Jessica Shepherd MD is a board-certified OB/GYN and after spending many years working in traditional hospitals – including a teaching hospital in Chicago – she has moved on to women’s holistic health with the opening of Sanctum Med & Wellness – a premier wellness practice that incorporates the services of concierge medicine, wellness programs including yoga, a pelvic physical therapist, acupuncture, nutritional services, meditation and also life coaching. She is also the first Chief Medical Officer of Verywell Health, an award-winning online resource for reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information on the topics that matter most to you.
I first met Dr. Shepherd in Chicago at a BlogHer event when we could still gather freely and closely. She was there in the 2000 teens and continues to be a mainstay for the now renamed SheKnows platform. All I know is we happened to bump into each other in the exhibit hall and I found out that she worked at the local teaching university where I birthed all of my children. While I had a FANTASTIC experience with every midwife that I worked with (only two) and the OB/GYN who I switched off to when I was pregnant with the twins, I would have LOVED having her energy and spirit around if it was an option. She came on board after I was a year into being a mom of twins, and she’s been rockin’ ever since.
Chicago is no longer her home. She’s moved South to Texas to open up her own wellness Center. But her commitment to women’s health isn’t privy only to the Lonestar State. She is asked to speak all over the country and has been seen sharing her expertise on shows like Good Morning America, The Today Show, Steve Harvey, Dr. Oz, and several local news outlets.
As a gynecologist, Dr. Jessica Shepherd has talked with women about their health issues over the last ten years and now has created a community for women to talk about them. She founded Her Viewpoint as a result of her daily observations and interactions with her patients. Her Viewpoint is a forum for women, designed to discuss all those details that encompass your entire health- mentally, emotionally, and physically. Dr. Shepherd has taken the approach to patient care by having a conversation with women and allowing the taboo topics to be discussed in a safe and supportive space.
From her patients, she has come to realize that women’s health issues are not discussed enough and that there is a need to have conversations on the matters that affect us. Women’s health spans physical, emotional, and spiritual positions and she will attempt to address as many of these topics as she can with Her Viewpoint. Her Viewpoint has resources that are devoted to promoting women’s health for all ages. Video blogs, interviews, and patient forums allow for an interactive site and create an environment for women to share their concerns and questions. The site provides links to related news, educational opportunities, and national organizations as well as information about books and contacts for health information. With a team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists, and other health professionals dedicated to women’s health, Her Viewpoint anticipates a wonderful relationship with its followers! We will be there with you on your journey to complete health.
It’s important that our children see healthy discussions surrounding our bodies and the way that they work. With various reproductive cancers affecting Black women at a high rate because of lack of medical accessibility, or shame surrounding not going on a regular basis, it’s nice to see someone who looks like us encouraging us to talk more about reproductive and women’s health.
You can follow Dr. Jessica Shepherd on Her Viewpoint or Instagram.