Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Bryan, MD, a new Family Practice with Obstetrics provider at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus, originally intended to be an English teacher or a journalist.  

After graduating high school in the Chicago suburbs she attended the University of Illinois where her career choice changed quickly. “I took a psychology course and loved it,” said Dr. Bryan. “I studied psychology and also took courses in neurosciences. I went to my guidance counselor and decided to focus on neurology.”

She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and her MD from Rush University College of Medicine. She then had the opportunity to work with an Internal Medicine physician. “He taught me the importance of building a relationship with your patients,” Dr. Bryan said.  “After that, I decided to practice Family Medicine.”

It was at the University of Michigan during her residency in Family Medicine, where she met her husband Jake, who is also a physician. In 2012, the couple moved to Wisconsin and started a family. They have two children.

Dr. Bryan joined the team of physicians at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus March 1. “I enjoy the opportunity to get to know my patients,” she said. “I like the breadth of the specialty. There is a lot of variety. I especially like delivering and taking care of both mom and baby.”

She received international medicine experience at Virika Hospital in Fort Portal, Uganda as one of two residents selected to develop and implement sustainable neonatal resuscitation protocol for the urban hospital.

Dr. Bryan values family time and being a mom. During the past year she, just like others, struggled with the stress of school and daycare for her children and other things as a result of the pandemic. Dr. Bryan encourages women to advocate for themselves during this time and remember to practice good self-care. “As caregivers, we are accustomed to putting the needs of others before our own, but it’s important to take care of yourself. I was proactive about identifying an experience that worked well for my family and I a.m. so excited to be here at Prairie Ridge Health.”

She is a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her medical interests include medical informatics, obstetrics, hospice and palliative care, preventative health, patient education, and primary care advocacy. In addition, she was a recipient of the UW Health Patient and Family Experience Award and a UW Health Physician Excellence “Rising Star” Award Nominee.

 "What I love about being a physician is the relationships that I can have with patients," said Dr. Bryan. "I really value medicine as a relationship-based practice, not a transaction. I think it’s imperative for patients to find a doctor that fits well with them, because your doctor’s going to be your advocate.”

Call 920-623-2200 to schedule with Dr. Bryan.