The Starbuck Clinic and Stevens Community Medical Center would like to introduce and welcome back Kayla Bowers to the Starbuck community. Kayla is a family nurse practitioner that joined the Starbuck Clinic in August.
Kayla (Kennedy) Bowers is the daughter of Bill and Marlene Kennedy, and the granddaughter of Franklin and Marvel Braaten (Dahlseng) and Byrdella and LeRoy (Carol) Kennedy, all of Starbuck. She has one younger brother, Derek Kennedy, who also continues to live and work in the Starbuck community.
Kayla was not only born and raised in Starbuck community, but she was actually delivered by her now colleague, Dr. Bösl. Bowers said, “It is a pretty rare opportunity in this day and age to be able to work with and learn from the doctor that delivered you! It just shows how lucky the Starbuck community is to have a doctor that remains so committed to keeping healthcare in our community.”
Bowers grew up on her family farm just south of south of Starbuck, in Rolling Hills Township. She attended Starbuck elementary and graduated from Minnewaska Area High School in 2004. In high school, Kayla was involved in soccer, basketball, softball, band, choir, and mock trial. She also worked as a lifeguard at the Minnewaska pool and Glenwood beach, and as a waitress at Berries and Marigolds and the Terrace Store.
After graduation, Kayla attended Concordia College in Moorhead. There she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2008. Kayla then moved back to Starbuck for only a short time until marrying her college sweetheart Mike Bowers of Bothell, WA. “Starbuck was quite a culture shock for my husband,” Bowers said. “Being raised in the big city, Mike had never lived in a city smaller than 150,000 people. Not only did he have to adjust to life in a small town, but he also had to adjust to the Minnesota winters. Thankfully, Mike has learned to cope with the winters by learning to ice fish and has embraced the community through developing life long friendships.” As a RN, Bowers worked as a maternal/child public health nurse in Meeker County for one year and as a floor nurse at Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris for five years. Bowers had always contemplated going back to school to become a nurse practitioner, but after losing her dad to a 3-year-battle with colon cancer that was just the push she needed. “It is the hardest thing in the world to lose someone that you love to cancer, but it makes it even harder knowing that colon cancer is preventable and treatable cancer if caught early.” Bowers continued. “As a nurse practitioner, I place a lot of emphasis on preventative medicine. If I can help just one patient prevent or detect cancer early enough to achieve a cure, it is all worth it.”
In 2015, Bowers completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth and was certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Bowers received much of her practical training at the Starbuck Clinic, prior to her employment. “I couldn’t have asked for a better learning environment! Dr. Bösl and Greg Rapp were phenomenal teachers, and the nurses, lab techs, and office staff were always very patient with me as a student!”
Kayla and her husband Mike, currently live in Starbuck. Mike works as the Operations Manager for Valu Ford and Chrysler in Morris. They are both excited to be back in the Starbuck/Morris area and are looking forward to once again, serving their community.
Why the Starbuck Clinic?
“For as long as I can remember, it was always my dream to work at the Starbuck Hospital,” says Bowers. “I was absolutely devastated when the hospital closed in 2004.” She has always had a desire to practice in rural community. “Growing up in Starbuck, I had the opportunity to truly experience the definition of community. It was very important to me to find a rural setting, similar to Starbuck, where I could provide care to patients’ long term, as well as become part of the community,” Bowers explained. Bowers never imagined that her dream of practicing in a rural setting would come true in her home town of Starbuck.
In her spare time, Bowers enjoys road trips, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and playing cards with her grandmother. She is also an avid football and college basketball fan and enjoys going to games with friends and family.