In a recent interview with Dr. Robert Lockwood M.D. and Dr. Kyle Rickner M.D., they shared their passion for clinical research and working with Tekton Research.

Why clinical research/ How did you get into the field? 

Dr. Robert Lockwood: I got interested in clinical research at a previous employer, they presented the opportunity to start doing that in our current clinical setting, which was just a general family practice clinic. Since I have a background in engineering and science, I was really interested in doing something that would sort of like forward medicine, take us forward a little bit.

That’s kind of where I got the interest and then we just basically, at that point, started talking about what kind of studies we’d want to do, and I was really interested in doing studies that would impact my family medicine patients.

Why should someone participate in a study?

Dr. Kyle Rckner: I think there’s a lot of reasons people want to participate; you know one of the reasons I like to participate is I like to always know what’s new and happening and what’s being developed, and some patients are very interested in that as well.

There are a lot of patients that are very interested because they want to contribute to science and they realize that this is actually a small step or a way they can contribute to help other people. Then as I alluded to, it’s also a way for them to receive interventions that could really make a personal difference in their own health and so there’s a lot of good reasons for patients to consider it.

Left: Dr. Kyle Rickner M.D. Right: Dr. Robert Lockwood M.D.

About Dr. Lockwood

Dr. Lockwood was born in Oklahoma City and has lived in the OKC area all his life. In medicine, his passion is his relationship with patients, their wellness and Direct Primary Care.

He graduated from Putnam City West High School in 1984 and then attended the University of Oklahoma. In 1988 he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and then went to work for AT&T. While there, he completed his MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1992. Eventually, he left that position to pursue medical school and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999.

After, he trained a Great Plains Family Practice and completed his residency in 2002. Dr. Lockwood then went to work for INTEGRIS Health in July of 2002 and remained there until forming Primary Health Partners P.L.L.C. with Dr. Kyle Rickner.

He is married to Kecia Lockwood and has three beautiful daughters Kenzi, Courtney and Kylie. He loves to run, play golf and has a heart for mission work and has traveled to Honduras in that capacity many times.  In the fall on Saturdays, you may find him cheering on his beloved Sooners with one of his daughters and occasionally even his wife will make the pilgrimage.

About Dr. Rickner

Dr. Rickner has been a family physician for 14 years. He loves helping patients live healthier and fuller lives through his passion as a Direct Primary Care Physician. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University where he played basketball for four years.

Dr. Rickner earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his Family Practice Residency at Great Plains Family Practice in Oklahoma City in 2001. Dr. Rickner went on to serve 3 years as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Army, based out of Ft. Bragg, NC. After two wartime tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he elected to join a private practice in Clinton, NC. Dr. Rickner has been practicing in Yukon, OK since 2006. 

Dr. Rickner married his wife Julie in 1989 and they have four great kids; Makenna, Mitch, Maya and Matthew. They share their home with two labs; Macy and Major and one rat terrier Spot. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, running, Thunder basketball and Sooner football.

Learn more about Tekton Research and Dr. in the video below.