ST. LOUIS - Dr. Laura Ulmer recently joined Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology and caring for patients in St. Louis, Lake St. Louis and Troy, Missouri. Originally from Potosi, Missouri, Dr. Ulmer is familiar with the metro area. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, playing golf - even her 2 year old plays - and hiking.
Did you always know you wanted to be a doctor?
I've known from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor. Despite being the first in my family to become a physician, somehow I felt it was inherent. I was fortunate to be involved in a program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in health care, which gave me early exposure through shadowing experiences. What solidified my decision, though, was experiencing the patient perspective firsthand when my sister and I were involved in a serious accident as teenagers. I knew I wanted to be able to influence others’ lives the way ours were influenced by our medical teams.
What drew you to your specialty?
I enjoyed all specialties during my medical school clinical rotations. I was afraid it would be hard to decide what specialty to pursue when I graduated. However, after experienced GI, I immediately knew it was the right fit. I love being able to care for adult patients of all ages and help their gastrointestinal symptoms, which can lead to significant improvement in quality of life. I also love the balance of having the opportunity to care for patients in the clinic setting, hospital setting and to be able to perform procedures. It’s a very rewarding specialty!
What made you want to join Mercy?
I grew up in rural Missouri, not far from St Louis. My husband and I both have family in Missouri, and it's very important to us to be close to them, especially as we are raising our children. My family members have also been cared for at Mercy Hospital and throughout the Mercy system, so there is a sense of belonging here. My values mirror those of Mercy and I am thrilled to be a member of the Mercy Health Ministry.