Karen Leggett, D.O.

College: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Medical School:  University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency:  University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Geriatric Fellowship:  Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL

Why did you go into medicine?

I would say, medicine was a calling for me.  I knew I was going to be a doctor when I was 7 or 8 years old.  I loved to go to see my pediatrician, even though I only went when I was sick, which wasn’t very often. I felt secure and cared about in my most vulnerable state.  Maybe that’s why I try to make my patients and their family feel secure around me.


Was there any key person, milestone or pivotal moment that helped you become who you are?

There’s no doubt the key people who have helped me… my mom and dad first.  And then my husband, David.  They have been by my side every step of my life.


Reflecting on your career, what has been the most rewarding part?

In general, on a day-to-day basis, the answer is helping people with the most valuable thing we have – our health – and helping them improve their health and wellbeing in any way possible.  But specifically – THE most rewarding part of my career has been when I am honored to hold the hand of a patient transitioning from our Earthly life to their next new beginning.


Why did you choose to work at Leggett Medical Group?

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit starting with a Puppet Business at the age of 18.  As soon as I finished my Fellowship in Geriatrics, David and I wanted to create a Medical Group that took care of our employees as much as the patients.  20 years later we are delighted to say that our team is strong and committed to helping patients in Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facilities, while also caring about one another, and treating one another like a close family member. 


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love too many things to list!  But if I had to pick certain things out… I love to research about 2 topics - hormones and dementia, do different forms of art, sit with my husband with a glass of wine and chat, snuggle with my dogs, and just chat with my mom in her swing.  And though it’s not as much fun as all that good stuff, I also love to exercise.