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Michelle Mertz, M.D.

Raised in Cherry Hill, NJ, Michelle migrated to Madison, WI for college. Six years and many badger games later, she began medical school in Vermont, surrounded by an exceptionally warm community of people. There her sea kayak became her most sacred of study spaces. But a growing fear that years of multiple-choice exams had cramped her thinking style inspired Michelle to live throughout Asia for a year. Creating her own curriculum, she found herself delivering babies in her bare feet in Thailand, performing pelvic exams at 13,000 feet in the Himalayas, befriending Tibetan monks, and exposing herself to much of the history that her textbooks omitted. Michelle returned to complete two years of Ob-GYN residency at Brown. However, her thrill at mastering pelvic surgery became shadowed by the realization that she would not nurture her interests in medical education, integrative practices, environmentally sustainable “green” medicine, and LGBT care. Now also certified in acupuncture, Michelle joins family medicine with the same continued passion for women’s wellness, but eager to explore its limitless boundaries. Michelle is thrilled to move to Sonoma, despite a decade-long commitment to acquiring enough cold weather gear to play outside year-round. Outside of medicine, Michelle wanders through farmers’ markets, attempts to capture the most striking travel photos, paddles, hikes, bikes, cooks, and laughs with friends.

School: University of Vermont School of Medicine

Alumni Year: 2012