Written By Teresa Goodnight
When God brought our bundle of joy, I wanted to find a Christian pediatric group. I found out about Broken Arrow Pediatrics. It was beyond what I hoped to find in more ways than expected. I’m not from Broken Arrow. Doesn’t matter. I would drive much further for this proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I dropped in on Dr. Kim Terry, as I wanted to help others on the search for a Christian pediatric practice. Talking with her is a delight, as it has been with Dr. Carl Pfanstiel. Dr. Terry started with a bit from her heart, “I think the main thing for me is that it’s such an honor that God has allowed me to be a pediatrician. I love kids and I love their families. So, when folks bring their kids here, I just find partnering with Jesus and God is important. That’s why at the end, I ask to pray with the child. I’m just ‘Lord heal this illness and just put your blessing on this child.’ It’s my joy to see these kiddos. So, I hope that joy is what families feel when they come in. We’re so very happy to have families here; we connect and ask God to be a part of it. So, whether that’s through prayer or just interacting in the office or how we treat folks, I hope that it’s honoring. I hope they feel Jesus in some manner in this office. That’s my goal. I know Dr. Pfanstiel’s heart is the same. He walks with the Lord and wants to honor God in what he does.”
Dr. Terry has practiced with Dr. Pfanstiel about 20 years. She was at another group for 6 1/2 years. Then she had her third kid and said, “I was wanting to do Locums (flexible scheduling) for more family time. She said, “I was filling in at other offices and Dr. Pfanstiel found out about it. He said, ‘Come work with me over here. I’ll make it really flexible.’ So I did.”
When she first started, Dr. Terry liked that Dr. Pfanstiel treated every family the same. She said, “There was no difference who you were when you walked through the door. He accepted Sooner Care—which wasn’t the norm. At that time, a lot of practices stopped because the fees really went down, but the kids still needed healthcare. We still do.”
Dr. Terry said, “The council that Dr. Pfanstiel gives families–it’s solid about being family oriented and really speaking into fathers. He does that and he loves it. We need it. You can tell when the young fathers come in that they really hear him, talking about being the head of their homes and leading their families.”
Dr. Terry finished, “The advice we give comes from a Biblical perspective, because we are a Christian practice. Parents need advice on how to be parents. We know there is absolute truth. In the middle of that truth though, there’s gotta be love. If things are going on, if we’ve built relationships, families are more open to hearing from us. We never press on people. We love them where they are and will be the best doctors we can be for them. The door is open—even if our beliefs are different, we’re gonna love on ya and give you the absolute best care possible.” She’s not wrong. They feel like family that we often visit only once a year, but they are still family all the same.