Dr. Adwoa Christy, OB/GYN, Brings Her Kindness and Expertise to Hillside Health Center
Hillside Health Center’s “Care for Her” program recently welcomed board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Adwoa Christy to their team. Dr. Christy’s arrival increases care options for local women, including surgical options, because Dr. Christy performs nearly all of her surgeries using less invasive laparoscopic technology.
Dr. Christy joins us from Santa Cruz, where she has worked as an OB/GYN since 2004. While all of her medical training was completed in the United States, Dr. Christy’s upbringing provided her with an international perspective.
She was born in Germany, where she spent much of her childhood. Her father was an OB/GYN and it was his career that inspired Dr. Christy to pursue medicine. “I saw how gratifying it was to help patients, and that drew me in,” she said.
Dr. Christy later moved to Ghana, where she met her husband who was volunteering for the Peace Corps. The couple then returned to the United States after his Peace Corps term ended. Dr. Christy attended undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and then completed medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. She completed her OB/GYN residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York.
She and her husband came to Ukiah for a more peaceful environment and change in work/life balance now that they are facing an empty nest. The opportunity at Care for Her came at just the right time, and the style of medical practice is a great fit.
“In Ghana, medical care is delivered by teams, so this is a model I’m comfortable with. I also worked collaboratively with midwives in Santa Cruz, and I like this approach,” she said. She explained that patients benefit from a team-based approach because everyone does what they are best at. At Care for Her, board-certified OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives, women's health nurse practitioners, counselors, nurses, and health educators work together to help women stay healthy through every age and phase of life.
One of Dr. Christy’s areas of particular expertise is laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is less intrusive than traditional surgery and it can significantly decrease recovery times.
Dr. Christy was thoughtful about what makes a good doctor. In addition to knowledge and technical ability, she said she believes that kindness is among the most important things.
Dr. Christy will began seeing patients full-time in mid-April at Hillside Health Center, located at 333 Laws Avenue in Ukiah. The health center is currently accepting new patients, and all forms of insurance are accepted at Care for Her. Patients can call (707) 468-1010 to schedule an appointment.