Dr. Guggenheim grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. She attended Colgate University in upstate New York, with a major in art and art history. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Guinea, West Africa, working in public health and community development. She worked in a small health center with no electricity or running water. During this time, Dr. Guggenheim presented public health talks to the community and helped with vaccination tourneys. She delivered her first baby in the middle of the night, by the light of a flashlight. This was not the plan, but it’s what transpired when she was alone in the clinic and a patient arrived experiencing an extremely quick delivery. While Dr. Guggenheim was in West Africa, she fell in love with health care and decided to pursue medicine as a career.
What makes Colorado home to you?
My family enjoy skiing, hiking, and traveling.
What are your passions outside of work?
I have been married to my fabulous husband since 1999. We have three children, who keep us busy when we are not working. Physical activity is an important my life, I practice yoga, I run, and takes a variety of cycle and kinesis classes.
Why did you become an OB/GYN?
The excitement of working in a small medical clinic in West Africa captivated me. I worked closely with the midwives and doctors. During this time, I fell in love with healthcare and the decided to apply to medical school. In medical school, I found that I was still drawn to caring for women. I was enthralled with pregnancy, and other aspects of women’s health care.
What in your career are you most proud?
I am proud and humbled that patients/people trust me to take care of them.
What is the most important part of your job?
The most important part of my job is listening to my patients and helping them to craft a health care plan that works for them.