Dr. David Smith

David Smith is a family physician at KentuckyCare. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has a “pet” raccoon named Rocky. With two daughters in college he’s getting used to that “empty nest”. This compassionate physician loves pepperoni and pineapple pizza! iLove KentuckyCare because of people like Dr. Smith.

We’re excited to find out more about you on iLove KentuckyCare this week… Tell us about yourself…

Although I was born in Louisville, my parents moved back to their native western Kentucky when I was 4 years old. I grew up in Calvert City in a house built by my father on longtime family property. 

My older sister and I had wonderful childhoods with loving parents who stressed education, ethics, and goal-setting. We had ample opportunity to play, fish in our pond, explore the surrounding woods, and, of course, stretch parental boundaries.  

Religion and love for God has always been a vital part of my family's life and remains so today.  I attended Marshall County High School and then attended college at Lipscomb University. For my medical education and training, I attended University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed my family practice residency at Anderson Area Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina.

Tell us a little about your family...

I married my high school sweetheart, Crystal, in 1994 before beginning medical school. We have two daughters, Alex and Lauren, who are both in college. My wife and I are experiencing life as "empty nesters" which has always been the goal, but is still a difficult adjustment.

My wife remains the love of my life and cannot imagine life without her. We are active members of Melber Church of Christ and cherish our church family. 

We have four cats, one dog named Scooter, and a raccoon whom we named Rocky that visits and eats the cats' food in the garage.

A pet raccoon! Well your day job must be tame in comparison (pardon the pun). Tell us about your position at KentuckyCare…

I became a part of the KentuckyCare family in 2014 as a family physician. The majority of my practice is at the Midtown location. My focus as a family physician has always been the holistic care of people; striving to understand the many complexities that encompass wellness and implement the best medical care of which I am capable.

What's the best part of your job? What is the hardest?

The best part of my job is seeing the smile of a grateful patient because they feel better. Of course, the hardest thing for any doctor is witnessing the declining health of a beloved patient. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Free time? What is that! Actually, believe it or not, I enjoy physical labor. I am an avid landscaper and spend much of my free time in my yard maintaining the landscaping. I am always improving the exterior of my house and its surroundings.

I enjoy playing most sports, but, as I have aged, my body tends to recover best after a round of golf. I also enjoy fishing, reading, listening to religious podcasts, and watching movies.

Do you have any hidden talents that people would be surprised to know about you?

Probably, my landscaping skills would surprise most people. I am quite knowledgeable in horticulture and landscaping application. I also lead singing at church which most people would not expect as they might have heard me sing around the clinic!

What's the best birthday gift that you have ever received?

I really cannot recall any particular birthday gift that stands out. My family has always made me feel special on my birthday. I will have to comment on my last birthday when my office staff secretly decorated my office and showered me with love and gifts of my favorite things.

Favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni and pineapple

Do you have a favorite movie or book quote? If so, why is it significant for you?

" In an interview, the actor Michael Caine told how his mother encouraged him to be like a duck - calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

This comes from a small book named P.S. I Love You, which is a compilation of sayings from letters that the author's mother had written to him over the course of his life. This is an important  book to me because my mother gave me a copy in 1992. She inscribed it with a handwritten message inside the book's cover. It reads in part, "I wish I had the wisdom to have given you some of this advice."  She especially liked the above quote.  

What my mom never truly realized is that she was so much more than 'words of wisdom'. My mom passed away before her time in 2012.

What a beautiful Story Dr. Smith. We enjoyed meeting you on iLove KentuckyCare this week  We’ll be asking yo to sing when we next visit the Midtown clinic!