About Kate Wilks, MD

Dr. Wilks is excited to join Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care. She has worked in several different healthcare settings and believes that direct primary care is a good balance between providers’ and patients’ needs.

"I grew up in a small town in Northeastern Ohio. I have known all along that I wanted to serve a small town.

I enjoy providing care to patients of all ages. I have a specific interest in preventative care, women’s health, adolescent health, and end-of-life care."

- Dr. Kate Wilks

Prior to coming to Hickory Medical DPC, she spent 3 years working as a nighttime hospitalist in Ravenna, Ohio. After completing a residency in Family Medicine at Morgantown, WV, she spent 3 years in a clinic serving a small blue-collar town in Oregon along the I-5 corridor. She completed medical school at University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2008. She continues to be involved by teaching NP and medical students and was recently elected as the chair of the Hospital Medicine Interest Group in the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Kate lives with her husband, Joe, and two young sons keep them active and busy. They love old houses and growing plants. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her children’s school and advocating for education. She sews, reads mystery novels, takes nature pictures, and organizes in the rare moments of free time. They attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bellefontaine.

Dr. Kate Wilks's Curriculum Vitae


About Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP

Prior to starting Hickory Medical DPC, Dr. Ryan Kauffman worked at Oakhill Medical Associates for 9 years, including 4 years as President and Medical Director. He has also served the community as Medical Director of Logan Acres Senior Community and worked as a physician at Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Room. He graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2003 and completed his training at the Riverside Family Practice Residency Program in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Kauffman maintains board certification through the American Board of Family Medicine.


“Direct Primary Care has let me return to the roots of Family Medicine… I want to have a Doctor-Patient relationship where patients know that I am working for them, not their insurance company. I want to be able to give patients the time that they need without making someone else wait. I want to have the time and take the time to listen because that will let me be a better doctor and my patients be healthier people…”

- Dr. Ryan Kauffman

Dr. Kauffman has been involved in Family Medicine organizations since he was a medical student and has served in numerous state and national roles. He is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and serving on the Commission on Continuing Professional Development for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has twice been elected as Delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, representing around 11,000 Family Medicine Residents and about 18,000 New Physician members. Dr. Kauffman has advocated for patients with state government including serving on the governor’s Ohio Cabinet Opiate Action Team and giving testimony before the House Health & Aging Committee Subcommittee on Opiate Addition Treatment and Reform.

Ryan and his wife Valerie reside in Bellefontaine with their 3 sons. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing games and sports with his sons, doing home improvement projects, working with computers and playing music. Ryan has been part of the West Central Ohio Community Concert Band since 2007. The Kauffman family attends Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty.

Dr. Ryan Kauffman's full Curriculum Vitae
Video Introducing Ryan Kauffman, MD as the 69th President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians

About Nurse Jen

Jen grew up in De Graff, graduating from Riverside High School in 2000. She started her career in the medical field as a receptionist in the front office of Oakhill Medical Associates. She went on to attend nursing school at Ohio High Point and received her LPN license in 2009. She currently lives in De Graff with her husband and 2 sons.

Jen is an integral part of Hickory serving patients and managing many of the daily office functions. In addition to welcoming and checking in patients, answering patient questions and scheduling appointments, Jen helps with patient education and draws blood for laboratory testing. Jen coordinates referrals, gets prior authorizations for procedures and medications, and makes sure that we have information about medical care that patients receive outside of Hickory Medical.

“I enjoy working in a Direct Primary Care practice because it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the care of our patients. I feel we are able to give better care in an environment where we can give the patient the time they deserve."

- Nurse Jen


About Nurse Cortney

Cortney grew up in Bellefontaine, graduating from Bellefontaine High School in 2005. Prior to attending nursing school at Clark State Community College for her LPN, Cortney worked as a teller at Citizens Federal Savings and Loan. She worked as a nurse at Oakhill Medical Associates from 2014-2016 and at OSU Heart and Vascular in Marysville until 2018. She currently lives outside Bellefontaine with her husband and 2 children.

Cortney is joining Hickory to help care for our growing patient panel. She checks in patients, schedules appointments, and answers questions. Cortney draws blood for laboratory testing, coordinates referrals, and helps with prior authorizations.




About Roger Kauffman, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Roger Kauffman served Logan County and the surrounding area at Oakhill Medical Associates from 1980 until his retirement in March 2016. He is the medical director of Green Hills Community in West Liberty. He is part of Hickory Medical in an advisory role and he provides office and phone coverage when Dr. Ryan Kauffman is not available.

Dr. Roger Kauffman attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and had family medicine training at the University of South Alabama Family Medicine Residency Program in Mobile, Alabama. He has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. He has volunteered in various medical capacities within our community, as well as serving communities in Haiti and Honduras. Dr. Kauffman was awarded the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians 2010 Ohio Family Physician of the Year and was the Mary Rutan Hospital Physician of the Year in 2009.

Dr. Roger Kauffman and his wife Rachel raised three sons in the Bellefontaine community. They have been very involved in the community, including the founding of Habitat for Humanity of Logan County. Dr. Kauffman has enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time in the garden and with his grandchildren since his retirement.

Dr. Roger Kauffman's full Curriculum Vitae


About Rudi Kauffman, MAT, PhD

Rudi grew up in Bellefontaine, graduating from Bellefontaine High School in 1997, Eastern Mennonite University in 2001, Earlham College in 2003, and the University of Cincinnati in 2011. His work in the area has included time on the road crew of the Logan County Engineers Office as well as time at Thomas and Marker Construction and as a teacher in the Bellefontaine City Schools. He is currently splitting his time between Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care filling the role of office manager, Hickory Medical Management Services where he is the CEO, and Bluffton University where he is a Visiting Scholar.

Rudi joined Hickory specifically to advance justice in the healthcare system through a model that strengthens communities and offers choice for people seeking healthcare. His publications have focused on issues of justice and Hickory has served as an opportunity to put theories of justice and systems into practice. Rudi’s current job description includes supporting the medical staff, managing business needs, and developing relationships with members, businesses, and the larger community.

Dr. Rudi Kauffman's full Curriculum Vitae


Join our team

We are looking for the right individuals to join our organization. We are looking for board-certified Family Physicians and LPNs who are passionate about giving excellent patient care, enjoy working as part of a team, and are comfortable with working in an innovative new model of care. Because we do healthcare differently, we do not need any clerical or billing staff.

See our Physician Recruitment page for more information.