Local Doctors Showcase Musical Talents For Fundraising Event

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-It is the 6th annual "Music...Just What the Doctor Ordered!" fundraising event. And local doctors were excited to help out and be shown in a different setting.

The beautiful sounds of the violin and piano filled the room at First United Methodist Church, but the musical artists behind the instruments may be surprising.

The musicians are actually local physicians and dentists showcasing their musical talents in a fundraising event called "Music...Just What the Doctor Ordered!"

Patients and local community members were delighted to see the doctors' hidden talents outside of the hospital room.

"To give patients the chance to see their doctors in a really different setting is great and they have beautiful talent, " said Executive Director of Marian Clinic, Karily Taylor.

Some people may wonder how these local doctors find the time for an extra hobby after a long work day.

"Believe it or not, doctors sometimes have lives outside their medical practices! And music just fills a tremendous spot in your heart and it's the most fun thing that a lot of us do," said Dr. Grace Morrison, vocal accompanist.

"It's a great way to relax and we need that kind of release after our busy work days, " said Dr. Scott Teeter, trumpet player.

The free musical event benefits HealthAccess and Marian Clinic with a free will offering. It celebrates Shawnee County's medical community's tremendous response to caring for lower income uninsured residents.

"But most importantly, it is drawing attention to the giving hearts of our medical community," said Program Director for Shawnee County Medical Society, Karla Hedquist.

Executive directors from Marian Clinic said they fully depend on community funding. The event was a success and with help from local sponsors and donors, they are closer to reaching their money goal.