Wakulla Doctor Saves Lives and Limbs

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

These days, it's hard enough to keep one job. Now imagine having five or more. That's the life of one Wakulla doctor, but most of his jobs are Pro Bono.

Dr. David Keen is a busy man. By day, he works at the Wakulla Urgent Care and Diagnostic Center. But he serves many roles in Wakulla County. Dr. Keen is also the Medical Director of NHC Home Care, Wakulla County Sheriffs Office, Disc Village and works in Lake City ER and Perry's ER at Doctors Memorial. Where does he find the time?

"If you want something done, give it to a busy person to get done. I have time for anybody. I have the bug, I've been bitten by it."

We forgot to mention, at least six times a year, Dr. Keen takes mission trips to help those in need. He and his family run Cameo, Caribbean American Medical Education Organization which does mission trips to several foreign places like Jamaica, St. Vincent, and Belize providing free medical care.

"That one mission trip changed my life."

And it's changed the lives of many others as well. Take for instance a young boy by the name of Devon Richards in St. Vincents. He had one request that only Dr. Keen could fulfill.

"This five year old kid said, I want a pair of Nike's. And he had no feet. That was a no brainer. There's no reason why he couldn't walk."
So the following year, Dr. Keen was able to bring Devon to Tallahassee. And with the help of Tallahassee orthopedic, Dr. Dewey from TMH and many others, Devon received prosthetic legs. An 18-thousand dollar gift for a kid that would never have a chance before he met Dr. Keen.

"I went back to St. Vincent in February. I met him and he's walking without a cane. He's walking on his own."


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  • by TWILLA Location: PERRY ER on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:09 AM
    THE LADIES OF THE NIGHT SHIFT AT DMH; TWILLA ,CONNIE TABITHA ,CYNARA, JULIE, AND TRACEY, CAN DESCRIBE DR. KEEN IN ONE WORD. AWESOME! THROUGH THE YEARS WE HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM, AND ALL THE PATIENTS LOVE HIM. HE NOT ONLY CARES ABOUT THE PHYSICAL AILMENT BUT THE HOLISTIC, BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL BEING. WE ARE HONORED TO KNOW SUCH AN AWESOME PERSON AND HAVE HIM ON OUR TEAM. WE LOVE YOU DR. KEEN... LOVE, THE NIGHT SHIFT.
  • by MsJP Location: Thomasville/Tally/FSU on Sep 15, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    Finally more positive news.Great story WCTV.Don't know him personally but judging by the comments he sounds like a good doctor.
  • by kimberly Location: wakulla on Sep 15, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    DR. KEEN IS AN AMAZING DOCTOR. HE TAKES HIS TIME WITH EACH PATIENT AND HE DOES NOT LEAVE THE ROOM UNTIL HE IS SURE YOU UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG AND WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO TO HELP YOU. DR. KEEN WAS MY DOCTOR WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND HE IS KNOW ALSO MY CHILDREN'S DOCTOR. WE LOVE YOU DOC!
  • by Ravyn Location: Fears on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Great doctor with a WONDERFUL sense of humor! Too Cool!
  • by Ruth Location: st.vincent on Sep 14, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    DR Keen is a down to earth doctor he will go above and beyond to help any one.
  • by Caroline Location: Tallahassee on Sep 14, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    DR David Keen has a passion for helping people. Great doctor.
  • by laura Location: atlanta ga on Sep 14, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    Way to go Dr. Keen!! Glad to here you are still helping the Wakulla county folks and doing your mission trips!
  • by Brittany and Jackie Location: Your ER Girls on Sep 13, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    This was a very good interview. It looked great! Thanks for being the great DR that you are and for having awesome bedside manners with all of your patients. We love working with you. Your ER Girls Brittany and Jackie!
  • by Princess Location: Canada on Sep 10, 2009 at 09:51 PM
    Proud of you Kiddo!Done good!
  • by Thinking Location: Wakulla on Sep 10, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    Bet for a minute some of you thought this was about Kessler didn't you. Well he is to busy sticking his nose in everything in the county to do something worthy. Sorry for your disappointment. Thank you Dr. Keen for being true.
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