Interest in Medicine at a Young Age

My first memories of being interested in medicine occurred when my mother was pregnant with my sister. I was only 4 years old but I was obsessed with the images in a book on pregnancy.

Around the same time, there was a TV show called “Emergency!”, about a California paramedic and firefighter station. I don’t know many 4 -5-year-olds that can say they were obsessed with that show, but I certainly was. As a parent today, I am not sure I would have let my younger children watch this show, but that was a different era and who knows how I would have turned out if I was raised on Teletubbies, Barney, or Callilou

Medical Training

        I entered medical school in 1994 with an energetic desire and passion to help people. My training consisted of four years of medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University).  I chose Osteopathic Medicine because of the whole body approach over traditional allopathic (MD) medicine. 

UMDNJ SOM Class of 1998

      I completed a traditional internship in 1999, followed by two years of general surgery in which I was trained in trauma, breast, plastics, and vascular surgery.   I found that my desire to connect with patients was not fulfilled in the general surgery realm so I transferred my training to obstetrics and gynecology, where I completed my residency in 2004.

      My love for surgical procedures was stoked by the discovery of the field of urogynecology ( a combination of urology and gynecology) and I entered fellowship training.   

    After completing fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery in 2006, I entered the world of practice.  To my dismay, I quickly found that my idealistic view of medicine was an unrealistic expectation.   What they did not teach me in medical school was that medicine was a business.  What I know now, is that medicine is a very antiquated business that is not patient-focused but rather driven by numbers and dollars.

Assembly Line Medicine

  I hated every minute of the medical assembly line. “This is not right”, I tried to scream, but I found my lamenting fell on deaf ears. The system I was part of only wanted to see the numbers go up at any cost.

 I tried for over 15 years to fight this from the inside but found both my inner light and my physical health dwindling as I struggled to stay afloat. The harder I pushed for patient rights and safety the harder the system pushed back.   I was being forced to “see more patients, spend less time.” My hands were tied.

Change Comes

The universe works in strange ways. I would have never changed my direction on my own. I was focused on trying to prove a point and fight for what was right. I could never imagine doing anything different. But in 2018, due to a career-altering injury, I found myself forced to leave the medical corporate complex.

I am the nation’s first board-certified urogynecologist. I built my career and reputation on hard work and sincere patient care. What was I to do now?

New Horizons

In life, we have two choices, give up or evolve and grow. I am very excited for what the future has in store. I am a student of life and my thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. I changed my outlook on wellness, healing and our medical system. I have reclaimed my light and inner destiny to help others. I look forward to accomplishing this in new, expansive formats. Join me on this journey as I bring to you all that is good in self-directed care. Regain your well being on your terms. Let me be your guide as you take ontrol of your life on your wellness adventure.

I wish you well for you are greater than the sum of your parts,

Dr. Betsy A.B. Greenleaf DO, FACOOG (Distinguished), MBA