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About Our Founder

Dr. Ginger Senseman, Founder of Salina Pediatric Care

Ginger's infamous childhood proneness to accidents and unusual ailments, coupled with a fondness for her physician grandfather, likely contributed to her pursuit of a career in medicine. With a natural curiosity and love of reading, she fully dedicated herself to her studies, graduating at the top of her class at Valley Center High School in 1988. Her high marks earned her academic scholarships to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where she completed degrees in Chemistry and Biology in 1992. While at Southwestern, she was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award for students who have made a contribution to the field of science, math, or engineering. After an interview that included a discussion about baseball, a subject about which she know nothing, Ginger was accepted to the University of Kansas Medical School. She graduated with honors, then completed residencies in pediatrics and internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Ginger's intellect and superior training made her a good doctor; but her genuine interest in her patients made her a great one. In 2006, she founded her own practice, Salina Pediatric Care, on the principle of "friendly, exceptional care." In the words of one family, she talked "to... children instead of over them" and treated "them like they [were] real people." With kids, Ginger was patient and caring; but behind the scenes she was an unrelenting businesswoman and tireless advocate for quality care. She was active in the health-care debate, sharing challenges with elected officials.

When Ginger was diagnosed in October of 2008 with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare aggressive form of the disease, her husband Greg said "of course it's aggressive cancer. She's an aggressive woman and she'll fight it aggressively." In order to protect her fragile immune system, Ginger had to shed some of her characteristic independence and ask for help. She received an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues who made extraordinary efforts to help with meals and cover her appointments. Ginger hoped that everyone who helped her would "be blessed as much as they've blessed me." Those who knew her were blessed by her dry wit, larger-than-life personality, and unrelenting devotion. Despite an aggressive fight that included the vigilant care of oncologists and physicians and multiple trips to specialists nationwide, Dr. Ginger Senseman died on Monday, December 28, 2009, one day after her 40th birthday.