Dr. K.S. Young, D.O. joined the primary care team at Southeast Health Group this fall, relocating from his most recent temporary assignment in Oklahoma. "I have been a traveling doctor for almost three decades, licensed in eight different states, and worked all over the country. I've seen a lot of different things and had a lot of different experiences," said Young. "My wife and I like being near the mountains, and we were impressed that southeast Colorado had so much going for it and the people were so friendly."
Dr. Young is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He served as a corpsman in the Navy during the Vietnam War, got interested in medicine, and had the opportunity to finish college on the GI bill in a pre-med curriculum. He attended an Osteopathic medical school on an Army scholarship and served as an Army Flight Surgeon following his internship. "Osteopaths can do everything a chiropractor or a medical doctor can do, and we do it holistically together," said Young. "So, I like to tell people when it comes to doctors, osteopaths can do it all. I will be doing family practice care, treating everyone from kids to seniors. I also do sports medicine, occupational medicine, pain management, and of course osteopathic manipulation."
"We were impressed with Dr. Young's broad range of experience," said JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer at Southeast Health Group. "He was also willing to become certified to use Suboxone for pain management and spearhead our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program for people who are addicted to opiates."
"Pain management has been a part of my practice for quite a while," said Young, "and this is a new approach. People who have an addiction problem, whether it is heroin, or someone who has become addicted to pain meds ...it is designed to hopefully relieve people's addiction, to get them off of their addicted substance. In the case of chronic pain patients, we put them on a medication that is effective, but not nearly as dangerous as the opioids they are currently addicted to."
Dr. Young is also skilled at using alternatives to prescription pain management, such as osteopathic manipulation, physical therapy, trigger point injections and biofeedback - often in conjunction with the behavioral health services also offered at Southeast Health Group. Dr. Young is now approved by many private insurances, and has started seeing patients in La Junta, Rocky Ford, and Lamar.
When he's not in the office, you'll find Dr. Young and his wife Bobbi driving in the mountains to watch the seasons change, visiting his adult daughter in Aurora, or roaming antique stores adding to his various collections. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, call Southeast Health Group at 1-800-511-5446, or visit www.southeasthealthgroup.org