A Kingfisher son is coming home, bringing his mom – and a new medical practice – with him.
Branson Kester, M.D., a graduate of Kingfisher High School, is the first physician to join Mercy Clinic Kingfisher.
“I’m excited to be heading home to practice medicine,” said Dr. Kester, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist. “I really enjoy taking care of kids. It’s one of the best parts of medicine.”
Dr. Kester’s mother Risé will join him at the clinic. She served 17 years as director of nursing at Kingfisher Regional Hospital and is a familiar face in the community. Risé is also an authority in diabetes management and holds a doctorate in nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist.
“My younger brother died at the age of 28 from complications of diabetes,” said Risé. “This is a great opportunity for me to help treat this disease and its multitude of complications. My advanced degree also allows me to offer a broad range of medical care outside of chronic diseases.”
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine, Dr. Kester didn’t initially pursue a career in medicine. His undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering and he would have followed that line of work if not for a charitable visit.
“I originally thought about a career in biomedical engineering,” said Dr. Kester. “It wasn’t until I volunteered at a free clinic in Norman that I decided to become a physician. I was hooked.”
The Kesters are accepting new patients and most insurances at Mercy Clinic Kingfisher – 1000 Hospital Circle. Located in the rehabilitative services building of Kingfisher Regional Hospital, clinic hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (405) 375-6355.