Bronchos with bronchitis? Bring them on. Stephanie Husen, DO, will put her stethoscope to work as the newest member of the Mercy Clinic at UCO, treating University of Central Oklahoma students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.
“I think it’s a great fit,” said Dr. Husen, an internal medicine-pediatrics physician specializing in sports and primary care.“I’ve worked in a similar setting before and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to helping my patients work through their illnesses and injuries.”
A Ponca City native, Dr. Husen received her undergraduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She treated patients for several years in that specialty before making a career move. By becoming a physician, she hoped to have more involvement in her patients’ healthcare experience, from diagnosis and treatment plans to prevention and health maintenance.
“I was working with patients on the recovery end of things,” said Dr. Husen. “I wanted to impact their health throughout the stages of illness.”
Dr. Husen returned to school, obtaining a doctorate of osteophathy from Oklahoma State University of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C. She then completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine through Greenville Hospital System at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas in Greenville, S.C.
Devoting much of her time outside the clinic to community service projects through the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Habitat for Humanity and a local student mentoring program, Dr. Husen also enjoys outdoor activities – including tennis, water sports and running.
“I’ve run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon’s half marathon four times and I’ve always been very active,” Dr. Husen said. “I started running track and cross country in high school. It’s a great stress-reliever.”
Dr. Husen embraces a sports model when it comes to her health care philosophy: “I believe in medical teamwork. I think patients do better when they know we’re health care partners. Open communication between the patient, physician, and healthcare team is the key to determining the best treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each patient.”
Located in Room 105 of the university’s Wellness Center, Mercy Clinic at UCO offers diagnostic x-rays, lab and Mercy’s electronic health record. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (405) 974-2317.