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 Tuesday, September 26, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


People Behind the Scenes

Who keeps our university in top shape? It's the People Behind the Scenes! Our first feature introduces colleagues to Doctor Thomas Kunstman, a physician at Wardenburg Health Center.

What is one thing you would like people to know about the work you do?

I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the medical clinic at the Wardenburg Health Center for the past twelve years. All of the staff at Wardenburg are dedicated to the purpose of supporting the university mission. That mission as I see it is to educate students and so we strive here to keep students, as well as faculty and staff healthy and productive. You would be amazed at the type of problems that we see on a daily basis. While we do see our share of colds, sore throats, and orthopedic injuries, many of the problems that bring people in to see us can be quite complex. Some are particularly challenging, especially when the patient has recently returned from traveling. In addition to seeing patients in the clinic, many of us serve on campus committees that deal with various aspects of health, often oriented towards prevention of future problems.

What do you like best about being a part of the CU community?

I would have to say the members of that community are what make the job most interesting. Each student, faculty or staff person has a unique story to tell, and often that can impact how the person presents with their health problem, as well as how we might treat them. Most importantly, we all wouldn"t be here if it weren"t for the students. They are so interesting and come from such diverse backgrounds. I really enjoy the opportunity to be a small part of their life story.

What is your favorite activity/interest outside of work?

I love spending time with my family. My wife is a physician in the community and my kids have spent most of their lives here in Boulder. It"s such a wonderful place to live and full of opportunities. Those that know me best would say I"m not being entirely honest if I didn"t also mention soccer, the sport that I live and breathe. As the T-shirt says “Soccer is life”, especially when you are playing, coaching, watching, photographing, etc. – I guess it does become your life. Although after saying that, I do try to keep it in perspective - it is just a game.


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