Meet Your Doctors: Dr. Joel Hutchins
Editor's Note: This the first in a series of feature stories and photos that The Holton Recorder newspaper plans to publish about local doctors in our community.
Dr. Joel Hutchins serves the community as a family physician at Family Practice Associates located in the medical clinic at the Holton Community Hospital campus.
Dr. Hutchins' hometown is Denison. He came back to serve the community following his residency. This is his 35th year as a family physician and his 30th in this community.
Dr. Hutchins is a graduate of Washburn University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in history and participated in football and baseball.
He also graduated from The University of Kansas with a Pre-Med Degree and The University of Kansas School of Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree.
Dr. Hutchins served our country in the military from 1971 to 1976 as a C-130 cargo/transport plane pilot in the United States Air Force. He also served in the military as a T-38 instructor for fighter plane pilots. The T-38 is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet plane.
He says that an M.D. in Vietnam inspired him to become a doctor.
Dr. Hutchins serves as district coroner. He is also the Holton Community Hospital hospice medical director and serves on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.
At age 65, Dr. Hutchins is one of the most experienced doctors in the community. He and his wife Becky are both lifelong residents of Jackson County and raised their two daughters - Emily and Jennifer - here. He and his wife have three grandchildren.
He is active in the Jackson County Historical Society and was a longtime member of the Holton Optimist Club before it disbanded recently. He is a member of the Evangel United Methodist Church.
”I just like working with people,” Dr. Hutchins said about being a doctor. “It's that simple. I enjoy helping people and meeting with patients on a daily basis.”
Dr. Hutchins lists watercolor painting as a hobby.
What does he like best about this community? Well, he says, it's home. He likes living in the community.
Dr. Hutchins said that if he could give people just one piece of medical advice, it would be not to smoke.