After completing medical missions all around the world for more than 38 years, Dr. Saralynn Doolin-Thompson has opened her own medical practice across the road from her alma mater of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Wesleyan Medical Practice, located at 3221 Frederica St. Suite B, held their ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, which officially kickstarted a new chapter in Thompson’s life.
“I started as a student at Kentucky Wesleyan College, then did medical missions and surgeries in Nepal, India, Hong Kong, Virgin Islands, Dominican, and Hawaii,” Thompson said. “When I came back here, I was excited to be back home in Kentucky, but then I found out that nobody was providing healthcare to the students and faculty at KWC, and that really bothered me.”
After having this realization, Thompson jumped directly into action. She set up a miniature clinic on campus, but quickly realized that she wanted to take it a step further. With her own building and official practice, she is now able to serve students, faculty, and other community members to the fullest extent.
“I’ve always loved being in healthcare and being able to take care of people,” Thompson said. “But now I get to give back to the people who raised me in the community and at my alma mater, so that’s pretty awesome.”
The building has four exam rooms, each with a different theme that represents something important to Thompson. Guests who toured the halls on Friday said you could see her personality in the rooms.
“Each room shows a part of me, so I’m just opening up my life a little bit and sharing it with my patients,” Thompson said. “If someone doesn’t know me when they walk in here, they’ll know me by the time they walk out.”
The Wesleyan Medical Practice is already beginning to make appointments, but won’t begin seeing patients until July 5. The other half of their building will be an urgent care facility, which is still under construction and will be open to the public on Aug. 5. After she settles in, Thompson will be adding in the variety of services her business Sublime Skin offers.