Family Care That Fits Your Family
Every family needs a trusted doctor in their support network. Tara Van Fleet's family found theirs in Rita Oplotnik, MD, at Olathe Health Family Medicine - Mur-Len, a part of Olathe Health. All 15 family care clinics in Olathe Health's network are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Tara was 15 when her family moved to town. Her mom and three sisters all started going to Dr. Oplotnik. She helped Tara through the teenage years. Then, like many young women, Tara went off to college.
After getting married, Tara moved back to the area. When she found out she was pregnant with her first child, Hunter, and was in need a doctor who delivers babies, she immediately thought of Dr. Oplotnik.
"She really listens, and she cares," Tara said. "She made the labor and delivery process as natural and smooth as it should be - like every mom would want it to be."
Tara now has two more children, Lila and Reid. She delivered all three children at The Birth Place at Olathe Medical Center, and all three kids are patients of Dr. Oplotnik. Tara and her husband, Luke, like being able to go to one place for all the family's medical care.
"Dr. Rita knows, almost to the day, what is going to happen with my kids," Tara said. "And then, she can turn around and meet my needs as a 32-year-old woman."
Tara said the best thing about Dr. Oplotnik is that she makes time for everyone, and she is a mom too.
"She just gets it," Tara said. "She is like part of the family. Without her, I wouldn't know what to do."
Tara said when she takes her younger children for an appointment, Dr. Oplotnik still remembers all the things that happened with her other kids at that same age. She really pays attention.
"Dr. Rita is great at her job, not because she learned it in a book, but because she cares. She does not just diagnose the problem. She understands me and my kids and our everyday life."
And her kids love going to the clinic.
"My kids love seeing Dr. Rita," Tara said. "They talk about her all the time. Even though they get shots there, they still want to go there and see her."