Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Ill., 1993
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Ill., 2001Certification
Board-certified, American Board of Obstetrics and GynecologySpecial Medical Interests
I have special interest in surgeries to fix urinary incontinence (urinary leakage) and pelvic organ prolapse (“fallen bladder”). Office procedures and minimally invasive surgeries are also specialty aspects I enjoy.Clinics and Hospital
Dr. Michalk sees patients at our clinics in Waconia, Chaska, and Spring Park.Leadership and Professional Interests
National Committee Member of the Committee on American Indian Affairs, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
I knew I wanted to specialize in ObGyn during my third and fourth years of medical school, following my ObGyn rotations. In fact, I was pregnant with my first two children in those years. There were complications with the delivery of my first daughter that instead of frightening me away from the specialty, drew me closer to it. It gave me the drive and ambition to learn more, grow from the experience, and excel in this specialty.
I like getting to know my patients and feel I am down to earth and easy to talk to. I try to put myself in their shoes when listening to patients. The surgical aspect of ObGyn is something I really enjoy, particularly for incontinence and prolapse. Outside of patient care, I spend time with my family and practice music (piano, singing and guitar). I am married to Mike Michalk, a Lutheran pastor. We have three daughters and three little dogs, Ginger, Pepper, and Spice. I put my musical skills to practice, leading music at church.
Every year I go on a medical mission to Haiti, bringing medical care and free medications. I love the experience of connecting with people who lack so much in possessions but have an abundance of love and faith. When I see a pregnant woman hearing her baby’s heartbeat for the first time with the Doppler, it is an experience like no other.
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