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Andrea Westby, MD

(she/her, they/them)

family physician

Broadway Family Medicine
United States

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Takes Insurance
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Obstetric, prenatal, pregnancy and birthing care
- Trauma-informed Care
- Liberatory Harm Reduction
- Addiction medicine, substance use disorders,Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)
- Cultural and Structural Humility
- Body Trust Certification in progress (April 2023)
- Reproductive Justice/Reproductive Autonomy/Freedom
- Fat Liberation
- Body Sovereignty/Body Autonomy
- Pediatric and adolescent care, sports physicals, well child checks
- Health justice
- Contraceptive Care IUD intrauterine device Nexplanon
- Eating disorders
- Diabetes
- Preventative/Preventive Care
- Vaccinations/Immunizations
Age Groups Served:
- Children (birth through 12 years)
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- People with eating disorders
- People with reproductive capacity
Languages Services Offered In:
- American Sign Language
- Arabic
- Bengali
- Chinese - Cantonese
- Chinese - Hokkien
- Chinese - Mandarin
- English
- Farsi
- French
- German
- Haitian Creole
- Hebrew
- Hindi
- Hmong
- Indonesian
- Italian
- Japanese
- Korean
- Polish
- Portuguese
- Punjabi
- Russian
- Spanish
- Tagalog
- Urdu
- Vietnamese
- Yiddish

My Philosophy of Care

I approach my patients with the mindset that they deserve respect, dignity, bodily autonomy and sovereignty, consent, and permission. I believe that patients are experts on their own lived experiences, their bodies, and they have a right to define what 'health" or living well in their body looks like for themselves. I view my role as utilizing my medical knowledge and skills to align with patients to help them achieve their desired level of health. I practice with a patient-, family-, and community-centered, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, queer-affirming, anti-racist, equity-minded approach, and I am deeply committed to learning, growth, accountability, justice, and liberation.

About Me & My Practice

The first thing to know about my practice is that I am a clinician educator - I work in a family medicine residency clinic affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School's North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. This means that I have a lot less clinical time than the average primary care physician (only 1-2 half-day clinic sessions per week), and I work with a lot of learners (medical students and residents primarily) in a team-based approach. Education and learning is one of the core reasons I do what I do, so people who choose to see me for care should expect to have learners involved in the process, but that you have the right to decline their involvement during our individual clinic visit if that is your preference. I have been practicing family medicine with obstetrics since 2012, and explicitly with an Health at Every Size lens since 2017. I care for patients in all sizes, including some superfat folks. I do still currently attend births at North Memorial Hospital as part of our residency teaching service. I have experience with outpatient management of eating disorders from a weight inclusive lens. My husband and I are childfree, and we have two amazing dogs. I LOVE coffee (sometimes I go to bed early just because I know when I wake up, I can drink coffee in the morning). I love to cycle/bike, read, watch sports, and spend time with my niblings.

Accessibility Considerations

I currently provide services only in English but have access to in-person Hmong interpreter, and we utilize telephone interpreters for the remaining languages. Our clinic is a single level and wheelchair accessible. Our staff has been informed about a weight inclusive approach, and the rooming staff who works with me does not weigh my patients unless requested by the patient. The standard rooming process uses the language, "It is part of our clinic's process to weigh patients as part of their rooming but it is not a requirement for you to receive care. Would you like to be weighed today?" If patients do have a weight measured and entered into the medical record, the electronic medical record does automatically calculate the BMI. This cannot be hidden in the patient portal. However, if staff is informed, they are aware of a way to document weight for providers without sharing it with patients if this is triggering for folks. Our clinic staff varies in their skill around gender-affirming practices. The staff I work with most frequently are trained to ask about pronouns and names, but this part of our practice is a work in progress.

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