Dr. Jonathan Knight has joined the staff at Olmsted Medical Center in Chatfield.   GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Dr. Jonathan Knight has joined the staff at Olmsted Medical Center in Chatfield. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
"My job is to help guide people through the modern medical choices," said family practitioner Jonathan Knight, D.O., who joined the staff at Olmsted Medical Center in Chatfield three months ago and is ready to lend any medical advice patients ask of him. "I can't make people do something, but I can certainly help them. I'm pretty easygoing and believe in patient autonomy."

Knight is originally from New York, but he spent the past two decades in Elkader, Iowa, and also in Winona, where he and his family now live. He attended college at Northern University of Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathy in Downers Grove, Ill., and completed his residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill.

"From there, I went to Elkader, Iowa, which is in Clayton County, and worked as a satellite medical associate out of Dubuque," he explained. "My wife is a physician also, and we ran a clinic there, doing everything from delivering babies to assisting with surgeries, working in the ER, doing a lot of fun, cool doctor stuff."

However, after serving in Elkader for 14 years and also in Winona at Winona Health for the past four years, he and his wife wanted to return to practicing small town medicine, including prenatal care, well baby visits, urgent care, lending advice when someone has the flu or an earache, setting broken bones and everything short of delivering babies.

Knight related, "I got to be a hospitalist, I got to see the more difficult stuff, and here, I'm just doing outpatient work, which is pretty relaxing. I like small town medicine as I get older - I still do prenatal care, but it's changed over the decades, and I haven't delivered a baby in years."

He added that he enjoys the small town atmosphere and the small town "stuff" that inspired him to go into medicine in the first place.

"I wanted to take care of people," he said. "You get a lot of different things in a day - you've got your day-to-day stuff, and then there are the cuts and breaks...you never really know what's going to walk in the door next."

He anticipates getting acquainted with Chatfield's residents and helping them navigate through their medical choices.

"I'm getting to know people...getting to know several generations is always nice," he added. "When you live in a small town, there's a sense of family that you don't get in a bigger place. I'm hoping to retire here."

Knight and his family will continue to live in Winona as his kids are in school there and he would like to let them finish high school there.

"My wife and I both commute because she's at OMC in St. Charles," he added.

Knight would like his patients to know that if they have questions, they can ask him. "I'm here for them. My job is to try to take care of them, and if I can't do that, I'll send them to someone who can."

Knight spends his time out of the office admiring the Mississippi River. "I like boating, motorcycling, farming - I have a small farm - and my kids, and I love the Mississippi," he said. "I fell in love with it, and that's the reason I wanted to stay close to it."

He looks forward to the Western Days grand parade as well, as he will be riding the Olmsted Medical Center's float, waving to the people he hopes to someday meet and help.