Cou­ple’s Lat­est Mis­sion Is Ohana Med­i­cal Group In Kailua

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By PAIGE TAKEYA

One of the strangest things that Dr. Ken Fil­beck ever saw on the job oc­curred in ru­ral Aus­tralia. As he ar­rived at the emer­gency room to re­lieve the on-duty doc­tor, he found the man in the mid­dle of stick­ing an IV into a snake-bit­ten dog.

And that’s just one of the many sto­ries he and wife Kathy have ac­cu­mu­lated through their work as doc­tor and nurse around the world.

They’ve served ex­ten­sively in Thai­land as part of their non­profit Com­mu­nity of Bless­ing (COB), as well as in Aus­tralia and the Main­land. But they chose Hawaii as the place to es­tab­lish their own fam­ily prac­tice clinic, Ohana Med­i­cal Group.

The Fil­becks orig­i­nally came here be­cause Kathy was pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree in nurs­ing at Hawaii Pa­cific Univer­sity. But the lo­ca­tion stuck — they loved Hawaii and it was close to fam­ily. Plus they saw a dire need for more fam­ily prac­tice doc­tors. Oahu is cur­rently short 742 doc­tors to care for its cur­rent pop­u­la­tion, Ken es­ti­mates, and their Kailua clinic was formed to ad­dress that.

Some­thing that Ken does find promis­ing, how­ever, is the Af­ford­able Care Act. “It’s just meet­ing the needs of the people,” he said, prais­ing the steps the ACA has taken to make health­care more af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble.

The Amer­i­can sys­tem is quite dif­fer­ent from any­where else he’s prac­ticed. But even more dear to his heart is health ed­u­ca­tion. “The value of ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery kind of stu­dent and the abil­ity to ac­cess

The value of ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery kind of stu­dent and the abil­ity to ac­cess

…” that is so vi­tal

that is so vi­tal for the dy­namic pro­gres­sion of our coun­try. It’s so cru­cial — but we think that it goes hand-in-hand with a per­son’s health.”

Ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing also tie into the Fil­becks’ work out­side the clinic. COB sets up mo­bile clin­ics in ru­ral vil­lages of North­ern Thai­land. No med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary to join these mis­sions, as they do the train­ing.

Kathy said it just shows that “in medicine, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need all the fancy tech­nol­ogy” to make a dif­fer­ence. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing or learn­ing more about the mis­sion should visit cmoth­ai­land.net.

Closer to home, Ohana Med­i­cal Group is up, run­ning and ea­ger to take on new pa­tients. It was to hold a Hawai­ian bless­ing Feb. 25 and open house for prospec­tive clients that morn­ing in the Kailua Med­i­cal Arts Build­ing, 407 Ulu­niu St., Suite 113.

The Fil­becks en­cour­age any in­ter­ested pa­tients to just drop by and get ac­quainted dur­ing nor­mal op­er­at­ing hours, week­days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 380-3980 or visit ohanamed­i­cal­group.com.

Dr. Ken Fil­beck and nurse Kathy Fil­beck of Ohana Med­i­cal Group in Kailua. Photo by Chelsea Ni­chols.

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