Beloved rural doctor retires after 13 years

Retiring doctor Leith Geisel with husband Mike at the morning tea. Picture: Supplied

A beloved general practitioner has retired and bid farewell after 13 years of treating patients in Killarney and Allora.

Dr Leith Geisel was joined by about 50 people, both friends and patients, at the Killarney Memorial Aged Care centre last week for a morning tea to honour her services.

Dr Geisel helped launch the Killarney and Allora Medical Centres in 2010 before later donating the Killarney practice to the Memorial Aged Care in 2023, so the community could have control over the future of its health care.

Killarney Memorial chief executive Sarah Fea said the donation was a testament to Dr Geisel’s commitment to providing outstanding medical care and support to the community.

“I’d like to express our gratitude for her dedication as well as her generous donation last year of the Killarney Medical Practice to our community,” Ms Fea said.

“I’d like to wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement,” she said.

Dr Geisel’s career in rural medicine first begun in Mount Isa. She later moved to the Southern Downs with her family when her husband Mike purchased the Southern Downs Dental surgery.

The Allora and Killarney medical practices were opened after more than 20 years of Dr Geisel living in Warwick when she recognised those rural communities were calling out for a local doctor.