About the Author
Larry Halverson, MD is a retired family physician and family medicine educator who resides in Springfield, Missouri. He first met Dr. Richard Buker in 1954 when the Bukers moved into his small hometown of Chester, Montana.
Buker’s daughter Candace joined Halverson’s first grade class and the two graduated high school together in 1966. In 1970 Halverson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana. He attended Oklahoma University Medical School, earning his MD degree in 1974.
From 1974 through 1977 he served as a resident physician in one of the first US family practice residency programs, at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Halverson achieved Board Certification in Family Medicine in 1977.
He practiced in rural Aurora, Missouri, from 1978 through 1987 when he left to launch a new family medicine residency in nearby Springfield. He served as program director of the Cox Family Medicine Residency in Springfield until 2008 when he stepped down to continue practicing and teaching and investigating novel approaches to improve community health. He has written blogs about healthcare concerns, accessible at http://frugalfamilydoctor.blogspot.com. He retired from active practicing, teaching, and researching in 2013.