Dr. Susan Redmond

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Dr. Susan Redmond
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Susan Redmond has been in private practice for 32 years as an obstetrician-gynecologist, in the Rio Grande Valley. Originally from Illinois, Dr. Redmond graduated with honors from Monmouth College and then Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She started her residency on the East Coast in Stamford, Connecticut but shortly thereafter decided the area just did not suit her so she ventured to Michigan where she finished off her residency program.

While living in Michigan, she recalls an epiphany that changed if not the path of her life, at least her location. “One day I was putting oil in my car and while doing so, I looked up across the street at the thermometer and it said -50° that’s when I realized…there are places that are not this cold that need doctors too.”

She knew it was time to move somewhere a lot warmer, and as fate would have it, as these thoughts began floating around in her mind, the recruiters started calling. This usually happens around the second or third year of residency. The very day after her blizzard “epiphany” moment a recruiter called and said they were looking to hire someone in  Harlingen, Texas. She remembers the call coming in on a Monday night while she was watching the NFL Packers vs. Bears playing in Soldier Field in the middle of a blizzard. Feeling the dread of having to drive to work in those conditions, she immediately decided to take the offer down south. She packed up and headed to the Rio Grande Valley and hasn’t had a moments regret. Dr. Redmond found the Valley to be a unique and enjoyable area where she felt she could provide good medical care for an underserved population.

In joining a private practice with Dr. Mitchell Houghston in Harlingen, Dr. Redmond realized there were some differences in this area she wouldn’t encounter in other parts of the country. Even the diseases found in the Valley are different as opposed to those found in other places. For example, she has seen some various infections in patients that only occur when someone has crossed paths with infectious waters – referring to the Rio Grande River.

When asked about her entrance into the medical field and what motivated her to study medicine, Dr. Redmond attributes the path of her success to her father who always pushed her to go to medical school even back in the 60’s when it wasn’t a very traditional route for women to pursue. She reminisced all the way back to the fourth grade where one day during a career-day event she said aloud, “I’m going to be a doctor.” The teacher kindly patted her on the head as if to say, “Good luck with that.” Dr. Redmond’s competitive spirit took that as a direct challenge and she made it her mission to continue on the path of medical studies from then on. In an age when women were not expected to do anything other than maybe teaching, nursing or being a stay at home mother, Dr. Redmond’s father continued to encourage her to pursue her dreams regardless of her gender. Her mother had passed of ovarian cancer when she was just eleven years old; which she said was a guiding factor that encouraged her to study obstetrics and gynecology.

While attending college, Dr. Redmond’s father fell into a very deep depression, during which she took responsibility for his daily care. Though taking care of her father, while also attending school was tough, she accredits this trial to now being able to multitask very well as a doctor.
Although Dr. Redmond does not have children of her own aside from her fur babies, she believes she has many blessings. “I have thousands of children,” she stated in reference to her profession in obstetrics, “handing someone a healthy baby can bring tears to your eyes.”

Dr. Redmond has been able to offer very personalized care by knowing her patients well, their families and has even treated several generations of each family thereafter. She considers it a true privilege to not only bring these babies into this world, but to be able to continue to provide medical care throughout their lives and through their future generations.
In regards to trending new technologies in medicine, Dr. Redmond is a firm believer that while she wouldn’t want to be the first person to try some of these new technologies or medications on her patients, especially without thorough research, you also shouldn’t be the last. She says it is important to stay abreast of current education and policies regarding your field to be able to offer the best care for your patients.

One of the procedures Dr. Redmond does offer in office is an option for hormone therapy for certain patients who meet the required criteria. This therapy is available for women in certain stages of life where they may encounter issues such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, loss of energy, fatigue, loss of muscle mass or weight gain or changes in mood and thinking.

When asked about her future goals or the idea of transitioning into another kind of profession within the medical industry, Dr. Redmond said she made the decision early on in her career that to provide the best ongoing personalized care for her patients she would devote her time to practicing exclusively, instead of dividing her time between her patients, hospital positions or teaching. Her patients have greatly benefited from her dedication and care.

Dr. Redmond smiled at a patient who waved as she was led into an exam room and commented, “Someday I’ll retire, but for now I greatly enjoy what I do. I can’t imagine not doing this.”

Dr. Susan Redmond sees patients in Harlingen, Texas. To schedule your personal consultation for obstetrics or gynecologic care with Dr. Redmond, call (956) 425-8545.

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