Rob Lenhart, D.O.
It didn’t take long into my medical training when I decided I wanted to be an Internist. I love that it is a broad field where one must know a “little of everything” to excel. My favorite mentors going through med school were internists. I was so impressed at their diagnostic skills, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be that kind of physician. The other main reason I chose internal medicine is its role as a primary care specialty. The more I learn, the more obvious it becomes that prevention is by far the key to health, and it should be given the utmost consideration when speaking with patients. I would rather spend the bulk of patient visits educating my patients as to how and why our decisions can lead to our health issues and how to correct them, as opposed to handing out pills that mask the root problems. While rescuing somebody in the hospital is glamorous, I gain the most satisfaction from seeing the 90 years young patient stroll into the office feeling great without need for all of the hospital drama.
I grew up in a military family and lived on both coasts as well as the Midwest. I continue to serve part-time in the Air Force as well and have been deployed to Germany, England, and Turkey. I have been all around this great nation, and I have to say Colorado is my favorite place! I have degrees in Architecture, Philosophy, and Biology. I have 20 hours on my pilot’s license. I have worked as a tree farmer, a waiter, and an aircraft mechanic. To be honest, why I chose medicine in the end is still somewhat of a mystery, but I can say it has been the most amazing ride so far. It is a special feeling take care of people in their times of need, and it is such an honor when they entrust us to make such important decisions. I would love to end my career as a professor to pay forward all of the great knowledge that was passed to me.
My favorite activities outside of the hospital include everything outdoors. I enjoy playing in recreational leagues, especially softball. Skiing and hiking are great, and if I get to play 9 holes on the golf course, that makes for a perfect day. I also, on occasion, do charcoal portraits for friends and family, and I’ve even won my university’s art contest twice, no doubt for poking a little fun at my professors in the art!
Lastly, if you fancy yourself as a card player, I would love to play a game or two. I look forward to working together and getting to know you.