Despite an abiding love for music, Dr. Medeiros came from a family of physicians and knew she was headed for a career in medicine from an early age. With a Bachelor’s degree in Music, she led and participated in choirs and singing groups at every opportunity throughout her higher education. But she remembers the moment at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in SoCal, where she obtained her MD, when she knew primary care was her calling:
“During my Surgery rotation I saw a patient in clinic with a severe diabetic foot infection. It was my job that day to deal with his foot, possibly planning for amputation, but he had no primary doctor to manage his poorly controlled diabetes, which didn’t sit well with me. It was suddenly clear that what I wanted was to care for the whole patient.”
After completing Internal Medicine residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, Dr. M pursued a second board certification in Preventive Medicine, earning a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from UMass Amherst with a concentration on Epidemiology along the way. An underlying burden to care for the underserved led her to consider correctional (prison) health, but marriage and family became a new priority in the meantime. She redirected her focus to instead become an academic hospitalist at her training ground in UMass. She found the educational role incredibly fulfilling, but the hospital setting left something to be desired: a long-term relationship with patients.
In search of this, she landed at Reliant Medical Group in Milford, MA, at last in the field of Primary Care. After a few years, Dr. M felt crushed by increasing administrative tasks that are steadily eroding the souls of responsible, professional physicians, so she resigned to start her own practice.
Since opening ThriveAPC in 2017, many things have changed across the healthcare landscape, not the least of which was spurned by the COVID Pandemic in 2020. Having a small private practice has been instrumental to staying flexible amidst the chaos, adjusting to stay available for patients and family alike.
Dr. M is well known for looking patients in the eye and connecting with the full story surrounding an injury or illness. She believes education is more lasting and powerful than any prescription can ever be at directing patients to a better life. She also keeps her passion for music alive performing time to time as a solo acoustic musician/vocalist for local venues, but her first and last passions by far are her husband and two energetic sons.