Dr. Kristen Thornton

Primary Care Physician

Kristen grew up in rural New Hampshire, where she developed her affinity for the specialty of family medicine. After graduating from Providence College with a major in biology and a minor in public and community service studies, she completed a year of service with the Redeemer Ministry Corps in their hospice and elder outreach programs. She attended medical school at Dartmouth, completed her internship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and went on to finish her family medicine residency at the University of Rochester. She also served a year as chief resident, receiving the Jacob Holler M.D. Annual Resident Award for inspired teaching and dedication to resident education. Kristen completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and is board certified in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a certified wound specialist physician (CWSP).

As a family medicine physician, she cares for both children and adults. She has extensive experience providing care in the inpatient, outpatient, urgent care, and long-term care settings, as well as via telemedicine. She has a strong interest in medical education and serves on the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. At the University of Rochester, she has been the recipient of the Resident Teaching Award from the Department of Family Medicine and the Educator of the Year Award from the Division of Geriatrics & Aging. In 2017, she was recognized nationally as the Geriatric Medicine Educator of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. She is a history buff and prolific gardener who loves to travel, cook, and craft.

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