John Martinez, MD, and Dwight Zabel, MD, are board certified Nephrologists who received their Nephrology training at KU Medical Center. Together with Johnna Manna, PA-C, and Lavonne Burrows, APRN, they provide a full spectrum of care for kidney disease patients in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. After identifying causes of the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), a patient-specific plan is developed on how to slow its progression by medically managing the underlying causes. Once the patient’s kidneys start to fail, patients are given information on the many types of dialysis therapies available, including transplantation. Through their highly successful CKD Education and Advance Directives program they encourage patients and families to work together in thoughtful discussions about current and future medical decision making.