Erlanger Primary Care - Northshore
Championing a Holistic Approach
After struggling with her own illness and receiving a holistic approach from her primary care doctor, Dr. Hannah West felt called to become a doctor herself. “I felt drawn to provide the same holistic and compassionate approach with determination to help others not only fight disease but get to the root of the illness,” says Dr. West. Today, Dr. West is an osteopathic doctor with Erlanger Primary Care – NorthShore where she is part of a small but mighty team. “Our practice is a small office setting with two providers, one physician, and one nurse practitioner,” explains Dr. West. “This small setting allows for a more intimate environment where patients can feel comfortable.” In addition to having her patients feel comfortable, Dr. West always focuses on the intersection of mental and physical health and strives to help patients advocate for themselves.
Osteopathic Medicine Degree:
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine – Lewisburg, WV
Board-Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love developing relationships with my patients whereby they can learn to trust and depend on me for a holistic approach to their care. I especially love when I can treat multiple members of the same family.
2. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
Family medicine is often the first contact a patient has and inherently requires knowledge in a multitude of fields. I enjoy staying up to date on a variety of things but find prevention to be of utmost importance.
3. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I consider myself to have a good bedside manner and clinical acumen. I am also a good listener and thorough. I know my limits and am always willing to dig for answers and ask for help when needed.
4. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
One of my happiest professional moments was being chosen by my colleagues to serve as chief resident during my final year of residency training. Their belief in my leadership motivated me to foster autonomy and improve the resident training experience.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
My approach involves making a difference in my patient’s life by listening, understanding their needs, keeping open communication, providing compassion, and most of all educating my patients so they have a healthier life.