Every month, we feature a physician as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great doctors on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with Dr. Ashlee Bergin, an OB/GYN at Women’s Healthcare Affiliates and recent addition to the Little Company of Mary team. Read on to get to know Dr. Bergin, including her philosophy of care, why she became a physician, and even what she is currently reading.
Dr. Ashlee Bergin
Medical School: The George Washington University
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center
Internships: University of Chicago Medical Center
Why did you decide to become a physician?
My father was an OB/GYN, so that played a part, and I always had an interest in women’s health. After earning a Bachelor’s in Biology, I worked as a lab technician, which finally cemented my choice to become a physician. In that job, I had the most fun I’d ever had. I really enjoyed the patient interaction, and I realized I’d love to have patients of my own.
How did you choose your specialty?
In addition to becoming familiar with the specialty through my father, I enjoyed that rotation most in medical school. I wanted the opportunity to make sure women are educated about their reproductive health. I also appreciate that, as an OB/GYN, I will see patients of all ages, and can provide a continuity of care.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician?
I like the idea that I am positively impacting women in reproductive and overall health and well-being through all the stages of their lives.
What is your philosophy of care?
To provide the best care possible for each patient, and to be an advocate for their health when they need me to be.
What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?
When it comes to overall health, I’ve seen a fair amount of people who need to lose weight, but aren’t sure of simple steps they can take. If cost and time prohibit joining a gym, I like to tell people to incorporate more walking into their daily routine. If you work in a building with multiple floors, go upstairs to use the bathroom. If you’re able, walk to the grocery store or work, or when you drive somewhere, park in the furthest spot from your destination. A little extra exercise worked into your daily routine will go a long way.
What is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?
It seems like the hospital tries to personalize the healthcare experience as much as possible, so everyone gets care tailored to what they would like. The hospital does everything they can to accommodate patients, so they are treated in the best possible way.
If you hadn’t become a physician, what would you be doing?
I might have gone back to school to do forensic science. Growing up, I read Nancy Drew books and wanted to fancy myself as a detective. In a way, sometimes medical care is similar to detective work, as you have to take in the facts and piece them together to figure out what might be wrong.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
I like music, traveling, and I am getting back into exercise — I was often sedentary during my residency. I also like to read. Currently I’m in between books, but I’ve recently been reading some of the Sookie Stackhouse series for some fluff entertainment. I have Kitchen Confidential, a memoir about restaurant kitchens, on my to-read list, as I recently was at an event where the author, Anthony Bourdain, spoke. I also plan to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.