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CLINIC/MD HISTORY

SEATTLE MEDICAL AND WELLNESS CLINIC:

front of buildingSeattle Medical and Wellness Clinic has always been a Woman owned and run clinic. It was started in 1985 by American Medical Women's Association representative Dr. Karen Nichols. When Dr. Nichols retired in 1997, Dr. Gibbons became the owner and medical director.

For the past 20 years Dr Gibbons has provided the only clinic in downtown Seattle that has patient-oriented care: That means fewer patients, private counseling rooms, private exam rooms, private recovery rooms, support persons allowed in the exam room, and a real person answering the phone to attend to your questions. 

We believe that women need support when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. The philosophy is, "If the patient was your sister, how would you like her to be treated?" The staff are experienced and pride themselves on making each patient their priority. The clinic receives 100's of thank-you cards from patients who were touched by Dr. Gibbons' gentle and supportive care, as well as the staff's ability to make the patient feel safe during a vulnerable time in their lives. The notes are in albums in the waiting room for new patients to read and be re-assured of a safe, supportive and confidential appointment.

The Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic feels reproductive care should not be limited based on income. We are the first clinic to "teach patients" how to access the state's insurance that covers the abortion procedure when many private insurances won't. We are also the first to implement "retro-active" payments. We remains the ONLY clinic that provides STUDENT and MILITARY discounts. And she remains the ONLY doctor who will not make the price of the abortion effect the decision between the type of abortion (medical and surgical abortions are the same price).  Here you can make your decision based on what's in your best interest, and not what you can afford.

The Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic has been trusted for over 30 years, with over 50% of our patients coming from Physician and Patient referrals. We are a member of the National Abortion Federation, Abortion Care Network, and the Association of Reproductive Care Professionals. We look forward to giving you the support you need with quality medical care at all times.

 

front of buildingEILEEN GIBBONS, MD.

Medical Director of Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic since 1997

Her vision:    "A Clinic For Women, By Women"

Dr. Gibbons, Graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in 1994 and completed her residency at Providence Family Practice Residency in Seattle, Washington in 1997 (now called Cherry Hill Family Practice residency) . Her Residency was focused on helping the inter-city poor, homeless and refugee population. One overarching theme drew her attention: if women can't control their reproductive health, they can't excel in their lives. During a time when HMO's were blossoming, she was drawn instead to the idea of spending MORE TIME with her patients in a small, private setting. Affordable, safe and supportive Abortion and reproductive care fulfilled her dream of making an impact in women's lives that would elevate them and support them to pursue and maintain their dreams.

Due to the shortage of abortion providers, and being specialized in abortion and reproductive care, she has trained residents from Swedish First Hill, Swedish Cherry Hill, Valley Medical, Group Health and Tacoma Family Practice residencies. She has served on panels as a guest speaker at national and local conferences and meetings, is a member of the King County Medical Society, Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and continues to be an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Medical School.

In her free time, she enjoys being a Foster Parent, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, coaching soccer, cooking and singing in her community family choir.

ABOUT US

"I just wanted to express my thanks for a wonderful job you guys did. I'm feeling fine about everything. Your clinic was very helpful and caring. I'm glad I decided to come to Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic. You guys were great. Thank you."

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