Meet our experienced faculty - many of whom are program graduates themselves.

Kyle GriffinKyle Griffin, MD, program director


Undergraduate education: University of Iowa – Iowa City, 1996
Medical education: University of Missouri – Columbia, 2000
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2003, chief resident
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2003
Research/clinical interests: caring for the underserved, inpatient medical care
Personal interests: spending time with my family, fly fishing, reading, chasing and being chased by my golden retriever

"I am thankful to be a family doctor, hearing and becoming a part of the stories of my patients. It is a privilege to provide whole-person care, addressing the biologic, psychological, social and spiritual needs of families over a lifetime. As a teacher, I am honored to help guide others on their journey to become family doctors. It is a blessing to do this alongside colleagues who truly care for our patients, residents, students, staff and each other." 


Curtis, Gabrielle,small.jpgGabrielle I. Curtis, MD, associate program director – clinical medicine


Undergraduate education: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2003
Medical education: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2003
Residency Education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2006
Practice experience: Springfield
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2007
Research/Clinical interests: ethics and humanities, chronic pain, women’s health and palliative care
Personal interests: reading, quilting, gardening and rock collecting

"Lifelong learning is a necessary activity for all physicians, but it is the rare opportunity that also offers the ability to share that knowledge in a manner that will impact far more than one physician's patients. As a faculty member of the residency program, I am allowed the privilege of not only teaching residents, but also continuing to learn from them while helping to make possible the ideal of having good family physicians available for all patients."


Hahn, Shelby,small.jpgShelby Hahn, MD, associate program director – residency education


Undergraduate education: University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, 2003
Medical education: Ross University – Dominica, 2007
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2010, chief resident
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2010
Research/clinical interests: medical humanities, educational research and sports medicine
Personal interests: parenting my children, indoor and outdoor soccer, Lego building (sometimes with my children), playing video games and fighting ninjas

"Family medicine is awesome. The great array of challenges keeps you constantly on your toes and excited about doing your job. In no other specialty would I ever be able to say that in one day I did an LP in the ICU, delivered a set of twins in L&D, then went to my outpatient clinic to inject an arthritic knee. I love this job!"


Cameron CrymesCameron A. Crymes, MD, faculty physician


Undergraduate education: Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2004
Medical education: Saint Louis University, 2008
Residency education: Cox Family Medicine Residency, Springfield, 2011
Practice experience: Nevada, Missouri
Joined Cox Family Medicine Residency: 2016
Personal interests: father of two sons, running, gardening, rock climbing mountaineering, skiing


Crymes, Kristin,small.jpgKristin A. Crymes, DO, faculty physician


Undergraduate education: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1996
Medical education: A.T.  Still University, Kirksville, Missouri
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2011, chief resident
Practice experience: Nevada, Missouri
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2016
Research/clinical interests: mindfulness, narrative medicine, medicalhumanities and wilderness medicine
Personal interests: hiking, camping, yoga, gardening, astronomy, ukuleleplaying and contemplative studies

Davenport-Kabonic, Katie,small.jpgKatie Davenport-Kabonic, DO, faculty physician


Undergraduate education:  University of Denver, 2004
Medical education:  Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2012
Residency education:  Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2015, chief resident
OB fellowship: Cox Family Medical Residency, August 2015 – August 2016
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2015
Research/clinical interests: maternity care, osteopathic medicine and physician wellness
Personal interests: quality time with my family – my husband, Michael, and our two children – hiking, yoga and exploring Springfield

"After responding to and caring for the survivors of the devastating Joplin tornado, it became overwhelmingly apparent to me the importance of having comprehensive training in all aspects of medicine which could serve a broad community in whatever minor and major needs arise within it. I wanted to have versatility and flexibility in my career to be able to tailor my practice to meet the needs of my community. That is what initially appealed to me about family medicine and particularly, the full-scope training within the Cox Family Medicine Residency Program. Since completing my training and moving forward in my career as a faculty physician within the program, I am eager to devote myself to the needs of my community of underserved patients, resident physicians and fellow faculty physicians. I am very passionate about physician wellness and hope to contribute to its further development within this innovative program in hopes of helping fellow physicians discover their passions, home-work life balance and thrive within this ever changing field of medicine."


