Teeing Off With Dr. Kevin Piper
For the past five years, Dr. Kevin Piper has been settling in to life in Northern Colorado, taking time to develop his patient relationships at Associates in Family Medicine (AFM). When his busy schedule as an AFM family physician permits, Piper puts his efforts into a newfound ambition—developing his swing.
Yet he’s the first to admit that improving his golf game hasn’t exactly been a gimme. “I’m actually not that good at golfing,” Piper confesses with a grin. “In fact, I’m a slightly below-average golfer,” he laughs.
Besides offering a fun way to hang out with friends and spend time outside, golf has given Piper a new mission to work toward. And considering his uniquely determined nature, it’s not surprising that he has set a pretty lofty target for himself. “My goal is to work my way to a score of 80 so I can keep up with our resident golf pro at AFM,” he shares.
Piper has never been one to shy away from a challenge. With plenty of ambition and an appreciation for adventure, this Minnesota native has traveled the world to care for others—from helping malnourished children in Haiti to doing cardiac research in Uganda. It’s these kinds of experiences that have taught him to stay positive when playing from the rough.
“I like to joke that I went into medicine to find a cure for going bald at the age of 23. But what really drew me to family medicine in particular was having multiple generations of families that I care for. From grandparents to parents to kids, I truly enjoy caring for them all.”
Even as he describes his often difficult times in other parts of the world, Piper smiles with fondness at some of the interesting hurdles he has faced, particularly regarding getting to and from work in one piece. “In Haiti, we used to ride to work on these things called tap-taps,” he recalls. “They were these tiny pickup trucks that were the taxis of the town. You’d fit 15 to 16 people in the back, and moms would just pass their kids down as they got on,” he says with a smile.
Having made it through his third-world voyages, Piper is happy to bring his love for activity and adventure to the place he now calls home. Beyond trying to read the greens at local golf courses, this energetic outdoorsman enjoys fly fishing the Poudre, as well as hunting elk and pheasant with his loyal golden retriever, Palli.
And it’s not just outdoor opportunities that keep Piper rooted in Colorado. His passions for medicine and for people have found a fitting place in his family practice. “AFM is an amazing group, and the patients in this community are terrific and a joy to work with,” he says genuinely. “I see myself being in Northern Colorado for a long time.”
Firmly established at AFM, Piper enjoys helping patients of all ages lead healthy lives, from obstetrics, newborn care, and pediatrics to preventative care and chronic disease management. “I like to joke that I went into medicine to find a cure for going bald at the age of 23,” Piper chuckles. “But what really drew me to family medicine in particular was having multiple generations of families that I care for,” he expresses. “From grandparents to parents to kids, I truly enjoy caring for them all.”
Admittedly, Piper might have room for improvement when hitting the fairway. But when it comes to keeping people healthy, his determination and success are more than par for the course.