For this edition of Five Question Friday, we’d like you to meet Anne-Marie Priebe, DO, who sees patients at Children’s St. Paul, Minneapolis and Woodbury clinics.
How long have you worked at Children’s? I joined the Children’s team in September of 2013.
Why did you go into pediatric and adolescent gynecology? I never imagined that I would work in either OBGYN or pediatrics. But through my rotations I fell in love with the scope of OBGYN because it is a great combination of office, surgery and hospital. Plus I find joy in helping a mom bring a new life into the world. I did a rotation during residency with a pediatric gynecologist at a children’s hospital. At times, a few patients and parents can have preconceived notions about gynecological issues, but being able to teach families about gynecology and realize the “GYNO” doesn’t have to be scary is rewarding.
What are some of the conditions you treat? People are often baffled when I tell them I am a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist. Their first thought is teen pregnancy. Although we do see patients for contraceptive counseling, teens are referred elsewhere for prenatal care. There are many other reasons to see your friendly Children’s gynecologist for medical or surgical management of:
- Abnormal development of the reproductive system (congenital anomalies of the uterus or vagina)
- Contraception, including pills, patches, rings, injections, implants, IUDs
- Delayed puberty or periods
- Endometriosis, tissue that grows outside of the uterus
- Labial adhesions
- Lichen sclerosus
- Medical uses of hormonal contraceptives (acne, menstrual migraine, catamenial seizures)
- Menstrual problems, including painful periods, heavy periods, frequent or irregular periods
- Menstrual suppression
- Ovarian cysts, fluid-filled sacs in or on the ovaries
- Pelvic pain
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal syndrome affecting females
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Torsion (or twisting) of the ovary
- Vaginal stenosis
- Vulvar trauma
- Vulvar abscesses or ulcers
What do you love most about your job? When I was in college, I worked at a camp for middle schoolers. I have a soft spot for the preteens and teenagers who want to learn about things, such as periods, but are either too scared to ask or don’t want to ask their parents. Often times they look to their friends for answers even when their friends might be misinformed. I hope to educate teens on gynecology issues, and, with any luck, they will pass on correct information to their friends, too.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel and explore new places. I have been to 41 out of 50 states and would love to make it to every continent. During my explorations, I have discovered photography and refuse to hang any photos on my walls unless I have visited the location. I also love to cook but hate leftovers.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I have always dreamed of buying an around-the-world ticket and just keep progressively heading east to see how others live and how the past shapes their culture.