• Kip was born in Waco, Texas.  Son of Harry and Mary Teaford, both of whom were in the USAF.  Mom was a Nurse.  Although she outranked Dad, Lieutenant vs Staff Sergeant, she separated.  Dad stayed in and served 27 years and retired as a CMSgt.  Kip was the oldest of nine children, seven boys and two girls.  They moved around the US and Europe and ended up settling in Spokane, Washington where Kip went to High School and then to Gonzaga University (GO Zags!!).  Kip met Amy, the Love of his Life, while at Gonzaga.  They were married in 1979.  Kip got an HPSP scholarship to attend Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska from which he graduated in 1980.  His best friend in medical school, Mike Sullivan, who became an Allergist himself, was instrumental in convincing Kip to give it a try.  Kip  completed Internal Medicine Residency at WHMC in 1983 and then served as a General Internist for three years at Yokota AB, Japan and four years at RAF Lakenheath, UK.  Those were wonderful years.  Amy and Kip had three beautiful children born on three different continents,  Kyle, WHMC, San Antonio, Texas, 1983; Kendall, Yokota AB, Japan 1984; and Taylor, RAF Lakenheath, UK 1987.  After child number three and endless nights on call in the hospital Kip decided a change of career was needed.  He chose Allergy.  Thanks also to Greg Lux who was at Wiesbaden at the time and was his mentor while he served as Allergy Extender and encouraged him to pursue further training.  After Kip’s choice of his lifelong mate, Amy, becoming an Allergist Immunologist was the best decision he ever made.  Completed Allergy Fellowship in 1992 and met some of the greatest guys and gals in the world, who have remained lifelong friends.  You know who you are.  For those of you who don’t look at the graduation pictures of the classes before and after 1992.  GIANTS!!  After completing Allergy Fellowship Kip had the good fortune of being sent back to RAF Lakenheath where he was the USAFE Allergist.  Spent three more glorious years there, training a new Allergy Extender for the European theatre every month and traveling all over Europe with our family.  It was marvelous.
    Alas, after 15 years on active duty, meeting great people, getting a fabulous education, and having had the pleasure of traveling around the world,  Kip got another wonderful opportunity.  Chris Lewis, who Kip had done Internal Medicine with at WHMC and had become an Allergist himself, invited Kip to join him at the Mayo Clinic Arizona, in Scottsdale Arizona.  An offer he could not refuse.  It was time to settle down.  Kip joined Chris in 1995.  Chris  is the best partner a guy could ever have.  We have been together now going on 28 years and hope to extend that into 30 years or more, God willing.  Our practice, like yours, is challenging, stimulating, and rewarding.  It has been a joy to be an Allergist Immunologist and one I look forward to every day.  More importantly, my wife Amy and I have now been together going on 44 years and those kids are all grown up and have 9 kids between them.  We enjoy traveling together, hiking, biking, going to the theatre, ballet, opera, symphony, concerts as well as taking in baseball, football, and basketball games.  Got to see the Diamondbacks win a World Series and go to a Super Bowl.  Life could not be better.  Thanks to all of you for being a part of it.  Enjoy the Reunion, Kip Teaford, Class of 92.