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New doctor in the house

Tallgrass Creek’s medical center welcomes Rhonda Gaugh, M.D.

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August 9th, 2016
Rhonda Gaugh, M.D. (left), chats with Shalini Gavankar, who lives at Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans., at a town hall meeting earlier this year introducing Gaugh to community members.

Rhonda Gaugh, M.D. (left), chats with Shalini Gavankar, who lives at Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans., at a town hall meeting earlier this year introducing Gaugh to community members.

Rhonda Gaugh, M.D., Tallgrass Creek’s new on-site physician, is a little different from many primary care doctors.

“You won’t see me wearing the traditional white coat most doctors wear,” Gaugh told community members at an introductory meeting earlier this year. “I feel it makes the patient more comfortable, and [the coat] is a little more formal than I am.” 

Gaugh has one more thing that sets her apart from her medical counterparts. After working as a registered nurse for more than 20 years, she went back to medical school at the age of 44. 

“I helped put my husband through dental school and kept working as we raised our family,” says  Gaugh, a Kansas City, Mo., native. “Then we decided it was time for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor.” 

Diverse background

Gaugh graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2006 and completed a residency in rural Minnesota that combined programs from both the University of Minnesota and The Mayo Clinic. 

She also completed a fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in hospice and palliative medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. 

Gaugh most recently served as the director of palliative care at North Kansas City Hospital. 

“My academic and professional background balance a combination of promoting wellness, preventive care, and rehabilitative care,” says Gaugh. “At Tallgrass Creek, I have the opportunity to do all three while helping residents achieve all their health and wellness goals.”

Family affair

When not practicing medicine, Gaugh is deep into remodeling her family’s home in Prairie Village, Kans. The couple also enjoys caring for their three grandchildren as well as their three dachshunds Grantham, Bates, and Carson, all names from PBS’s long-running series Downton Abbey, a favorite show of the Gaughs. 

The Gaugh family has quite a medical tie. In addition to husband Craig being a dentist, daughter Emily is a veterinarian, daughter Hillary is an ultrasound technologist, and Gaugh’s father-in-law is a retired pharmacist. Her son Evan is a computer animator.

“Several members of our family enjoy practicing medicine in all its various forms,” says Gaugh. “I’m enjoying continuing that family tradition at Tallgrass Creek.” 

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