Glover, Kristen,small.jpgKristen F. Glover, MD, faculty physician


Undergraduate education: Southwest Baptist University, 1992
Medical education: University of Missouri – Columbia, 1996
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 1999
Practice experience: Springfield, Missouri
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2015, adjunct faculty 2001-15
Research/clinical interests: preventive care and chronic disease management
Personal interests: cooking and spending time with family

"A good physician treats the disease. A great physician treats the patient who has the disease." - Sir William Osler
"Family medicine places us in an optimal position to be able to care for patients. Throughout 16 years in private practice, I've learned a therapeutic relationship is the single most effective healing tool in my virtual black bag. A therapeutic relationship is comprised of mutual trust, a patient's belief I have their best interest at heart and that I care. Without these fundamental building blocks, it doesn't really matter to a patient what else I have to offer or recommend. A therapeutic relationship, much like trust, is earned, not owed. It is the building of a partnership aimed at improving the patient's health. Many times, in family medicine, it is a partnership built with the entire family, aimed at improving the family's health. My aspiration, as a faculty member, is not only to reach the science of medicine, but also to foster the art of healing. I hope to be able to impart wisdom from lessons learned with life experience."


Kabonic, Michael,small.jpgMichael C. Kabonic, DO, faculty physician


Undergraduate education:  Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, 2008
Medical education:  Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2012
Residency education:  Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2015
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2015
Research/clinical interests:  outdoor and wilderness medicine

"I chose family medicine because it allows me to take care of patients at any stage of life for an endless variety of conditions. To me, having the broad knowledge and skill set of a family physician exemplifies what it means to be a doctor. I also love being a teacher of family medicine because the medical students and residents I teach challenge me every day to become a better doctor myself."


Lynch, Michael,small.jpgMichael E. Lynch, MD, faculty physician, obstetrics and gynecology


Undergraduate education: University of Georgia, 1983
Medical education: Mercer University School of Medicine, 1990
Residency education: OB/Gyn New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1994
Practice experience: United States Air Force; private practice, Georgia; associate clinical professor of community medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Georgia
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2014
Research/clinical interests: obstetrics, women’s health and residency education
Personal interests: golf, guns, hunting, fishing, SEC football and animal rescue 

“One of my greatest joys in life is having a role in the birth of a baby. The childbirth process is so emotional as it evolves, with the mother and father experiencing much during this event. Having witnessed it thousands of times, I still find each delivery exhilarating and unique. Not all family medicine physicians will do obstetrics or tackle women’s health issues, but with exposure, many will find the joy that can be shared with families. Research shows family physicians who practice obstetrics may see a five-fold increase of family members as patients for continuous, comprehensive care. By opening access to medical care through two clearly recognized points of entry – the women seeking prenatal care and the women seeking care for her newborn child – family physicians will broaden their patient base, and experience long-term relationships and extended sources of fulfillment.”

Standeford, Jessica,small.jpgJessica D. Standeford, MD, faculty physician


Undergraduate education: Missouri State University
Medical education: University of Missouri – Columbia
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2016
OB fellowship: Cox Family Medical Residency, August 2016 – August 2017
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2016
Research/clinical interests: obstetrics, women’s health, pediatrics and international medicine
Personal interests: movies and traveling with her husband, their pets, reading, gardening and bird watching.


Williams, Audrey,small.jpgAudrey Williams, DO, faculty physician, obstetrics fellowship director


Undergraduate education: Truman State University – Kirksville, Missouri
Medical education: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2007
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2010
Practice experience: Clinton, Missouri
OB fellowship: Cox Family Medical Residency, January 2014 – January 2015
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2014
Research/clinical interests:

"Baby was born in the morning, her mom and I had marveled and wondered and planned over her for weeks and weeks. Grandma was a patient at clinic in the afternoon. We discussed the finer points of a prized fudge recipe and the upcoming town festival; we eventually got around to diabetes and fear that she wouldn’t be around for baby or be able to take of her mom. Great grandma was in the hospital, happy that she was so close to new baby, but scared the interloper in her lung would take her too far away too soon. No other single specialty can meet the needs of a community from birth to death, inpatient to outpatient, acute to chronic to hospice. Four generations in the same day. What other specialty can establish such a therapeutic bond?"


