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Dr. Heloise Westbrook

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Anesthesiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You But What You Can Do For Your Country.

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1954
Birth Location:
Buffalo, New York

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Anesthesiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Tofu
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You But What You Can Do For Your Country.

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1954
Birth Location:
Buffalo
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Biography

Anesthesiologist Heloise Demoin Westbrook was born on July 1, 1954 in Buffalo, New York. Her parents, Mary Lue and Quinton Westbrook, moved from Tennessee and raised six children in the colder climate of upstate New York. Westbrook's career has been dedicated to pain management.

After graduating in 1972 from Mount Saint Joseph's Academy in her hometown of Buffalo, Westbrook attended Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1976 before moving to Carbondale, Illinois to study in the medical education preparatory program of Southern Illinois University. In 1984, with an M.S. in health services management, Westbrook enrolled in the university's doctoral program, focusing on community and public health education, and earning a Ph.D. in 1987. Studying anesthesiology and patient monitoring, Westbrook continued her education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. Completing her second master's degree and certification as a physician assistant in 1989, Westbrook was hired by the Dekalb-Fulton County Hospital Authority and the Emory Clinic as an anesthetist. In 1990, she began working towards an M.D. at Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. She served as a teaching assistant in the anatomy and neuroscience departments before becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 1994.

Westbrook served as an intern in transitional medicine at the Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia and as an anesthesiology resident at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She stayed at the University of Maryland as an obstetrical anesthesiology fellow and clinic instructor until 1999, when the Pain Management Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire offered her a position as a fellow and clinic instructor there. Finally, in 2001, Westbrook became a staff anesthesiologist at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota as well as the director of the Pain Management Center. Westbrook serves as a pilot in the United States Air Force Reserves.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Heloise Westbrook's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes her parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her maternal and paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her mother, Mary Lue Loveless Westbrook, and her father, Quinton Westbrook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her father, Quinton Westbrook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her childhood ambition to become a doctor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes starting as a child to save her allowance for college expenses
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her education from grade school through graduate school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes herself as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her father's financial support while attending Mount St. Joseph's Academy for high school from 1969 to 1972
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes her father's community involvement as a Republican in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes attending Canisius College in Buffalo, New York before attending Boston College in Massachusetts from 1973 to 1976
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about attending graduate school in health services at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about attending The Chicago Medical School, Finch University of Health Services
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her challenges and growth at the Chicago Medical School, Finch University of Health Sciences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the rewards of her career as an anesthesiologist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes her work as an anesthesiologist working in pain management
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the role of acupuncture in pain management
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes how she treats different kinds of pain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about how different people experience pain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes her philosophical and psychological approach to treating pain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the challenges of medication misuse in her patients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes challenging types of pain she manages in her patients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the rewards of being an anesthesiologist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about overcoming obesity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes living in Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the African American community in South Dakota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook describes her experiences as a doctor in the U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the challenges she faced as an African American woman pursuing her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the health issues that affect the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about the expansion of her life perspective
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her goals and plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook reflects on her parent's influence on her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about her contribution to her community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Heloise Westbrook talks about how she would like to be remembered