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Dr. Kevin Smith:Windy City Medical Clinic
Dr. Kevin Smith was born and raised in Chicago, the youngest of four children with two older sisters. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from Howard University College of Medicine. Initially he entered the U.S. Army as Air Defense Artillery Officer, and after medical school he returned as a medical doctor. He has been married to Dr. Brenna Baynard Smith for over 23 years and has three sons.
Q: Why did you move to Barstow?
A: The U.S. Army assigned me to Fort Irwin in 1993. After completing my service in Dec. of 1996, my wife and I stayed in Barstow.
Q: What is your passion?
A: My passion is developing into a person who faithfully serves God as well as others. I also have a passion for learning different things outside the medical field.
Q: Any hobbies?
A: I enjoy spending time with his family, reading and learning new things.
Q: Describe a special memory you have of Barstow.
A: My favorite memories of Barstow are when I saw my two sons graduate from Barstow High School.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: One thing people may not know about me is that I was U.S. Army Airborne
Q: What are the top three issues facing the Barstow, and what’s your take on them?
A: The top three issues I see Barstow facing are apathy, crime and unemployment with a weak economy. I believe that many residents don’t seem to care about the challenges facing the high desert including crime, unemployment and poor performance from political leaders. I believe that because of this, nothing changes. With subpar academic performance, crime and a declining economy, the politicians only offer the same excuses.
Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why? What would you ask them?
A: The one person from history whom I would love to have dinner with is Jesus Christ. I would have a lot of questions, and Christ would have all the answers.
Q: Tell us about your faith.
A: I have been of the Christian faith all my life and have attended Crossroads Assembly (Barstow First Assembly) since 1994.
Q: Tell us about one place you would love to visit and why.
A: I would love to take my family on a mid summer Alaskan cruise.
Q: Where do you get your values from?
A: My values come from the teachings of my parents and my faith. My family always went to church together. I had excellent pastors and teachers while growing up and my values were shaped by my parents and my church.
Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: I have two favorite movies, both of which have similar themes. “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Last Ounce of Courage” both deal with the struggle of citizens for personal freedom. “Atlas Shrugged” is about an expanding, overbearing federal government taking away personal and economic freedoms. “The Last Ounce of Courage” depicts a small town mayor who fights for the right to continue the celebration of Christmas in the public square.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Barstow.
A: My favorite thing about Barstow is the generosity of the people.
Q: What is the ultimate issue facing the United States, and what’s your take on it?
A: The ultimate issue in the United States, according, is our nation continuing as a Christian nation but rejecting biblical principles in personal lives and electing politicians who reject biblical principles. We have said that the knowledge of the ten commandments is a bad thing for our school children, but we wonder why these children and young adults commit mass murder at schools and theaters. Our country is declining morally and economically, but we want politicians to solve our problems instead of returning to the moral and ethical principles prescribed in the bible.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The best thing about my job is working with people to improve their health.
Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: Jesus tells us the secret to living a satisfying life. Mark 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seeking the things first does not lead to happiness, only to coveting more things.
Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: My favorite guilty pleasure is eating too many peanuts.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In 10 years, I hope to still be practicing medicine in Barstow, but I am concerned that the freedom to practice as an independent physician will be lost in that time.