Dr. Kyle Stephens joins West TN Bone & Joint Clinic
|Dr. Kyle Stephens|
Dr. Kyle Stephens, a Springville native, returned to Henry County and joined Dr. Blake Chandler at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic – Paris.
Dr. Stephens recently completed a yearlong spine fellowship at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2009 and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Michigan in 2014.
Dr. Stephens, who performs orthopedic surgery as well as spine surgery, said he had an immediate affinity for West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic after early discussions.
“I loved the group of doctors, their interaction with one another, as well as the actual organization,” he said. “But I wanted to be in Henry County, and so when Dr. Blake Chandler joined WTBJC, everything fell into place.”
He said he chose to pursue additional training in spine surgery because of how interconnected the spine is to patients’ problems in their legs and arms.
“Patients often present with problems in their hip or shoulder that is really coming from their low back or neck,” he said. “As an orthopedic surgeon, I like working on hips, knees and shoulders, but I also like being able to treat the back or neck if that is the real source of symptoms.”
Beginning at age 16, Dr. Stephens has traveled to Honduras, Romania, Mexico, Brazil, Kenya and Peru on mission trips. His commitment to missions and medicine was a natural outgrowth of his love of ministry and science.
A standout basketball player at Henry County High School, he received a full scholarship from Lipscomb University where he majored in biology and Biblical studies with a minor in chemistry. He followed that degree with a master’s degree in divinity from Abilene Christian University.
“I loved my time exploring the intersection of faith, spirituality and culture, and the personal formation and maturation that happened in those years,” he said. “But I never lost the desire to study medicine,” he said. “For me, faith and spirituality naturally flowed into the world of being a physician, and I love the journey of living and working in those worlds.”
Dr. Stephens and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.