Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk.
From humble beginnings, these three simple words have grown into one of the most renowned collegiate chants in the world. It’s a phrase that has become synonymous with an athletic program that personifies hard work, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. More than just some high-flying ideology, these down-to-earth qualities are the stuff from which legends are made.
Not coincidently, these same humble qualities—hard work, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence—are also the marks of a great family physician. And while Dr. Beth Maes will be the first to put the kibosh on the “legend” analogy, she certainly has garnered her fair share of fans as a board certified family physician with Associates in Family Medicine.
Having grown up in the Sunflower State and having graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, it’s no surprise that cheering for her alma mater, with a team as successful as the Jayhawks, is a Maes family tradition. “My passion for Kansas basketball goes way back,” she says. “My 96-year-old great grandmother was a devoted KU fan. One of my fondest early memories of her is is watching her root for the Jayhawks.”
Similarly, her interest in practicing medicine also goes back to childhood but not before flirting with the notion of pliés (that’s “plee-yays” to you and me) and pirouettes as a career. “My mom says that when I was very young I wanted to be a ballerina. That would not have been smart. I’m so-o-o-o not a ballerina,” she chuckles. “Anyone who knows me knows I’m the biggest klutz in the world. I guess I fell down and busted my head or something when I was a kid. After that, I always wanted to go to med school.”
“The long-term trust people place in you with regard to their family’s health is extremely gratifying as a physician. People seem to relate well to me being from a small town in Kansas. I think that’s another reason Windsor is such a good fit for us.”
As it turns out, the choice to pursue medicine was the right move, a smart decision to which many of her patients and coworkers will quickly attest.
When Maes isn’t working and it isn’t college basketball season, she volunteers her time at the Windsor Recreation Center coaching girls’ soccer. Her husband, Randy, volunteers as a coach there, as well. “Investing in healthy activities for kids is something we both feel strongly about,” Maes says.
To that end, the couple enjoys spending time being active with their four young children, camping and fishing at Red Feather Lakes and teaching them to ski at nearby resorts, like Snowy Range or Eldora. She also considers herself a recreational runner of the “three to five miles at a crack” variety. “Anything more than that and we’re getting out of the realm of recreation, in my humble opinion,” she quips.
From the quality of relationships she’s formed to the relative safety of a smaller community, Maes says Northern Colorado living agrees with her. From her office in Windsor, she provides a full spectrum of family medical services ranging from obstetrics and pediatrics to wellness and prevention all the way up to geriatric care. “I love the fact that I am able to be of service to families over time as they grow. So many of the patient relationships I have span multiple generations,” she comments. “The long-term trust people place in you with regard to their family’s health is extremely gratifying as a physician. People seem to relate well to me being from a small town in Kansas. I think that’s another reason Windsor is such a good fit for us.”