Keeping it Real (Local) with Dr. Klingner

Jul 31, 2015 | Staff Stories

There’s an old expression that goes, “When it comes to succeeding in the restaurant business, I can sum it up for you in three words…location, location, location.” For Dr. Susan Klingner, that adage might read more like, “When it comes to successful living, I can sum it up for you in three words…local, local, local!”

As a staunch proponent of locally grown produce, she has belonged to the same Community Supported Agriculture organization for an impressive 16 years. She loves cooking with locally grown ingredients, raising her own gardens, and making her own fashionable apparel. “If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d probably have an alpaca farm where I could spin my own yarn and knit my own clothing,” she muses. “I actually knit this vest I’m wearing!”

Originally from Los Alamos, Dr. Klingner knew she wanted to be in family medicine since she was a young girl growing up in New Mexico. “I’ve always liked people and I enjoy getting to know families,” she says. “I love to deliver babies and to continue to care for them as they grow.”

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d probably have an alpaca farm where I could spin my own yarn and knit my own clothing, I actually knit this vest I’m wearing!”

After medical school, she did her residency here in Northern Colorado and, like many of her fellow physicians at Associates in Family Medicine, liked it so much that she decided to stay. She and her husband Dean, along with their son Zach and daughter Molly, are sold-out fans of all that Fort Collins offers in terms of active living.

“One of our favorite things about this community,” remarks Dr. Klingner, ”is that it’s so easy to be healthy. We love the mountains, and the biking culture here is a big part of what makes this place special. It’s important to my family. Plus, the climate is amazing!”

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