Dr. Robert Kessler is an active, dedicated member of ACOFP NV and is completing his term as chapter Vice President. He has been a staple in the family medicine community in Nevada for 36 years. In addition to his continued practice at the Touro University Nevada Health Center, Dr. Kessler is an associate professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Kessler grew up in Long Island, New York and completed his undergraduate education at American University in Washington, D.C. After graduating with the class of 1977 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, he began his residency at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Kessler became the 200th physician certified in Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Kessler joined in his family tradition of healthcare as an osteopathic physician, as his three brothers practice osteopathic, allopathic, and dental medicine. Dr. Kessler chose to attend osteopathic medical school because he believes in the principle of promoting health and healing. He later chose a career in Family Medicine as a conduit to treat entire families and build lifelong relationships. He also enjoyed practicing in a smaller community and the instant gratification that OMT brings to his patients. He now loves his work with students and continues to offer knowledge and encouragement to the next generation of caring health professionals.
Dr. Kessler, his wife, and three children all have careers that are artistic in nature and they undoubtedly love what they do. He enjoys the art of OMM as well as his hobby in pottery making. Mrs. Kessler is now a retired chef, but still enjoys cooking. One of his daughters is a gifted artist, the other a dedicated preschool teacher, and his son a talented musician. The entire family shares Dr. Kessler’s passion for life and giving back to the community.
Dr. Kessler believes that there is boundless opportunity for those students considering Family Medicine as a career. He also feels that treating patients is a privilege, and should be regarded as such. To the anxious medical student or resident, Dr. Kessler offers these words of encouragement: “Love what you do! As long as you love your life, work every day, and are happy in what you do, then you’ve won.”
Interview and physician profile by:
Toni Hodges Wills, OMS II
Leticia Rojas, OMS I