Providing healthcare gives a Chanute pediatrician a chance to explore – just like her patients.
“I have the most wonderful job in the world,” Dr. Greta McFarland said.
McFarland came to Chanute in 1987 after three years in consulting practice in western Kansas. She grew up on a cattle ranch and graduated from Cimarron High School, located between Dodge City and Garden City.
“Chanute is a metropolitan area (compared to that),” she said.
McFarland attended Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., for two years before completing undergraduate work at Wichita State University in bio-medical engineering. She graduated from the Kansas University School of Medicine in 1979.
She married Steve Huebert in 1986 and they came to Chanute when he worked as director of emergency medical services at the Fredonia Hospital. They have two daughters and three grandchildren from his previous marriage.
McFarland said she went into pediatrics after working with children during high school and college.
“I just found the wonder of kids,” she said. “What are they thinking?”
She said most of her activities are related to growing and learning how to relate to kids.
“I enjoy learning,” she said. She now is focused on communication, emotions and how the brain works.
She also loves to do things with her hands such as crafting and sewing. McFarland has many interests, not all that she can find time to do, like astronomy. She is a pilot, which she did in medical school, but her license is no longer active.
She said the big thing she is working on is how to communicate in a short period of time, to explore a patient’s interests in addition to the current complaint that brought them to her office.
McFarland does radio spots called “A Minute with Greta” and also provides informational sheets to parents about different stages in child development.
She said the children, and also Ashley Clinic, are what keep her in Chanute.
“This is such a wonderful place to grow and explore,” McFarland said, adding that the clinic is open to trying new things.
“They can make it happen for me,” she said.
One such idea was to decorate her three examination rooms so each has 35 healthy sayings and things to do. The rooms have different themes, and children can draw during their visits. She also gives out books.
“There are always new projects,” she said.