Lawrence doctor recognized as state “Family Physician of the Year”

Dr. Kelli Heindel, who has served as Lawrence’s university physician since January 2010, has been named Wisconsin’s “Family Physician of the Year.”

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Dr. Kelli Heindel

A family practitioner with Appleton-based ThedaCare, Heindel was recognized by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

“It has been clear since Dr. Heindel began serving as one of Lawrence’s physicians that she is a dedicated, skilled and caring professional,” said Nancy Truesdell, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “Our students recognize how fortunate they are to have Kelli working with them as they take steps to promote their own health and wellness.”

In addition to her work with Lawrence students in the campus Wellness Center, Heindel has served as a family physician for more than 20 years and sees patients at her office at ThedaCare Physicians-Appleton North, where she serves as the practice’s assistant medical director. She also provides volunteer care to underserved patients at a local clinic and serves as a mentor to students thinking about or pursuing a career in medicine.

In her role as a mentor, Heindel is committed to helping physicians, especially new doctors coming out of residency, establish a work/life balance.

“I think they all tire of hearing me say, ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint,’ but generally all have been appreciative of the advice and role modeling,” said Heindel, a native of Wausau. “I would like to hope that means they will then be with our group and the community for very long and productive careers.

A diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Heindel earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at Carroll College. She earned a master’s in physiology and a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.