Medical Matrimony: Scott and Jennifer Kempers |

Medical Matrimony: Scott and Jennifer Kempers

John F. Russell

Shop talk is a healthy thing. And medical doctors Jennifer and Scott Kempers don’t hesitate to come home from work and engage in it.

In fact, it’s a common way for Jen, who practices internal medicine, and Scott, an anesthesiologist, to unwind (patients of course, remain anonymous).

“We often talk about work at home,” Jen says. “It’s a way for us to decompress from stressful moments at work. It’s also nice to be able to talk with someone who understands your situation and supports you.”

Ask the Kempers’ three sons — Matthew, 13, Daniel, 12, and Andrew, 10 — about shop talk and you might get a different answer.

“Our kids are very used to us talking about medical topics, to the point I think they’re a little sick of it and are not considering medicine as a career,” Jen admits.

The Kempers moved to Steamboat Springs from Tucson, Arizona, with their two oldest sons in June 2003 right after Scott completed his residency at the University of Arizona. They were introduced by a mutual friend who accurately predicted that they’d be a good match.

With a shared love of sports and outdoor activities, the Kempers have blended well into Steamboat and enjoy working in a small community with sophisticated medical facilities, as well as good friends who help them balance professional life and raising boys.

Scott says it’s rewarding to take care of friends and acquaintances while working in a “highly modernized” hospital setting.

“The staff and other physicians are all excellent and an honor to work with,” he says. “Specifically, the OR staff is a true joy to work with, and we have a lot of fun in a very professional setting.”

Jen adds she’s especially happy to be associated with Yampa Valley Medical Associates, which she describes as being at the forefront of primary care. “I really enjoy caring for the people of Steamboat,” she says. “They all have a unique story behind how they got here and what they’re doing with their lives.”

As a family, the Kempers enjoy exploring North Routt and they take an annual trip to Lake Powell for water skiing and other family fun. Scott enjoys mountain biking, skiing and hunting, and Jen plays in the women’s soccer league and took up hockey after hours of watching her sons trigger slap shots.

You can bet they talk about all of that around the dinner table, too.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.