Editor’s note: This week we are continuing a feature called Q&A. Through this feature we hope to help you get to know your neighbors, government officials and others in the community. Today we feature Dr. Karen Armour, who owns and operates Armour Family Medicine in Brighton. It opened in 2009. She has five sons, all of whom excel at athletics. The four oldest ones have played various sports at Brighton High School.
Family: married to Chuck Armour; five sons: Charles, 21; Caleb, 19; Brett, 16; Blake, 14; Michael, 11
Education: Portage Hill High School (Mo.), class of 1981; University of Missouri at Kansas City, BA and MD
Vehicle: Chevy Suburban
Favorite music: Christian
Favorite beverage: water
Favorite food: strawberries
Favorite movie: “It's a Wonderful Life”
Favorite TV show: “Fox News”
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up ?
A: I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine.
Q: What person had the biggest influence on you growing up and why?
A: Probably my English teacher and her husband. They saw that I had potential. We grew up in a small town and they encouraged me to achieve whatever I wanted to do. When I thought about becoming a doctor and going to med school, they said, “You can do that.” So I thought, maybe I can. Instead of just settling for nursing school, I applied to a six-year medical program and did that instead.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I love photography. We've been remodeling my house over the last six years or so. And scrap booking.
Q: Tell us about your athletic family.
A: My husband is a very good athlete. He was a walk-on at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in football. All of his siblings were athletes. Fortunately, there's a lot of height in my family. All of my siblings are very tall. I was not an athlete at all. They look at me and say you must have played basketball at least. I did have a sister who was looked at by the University of Memphis in basketball … Everybody on my husband's side of the family is very competitive. I'm very competitive too. I think that comes from being a woman in a field that is mainly men.
Q: What are your plans for Armour Family Medicine?
A: Stephanie Robinson (a nurse practitioner) and I started this practice. When we joined together we brought a large number of patients, from children to elderly. We treat everybody in between. We see TennCare and private insurance patients and others … We continue to have new patients everyday. We've overgrown this building, our parking lot. I now have three nurse practitioners with me … We're currently in the process of getting the old Krayola building in Covington (on Mueller Brass Road) ready to move into. Hopefully we'll be ready in January. It will be a lot bigger.