WILMORE, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2022) – Amanda Vickers, DO, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Health – Primary Care in Wilmore. Dr. Vickers comes to CHI Saint Joseph Health after several years as a medical director and an attending physician at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and two years as an attending physician in a family medical group in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Originally from a small town in Arkansas, Dr. Vickers grew up in a military household; her father, uncle and grandfather inspired her to join the service. She served at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas from 2014 to 2019 as a medical director, attending physician and family medicine allergy extender. In 2019, Dr. Vickers moved to Missouri, where she gained experience as an outpatient primary care physician and realized her passion for educating patients on the importance of preventive care.
"I'm the kind of doctor that teaches," said Dr. Vickers. "I feel like my patients should know their medications, why they take them, and what it will do for them. I don't captain the ship; the patient does. I help navigate and provide the best information to get my patients where they need to be.”
As a primary care physician, Dr. Vickers says she believes God put her in a position to educate the community on the importance of taking care of their bodies. She says if patients do that, the hope is to only see them once a year.
"If you come to see me otherwise, that means you're sick, and that's not our goal." Dr. Vickers stresses a critical aspect of preventive care is women's health. "As women, we neglect ourselves. Even though we are often the cornerstone of the family unit, we often forget our health care." She says it’s crucial to stay up to date on preventive screenings and educate yourself on your body and how to take care of it so you can self-heal.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in chemistry, mathematics and biology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2007, Dr. Vickers attended medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri in 2014.
In addition to being involved with multiple professional health care organizations, Dr. Vickers has also received many honors and awards, including the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Vickers loves to travel with her husband, Lance, and their four daughters, and their goal is to visit every national park. When she’s not traveling cross-country, Dr. Vickers enjoys crafting and baking elaborate cakes for her kids’ birthdays.
Dr. Vickers is accepting new patients and is practicing at 200 Rice Street in Wilmore. For more information, call 859.858.9355.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group
CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group is the employed provider network of CHI Saint Joseph Health with 88 locations in 17 communities throughout central and eastern Kentucky.