Dr. Paul Whipple, a physician who has practiced medicine in Star City for more than 25 years, will join Mainline Health Systems’ on June 18. He will practice at Mainline’s clinic in Star City.

“After practicing on my own for over 25 years the changes in healthcare convinced me that the rural health systems would be better equipped to serve rural areas,” Dr. Whipple said, explaining why he is leaving private practice to join Mainline Health Systems.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Whipple and his staff join the Mainline team,” said Mainline CEO Allan Nichols. “His expertise and years of service to the community is a great addition to our Star City clinic. We are looking forward to having him join the other providers in providing the highest quality care to the community.”

Dr. Whipple was educated at the University of Rhode Island where he received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1986. After receiving his degree in pharmacy, Dr. Whipple continued to medical school at the University of New England where he obtained a degree in medicine in 1990. He completed his residency in Rhode Island in 1993.

“I was born in Providence, Rhode Island, but after residency my family had moved into this part of the country,” he said. “For them, and more rural practice opportunities, I moved here.”

Upon moving to Star City, Dr. Whipple worked with Dr. Thomas Lewellen for a short time before opening his own medical practice in 1994.

Dr. Whipple said his interest in biology led him to the medical field.

“Biology has always been my main academic area of interest,” he said. “This grew into a desire to understand the functions of the human body. Through pharmacy school these feelings matured into a desire to help and serve society through the practice of medicine.”

Dr. Whipple is also interested in history and enjoys aviation, woodworking, firearms, and gardening.

He and his wife of 23 years, Jessica, live in the country near Star City. “We have seven beautiful children, two of whom are now married,” he said.

Dr. Whipple says his favorite quote might be one by the Christian missionary Jim Elliot: “He is no fool, who gives what he can not keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”

“It puts life and eternity in perspective,” Dr. Whipple said.

Dr. Whipple’s office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For the time being, he is still at his office at Kirkwood Road (870) 628-5391. After the clinic in town is renovated to support his staff he will be moving there. The clinic number is (870) 628-5110.