Get to Know Dr. Ken Ostermann

August 2017

6 interesting facts about our founding obstetrician and gynecologist in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Dr. Ken Ostermann is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Beaver Dam Women’s Health in Beaver Dam, WI.

Most of the time our doctors and women’s health team spend with patients involves listening and getting to know them, but relationships work both ways. To help you learn more about us, we’ll be posting a series of provider spotlight articles in the coming months to help you see the stories behind their smiling faces.

Our first spotlight is on Dr. Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG, FPMRS. He is a co-founder and a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and urogynecologist. A recent interview revealed these six things you should know about him:

1. Medicine is his calling, but women's health is his passion

Like many boys, Ken’s childhood dreams were a bit all over the place—becoming an astronaut, a farmer, a musician, and even building race cars. But by his teens, he had narrowed his focus to a single goal: Medicine.

While he pursued his calling in medical school, his true passion became apparent.

“Things really clicked into place for me in my third year of medical school during a rotation with an OB/GYN in Erie, PA, named Dr. Dailey. She was the first female OB/GYN in Erie and was incredibly busy. I observed her, and she was an outstanding clinician, but what stuck with me was how she connected with people. It was phenomenal.”

In addition to seeing the ways in which a good doctor could connect with their patients, he is drawn to the many interesting aspects of women’s health. “A lot of it, like delivering babies, is very joyful. But obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) also has a lot of unique and varied surgical aspects, which allow for a broad range of practice and experience. It’s an exciting and cool specialty.” 

2. Saving lives and bringing them into the world are his greatest thrills

Dr. Ken has shared a lot of wonderful moments with his patients in the past 30 years. But his most memorable and exhilarating are saving lives and helping to usher them into this world.

“There’s a component of obstetrics and gynecology that’s like an emergency room, where unexpected things happen very quickly. Dealing with issues that are truly life-threatening are the most stressful, but also the most thrilling and rewarding. And it’s even more so when you see those patients five months, five years, or 15 years later, and they now have kids or grandkids of their own.”

3. He loves traveling to exotic places

Dr. Ken and his son Nick have recently traveled to some of the largest cities in China. But they dream of visiting even more exotic locations.

“We have been to Shanghai and Beijing, and both were amazing, and now I’d love to see the western parts of China and Tibet. But India would be my top choice. It has a very interesting and complex culture with lots of different social and economic strata, and also some amazing topography and geology. From a cultural and geographic point of view, there’s just so much to experience.”

4. He thinks fictional superheroes are ok, but real-life heroes mean a lot more

If given a choice to become a superhero, Dr. Ken would choose Superman – aside from the Kryptonite curse. And this summer’s Wonder Woman happens to be the last movie he has seen, and he said it was a lot of fun. But it was a real-life hero who made the biggest impact on his choice of career. Dr. Ellen Daily, who mentored him during his OB/GYN rotation in medical school, had a huge influence.

“She shaped my philosophies about the practice of medicine in a lot of ways. Her ability to be completely focused on the patient was truly inspirational, and I’ve spent a lifetime aspiring to live up to her ideals.”

5. He has a three-point formula for maximizing women's health and wellness

Dr. Ken has three points of advice for those looking to maximize health and wellness throughout the different stages of their lives:

“First, there’s a personal responsibility that goes along with health and wellness—including eating right and exercising—that no one else can do for you. Second, most things done in moderation are reasonable, and third, women must be discerning about health claims and information, because there is so much out there that isn’t based on fact. Please talk to your doctor about any medical approaches you might be considering. I’m always happy to offer advice.”  

6. His patients are his #1 priority

If you’ve ever wondered what the clinic slogan, “You’re more than a number here” means, Dr. Ken makes it clear that it’s all about their patients.

“Our priority is caring for the women and families we serve. It’s about patient comfort, meaningful interaction, and optimizing the health of each person on an individual basis. For me and everyone at our clinic, it’s about the people and putting patients first.”

Remaining at the forefront of the latest advancements in women’s health is another way that Dr. Ken is committed to his patients’ well-being. He is a compassionate and skilled surgeon with over two decades of experience in minimally-invasive surgical techniques that reduce recovery time, the risk of infection, and length of hospital stays. He finds it rewarding to offer hope for those struggling with such difficult and painful gynecologic and uroygynecologic conditions as pelvic prolapse and leaking bladder and to restore his patients’ quality of life.

Check out our comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services here. To schedule an appointment with our doctors and women’s health team, contact us online or call 920.885.6090 today.

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