Meet the Women's Healthcare Affiliates Team
Read more about some of our physicians below, or learn more at the links to their physician profiles above.
Ashlee Bergin, M.D.
Dr. Bergin is a board eligible obstetrician and gynecologist. She graduated from The George Washington University and completed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition to treating women's health issues and/or conditions, Dr. Bergin is experienced in managing high risk pregnancies, advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques and minimally invasive office procedures.
- General Obstetrical Care
- Adolescnet Gynecology
- Pelvic Pain
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Endometrial Ablation
Philosophy of Care:
My goal is to provide the best, individualized care possible for each patient, and to be an advocate for patients and their health at all times.
Why did you decide to become a physician?
My father is an obstetrician/gynecologist and that definitely influenced me. No matter what happened at work or how long he had to stay at the hospital, my father always told me he enjoyed going to work every day. Even now, he continues to tell me how engaging his practice is.
After earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology, I worked in a clinic as a technician. The position allowed me to interact with patients and it was that experience that cemented my decision to become a physician. I really valued the patient interactions and realized I'd love treating patients of my own.
How did you choose your specialty?
I've also always had an interest in women's health which likely stems from my training in high school as a Red Cross HIV/AIDS Peer Educator. In addition to becoming familiar with the specialty through my father, I enjoyed my OB/GYN rotation the most of the various rotations in medical school. I also wanted the opportunity to make sure women are educated about their reproductive health. Most importantly, I appreciate that as an OB/GYN, I will see patients of all ages and will be able to provide a full continuity of care.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I like music, traveling and I am getting back into an exercise routine. I also like to read and currently have Kitchen Confidential next on my list of books to read.
What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?
When it comes to overall health, I've seen a fair amount of people who need to lose weight, but are unsure of simple steps they can take. If cost and time prohibit joining a gym, I like to tell people to incorporate more walking into their daily routine. Take the stairs at work if you can, when you drive somewhere, park in the furthest spot from your destination rather than circling for the closest parking spot.
Dr. Bergin discusses, The Change Before "The Change": Perimenopause on page 3 of Regarding Health. Read about what you need to know before menopause begins.
Check out Dr. Bergin's interview with Health News, providing local and global health information.
To make an appointment with Dr. Bergin at Women's Healthcare Affiliates call 708.636.9205.
What is your philosophy of care?
I believe that in order to provide the highest level of care, we must take into account all aspects of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
Growing up, I was always interested in the sciences; I remember having a microscope and chemistry set to play with as a child. I also love teaching; breaking down information in a way for someone to understand is truly an art. Medicine allows me to continue both of these passions. As a physician, I feel patient education is one of my most important responsibilities.
What are your sub-specialties and health interests in regard to your patients?
During my training, I witnessed a shift toward more minimally invasive surgical procedures in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The utilization of advanced laparoscopic skills and the da Vinci robotic surgical system is the direction our field is headed and I am excited to incorporate these into my practice.
How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
I am dedicated to this field, and embrace the importance of life-long learning required, but in order to be an excellent physician for my patients, I too, need to follow my own philosophy. Achieving balance is essential. Making sure to take care of myself, whether that means going out for a long run, reading a book, or simply getting a good night’s sleep when I am exhausted, are all things I make sure to do on a regular basis. It is also important for me to continue to nurture my relationships; from making time to get together for dinner, to writing an email, or making a phone call, a little effort goes a long way.
What are your hobbies and interests outside the office?
I can often be found running or cycling along our beautiful lakefront trail. Over the past few years my interest in running has increased; after completing several half marathons, my next goal is the Chicago marathon! I take advantage of Chicago’s amazing restaurant scene and am always trying new places. If I am at home you can find me cooking, baking, or gardening. As much as I love this city, I also love to travel to new places!
Call today to schedule an appointment at 708.974.7300.