Dr. Elizabeth McCleskey is Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as Lifestyle Medicine. Earning her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Indiana Central University and a Master’s in Biology from Butler University prepared her for attending Medical School at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completing her Family Medicine residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center. She is also a current member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Since the beginning of my medical career over twenty years ago, I have witnessed many changes in healthcare and its delivery. Having worked in traditional, out-patient, and contracted care, as well as locum tenens (traveling physician), I have taken what I consider to be the best of these changes to design something different from the standard outpatient practice. My practice model emphasizes one doctor in one exam room focused on one patient at a time. I want to be able to take the time to get to know you as a unique individual without the constraints of outside forces dictating your care.
I bring to this my strong interest in preventative medicine. As I advanced in my profession and in my life, I noticed that following the dietary and exercise advice my colleagues and I were providing in the average 10-minute visit was not working for my patients (or for myself). This awareness made me much more empathetic towards my struggling patients who suffered from too many life stresses and too little time.
Despite initially fearing that there was no good scientific research available, I discovered that evidence-based medicine could provide answers to optimize health. I have personally embarked on these changes to prove that they could be done and am now excited to walk this journey with others.