by Lisa Tome
Dr. Kandie Tate is ready.
After working teaching medicine, she's ready to put what she knows to use.
Dr. Tate is seeing patients at Stone Run Family Medicine, Colonial Way, Rising Sun. This is her first time dealing with private practice patients.
She received her M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. She also earned master's degrees in education and public health. She was a former clinical instruction professor at Howard University.
She will provide pediatric care, adult and geriatric medicine, and well care for women. She plans to work in Rising Sun, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Expect a feminine touch.
"I'm a mom first," said Dr. Tate.
She has extensive experience in medical research. She has also presented regarding the topic of smoking cessation, quality improvement, domestic violence, medical student development, and addiction medicine.
She and her husband, Army Lt. Colonel Jason Tate live in Havre de Grace with their three sons - ages 14, 11, and 8. Lt. Col. Tate is an Army Acquisition Chemical Officer at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Tate, who grew up in a military family, was born in Alabama.
She said she became a doctor for a simple reason.
"My mother told me to. And I'm a mama's girl," laughed Dr. Tate.
"She said 'you're going to be a doctor'."
"I like kids. I like teenagers. I'm excited to see patients here," said Dr. Tate.
Dr. Joseph Weidner of Stone Run Family Medicine has worked in Rising Sun since 1993. "We have enough transition in our practice and in the community. We've been beyond our capacity. That's why we've been searching (for another doctor) for a couple of years," said Dr. Weidner.
"She is well-trained and has the same values that we do - providing quality family medicine. She will contribute to the diversity of our practice."