Putting Patients at the Center of Care

Dr. Erik Reite
Family Medicine Physician

A Colorado native explored Europe, Africa and both coasts of the United States before returning to his home state to join the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG). Dr. Erik Reite has been a CPMG family medicine physician serving Kaiser Permanente members at the Smoky Hill Medical Offices since 2013.

“I was born and raised in Denver, and went to schools in Denver and Cherry Creek. When I graduated from high school, I chose to attend Colorado State University,” says Dr. Reite. “I’ve always loved the mountains and skiing.”

Although his father is a physician, Dr. Reite wasn’t always certain that medicine was his calling.

“I took several years to figure out what I wanted to do. I had an interest in science and philosophy. I taught English in France for a year, lived in Hawaii for six months, and did service projects in Nigeria,” recalls Dr. Reite.

He eventually took the MCAT in Munich, Germany, and was accepted to Tulane University School of Medicine. While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Reite continued his medical training with a three-year residency in Florida and medical missions work in Uganda and Kenya.  

“I then served for three more years at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, north of Santa Barbara. I appreciated the opportunity to do a little bit of everything in family medicine.”

When it came time for Dr. Reite to find a civilian job, he remembered one of his former faculty doctors, Dr. Howie McGowan.

“I reached out to Dr. McGowan and he was practicing sports medicine for CPMG. After researching several large group practices, I was very impressed by what CPMG had to offer and I joined the team at the Smoky Hill Medical Offices,” says Dr. Reite.

Dr. Reite quickly discovered the many advantages of Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care delivery system.

“I like the way we care for our patients. The fact that we have lab, imaging, pharmacy, behavioral health, social workers and care coordinators all under one roof at most medical offices is phenomenal. As a family medicine physician, it’s amazing to be able to pick up the phone and speak to any specialist you need to. Our electronic medical record system, HealthConnect, is reliable and allows us to really care for our patients in a coordinated fashion. We’re not in it to make a lot of money. Our patients are at the center of our care plan.”

And what specifically attracted Dr. Reite to the Smoky Hill Medical Offices, now one of Kaiser Permanente’s 31 medical offices in Colorado?

“Smoky Hill is a great location close to where my family decided to live. Most of our providers and staff live in the Cherry Creek School District, which is appealing to young families,” explains Dr. Reite. “Professionally, we have nice collegiality in our medical office. Our departments are blended, with Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics working together to serve Colorado natives like me and patients from all over the world.”

Dr. Reite has served as the Primary Care chief of the Smoky Hill Medical Offices for two years, as well as the medical office chief for about a year.

“I think it speaks volumes about our medical office that we have close relationships and trust a single physician to oversee all three areas of Primary Care,” comments Dr. Reite. 

A strong, supportive team makes this possible. Learn more about Dr. Reite’s colleagues and practice at the Smoky Hill Medical Offices by reading part two of his story.

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