Dr. Matthew Lindemann
-Dr. Matthew Lindemann
-Dr. Matthew Lindemann
The way I see it, there are two different phases or parts of medicine. One is the mental side that we get a lot of training in. For example, a patient has symptoms we match with a specific pattern of a disease or issue. That’s all medical decision-making and we’re really good at that. The other phase is being able to communicate—that we care about them and we’re getting all the information they have to offer. I’ll often say things like, “Is there anything else you can tell me that would help me figure out what’s going on?” And I have to get people’s trust quickly. I really only have a half an hour, patients really are putting their life in our hands. I think good communication is something doctors either have or don’t. We don’t get any training in this specifically, but to me it’s equality important as the medical training.
I went into medicine to be a primary care doctor. Then, in my third year of medical school, we were doing clinical rotations. My first one was in surgery. And I was like, “I have to do this.” I just loved being in the operating room. OB is a really unique field because you can still operate and do primary care.
I have patients for whom I’m their only doctor. I see them for their annual exams when they don’t have problems, and then times in their life when they do have problems. I can treat them medically with medications, and if that doesn’t work I’m also able to take care of them with surgery. I can do the whole thing. They don’t have to go to another doctor.
Health and wellness can be scary. No doctor can guarantee they’ll fix everybody, every time. But, I can guarantee that I’ll be there with you, and I can care about you and help you. Everyone knows they can have bad health conditions at some point in their life, they just don’t want to be alone. It can be really scary. We have the opportunity and privilege to be with people through it all.
Given the vulnerability that comes with gynecological care, it’s even more important that we go the extra mile to make people feel comfortable. There’s going to be a certain level of discomfort or anxiety about coming to a gynecologist. We try to minimize that. I want every patient to feel a little bit better about their life, or their condition, when they walk out of my office than when they walked in.
Dr. Lindemann received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
I’ve been with Dr. Lindemann for over 10 years now. He is the best! He has always made feel important, never rushed, always answers my questions, and listens to my concerns.Denali OB-GYN Patient