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KCH Highlight: Karla Heyborne
6/10/09: Laurali Noteman
Karla Heyborne was borne right here in Kanab. Dr. Washburn from Page, AZ, was her physician. He would see patients every Monday. Back then when a mom went into labor any other day of the week they would give him a call and he flew in for the delivery.
Karla is a Valley Girl. Her parents are Loyd and Maryllis Heyborne. When you grow up with parents as great as her’s some of it is bound to rub off and it did.
I expected "an attitude", because after all it is Karla, when I asked her what her interests were in school. "Sleep and a social life," she snickered. "Oh yeah and volleyball and basketball."
After graduating from Valley High School Karla attended Evans Hair Styling in St. George.
She came back to Kanab and worked at Creative Cuts and the Junction. The Junction is where the magic began to happen.
Her brother-in-law had tried to introduce her to Darren Knape. Darren commented, "Oh no that’ll never work. She is to tall for me." Well not so. A friend introduced them while she was working at Junction and they began dating. Two years later they were married. Karla and Darren have two children Madison and Tylee.
She enjoys yard work including painting the house, reading and still enjoys the social life. Darren is quite the outdoors man and hunter, Karla is not. "I am learning to enjoy the outdoor stuff. I have to if I want to spend time with the family," she said. Karla also added, "We had Madison so Darren would have someone to hunt with."
Karla began working with Kane County Hospital, July 17, 2001. "I am really close to some of the people I work with," she stated. "It’s a great staff." When Karla greets me with her smile and the "attitude" twinkle in her eye my day always brightens up.
She works the front desk at our medical clinic along side of Randi Utter and Shannon Piper. You have to hand it to that team. They greet patients and check them in, make appointments, answer phones, respond to Doctors, PAs, Medical Assistants, and their Manager Mary Lee Smith. Then they take a breath and repeat the process. Heck of a daily feat I’d say.
Thanks Karla, you do an outstanding job of keeping a smile on your face and in your voice. We appreciate you.
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