Bingham is Proud to Welcome New Women’s Health Physician
Bingham Memorial is proud to welcome Heather Pugmire, M.D. to the medical staff as part of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center.
Dr. Pugmire received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University. She graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from Creighton University as well.
Since she was in high school, Dr. Pugmire has had a desire to serve people through the science of medicine. “In high school I read an article about a surgeon who went to Africa and fixed thousands of children’s clef palates,” she says. “I thought that developing a skill that can so profoundly affect the happiness and well being of others is something I would like to pursue.”
Dr. Pugmire is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. From early on in medical school, she knew OB/GYN was a field she would enjoy. “I always thought delivering babies would be so great,” says Dr. Pugmire. “But I never realized how much I would enjoy the other areas of this specialty, especially surgery. Working with your hands to fix something is very rewarding.”
In addition to helping women through pregnancy, labor and delivery, Dr. Pugmire enjoys helping women with issues such as menstrual irregularities and urinary incontinence.
“My philosophy is that a doctor is a type of teacher,” she says. “I try to help women understand their bodies, disease processes, the risks and benefits of therapies to help them figure out the best way to get and stay healthy.”‘
In her spare time, Dr. Pugmire enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, ages 10, 7 and 5. Her family is excited about being in eastern Idaho with all of its outdoor opportunities like camping, hiking and skiing. She also enjoys reading and music.