Erin Dressel MD, MPH
About Dr. Dressel
What Makes Colorado home to you?
I grew up in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX and moved to Colorado for residency in 2016 with the desire for mountain adventures and beautiful scenery. I met my fiancé in Colorado and we are happy to call this state home and look forward to building our lives together here. Coming from a background of creole cooking and southern humidity, I learned to embrace the beauty of Colorado and cannot imagine living and working in a better place.
What are your passions outside work?
I enjoy running, skiing, yoga, camping, hiking, cooking, reading, gardening, and traveling. I was an English major in college so have developed a life-long passion for reading, especially contemporary fiction. Growing up in New Orleans, I learned creole cooking from my mother and love hosting dinner parties to bring my culture to the Midwest.
Why did you become an OB/GYN?
I knew from a young age that I wanted to study medicine. I decided to go to a liberal arts college to take advantage of the diversity of knowledge provided in that environment. I majored in English literature and minored in French language and kept medicine in the background. I then volunteered in the women’s health department and was on a team that ran a theatrical production raising awareness about global violence against women. This was my first entry into the joys and struggles that women face across different ages, cultures, and ethnicities. I went on to volunteer in the Labor and Delivery unit at the local public hospital and found the environment so rewarding.
What in your career are you most proud about?
I received the Chief Resident Research Award for my project on early screening for gestational diabetes in pregnancy. I was able to improve screening rates in our underserved patient population. With my public health degree, I strive to increase access to women’s health services and improve the quality of care that is provided.
What is the most important part of your job?My patients are the most important part of my job. I love listening to my patients, educating them, and providing care that meets their goals. My style is open communication and shared decision making. Often the conversations in my field are deeply personal and I strive to be approachable and comforting. I want my patients to feel that the care they receive from me comes from a place of compassion and trust.
Rhodes College, Memphis TN (English literature major and French language minor) 2012
UT Houston Medical School, Houston TX (Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health) 2016
Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver CO 2020
- American Medical Association, Member
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Member