As previously discussed, the main goal of Pilot Doctors is to help you find an AME. When you search the internet for “FAA physical near me” or “find an AME near me” you may get the best AME for you. Some doctors may no longer be practicing, some aren’t actually “near” you. On the other hand, others may not be the right fit for your individual needs. Finding an AME and conducting an FAA physical can be stressful, which is why we created the most up-to-date premier Aviation Medical Examiners directory.
One of our goals is to develop relationships with AMEs throughout the country in order to provide recommendations for your FAA physical. In today’s article, we want to introduce you to one of our featured AMEs.
Dr. Keith Lemmon recently retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after 22 years of active duty. He also happens to be a commercial pilot with around 500 hours and an instrument rating.
Dr. Lemmon was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1971. He enlisted in the Kansas National Guard in 1989 as a Medical Laboratory Technician and completed Basic Training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. He participated in Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Kansas graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a commission as a Second Lieutenant. While in college, Dr. Lemmon also decided to venture into the realm of aviation by earning his private pilot certificate. He then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine graduating in 1998. He completed a Pediatric Residency in 2001 and reported for his first assignment as a General Pediatrician at Womack Army Medical Center at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Over the next couple of decades, Dr. Lemmon rose through the ranks of military medicine and was mostly associated with large hospital systems. While he was able to get his instrument rating in 2004, flying largely fell by the wayside, as it does for many, due to family and work constraints.
Upon retiring from the Army, Dr. Lemmon decided on a few things. First, he wanted to reconnect with aviation. Moreover, he wanted to be an entrepreneur and he wanted to keep his medical practice distinct from large hospital systems. Furthermore, he has managed to accomplish all three with the South Sound’s newest aviation medicine enterprise Northwest Aviation Medicine.
Dr. Lemmon has every qualification an AME can obtain (Senior AME, HIMS AME, Employee Examiner) and is currently working on his multi-engine and CFI ratings at the Tacoma Narrows Airfield, near one of his practice locations. Dr. Lemmon also owns his own Cessna 182, which allows him to operate out of three separate offices in the region in order to better accommodate pilots. It has long been a dream of his to combine medicine and aviation into the world’s best job!
Flight physical doctor, Keith Lemmon has three young adult and teen children, Charlie 24, Grace 20, and Gabrielle 18, who have been serving alongside him throughout his career.
When not working, he likes to spend time with his kids learning new skills and exploring new places. He enjoys flying, skiing and snowboarding, boating and jet skiing, scuba diving, and working to improve his community. Dr. Lemmon is currently on the board of directors for the Arriva Center for Arts and Technology.
Dr. Lemmon is looking forward to improving the way aviation medicine is delivered in the Pacific Northwest while providing the most comfortable, efficient, and comprehensive AME service to pilots across all stages of their careers.
Also, see AME Profile: Dr. Petra Illig