Local Leaders | Gunther Rencken
by The Press and Standard | July 27, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2018 at 11:56 am
Gunther Rencken is in a profession in a small town that calls for a special devotion and willingness to serve and care for others — he is a doctor.
Dr. Rencken is a family medicine physician and partner at Walterboro Family Practice, where he has served the health needs of the community over the last 15 years.
Growing up in small town in South Africa, Dr. Rencken says he fell in love with Walterboro because it felt similar and was like home.
“For me, it was like coming home to a small community where folks know each other and help each other out,” he said. “When someone is in need, they get help, and then they help others when they are able. Walterboro, as a community, is very caring and welcoming.
“I love taking care of people of all ages,” said Dr. Rencken. “I take care of their emotional and physical needs. Being a family physician allows me to take care of whole families, often extended families. This allows me to get a sense of not only the individual, but the whole group, and even the community.”
Dr. Rencken believes in giving back to the community and his chosen cause is to take care of victims of crime.
“I try to help out folks when they are vulnerable, hurt and often unable to afford medical help,” said Dr. Rencken. “I coordinate this with the local law enforcement crime victim’s advocates. Denise Pinckney got me involved many years ago and we continue to coordinate our efforts to take care of crime victims. This enables us to give them emotional, physical and medical help very quickly without them having to worry about financial constraints. My wife, Kim, is also involved and helps provide care to crime victims.”
On his wish list for the community: more activities for people of all ages to be active and involved with.
“I would like to see Walterboro and Colleton County continue to work on improving activities for people of all ages,” said Dr. Rencken. “The recreation center and swamp sanctuary walking trails are wonderful places for folks to relax and do activities as a community. I think we need more facilities such as these.”
Dr. Rencken, 46, calls living in the Lowcountry paradise. He shares that love of the Lowcountry with his wife Kim and the two beautiful daughters they have raised — Lee (20) and Lauren (18).