Oklahomans Return to Roots

August 18, 2011

Carter County natives join Mercy family

Amber Wooten, MD, general surgeon (left)

and Summer Kirby, MD, family practice (right)

recently joined Mercy Memorial’s medical staff.

Both physicians grew up in the Ardmore area

and have returned home to practice medicine.

Carter County’s Amber Wooten, M.D., and Summer Kirby, M.D., could have pursued their medical careers anywhere.

They both chose home.

“I’m grateful to have had the chance to do my training in another part of the country, but I’m extremely excited to be back home, providing care to fellow Oklahomans,” said Dr. Wooten, a general surgeon at Mercy Memorial Health Center. “I value the importance Oklahomans place on family and community and look forward to giving back to my neighbors who’ve given so much to me.”

An alumna of Ardmore High School and the Tigers’ 1995 girl’s state championship track team, Dr. Wooten received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both in Pittsburgh, Pa.

While at Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Wooten was named Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon and gained membership into the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

But home wasn’t in the Eastern Time Zone – it was the former black gold boom town nestled between Tucker Tower and Turner Falls. So, Dr. Wooten and family made the 1,200 mile trek from the Alleghenies to the Arbuckles, joiningkin and friends in Ardmore.

The lure of Lake Country brought Dr. Kirby back home, too.  

“I graduated from Dickson and grew up in Mannsville and we spent a lot of time during the summer at Lake Murray,” said Dr. Kirby, a family practice physician at Mercy Memorial Health Center. “As a kid, I played basketball and was in the ‘Y’ league for tee ball and softball. In high school, I was really into basketball. I lived in the country and did a lot of fishing and camping, too.”

Life wasn’t all fishing poles and free throws for Dr. Kirby – she got down to business in the classroom, earning several academic scholarships on her way to a medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Family Practice Residency Program with certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation and advanced life support in obstetrics.

“We are thrilled to welcome home Drs. Wooten and Kirby,” said Mindy Burdick, Mercy Memorial Health Center president. “They will provide our patients with not only exceptional medical care, but a unique understanding and affection for the people who make up our community.”

Drs. Wooten and Kirby accompany 10 other physicians joining the Mercy medical staff this year. Dr. Wooten can be reached at Mercy Surgical Associates at (580) 223-3216 located at 731 12th Avenue NW, Suite 100. Dr. Kirby is accepting appointments at Memorial Medical Clinic, located at 921 14th Avenue NW. She can be reached at (580) 223-5311.