I believe it is a privilege to care for women and their health. One of the things I enjoy most about my specialty is the long term relationships that develop with my patients as I care for them over many years. From a young woman’s first gynecologic exam to guiding patients through significant changes in later life, the field of Gynecology allows me to care for women of all ages. This breadth of care combined with the relationships developed with my patients is what makes this field so special to me.
Laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery is an area of interest to me. Gynecologists have been pioneers in laparoscopic surgery. Using this technology, we can achieve equivalent results to more invasive surgical procedures but with smaller incisions, minimal pain and quicker recovery time for patients.
Recently, I have been studying functional medicine as a complement to my traditional medical training. In our conventional training as physicians, we learn to take a patient’s symptoms, develop a diagnosis, and then treat the diagnosis. In functional medicine, we take a very detailed history that looks at factors over the course of a patient’s life that could be contributing to the current issues. By working “upstream” we can get at the root cause of the current symptoms and work on reversing the underlying processes that are driving the abnormal conditions or symptoms specifically for each patient. It is a very individualized and rewarding approach to medicine and healing.
Dr. Watkins holds a bachelor degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University where she graduated Cum Laude. While at UT Southwestern Medical School, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Both her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology were completed at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and
Dr. Watkins served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas County Medical Society for two years. She also served as a delegate for the Texas Medical Association and acted as a patient advocate in Austin for women’s health care issues. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Association, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Married for over two decades, she and her husband, Scott, have two children. Dr. Watkins enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, traveling and interval training at Orange Theory Fitness.