Kristin Bendert, M.D.
Family Medicine with Obstetrics
Primary Care, Maternity Care, Women's Health, Children's Health, Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Management, Patient Education, Community Medicine, LGBT Health, and Public Health
What I love about family medicine is the dynamic nature of life and its many transitions. Whether it be celebrating the birth of a new child, providing support to families coping with Alzheimer’s, listening and helping those struggling with their depression, teaching someone with chronic illness how to take better care of themselves, or guiding patients through gender transitions, I see my role as a doctor to be a helpful and stabilizing point for my patients. I love keeping the "family" in family medicine, providing care across multiple generations of patients. I cherish the partnerships I form with my patients, seeing myself as part of a team that includes them, their family, and the greater community as well as the healthcare team.
Growing up I saw the interactions between my Aunt struggling with Lupus and her doctors, and seeing their care and compassion during difficult times made me realize early on that I wanted to become a physician. I grew in the Midwest, attended Augustana College for my Bachelors degree and then attended Saint Louis University for Medical School.
When looking for residency programs I saw that the Pacific Northwest has three of my favorite things: trees, mountains and food. It was lucky that OHSU an amazing residency program.
I chose to train in Family Medicine because of its ability to provide full-spectrum care for patients and their families, from birth to end of life care. I love building partnerships with my patents to help them achieve their personal health goals and needs. A doctor is often there at some of the best and worst moments of a patient's life, and I strive to be a familiar and comforting presence during difficult times.
Outside of clinic, I like to spend time with my husband, labradoodle and son. We enjoy walking in the woods, checking out new brunch locals and relaxing at home.
You can find this practitioner at the following clinics:Oregon City Clinic
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR