dall-Winther moved to La Crosse to start her practice at Mayo Clinic, where she would serve for 10 years. She became a patient herself when she was diagnosed with advanced sarcoidosis in 2015. Three months later, after unexpectedly losing her father to metastatic lung cancer, Dr. Dall-Winther began to evaluate how she was spending her time, feeling an urgency to make the most of every day and there began both a professional and personal healing that culminated in the birth of her Direct Primary Care clinic – Birchwood Family Medicine!
When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her large family and is a big fan of her mini goldendoodle Penny, Brandi Carlile, her 30-some chickens, gardening, music, traveling, reading and film.
She opened Birchwood Family Medicine in June 2021.