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Family physician finds a home at NUMC
In August, Bryana Malner Andert, DO, joined the staff of the New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) as a new family physician. Inspired by the powerful impact her family physician had on her family in Gilbert, Minn., Malner Andert said becoming a doctor is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Bryana Malner Andert, DO
The 29-year-old outdoor enthusiast admits however, there was a brief moment in her childhood when she was certain she was going to be a veterinarian.
"I loved animals and taking care of them. I wrote an essay in the fourth grade declaring that I was going to be a vet," recalled Malner Andert.
By the time she was ready to graduate from high school however, Malner Andert realized veterinary medicine wasn't for her.
"I witnessed the unique and special role of family physicians. I wanted to have the potential to not only have an impact on people's health but also be a friend of the family," said Malner Andert. "I also knew being a vet wasn't right for me because I like to talk to people too much," she quipped.
The holistic approach to care
Once her decision was made, there was no looking back. Malner Andert completed the pre-medical program at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.. After college she began her medical training at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo.
Malner Andert returned to Minnesota to complete her residency in family medicine in Mankato, Minn. through the University of Minnesota. Malner Andert sees the specialty as an opportunity to have an impact on every stage of her patients' lives.
Having dealt with diabetes in her own family, Malner Andert has a particular passion for diabetes care and helping her patients understand the complexities of the disease. "I want my patients to know there are things they can do to help themselves and manage their disease," she said.
Being a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Malner Andert takes a holistic approach to patient care. "It's all about the whole person," she explained. "You can't just treat an acute or chronic illness and separate it from a patient. You have to realize how that illness affects someone's mind, body and spirit."
Malner Andert also has specialized training in osteopathic manipulative treatment. She describes the treatment as a cross between the work of chiropractors and physical therapists. Armed with a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal system, she uses her hands to relieve pain and treat symptoms related to various health issues, including ear infections, colds, and sinus problems.
Settling down in New Ulm
Malner Andert learned about NUMC during her residency in Mankato. At the time she was not only looking for a place to establish her practice, but also a home where she could settle down and start a family. When she visited New Ulm, Malner Andert says she knew it was the right place for her.
"I just absolutely fell in love," she recalled. "It was exactly the type of community I had thought of for myself. I pictured myself having children and raising a family here."
The culture and heritage of New Ulm also attracted Malner Andert. "I really appreciate the pride that folks have in the community," she said. It also helped that she and her husband, Ben, are huge fans of Schell's Brewing Company in New Ulm.
Malner Andert said she is happily anticipating the lifetime of memories she will make in New Ulm. "I am very much looking forward to getting to know the New Ulm community. I feel honored to be able to provide medical care here," she said. "I hope to call New Ulm home for many years to come."
To schedule an appointment with Bryana Malner Andert, DO, board-certified in family medicine, call 507-217-5011.