Kelli Ward was born and raised in West Virginia. Kelli graduated from Bridgeport High School where she worked hard to achieve the highest honor valedictorian. She was also voted "Most Likely To Succeed." In high school, Kelli was very involved including being the president of the National Honor Society, a cheerleader, a member of the volleyball and tennis teams, a member of the Key Club, and she served as an officer in Student Government.
She attended Duke University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She worked as an environmental chemist in Florida for a year and credits her co-workers with strengthening her Republican/Conservative values by introducing her to talk radio. Kelli attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in 1996. She completed her Family Medicine Residency training in Garden City, Michigan.
Kelli met her husband, Michael Ward, during medical school and they married in 1995. Michael is an Emergency Medicine physician and is the founding partner of Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists. Kelli and Mike have three children Nick, Katie, and Cameron.
In 1999, the family moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They have put down deep roots as they have served their community, schools, and family businesses. Nick graduated from high school in 2012 and is attending California State University. Katie and Cameron both attend Lake Havasu High School after spending their pre-high school years at Calvary Christian Academy. Kelli served on the school board at CCA including serving as the chairman of that board. Kelli returned to school to complete her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in health policy after she completed a year-long health policy fellowship.
Dr. Ward started Lakeview Family Health Care with her mom, Dr. Lorraine Byrd. Lorraine has always been an inspiration to Kelli striving to live her dreams by becoming a pediatrician as a second career. Lorraine started medical school when she was 42 and now Kelli is starting her political career at the same age. Kelli sold her private medical practice to North Country Community Healthcare after ten years of private practice. North Country is part of the health safety net it is a community health center. Dr. Ward worked there for two years as a staff physician and regional medical director. As she transitioned to running for office, Kelli shifted from primary care to emergency care and she now works as a contracted physician in the Emergency Departments in both Lake Havasu City and Kingman.
Kelli has been politically active in her profession since she was a medical student. She served as the national president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and has been active on the local, state, and national levels as a practicing doctor as well. She recently completed her term as the president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association.
Kelli has always been interested in community and public service and has felt a keen responsibility to build and improve his city and state. She has been a member of the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club and she served as a Lake Havasu Chamber Ambassador. She also completed leadership training through the Chamber of Commerce building important community networks to enable her to get things done.
Kelli feels that integrity and openness are essential in order for a public official to effectively represent the people.
Background and Experience
- BS, Psychology, Duke University
- D.O., West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
- MPH with an emphasis in health policy, A.T. Still School of Health Management
- Family physician (limiting her practice to the Emergency Department at this time)
- Director of Medical Education, Kingman Regional Medical Center
- Small business owner
- Married to Colonel Michael P. Ward, D.O., parent of three children Katie, Cameron, and Nick
- One dog, Rosie
- Family in Lake Havasu – Kelli’s parents (Lorraine and stepdad Richard) and Mike’s parents (Pat and Bruce)
- One brother, Dr. Derek Kaznoski
- Resident of Lake Havasu City since 1999
Volunteer and Community Service
- Rotary International Member, December 2006 to present
- Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Class of 2006-2007
- Chamber Ambassador for the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce, April 2005 to February 2007
- Women’s Network Exchange of AZ, member, 2004 to 2007
- Liga International – Flying Doctors of Mercy – Member, April 2009 to present
- Lake Havasu Referrals Club, member, 2005 to 2007
- Provided no cost well female exams to under- or uninsured in Lake Havasu City
- Member of the numerous Republican clubs in LD-5, 2001 to present
- Volunteered for the Lake Havasu Women’s Health Fairs, 1999 to present
- Volunteered for the Lake Havasu High School Teen Pregnancy Maze project, 1999
- Taught EMT refresher course subjects for Lake Havasu Fire/Rescue
- Taught BLS to high school students as part of the Havasu Heart Association
- Sponsor events for Hospice of Havasu and Havasu Health Trust
- Appointed to the AZ Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants by Governor Janet Napolitano, July 2005 to 2009; reappointed by Governor Jan Brewer, July 2009 to 2012.
Honors and Awards:
- NCSL Early Childhood Fellowship, 2013
- Female Leader of the Year, 2013, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
- Woman of the Year, 2012, London Bridge Republican Women
- Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Class of 2011-2011
- Young Family Physician of the Year, 2008, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
- Physician of the Year, 2007, Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
- Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, July 2005
- Featured in The D.O. Magazine – December 2004, Women of Influence
- American Osteopathic Foundation/Wyeth Emerging Leader Award, 2002
- People’s Choice Physician of the Year for Lake Havasu City, 2002
- American Osteopathic Foundation Outstanding Resident of the Year. 1999
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. 1999
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Academic Fellowship Scholarship. 1999
- Allan Breakie Medical Resident Writing Award, First Place, 1999
- Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians Resident Writing Award, Second Place, 1999
- Michigan Association of Directors and Medical Educators Scientific Poster Award, First Place, 1998
- Intern Class Representative. 1996-1997
- Member of the Housestaff Training Committee at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital. 1996-1997
- Graduated with honors from WVSOM. 1996
- West Virginia Board of Regents Tuition and Fee Waiver for the 1994-1995 school year (awarded to the top six WV students at WVSOM)
- Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Association/National Osteopathic Foundation National Scholarship. 1993 (awarded to 15 students across the country per year)
- National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Corporate Grant. 1993
- National Student Osteopathic Medical Association Medical Education Scholarship. 1994, 1995, 1996
- Sandoz Award for Outstanding Local Organization President. 1994
- Sigma Sigma Phi member (National Osteopathic Honor Society
- Psi Sigma Alpha member (National Osteopathic Academic Honor Society