WKU Athletics Adds Three New Official Team Doctors

Bowling Green, Ky. The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics has added three new official team doctors to its staff for the 2008-09 season.

Drs. Andrew Burt, Wayne Bush and Richard Welch join existing team doctors Craig Beard, John Burch, David Richards and Phil Turner.

Burt is a former student-athlete at WKU, playing football under coach Jack Harbaugh for three seasons (1990-92). He received his dental degree from Kentucky in 1997, and has been practicing in Bowling Green for the past 11 years. After entering into private practice, Dr. Burt is now the managing partner of Bluegrass Oral Heath Centers in Bowling Green and Morgantown, Ky. A member of the American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, Pennyrile Dental Association, Academy of Sports Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry, Burt is on the active staff at both the Medical Center of Bowling Green and Greenview Regional Hospital.

Bush is a general surgeon practicing in both Bowling Green and Scottsville. A native of Allen County, he also lettered four years in football at WKU from 1984-89, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology and chemistry. He attended medical school at Kentucky before completing his surgery residency at the Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. Bush currently serves on the board of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation and the W-Club where he is also a past-president. He has also served on the WKU Alumni Board.

Welch also is in private practice in Bowling Green and is the owner of PrimeCare Medicine Associates, specializing in family medicine. A 1989 graduate of WKU, Welch served his residency at the University of South Carolina Richland Memorial Hospital from 1994-97. He is also on the medical staff at both The Medical Center and Greenview Regional Hospital, holding medical licenses in Kentucky and South Carolina. Welch is also a certified laser specialist, and owner/clinician at Cosmedx, LLC in Bowling Green, specializing in laser skin care. He is also the owner and medical director of Doctor’s Diet Program, LLC.