(Joplin, MO) – Joining the Freeman Health System team was an easy choice for Dr. Brittany Winkfield, DO. “It already felt like family here,” said Dr. Winkfield, internal medicine physician.
“I’ve known a lot of these doctors since I was a student, and so getting to work with them as a student, a resident, and now as a colleague was an easy change for me.”
Dr. Winkfield attended the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She attended medical school at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, where she received the Glasgow Rubin Memorial Achievement Award, which is for women scoring within the top 10% of the graduating class. Dr. Winkfield worked at Freeman as a third-year medical student, and then completed her internal medicine residency through Kansas City University, spending another three years learning at Freeman.
“When I was a student here, I kept liking everything I was doing,” said Dr. Winkfield. “I enjoyed every single rotation I had and every opportunity I got, so it was a natural fit to be in internal medicine. I like taking care of the whole person and any complaint they might have. I like developing a relationship with my patients, knowing who they are and their families, who mean something to them. I feel like it makes me a better doctor to treat them as a human — not just their disease.”
Dr. Winkfield said she is passionate about preventative care and wants patients to feel comfortable coming to see their doctor.
“I always try to remind my patients, whether young or old, that seeing a doctor regularly is important,” said Dr. Winkfield. “I am not just here to treat you when you’re sick — I’m here to help you stay well. I want to see you when you feel great, so we can keep you that way.”
As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Winkfield treats adult patients, including performing women’s annual health exams.
“I think it’s really important because when you have that relationship with that patient, they’re more likely to pursue all their preventative care,” said Dr. Winkfield. “We serve many people from small towns, and I try to do everything in my power to take care of all their needs, so they don’t have to make multiple trips for a bunch of different appointments.”
Dr. Winkfield is married, and her husband works at Kansas City University. She said his large family of seven siblings and 18 nieces and nephews is another reason Joplin is a great place to call home.
About Freeman Health System:
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.
Lisa Olliges, Media Specialist
Freeman Health System