Mahaska Health Partnership is pleased to welcome Family Practice Physician Valerie Bonnett, MD, as the newest primary care provider in the Medical Group.
“Dr. Bonnett brings a unique perspective to primary care,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen said. “Her expansive experience and research on women’s health issues will partner well with services we offer. We’re fortunate to have her serving patients at MHP.”
Dr. Bonnett has always had a passion for helping people. “Growing up in Bussey, IA, I always dreamed of world travel,” Dr. Bonnett remembered. “I thought I would go into international missionary medicine. However, I received a great scholarship to Central (College in Pella, IA) and upon graduating, applied to the Peace Corp and the University of Iowa.
“I got accepted to Iowa. After completing my medical degree, I stayed in the state because I felt the specialty of Family Practice was well respected and I could gain more experience. My residency inspired my passion for women’s health and I’ve never stopped learning.”
Dr. Bonnett never let her Midwestern roots hinder her thirst for what lay beyond. “I’ve been to five of the seven continents. Through medical mission trips I’ve met some amazing people, learned a lot and seen some beautiful countries.”
Throughout her 20 year career, Dr. Bonnett has been influenced by her obstetrical experience, travel and vast research. She practiced in Davenport for sixteen years, at times teaching obstetrics for family practice residents; she eventually relocated back to the area to be closer to family.
“I like working with women of any age but I have specialized skills to really help women from reproductive age through menopause,” Dr. Bonnett explained. “I don’t deliver babies currently but enjoy assisting women with counseling before they conceive to help them get healthier before becoming pregnant.
“I’m a big picture thinker. I like to work with my patients to determine the root cause of issues and start there rather than masking symptoms with medication,” Dr. Bonnett stressed. “I am a strong believer in natural remedies in conjunction with traditional medicine. My patients can feel confident that I will explore every possibility that may enhance their overall health and well-being.”
Dr. Bonnett is now accepting new patients on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa. Appointments are available Mondays and Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. For an appointment call 641.672.3360.