Joe-la DeWitt, DO, Joins UGL’s Hancock Family Health Center – OB/GYN Team
HANCOCK, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) welcomes Joe-la DeWitt, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), to their team of OB/GYN providers at the Hancock Family Health Center – Obstetrics & Gynecology.
DeWitt was born and raised in a small town northeast of Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Pennsylvania State University – New Kensington Campus in New Kensington, PA, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Medicine Degree. Dr. DeWitt then went on to earn her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She completed her medical student rotations and residency in Saginaw, MI, but fell in love with northern Michigan. During her ten years of practice, DeWitt gradually moved north until she found herself in the Keweenaw.
To DeWitt, Obstetrics & Gynecology is one of the last “old school” style specialties. Doctors still work crazy hours and come when called, day or night. She says, “I love the close relationship I can develop with my patients. Women are amazing and inspirational. I witness this every day. To have someone let me be a part of one of the biggest moments in their lives – childbirth – is an honor that I do not take lightly. I am humbled by it. The relationships I develop with these women often last into their later lives as we continue to tackle life’s changes together.”
DeWitt enjoys administering obstetrical ultrasounds. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner meaning she has extra training in menopausal complaints. DeWitt’s primary focus is the relationship between doctor and patient. “I always stress that the doctor-patient relationship is a partnership, not adversarial. We work together to find a solution that works for the patient. I will never tell a patient what to do, only what I recommend and why. I never want a patient to leave my office with a question unanswered,” says DeWitt.
DeWitt has multiple hobbies. She is currently in her last year of a Master’s program in Writing Popular Fiction and she is writing a novel. She also loves road-trips and always tries to find the most unusual road-side attractions to visit in her travels. Joining Dr. Dewitt are her husband, Matt, her children and their hairless cat, Feenix.
Hancock Family Health Center – Obstetrics & Gynecology is located at 500 Campus Drive, Suite 3, Hancock, Michigan. To schedule a visit with Joe-la DeWitt, DO, or one of UGL’s other providers in Hancock, call (906) 483-1050.