Meet Dr. Rachel Allon
As told by Rachel Allon, M.D.
We sat down with Rachel Allon, M.D., an OB/GYN with Swedish Medical Group, to learn more about her practice.
Building Long-Term Relationships With My Patients
Having relationships with my patients is really what made me pursue a career in medicine, so it's really important to me. Making sure that I'm giving patients what they need when they come to the doctor and not just following what my checklist is.
Starting from a young age when we're first talking about contraception or starting with pap smears all the way through menopause, I get to see patients through so many different phases of their lives.
So usually I'm making sure that I'm educating patients on all of the options that are available to them and then allowing them to choose which one sounds like the best option for them.
Patient and Doctor Relationships
You want to find someone that you can connect with, that you trust and that has a lot of experience in dealing with all different kinds of situations because you never know what might come up. Most people who come to visit the gynecologist come with a mix of anxiety and dread, so I try to make things as comfortable as possible.
For the first visit, I get to know the patient, what they like to do, what's important to them and what kind of things in their medical history might impact them, and then we talk about what things that we need to do to keep them up-to-date on their well-woman care. If it's a prenatal visit, we cover what kind of things to expect in a pregnancy.
For healthy women with no other issues, you should see someone once a year to do a regular check up and make sure that we're keeping up to date with all of the usual well-woman care. Obviously in pregnancy it's more often than that.We see you a lot. But if there are any issues going on, we're always available to see people sooner than the one-year visit.
For me, prenatal care means constantly looking out to see if there are any warning signs or looking for things that could go wrong, but mostly reassuring people, because most pregnancies end up being healthy and normal.
When lots of women are starting out in the beginning of their pregnancy, they either have no idea what to expect or they have a very set thing in their mind. And a lot of times as they go through their pregnancy they meet a lot of people who have a lot of opinions about what they should be planning for. Hearing what they're interested in and what their goals are is really important to me so that we can come to something that's safe and will help us to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.
Preventive care is really important because it helps us to identify things before they become a big problem. Our goal is to try to keep everyone as healthy as possible so that they can focus on all of the other things in life that are so much more important to them.
You never know when something is going to change and you're going to have something that you need to see a doctor for and to have a doctor take care of. It's always better to catch something early. And so having a doctor that's seen the whole range of normal to very sick means that I can identify those issues hopefully early on before they develop into something serious or at least be prepared to treat them when they do show up. It's about being able to take care of a woman when they're healthy and hopefully keep them that way but then also recognizing when something more is necessary.
Rachel Allon, M.D.
, is an OB/GYN with Swedish Medical Group. Her clinical interests include infertility, minimally invasive surgery, pap smear, prenatal care, counseling on birth control, heavy menstrual bleeding, miscarriage and preconception counseling.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Allon, call 773-878-7787
By David Modica | Published October 8, 2019