There’s not much the Kalbfleisch family enjoys more than getting together for a fun-filled family vacation. Pictured from left are, Maura Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Julian Rogers, Shannon Kalbfleisch, Kellie Rogers, John Kalbfleisch, Lisa Kalbfleisch, Jace Kalbfleisch, Carly Kalbfleisch, Kristin Price and Travis Price, front, Luke and Lucy Rogers.

The relationships that we build our lives around are often centered around friends and family. However, for Dr. John Kalbfleisch, that circle includes his friends, family and his patients. A family physician for 30 years, Kalbfleisch has spent his career caring for Montanans from his practice in Whitefish. 

A Shelby native and the son of the late Rae and Ann Kalbfleisch, he graduated from Shelby High School in 1981 before continuing to Carroll College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1985. With his interest in a medical degree thriving, Kalbfleisch made the decision to attend school at the University of Washington, where he took part in the school’s multi-state medical program covering Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). 

“I have always been curious about science and medicine and it seemed like a great career to help people and here I am,” Kalbfleisch said. “It is hard but rewarding work and it has worked out really well for me.” 

After graduating medical school in 1989, Kalbfleisch completed his residency in Spokane in 1992. 

From there, Kalbfleisch and his wife, Lisa, made the move to Whitefish where he went right to work helping people. 

“We knew we wanted to come back to Montana and I joined a group in Whitefish. We have been here ever since,” Kalbfleisch said. “We are both Montanans at our core and we wanted to come home.” Lisa is originally from Helena.

Whitefish became not only the couple’s home, but the home of their five children: Kellie Rogers, Shannon Kalbfleisch, Kristen Price, Jace Kalbfleisch and Maura Johnson.

Being just three hours from his childhood home though, has had its perks for Kalbfleisch as well. 

“I have quite a few patients that are teachers, principals or farmers over in Shelby,” Kalbfleisch noted. “It is always really cool to see them and it is so fun to have those relationships with people.” 

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