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Keeping the Four States Working

August 09, 2021

Occupational Medicine in Joplin, Missouri

Healthy workers are safer workers! Led by a board-certified occupational medicine physician, the occupational health specialists at Freeman OccuMed dedicate their careers to improving and maintaining employees’ health at work. Staying healthy and being safe at work leads to fewer accidents, reducing stress and giving employees more time to enjoy life. OccuMed uses evidence-based practices shown to improve outcomes and reduce lost time at work.

OccuMed is committed to patient-focused care, enhancing worker safety by minimizing workplace hazards, and improving job satisfaction by helping employees return to whole health, and to work, as quickly as possible.

"We improve the health of the communities we serve by tailoring a personal plan for employees during the lifespan of their career, from starting as a new hire through to enjoying a retirement full of wellness,” said Kathryn Charlton, Freeman OccuMed Director of Operations. “Over 450 area businesses partner with OccuMed to be their high quality, fair-cost solution for work injury prevention and treatment.”

Freeman OccuMed compassionately cares for employees of diverse work environments at each stage of employment by providing:

  • Drug and alcohol testing to support a drug-free workplace.
  • Physicals to match workers to jobs they can safely perform.
  • Specialty physical exams (DOT, hazmat, forklift, respiratory and more) so employees can enter or remain in a chosen career.
  • Timely referrals to other specialties keeping workers on the road to recovery.
  • Monitoring for hearing loss, exposure to hazardous materials and respiratory protection programs to maintain OSHA compliance.
  • Workers’ compensation injury care, physical therapy and comprehensive case management to rehab injured employees and return them to work.
  • Ergonomic evaluations to teach proper body mechanics for lifting and carrying to reduce injuries.
  • Telemedicine to enable workers to connect with a physician without having to go to a clinic.


Freeman OccuMed is pleased to welcome Dr. Dennis Estep, Medical Director, who has over 25 years of experience working with area companies and industries and providing care to regional employees. We’re confident Dr. Estep will both enhance OccuMed’s daily operations and future growth. Call Tera Lankard, Employer Relations Manager, at 417.347.6950, to schedule a tour of OccuMed and learn what we can do for your business and your employees.

Three convenient Freeman OccuMed locations:

3201 McClelland Boulevard

336 South Jefferson Street

1500 South Case Street