Member Spotlight

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WAOPS Member Spotlight - Alexandra Wolf, DO 

Dr. Alexandra Wolf, a WAOPS member and a speaker at the Spring 2022 Conference, was recognized by the American Osteopathic Foundation as a 2022 State Emerging Leader. Nominated by state peers, AOF’s State Emerging Leader Award recipients are recognized as new physicians in practice within the Osteopathic profession who lead their peers through exceptional service to others and an ongoing commitment to patient‐centered care. These exceptional individuals provide fully embody Osteopathic tenets and principles, are dedicated to community service, and exhibit a deeply philanthropic spirit. 

The award was given in recognition of Dr. Wolf's exemplary work, her demonstrated leadership, the significant impact she has on those she serves, as well as her passion for, and unwavering commitment to, the osteopathic profession.

WAOPS Member Spotlight - Ann Marie Gierl, DO
Submitted by Tiffany Gulinson, DO

I had the fortune to sit next to Ann Marie Gierl at our November conference and discovered what a pioneer she has been for women in the field of medicine as well as for osteopathy. While talking with her, she mentioned that when she went to medical school in the 1980s, it was uncommon for women to even go to med school. She became a DO – and chose to pursue rheumatology which was virtually unheard of! She told me a story about trying to do a student rotation at a very prestigious and well-known clinic - they told her not to bother applying since she was a DO and they didn’t accept DOs. Ann Marie completed her fellowship at Cleveland Clinic around 1990. When she was starting to work with her first partners, the two established doctors had to convince the hospital to let her have privileges since she was a DO. As we were talking about her huge accomplishments, I was struck by how humble Ann Marie is about it all. I’m not sure that she realizes the huge impact she has had as a woman in rheumatology and in osteopathic medicine. Because she was strong to walk the path, so many of us who followed her have benefitted.

Ann Marie is a Wisconsin native who has practiced rheumatology in the Fox Valley for over 30 years. She lives in Appleton where she enjoys community activities, gardening, and reading. She loves being outdoors walking, biking or cross-country skiing. She and her husband have two adult sons.

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