Veteran physician opens clinic in Eagle Rock

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
After 15 years of practice in Baxter Springs, Kansas Dr. Tyson Burden has opened Burden Medical Clinic in Eagle Rock, Missouri. (Photo by David Frank Dempsey)

EAGLE ROCK--After a decade-and-a half of practicing medicine in Baxter, Kan., Dr. Tyson L. Burden recently opened Burden Medical Clinic at Mitchell Plaza in Eagle Rock, Mo. His goal is to operate a version of the "ideal clinic."

The basic tenets of an ideal clinic include being available almost all of the time. By having the office phone number go directly to his and his wife's cell phones they are able to respond quickly to most requests for appointments. Burden's wife, Carmen, is the clinic receptionist. They are seeking a small practice with a limited number of patients. That is another principle of the ideal clinic.

"The idea of this new clinic is to be able to spend more time with patients without having to meet the demands of a high overhead," Burden said during an interview at the clinic in late December.

In keeping with the low overhead rule, Burden and his wife remodeled the Mitchell Plaza suite themselves, and did an excellent job of it. The walls are a pleasant pale yellow and the furniture is understated and nice, making for a very relaxing atmosphere.

Their desire to stick to a small and personal practice notwithstanding, the clinic offers a full range of lab services and basic office procedures. They are affiliated with Mercy in Joplin, Mo., but because Burden Medical Clinic is independent they can work with any of the hospitals in the area. That is a plus for patients from Missouri and Arkansas.

"We haven't done any advertising yet because we are just getting started, but we have patients already," Burden said. He hopes to bring in patients from among the 2,000 or so residents in the Eagle Rock and Golden area. The clinic might prove attractive for Holiday Island residents, too, because it is slightly closer than clinics in Eureka Springs and there is much less traffic.

Tyson L. Burden was born, raised and educated in the McPherson, Kan., area and graduated from McPherson College in 1993. He completed medical school at the University of Kansas in 1997 and did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas at Wichita between 1997 and 2000. The residency included additional rotational periods of work in pediatrics.

During his residency Burden was chosen for the acclaimed Alpha Omega Alpha award that is given to one resident per year in the Wichita School. Burden wisely does not take awards too seriously but he admits to being proud of that one. After his residency Burden worked for St. John's Hospital before opening his own private practice.

For more than three years Burden lived in Eagle Rock making the long commute to and from Baxter Springs. In 2012 the family moved to Eureka Springs from where he made the even longer drive to his practice in Kansas. Since opening the new clinic the short drive from Eureka Springs to Eagle Rock is something that gives him much more time for his work and family. The Burdens have two daughters, ages 5 and 8.

Patient visits to Burden Medical Clinic are $109 for new patients and $74 for established patients. The clinic accepts cash and Medicare with secondary insurance that pays for the costs not covered by Medicare.

Currently they do not accept primary insurance without Medicare. Their location is in Mitchell Plaza at 32567 Highway 86 in Eagle Rock, Mo. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burden call 417-737-9191.

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