Earlene Posselt, MD, has joined Mercy Health Center, leading the newly opened Mercy Clinic Stroke Prevention at the NeuroScience Institute.
An internal medicine specialist for close to 30 years, Dr. Posselt will utilize her significant experience in proactive health care to head off stroke before it has a chance to disable. Dr. Posselt is committed to helping patients avoid stroke through education and the knowledge that their health can be positively impacted through new behaviors.
“I want the patients to see me as their ally and partner,” Dr. Posselt said. “I want them to feel a sense of hope that they can manage their condition and not let their condition manage them.”
Dr. Posselt is familiar with the patient experience, having spent a great deal of time under the care of physicians during a serious childhood illness. It was this event that led her to the medical profession.
“I was in contact with physicians at a young age,” Dr. Posselt said. “I remember them as competent, gentle and reassuring. From that time on, I knew I wanted to be like them.”
In Oklahoma, stroke-related risk factors – such as obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes – are dangerously high. They require both education and medical care, in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician, to manage effectively. Dr. Posselt knows the challenges of the Oklahoma demographic, having spent her entire life in the Sooner state.
“I am a lifelong Oklahoman and there’s no better place to live,” Dr. Posselt said. “I am blessed to be able to live out my faith in God through service to others as their physician.”
As Dr. Posselt leads the Mercy stroke team, she does so in pursuit of healthy solutions to stroke and a personal passion.
“First and foremost, I believe it is my calling,” Dr. Posselt said. “Beyond that is my love of exploring the mysterious and solving the puzzle that is human health and illness. Most internists certainly do. After all, Sherlock Holmes’ creator was a doctor.”