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Meet Our Advocates: Dr. Amy Addante

What are your gender pronouns?

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago.

What’s your specialty or area of expertise?
I am a full-spectrum ob/gyn with sub-specialty training in Family Planning.

What first inspired you to become a doctor?
My family owns a gymnastics gym and I originally thought I wanted to pursue becoming a physical therapist. I was able to shadow a physical therapist in high school, but quickly learned this was not my calling. As part of the shadowing program, I was also able to spend a few days with an ob/gyn. I quickly fell in love with women’s health and decided to apply to college as a pre-med. While I enjoyed many different medical specialties during my training, ob/gyn is where I felt most at home and believed I could make the most impact.

What current policy issue especially motivates you to be an advocate?
I did my residency at a Catholic hospital in Missouri and I am now in Family Planning Fellowship in Missouri. I have witnessed how both religious restrictions and state-mandated policy can make it extremely difficult for patients to access comprehensive reproductive health care. I see each day how a patient’s zip code and financial means dictates what kind of care they can or cannot receive. I see this as a huge social injustice and feel driven to make sure all patients receive equitable care.

How do you practice self-care?
I am a long-standing member of Orange Theory Fitness and use my work out classes as a place to blow off steam and relax. My partner and I also love to travel and try to explore somewhere new at least once a year.

Who is your social justice hero?
I have spent the last few years learning about the early life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I am so inspired by how trailblazing she was on gender equality for the time. I enjoy a level of freedom in my education and career that she helped lay the foundation for.

Our Meet Our Advocates series showcases the talents and passion of one of our doctors and finds out, in their own words, what inspires them to be physician-advocates. Amy Addante, MD is in our current Leadership Training Academy class. Dr. Addante practices obstetrics, gynecology, and family planning in Missouri.

Read more interviews from the Meet Our Advocates series.