Get to Know Physician Assistant Elizabeth Nielsen, MMS, PA-C

April 2018

Meet our provider who loves to craft, bake, and care for those around her.Elizabeth Nielsen is a physician assistant in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 

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 have been posting a series of provider spotlight articles to help you see the stories behind their smiling faces. 

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe.

I was strong. I was brave.”

—Cheryl Strayed, Wild, Elizabeth’s most recent read

Our April spotlight is on physician assistant Elizabeth Nielsen, MMS, PA-C, mother of two wonderful daughters and wife to a husband who makes her laugh. She is grateful for her supportive family and friends, rewarding career, and good health. Find out more about this caring member of our women’s health team below:

1. She knew healthcare was her calling as a junior in high school

Elizabeth participated in a youth apprenticeship program as a high school junior where she received training as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Her experience with patients on an oncology unit made it clear that she wanted to be in the healthcare field. She loved taking care of people and could tell from her very first day on the job that she was on the right path. It wasn’t until a discussion with her pediatrician when she determined that her medical career would lead her to become a physician assistant. And after witnessing her first delivery in the OB unit, she knew she had found her home in women’s health.

2. She wants to empower women to have more "take care of you" time

Elizabeth has found that many women are so busy caring for or worrying about others that they don’t have time to take care of their own needs. She believes it’s critical that women pay attention to their physical, mental, and emotional health so they can continue to be there for loved ones. She often tells her patients during annual exams that part of their “take care of you” time includes letting others help offset their load. Elizabeth says that taking health tasks off women’s to-do lists — like scheduling a mammogram — is just one of the ways BDWH can help make women’s lives easier.

3. Crafting and baking are her specialties

Elizabeth’s love for all things crafting is just one of her passions outside of work. She has shared her crafting enthusiasm with the members of Dodge County Women’s Club, a not-for-profit organization that meets monthly and gives women an opportunity to relax, socialize, and connect. She also enjoys mixing up a dash of love and a sprinkle of fun when she bakes up homecooked goodies to share with family and friends.

4. A trip to California wine country was the best vacation she's ever had

Elizabeth and her husband spent a dreamy honeymoon enjoying the many wineries in Napa and Sonoma, CA. While the quaint ambiance, stunning acres of vineyards, and delicious wine were appealing, she thinks that trip probably tops her list of best vacations because of the excellent company. (Cheers to love!)

5. She believes in staying true to yourself

With all the pressures of the world around us, Elizabeth has found that it may seem easy to become someone you think you’re “supposed” to be, but she believes that being who you are in your heart will bring you the most joy.

6. She joined the BDWH team after first experiencing the clinic as a patient

After receiving excellent care at BDWH during her first pregnancy, Elizabeth knew she wanted to be part of this group that showed her such compassion and expertise. She now feels fortunate to be a women’s health physician assistant working right alongside the trusted team that cared so well for her – and it’s not an opportunity she takes lightly. She believes that being a trusted member of a patient’s healthcare is a privilege, and she dedicates her career to making her patients feel just as special as she did.

Interested in learning more about Elizabeth? Watch her video as she discusses her passion for providing healthcare to women in the Beaver Dam community and more. To schedule an appointment with physician assistant Elizabeth Nielsen, MMS, PA-C or any of our other women’s health team members, contact us online today or call 920.885.6090.

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