Dr. Kristin Shields knew what she wanted and she got it.
The new Dodge City physician, working with Western Plains Specialty Associates and Western Plains Medical Complex, ended up in western Kansas because she was searching for something unique.
"When I was looking for a job, I put my information on a website and started receiving two million emails," Shields said. "I was using a standard reply to everyone I wanted a position where I could not only be an obstetrics-gynecologist, but a critical care doctor.
"Dodge City was the one place I could do that, so I decided I was coming here."
Shields said the chance to do both was what she wanted.
"In larger hospitals, areas of specialty are so competitive, there’s no chance to do two areas," the doctor said. "So, I’m happy to be in Dodge City and deal with OB-GYN patients and ICU patients."
Since coming to Dodge City, Shields has been adjusting to a smaller community.
"My neighbors are nice," she said. "I’ve taken my dog to the dog park.
"I’m trying to adjust, but it’s different coming from a metropolitan area."
Shields moved to Dodge City from Phoenix, Arizona, where she did rotations of general surgery along with her OB-GYN rotations. She found she enjoyed both and is happy to have found a medical facility allowing her to do both OB-GYN and critical care.
She’s also jumping into the community arts scene.
"I joined the symphony," Shields said. "I play the violin and viola. I’m playing the viola with the Dodge City Symphony."
Shields has already started to see patients, despite the fact her office is still being put together and a new ultrasound machine won’t arrive for a few more weeks.
"I enjoy what I do," Shields said. "I’m ready to do as much as I can."