Dr. Thomas Reinardy is here!
Dr. Thomas Reinardy has officially started practicing at the St. Gianna Clinic, and so far he’s been thoroughly enjoying his time here.
At the time of this article’s fashioning, Dr. Reinardy is in the middle of his second day at the clinic, and by the time it goes to print he’ll have just under a full week. “I am feeling very welcomed here and encouraged. Everyone has been very nice and seem to work as a team. No one seems to defer any work to someone else, and the culture here is great,” he said.
Reinardy practices general obstetrics and gynecology, the care of both mother and child during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period as well as women’s reproductive health and function. “With my training and surgical skills, I tend to lean more toward gynecology and women’s health of all ages,” he said.
He said he also enjoys helping to manage pregnancies and deliver babies, and has also found success in treating infertility.
“When you’re a medical student,” Reinardy said, “you often don’t know exactly what you’re going to do until you’re exposed to various disciplines. I remember that (obstetrics and gynecology) being one of the more challenging things with my father’s family practice, in terms of his availability. When I got to OB/Gyn, I remember I was actually going into it thinking, ‘I don’t want to like this. I don’t want to be up all night and on demand at all times.’ And then after watching a couple births, I almost couldn’t help it.”
He said at the time of his training, gynecological laparoscopy was really starting to take off. For those unfamiliar with the procedure, a laparoscopy is similar in some ways to a hysteroscopy, but the scope is inserted into the pelvic and abdominal cavities instead of the uterus to diagnose and treat gynecological disorders. Instead of using fluid to expand the cavity, carbon dioxide gas is used to help the doctors see internal organs. Laparoscopies are used to diagnose a variety of problems, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors, and infertility. Several surgical procedures that once required larger abdominal incisions have been replaced by laparoscopies.
“It was just fun for me,” Reinardy said of his training in laparoscopy. “Operating like that with minimal instrumentation was fun.”
He said he may have also had some family influence to go into obstetrics as his mother gave birth to triplets at the age of 39. “I can’t exactly pin down how, but it certainly influenced me. I come from a big Catholic family – four brothers and six sisters. I was 13 when she had triplets, and you had to rotate Fridays or Saturdays when you could hang out with your friends because someone always had to stay home to help with feeding and changing,” he said.
So far, Reinardy is fairly available for appointments. He has had the opportunity so far to see a variety of new patients, as well as a few that he has already built relationships with.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reinardy, please call the St. Gianna Clinic or click the link here to schedule an appointment.