Dr. Teryl Elam
-Dr. Teryl Elam
-Dr. Teryl Elam
I had a high-risk pregnancy my first one, when I was 40. My other kids were adopted, so knowing other challenges and other ways of forming families is something I feel really comfortable talking about with patients.
I started off doing science research because I like teaching, and I have a PhD. I didn’t really like the minutia and all the time in the lab, I just liked teaching. So, I decided to go back to medical school to try different things, and I remember when I was doing OB-GYN I just loved it! I decided if I don’t ever do this again, I’m going to be sad. If I’m not delivering babies, if I’m not involved in women’s lives in this way, I’m going to be sad.
We take care of women through everything, sometimes from their very first exam, which can be very stressful for women. They can get freaked out about it. We also deal with issues like women and their boyfriends, or having a baby, or trying to have a baby, or getting their sex life right. And when they get older, about joints starting to hurt, or menopause, things like that.
We try to make it feel like we’re family, in an environment where they feel comfortable. Whereas some clinics try to focus on being the patient’s clinic, we try to focus on being the patient’s doctor. We know the details of their life. We know their kids. We know if a person’s mom had breast cancer and they were taking care of her. It’s really rewarding as a doctor to be that involved.
So that’s what we try to convey as a clinic. We really care about the individual, care about the whole of their life. Not just the fact that they’re having bleeding issues, but they have three kids, or they’re a teacher or other parts of their life.
You can ask your mom, she remembers the moment you were born. It’s a privilege to be able to be part of somebody’s life. I try to recognize that with everyone I treat.
Dr. Teryl Elam attended medical school at the University of Washington and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Elam practiced public health in Oregon and South America before moving back to Anchorage in 2002 to establish a practice as an OB-GYN.
Dr. Elam is incredibly kind and empathetic! I very much enjoy her and trust her completely!Denali OB-GYN Patient