Williams, Brian,small.jpgBrian D. Williams, MD, faculty physician


Undergraduate education: University of Arizona
Medical education: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residency education: In His Image Family Medical Residency, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Practice experience: Dexter, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Hilo, Hawaii
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2011-13, returned in 2014
Research/clinical interests: urgent and acute care medicine, dermoscopy, international health, medical missions and family medicine education
Personal interests: spending time with my wife and three children, playing basketball and staying active, playing guitar and piano, leading praise and worship at our church, traveling, gardening, collecting vintage sports cards and memorabilia

"Family medicine offers a unique challenge like no other discipline in medical practice. It challenges us not to think of individuals as the sum of the complaints they present to us, but rather to look beyond the complaint to the complexities beneath. We see human beings in the context of relationships to their family, community, nation/ethnicity and world. Family medicine teaches us to recognize the whole person as mind, body and spirit and to not neglect the one in deference to the other, but that they are all important and they impact the overall health of an individual. I see family medicine as a lifelong calling to make a positive impact in the lives of the people we serve. Come join us in that pursuit.”


Isaacson, Laura, DOLaura Isaacson, DO, faculty physician


Undergraduate education:  University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Medical education:  AT Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency education:  Cox Family Medicine Residency, Springfield, 2012, chief resident
Practice experience:  Chippewa Falls, WI
Joined Cox Family Medicine Residency:  2018

Jacqueline Gordon.jpgJacqueline J. Gordon, PsyD, psychologist


Undergraduate education: Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1975; ,Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1980
Graduate education: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, Missouri, 1992, 1994
Practice experience: Springfield
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2004
Research/clinical interests: physician wellness, personal growth and medical humanities
Personal Interests: reading, mindfulness and art

"Behavioral medicine is an exciting and challenging part of family medicine residency training. There is great joy for me working alongside residents providing integrative care and teaching counseling skills relevant to daily practice."


Armstrong, Cynthia,small.jpgCynthia Armstrong, NP, faculty nurse practitioner, women’s health


Nursing school: Burge School of Nursing
Undergraduate education: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Graduate education: Frontier Nursing University
Post graduate DNP: Frontier Nursing University 
Joined Family Medical Residency: 2015; joined faculty: 2017
Research/clinical interest: Postpartum right care, women’s health, obstetrics and mental health
Personal interest: family – my two girls – traveling and reading

"Women, pregnancy and babies are the foundation to family practice. It is an amazing privilege, even after 25 years, to participate in the care of a new life, a new family, a new mama and daddy. There is no greater blessing than a new baby. "


Banks, Logan,small.jpgLogan J. Banks, DO, adjunct faculty, currently in Burundi, Africa


Undergraduate education: Truman State University, 2002
Medical education: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2006
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2009
Fellowship: International family medicine, via Christi F Family Medical Residency, 2010; obstetrics, Cox Family Medical Residency, 2012
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2010
Research/clinical interests: travel and tropical medicine, medical missions and full-scope family medicine
Personal interests: French, playing chess and reading the Chronicles of Narnia with my boys

"Family medicine is the most challenging – and most rewarding – medical specialty. When value is placed on primary care, outcomes improve and costs decline. This requires a commitment to excellence and lifelong learning. I'm excited to work in that kind of environment here at CoxHealth. I want to encourage residents to get everything they can out of this full-spectrum specialty, by putting everything they have into it."


Loitzenhiser, Erin,small.jpgErin R. Loutzenhiser, MD, adjunct faculty


Undergraduate education: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2005
Medical education: University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2005
Residency education: Cox Family Medical Residency, Springfield, 2008
Practice experience: Springfield 
Joined Cox Family Medical Residency: 2009
Research/clinical interests: international/travel medicine and missions, women’s health, childhood development and behavior

“I absolutely love family medicine. More so, I am so thankful for the opportunity to encourage and guide residents through their training. Family medicine is incredible. Rather than treating illness and infirmity alone, we have the blessing of truly knowing our patients, from their families to lifestyle to spirituality. This affords us the opportunity to help and heal our patients in many aspects of their lives and develop long-lasting, meaningful physician-patient relationships.”