Meet Dr. Kerry Ahrens, emergency medicine physician
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
“I used to be a middle school teacher before I was an emergency medicine physician,” says Ahrens. “I wanted an easier job, but I love teaching and I think that’s a big part of what we should be doing in general. We teach our patients and those who provide healthcare. It’s a good way to ensure you have a high quality of care at work and in your community.”
Her transition from teaching students to seeing patients wasn’t a quick decision. It was years in the making.
“After graduating, I did apply to medical school, but never filled out my secondary applications. I thought I wasn’t smart enough and that my grades weren’t good enough,” Ahrens says. “I went on to do a master’s in science. I also worked at a vet school and was the TA (teaching assistant) for the vet students and thought they worked too hard; I didn’t want to do that.”
After grad school, Ahrens taught middle school science at Madison Country Day School.
“I was teaching the physical sciences, and every year the physics portions kept getting shorter and shorter and the human body unit kept getting longer. I thought, ‘it’s not fair to these kids.’ I finally decided where I needed to go.”
Since starting as an emergency medicine physician, Ahrens knows she’s found her perfect fit.
“I like knowing how to pretty much do a little bit of everything,” she says. “I love not knowing what’s going to happen each day. I especially love the people and meeting my patients, getting to know them a little bit, and getting them to laugh on a day that can be really bad for them.”
As a physician, Ahrens’ goal is to provide a positive experience for her patients.
“I want to be the doctor that listens, the doctor that really hears what the patient is telling me,” Ahrens says. “Knowing what they’re worried about and what’s happened to them in the past helps me build a picture of what’s wrong and it helps me provide the best treatment possible.”
Outside of practicing medicine, Ahrens has another goal she’s determined to meet.
“I want to run a marathon in every state. I’ve run 15, but several were in Wisconsin, so it didn’t count,” Ahrens says.
Despite her busy lifestyle and ever-changing schedule, family remains her priority.
“I have two daughters and a husband. My family is super important,” Ahrens says. “I want to make sure my girls are getting the education they need at home and in school. We also want to travel as much as we can. Our schedules don’t always allow it, but when we do, we have a really fun time,” she says.
Dr. Kerry Ahrens is an emergency medicine physician with BayCare Clinic. She sees patients in Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Two Rivers.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.