2017 Top Doctor: JulieAnn Heathcott, M.D.

Written by Editorial Staff Category: Profiles Issue: April 2017
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Med School/Year Graduated: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1996
Years in Practice: 16

What are the latest birthing trends patients are asking about?
A new trend in the birthing room that moms are really enjoying is “skin to skin time” as soon as the baby is born. This means, if everything is going well, the baby is able to stay on mom’s bare chest for as long as she wishes before going to the scale to get weighed and examined. This allows for precious bonding time. Some dads are even trying it.

Do you have children? How did your own birth experiences affect your interaction with patients and your practice in general?
I have four wonderful children, ages 14, 12, 10 and 10. I had two normal deliveries and a C-section, since the twins were breech. I can definitely relate and have much compassion for all the symptoms, pains, complications, fears and other emotions my patients have, since I had them all myself over many years.

How are daVinci robotics used in gynecology?
The daVinci robot is used for routine as well as very difficult hysterectomies, removal of ovarian tumors, cysts, fibroids and more. This technology allows for major surgery to be done through tiny incisions… [allowing] for decreased bleeding, complications [and] post-op pain, and for quicker return to normal activities.

A hysterectomy is a scary procedure for many women. Is it more common than we might think? Do most OB/GYNs perform them, or is it specialized?
One in nine women will have a hysterectomy in her lifetime. All OB/GYNs learn how to do this procedure in residency and can perform it in their practices.

What is the new MonaLisa Touch procedure that women are talking about? Why did you decide to bring it to your practice?
The MonaLisa Touch is an amazing new non-hormonal treatment for vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and frequent vaginal/bladder infections. It is changing the lives and relationships of many women around the world.

What are your thoughts on some women’s fear that their access to birth control could be obstructed in the current political climate?
Women definitely need to worry about birth control coverage in the future. I cannot understand why it is so difficult to accept it as a covered benefit. People are allowed their own religious beliefs, but should respect those of others and let them make their own choices.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? If I had spare time, first I would love to spend alone time with my amazing husband; next, take an adventurous trip with the entire family; and last, get lost in a wonderful book.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
A pop star (if I could sing).