Dr. Bruner has practiced family medicine and obstetrics in Lawrence for more than 30 years, 25+ of which have been with trusted assistant Jan Potts at his side. During their many years of working together, they have enjoyed caring for their patients and seeing their lives progress. Particularly pleasurable has been delivering some of their patients and, after watching them grow up, having the the rare delight of delivering their babies.
Dr. Bruner received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1968 and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1972. He completed a three-year residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center (now Via Cristi) in Wichita in 1975, after which he was examined and board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He has been re-examined and recertified every six years since then.
Able to provide the full range of family medical services with a special interest in complicated obstetrics, Dr. Bruner has performed more than 3,000 deliveries and 1,000 C-sections in Lawrence. Currently he is the only physician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital who is credentialed to perform complicated forceps procedures. He also performs the sterilization procedures for the practice.
With wife Kathy, Dr Bruner is active in CleanAir Lawrence, an advocacy group that successfully fought for an indoor smoking ban in Lawrence workplaces.
This ban has limited employee health risks of secondhand smoke since July 1, 2004. As chair of the group, Kathy continues to work with other communities in the area to help them promote and adopt similar restrictions. The couple also worked together to produce Lawrence, Free State Fortress, a documentary film on the city's early violent history, which is now being shown continuously at the Lawrence Visitors Center. The two avid theater buffs are volunteers and occasional performers at the Lawrence Community Theater.
The Bruners have two children: Katie, who is married to Jesse Soff, lives in Los Angeles and works in theater management; and Jenny, who is married to David Mier, lives in Colorado and works as a labor/delivery nurse. Katie and Jesse have a son Kellen and David and Jenny have two daughters, Anna and Abigail, who are the light of her grandparents' lives.
Jan Potts is the organized member of the team, making sure things don’t fall through the cracks. She is a fountain of phone information and also can be a relentless nag for patients who fail to schedule important follow-up appointments or to follow necessary care recommendations. She and husband Gary have three daughters: Melissa, a marketing account director in Kansas City; Tayve, a hair stylist in Lawrence; and Kristi, who also works as a nurse in our office. Jan enjoys spending time with her two grandaughters and three grandsons.