Dr. Brewer: Hospital Expands OB/GYN

December, 2016 Posted in Other
Dr. Jennifer Brewer

Dr. Jennifer Brewer

By Mary Owen

Jennifer Brewer is a wife, mother of two, and a doctor new this year at Santiam Hospital.

“I have some friends that work in different departments of the hospital and clinics,” said Brewer, an OB/GYN physician who came on board in April after practicing in Phoenix, Ariz., for almost six years. “They recommended that I look into practicing at Santiam. Fortunately, the hospital was looking to expand the obstetric and women’s health services at the same time that I was looking for employment.”

Dr. Brewer is the oldest of four children and was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She did her undergraduate work at University of California, Irvine and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for medical school. Brewer did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Phoenix before moving to Oregon for the Santiam Hospital position.

“The facilities are lovely, modern, and better than what I had, even in the large hospitals in Phoenix,” she said of SH’s new obstetrics wing. “The people here are wonderful as well! Dr. (Susan)Taylor is a fantastic partner and mentor in many ways. We make a great clinical team, and I’m quite pleased to have joined her.”

Brewer said her strengths lie with her interpersonal communication skills, which she brings to her practice.

“As a physician, you go through a pretty standard set of training courses and rotations to teach you the technical aspect of medicine, but medical school cannot teach you everything,” she said. “I enjoy listening to my patients and trying to get to the root of their issue, even if it doesn’t seem to be gynecologically related. Coordination of care is very important.

“My goals at the end of the day are to take great care of women, to make sure that they are heard and respected, and that their preventative and health needs have been attended to, to the best of my ability,” she said.

Although she is a generalist in obstetrics and gynecology, Brewer said she tends to personally gravitate towards pre-pregnancy and pregnancy care, postpartum care and breastfeeding support.

“During the first OB/GYN rotation I discovered my love for a specialty that was part office, part surgery, and could involve so much teaching. It clicked, and I have never regretted my career path,” she said.

Part of the beauty of OB/GYN is that her job is mostly happy.

“Even though there are aches and pains of pregnancy, the outcome is almost always worth the effort,” Brewer said. “When there is a rare adverse clinical outcome, it is a deep reminder that life is a gift not to be taken for granted. Even helping women with low-risk options for dealing with heavy or irregular periods is satisfying.”

Brewer welcomes prospective patients, inviting them to learn about their health and female physiology.

“I love teaching women about our basic female health topics – hormones, the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, lactation, peri-menopause and menopause, sexuality – the list goes on…” she said.

When she isn’t with her patients, she loves being with her husband, George, and their children, Maya, almost 3, and Hunter, who just turned 1.

“They are so much fun, and we enjoy watching them grow and learn every day,” she said. “Small children take a lot of work. We spend a lot of time playing, singing, reading and running.”

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