Bowling Green physician Mike Collins might just be called the modern day equivalent of a country doctor, who visits patients in their homes. Collins gave up an office-based family practice in 2006 to begin serving patients in Warren and surrounding counties bound to their home. Rather than be constrained by time limits often given to doctors for billing codes or the need to see multiple patients to meet overhead costs, Collins takes the time to really communicate with his patients. In all, Collins visits about 100 people in his practice. But his work doesn’t end there, Collins is an emergency room physician, covers for other doctor friends when they need a break, helps out at Hospice of Southern Kentucky and often makes mission trips to foreign countries. During those trips, Collins has given free medical treatment to hundreds in Jamaica. He also traveled to Kenya where he performed medical work and established a high school named in honor of his late mother, the Zelma Moore Academy. Those humanitarian efforts have continued at home with Collins helping to provide food, lodging and other basic needs to residents or transients down on their luck. Collins also is sharing his wealth of knowledge from more that three decades of medical practice with would-be physicians. He has been a mentor for pre-med and physician assistant students at Western Kentucky University since 1987. He has been a preceptor for medical students from the University of Kentucky and Louisville. A historian of sorts, Collins is also involved in his church and regularly attends worship service.

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