July 2006 --Dr. Cindy M. Leahy
Jefferson City Medical Group
Dr. Cindy M. Leahy
Each day, Dr. Cindy Leahy
faces a variety of challenges that walk into her
sometimes sees four generations of a family, which is an advantage in a practice that focuses on helping families stay healthy.
For example, if she spots a health problem in an older member of the family, it can be avoided with younger family members through education.
A native of Quincy, Ill., Dr. Leahy joined the Jefferson City Medical Group's family practice in 1998, after working at a family care clinic in Holts Summit for two years.
began thinking about a career in medicine when exposed to hospital work while in high school.
first job was in a hospital kitchen, where she
was "quickly promoted" to food cart, she
One year her
exceptional biology grades also earned her
the opportunity to spend a summer observing a hospital pathologist.
After getting a bachelor's degree in medical technology from Murray State University in Kentucky, she worked in a hospital laboratory and began thinking about becoming a doctor.
grew up in a family of nine children, in which it was unusual to go to college, let alone medical school.
But, when her
daughter started first grade, Leahy
started at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
in Kansas City.
completed a residency at Pacific Hospital
of Long Beach, CA. With her
training finished, she
looked for an opportunity to return to the Midwest to raise her
daughter is 23 and a student at Southeast Missouri State University
has a general family practice and specializes in treating hip and back pain with osteopathic manipulation.
"That's rewarding because the relief is immediate.
The patients leave feeling so much better and without the use of medicine," she