Dr. Kelly-Anne Shedd-Hartman was kind and offered wonderful trauma informed care. I appreciated the extra time spent with me during the examination utilizing technical terminology and offering explanations of what was seen in the present instead of remaining silent which often leaves room for rumination & ambiguity. Though the beginning of the examination started very quickly, the attunement by her and her nurse was well established. They were aware of my silent but anxious presentation and tended to it appropriately. I appreciated the time spent explaining what was detected and next steps. They were very thorough, gentle, and empowering. Even when tense they were able to perform the examination precisely and gently without giving direction for me to do anything different. They allowed my body to respond as it needed to in that moment and worked with it well which ultimately reduced tension and muscle armoring. I was met with care and understanding. I deeply appreciated the reminder that she was open to any needs, wants, or questions during our time together in the future.
I would highly recommend Dr. Shedd-Hartman. If I could add anything at all to the practice, I would add a space in the portal for potential assault survivors to list any specific words to avoid or any special requests that may be considered.
Though I had written some out just in case and often assist my clients in doing so as well, I did not need them here. Dr. Shedd-Hartman and her kind nurse were personable and normalized distress someone may feel during an examination.
I am beyond grateful for my first positive experience with a doctor and staff! It is always important to remember that though we may have hundreds of patients, our patients have 1 and that 1 is themselves. This was highly practiced today and my gratitude is overwhelming. Thank you all for your time and care.