Dr. Gena Gardiner, family medicine physician, recently opened a new Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Chesterfield Valley. Dr. Gardiner originally began practicing medicine in Oklahoma before she moved to Germany as a civilian doctor for the U.S. Army at Kleber Army Clinic in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she practiced for nearly seven years. When she returned to the U.S., she chose St. Louis to be near her sister, Dr. Patrice Mathews, who lives in the area.
Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor?
I was always interested in medicine as both my grandfather and uncle were physicians. When I started college, I began as an engineering major, but changed to physiology and pre-med. At that point, I was sure that medicine is what I wanted as a career.
What drew you to family medicine?
I was interested in helping people of all ages and backgrounds. I view medicine as a public service and I wanted to help people with the full spectrum of their health needs.
What made you want to join Mercy?
Mercy impressed me with its mission in providing health to those who need it the most. As a physician, I appreciate that doctors play a much more active role in the decision making at Mercy, which directly affects our ability to treat patients.