Dr. Leigh Bauer
My passion for medicine started at a young age. Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, I had a family physician who practiced medicine in a holistic and pro-life way. She was my inspiration throughout high school and college. I attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and then went straight into medical school at Des Moines University. My intention was to become a family physician but during my third and fourth years of medical school, I found that I did not like family medicine. This was a moment of doubt that I had chosen the right path. However, I then discovered my love for obstetrics and gynecology! Seeing my first cesarean section brought home my love of caring for women in a life-affirming way at some of their most vulnerable moments.
My husband and I met when we were in grade school but didn’t start dating until meeting for the second time in 2008, just as I was finishing medical school. I moved to Buffalo, New York for residency and he was able to follow me out there soon afterward. We got married during my second year of residency and had our oldest son, Seamus (10), during my third year. After residency, we decided we wanted to move back to Minnesota where we both grew up and I joined a hospital-based practice in Northern Minnesota.
During our years in Minnesota, Jordan attended nursing school and we added our daughters to our family, Virginia (7) and Danika (5). My practice in Minnesota was a very heavy gynecology-based practice and I found it was lacking the faith aspect that leads me to medicine in the first place. Jordan and I decided it was time to find a job that would bring a sense of mission to our family, and we found that at a Catholic women’s clinic in Denver, Colorado, Bella Health and Wellness. While in Denver we added Theo (1) to our family. I have spent the last 4 years practicing at Bella and have learned so much about compassionate care for women. I discovered my love of working beside nurse-midwives and have learned so much about natural labor and birth from them. At the same time, I have also discovered that my favorite days are those spent in labor and caring for pregnant women in the office. I am so excited that I also found the life-changing treatment of bioidentical hormone therapy for hormonal imbalances. As someone who struggled with hormonal imbalance after the birth of my third child, I was eager to learn all I could about what natural hormone replacement offered in bioidentical therapy. I am very excited to bring this with me to FMCC.
I am very excited to join the FMCC family and my family feels very fortunate to make Fort Wayne our new home.