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Growth in Great Patient Care: Drs. Elizabeth Kelly and Molly Shipman

by Jhansi Katechia | May 11, 2016
Vegetable plants in a garden, a baby in its mother’s womb and The Center for Women’s Health In Connecticut, what do these three things have in common? Well, when they grow the results are worth sharing! In practice for over 40 years, The Center for Women’s Health holds their patients in highest regard.

Kelly_Shipman_featureVegetable plants in a garden, a baby in its mother’s womb and The Center for Women’s Health In Connecticut, what do these three things have in common? Well, when they grow the results are worth sharing! In practice for over 40 years, The Center for Women’s Health holds their patients in highest regard. As medicine advances and all generations of women deserve exceptional care, they reveal that it’s not only their business but also their passion to provide the most relevant and individualized care possible. It’s with this devotion towards patient care that The Center for Women’s Health and Women’s Health In Connecticut introduces the newest additions to its team, Elizabeth Kelly, M.D. and Molly Shipman, D.O.

As we welcome these two amazing physicians, they’d like to share a bit about themselves, their commitment to women’s health and their patients, and what has brought them to our group.

Elizabeth Kelly, M.D.

I had a wonderful childhood growing up in Brooklyn, NY with two younger brothers, my parents, and our dog. The focus in my family was sports and school and this proved to be a great combination in which to learn concentration, discipline, and how to have fun! I attended grammer school in Brooklyn and later commuted to Manhatten for high school. At a very early age I started playing the sport of squash and continued playing through high school and college. I attended Princeton University, where I became a two time All-American Squash player.

Upon graduation I moved to San Francisco where I worked for a year in an advertising agency. During that time I had the opportunity to volunteer in the children’s intensive care unit at the University of San Francisco. It was then that I knew I had to make a change and decided to go to medical school. I could not wait to trade in the ad agency for a hospital.

I first thought about becoming a doctor as a child because I thought our pediatrician was the smartest man I knew. We went to see him every year and he was an excellent role model. He was so wise and made it clear that your health is more important than anything else. At the age of 7, my babysitter became a labor and delivery nurse and I recall being told how babies were born. This coincided with the birth of my younger brother, so naturally I was curious.

Back in school at Johns Hopkins University, I was able to shadow an ObGyn doing a research project and was drawn to the delivery room where I loved watching deliveries. I also joined the Prenantal Partners Program and helped a single teen mom through her pregnancy. I was really hooked while coaching her and watching her baby being born! To this day, I still think that taking care of women, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and delivery are, in a word, just so cool!

The best part of being an ObGyn is that it does not feel like work to me. It is a pleasure to go to the office and hospital, and every aspect is rewarding. Almost every woman you see seeks good advice and wants your opinion, so I have a real opportunity to make a difference.

I met my husband on the medicine wards when I was an intern and after our second date I think I knew that we would get married. He is a Pulmonologist, and one of the smartest people I know. We are very excited to move into our first house together and are excitedly anticipating the birth of our first child this November!

Molly Shipman, D.O.

I experienced many varied interests growing up, considered a few different paths including being an artist or a writer, but being a physician specifically in women’s health care, was undeniably my intended career path.

My family gynecologist was an influential factor in my desire to become an ObGyn. She was the delivering physician when I was born, was my gynecologist during my adolescence and early adult years, and a vivacious, kind and intelligent doctor. Her dedication to patients and the profession are qualities I admired most about her and strive to emulate.

Growing up as the child of an artist, I was fortunate to be exposed to the many benefits of art from a young age. I have seen and used art as a healing tool in my life and have found it to be a great supplement to my understanding of medicine. In my late teens I worked with, and presented artwork in an organization called “Gaining Your Voice Through the Arts” that utilized art as a means to heal from loss, pain and violence. I continued to explore art’s healing properties while obtaining my undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. To this day, I am keenly aware of the multidimensional nature of each individual and how considering all aspects of a person’s health (or illness) are so important in healing processes. My proclivity toward focusing on “the whole person” is much of what pushed me to seek out a degree in Osteopathic Medicine.

I realized my desire during my sophomore year of college. I had always liked science and math and one day it hit me that I should consider becoming a doctor. The more pre-med classes I took, the more intrigued I became. I considered women’s health from the start at medical school, but my decision was solidified after witnessing the miracle of birth on the labor and delivery floor.

My love for this field is multifaceted. I cherish each opportunity I have been given to assist in bringing new life into this world, it is a privilege for which I am thankful. I am honored by, and full of gratitude toward, my patients who allow me into their confidence so that I might aid them in reaching their optimal sexual health. I love these and the surrounding issues that make this field complex, exciting, sometimes heartbreaking, but often amazing.

I plan to continue to learn new and innovative techniques. In my residency program, we had  extensive training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. I am confident that expanding my knowledge in these areas as well as my interest in the latest advanced surgical techniques will further benefit my patients.

Born and raised in Connecticut, I am excited to be returning to the area! I was looking to be closer to my family and when I met the physicians and staff at The Center for Women’s Health In Connecticut I was quickly impressed. Their mutual respect, ability to fuction as a cohesive team, and the strides they make in the community to raise awareness regarding a multitude of women’s health issues are truly a winning combination. The practice’s larger size garners access to more resources to achieve goals in the advancement of women’s health care, yet, not so large as to lose the closeness and kindness that come with a community focused practice.

Drs. Kelly and Shipman as well as the rest of their colleagues at The Center for Women’s Health In CT are accepting new patients and offer a wide variety of women’s health services for women of all ages. Offices are located in Waterbury and Southbury, please call 203-573-1425 for appointment information.

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