Provider profile: Nicole Roth, MD
She began her education studying infectious disease and molecular biology, later interning at the National Institutes of Health, where she was introduced to clinical medicine by shadowing Dr. Anthony Fauci (He taught the value of treating everyone with respect and dignity.)
As fascinating as the science was, however, Nicole Roth, MD, discovered early that she wanted to immerse herself in patient care. She wanted to focus on women’s health and whole family care. She wanted to deliver babies and guide her patients from prenatal care to newborn care. She wanted to be part of a tight-knit community.
It was fitting, then, that she would find a home with Asante Physician Partners in Ashland. She joins the clinic on Catalina Drive, splitting her time between family/internal medicine (downstairs) and women’s health (upstairs). There, she’s part of a growing practice of women’s health providers, which include gynecologists, obstetricians and certified nurse midwives.
Fresh off a fellowship in rural medicine and obstetrics at Tacoma General Hospital, Dr. Roth — along with fellow obstetrician and friend Jenna Diggs, MD, who joins the APP clinic later this month — will provide greater coverage for labor and delivery at Asante Ashland Community Hospital.
Dr. Roth also brings a unique passion to her dual roles in obstetrics and family medicine. During training, she would spend her nights at the birth center after clinic just for fun and to spend more time working with laboring women. And being a primary care provider allows her to develop relationships with her patients and serve as their partner, coach and champion.
“I want my patients to drive the visit. They get to decide what they want for their health care,” she said. “My goal is to be open, nonjudgmental and leave as much control as possible in their hands.”
Her care philosophy may have been born as far back as childhood in Southern California, where she helped raise her siblings, including a sister with Down syndrome.
“It kind of forced me into the world of medicine,” she said.
She grew up with limited access to health care and, combined with her medical education at LA County Hospital, she developed an interest in advocacy for underserved patient populations, particularly among minority and tribal communities.
“The University of Southern California serves LA County Hospital and a very diverse patient population,” she said. “Medical school highlighted a number of systemic issues in our health care system and inspired an interest in advocacy and community-based medicine. It seemed like the best way to ensure that patients without access had a lifeline.”
After medical school, Dr. Roth spent time in Guatemala working with a community midwife and providing maternity services to rural parts of Xela.
While in residency at the University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center, she focused on broadening access to care for underserved populations and became a mentor for medical students wanting to help underserved populations.
As varied as her medical interests are, her personal interests might be even more eclectic. She studied 14th century sword fighting and practiced horseback-mounted combat through her involvement in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a living history group that studies and recreates Medieval European cultures.
She and her husband, David, a former health care lawyer now studying to become a paramedic, recently completed a six-week tour of 12 national parks. They were introduced to Oregon on a trip to Roseburg to pick up their two Siberian cats, Morpheus and Pandora.
When the APP position opened in Ashland, it appeared to be the perfect fit.
“Asante was looking for a primary care provider who could provide primary care, obstetrics, and newborn care,” she said. “And I was looking for a practice that would allow me to care for the community.”
Dr. Roth practices at 560 Catalina Drive in Ashland. Call (541) 201-4800 to establish care.
Medical degree: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center
Fellowship: Rural medicine and obstetrics, Tacoma General Hospital
- Family medicine
- Women’s health
- Labor and delivery (including cesarean)
- Prenatal and newborn care
- Access to health care