The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Medical Center welcome Dr. Kimberly Saunders.

Saunders and her family are arriving in Vinalhaven in the coming weeks. They are coming from Anchorage, Alaska, where Saunders served a patient population similar in size to the island itself.

Saunders said that returning to the northeast will allow them to be closer to family. In past years, they have enjoyed vacation time in Vinalhaven, and are excited to be making Vinalhaven their new home.

Saunders was born in Washington, D.C., attended Clemson University for undergraduate study and then went on to Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate's of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Between college and medical school, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where she assisted in a health clinic and helped with education programs to improve the health of the communities she served.

Following medical school, she did her residency in Family Medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Most recently, her work in Alaska has been to manage outpatient services for about 1,000 Native Alaskan and American Indian patients, and to consult for two Aleutian Island Villages providing services to over 700 patients. This experience has allowed her to manage patients, living on remote islands, and when necessary, transferring patients to the mainland for more acute care.

The ICMS search committee was impressed with Saunders openness and candor, as well as her professional experience. She has been recommended as a highly respected and conscientious physician who is a strong patient advocate.