Dr. Lindsay Bridgewater

DO, FACOG

Dr. Lindsay Bridgewater is a board certified OBGYN who is enthusiastically joining the team at My Women’s Center. She previously practiced full scope OBGYN but her aspirations have always been to focus on complex GYN surgery. She is community faculty for University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine and has been active in medical student education throughout her career. During residency received the “Excellence in Medical Student Education” award every year.    

 

Dr. Bridgewater grew up in Reno and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She continued to medical school, where she was inducted into the national honors society, and upon graduating she was awarded the “Outstanding Medical Student” award. She entered the residency program of her choosing at University of New Mexico where she honed her skills as an OBGYN. Although she has thrived as a full scope OBGYN she is excited to shift her career to focus on her passion of minimally invasive surgery. As an osteopathic physician she also plans to practice Osteopathic Manipulative treatment, a form of manual therapy to help the body realign for better function and reduce pain. Although these skills may seem dichotomous, Dr. Bridgewater is a firm believer that maintaining balance in life is a key to wellbeing, and these diverse skills are only one example of how she incorporates this principle into her life and practice.  She believes in meeting her patients where they are and providing them services to support them living their best lives, with whatever modality is necessary. 

Why the focus on minimally invasive surgery?

I pursued obstetrics and gynecology because of my passion for surgery and to help women. I have performed every route of surgery in my field, from large open cases with incisions that open the entire abdomen, to cases done with no visible incisions. Through this experience, I have become an avid practitioner of minimally invasive surgery because of how well my patients do. With minimally invasive technology and robotics I can most adequately fulfill my quest of helping a woman live her best life regardless of how complicated her case may be.  Complex, major surgeries can be performed with minimal downtime so women can return to their thriving lives free of their pre-operative issues.

Why are you joining My Women’s Center?

 

Dr. Hutson is a compassionate, kind and smart physician and an incredibly skilled surgeon whose goals mirror my own. Joining My Women’s Center will allow me to practice the areas of my profession about which I am most passionate. I will continue performing complex surgeries and office gynecology, and will implement Osteopathic Manipulative treatment in my practice. Dr. Hutson’s expertise in admirable and our motivations are very complementary. I am incredibly excited to work with such an accomplished and caring physician. 

 

Why are you shifting your career focus?

 

My focus within the field of OBGYN has always been surgery.  In staying true to my dreams I’m turning a corner in my career to focus on more complex gynecology and surgery. I am also extremely excited integrate osteopathic manipulation into my practice because this will help support my patients in finding balance and wellbeing within their bodies.

Why are you shifting your career focus?

 

My focus within the field of OBGYN has always been surgery.  In staying true to my dreams I’m turning a corner in my career to focus on more complex gynecology and surgery. I am also extremely excited to integrate osteopathic manipulation into my practice because this will help support my patients in finding balance and wellbeing within their bodies.

 

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and why are you a DO?

 

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a form of manual therapy which helps realign the body for better function. Throughout my youth I was a very competitive soccer player but had to abruptly discontinue playing in college after having many knee surgeries. Experiencing a challenging injury and all the recovery required has solidified my respect for the musculoskeletal system. I chose to become an osteopathic physician because in this profession I can excel as both a surgeon and perform manual therapy.  Some elements of OMT are like physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage but with significant insight into treating the body as a whole incorporating not only the musculoskeletal system but also the viscera.These skills allow me to help my patients in many ways through the many challenges we all may encounter in life. OMT is extremely helpful in my patients with chronic pelvic pain, but honestly, most of us can benefit from OMT as our daily life often leaves us out of alignment.