Congratulations, you’re on the road to motherhood! Whether you’ve just decided to start trying for a baby or your home pregnancy test has already come up positive, you are here because you’ve begun the search for your OB-GYN. Effingham, IL doesn’t have a ton of local options for women’s health providers, but this is my guide to the top providers in our area.
Proximity. The number one rule for this list is that all doctors must be within a 15-minute drive of Effingham. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time mom or you’ve already had multiple previous pregnancies, living close to your OB can do wonders for your peace of mind. Not to mention how much a long commute can eat into your time when you’re near the end and it feels like you have appointments all. the. time. So, to that end, all of these OB-GYNs are Effingham, IL local.
Patient Experience. The second major consideration for these OB recommendations is what their patients have to say about the care they provide. When you choose your OB-GYN, you choose the person who is going to be involved in your pregnancy from start to finish. You want to know that your doctor will be there to answer your questions and put you at ease, from the moment you find out you’re expecting until the moment that little one is finally in your arms. You also want to know that this person will be compassionate and considerate if you end up facing complications along the way. For this list, I have taken the ratings from five different doctor review websites into consideration: HealthGrades.com, Vitals.com, CareDash.com, ShareCare.com, and Doctor.WebMD.com.
Michelle Braddy, M.D. – Family Medicine with Special Interest in OB-GYN (Dieterich, IL)
5/5 stars based on 139 ratings
Practicing at the Dieterich Community Medical Center, Dr. Braddy is worth the short drive from Effingham. After completing her OB-GYN fellowship, Dr. Braddy joined Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates in 2008. Her patients have almost nothing but good things to say about their experiences in her care. Across all websites considered for this list, patients express high confidence in her decision-making and outcomes. People also remark on her great bedside manner. Overall, Dr. Braddy is very knowledgeable and takes the time to be sure her patients understand their conditions and have all their questions answered. As an extra bonus, Dr. Braddy is a family practice doctor, so she can follow your child from birth through to adulthood and remain your doctor even after pregnancy. Click here to learn more.
Jennifer Dust, M.D. – Board Certified OB-GYN (Effingham, IL)
3.8/5 stars based on 48 ratings
Practicing at Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Dr. Dust is Effingham local. She has been affiliated with Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates since 2011. Patients love how well Dr. Dust listens to their concerns. They feel confident in her knowledge and appreciate the way she takes time to answer questions and put her patients at ease. Patients also praise her bedside manner, finding her to be attentive and caring. Dr. Dust is a great option if you’re looking for an Effingham OB who will take the time to be sure you clearly understand what is happening with your pregnancy. Click here to learn more.
Abbie Massengill, M.D. – Board Eligible OB-GYN (Effingham, IL)
5/5 stars based on 6 ratings
Practicing at Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Dr. Massengill is another local Effingham OB-GYN. After finishing her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, she became affiliated with Effingham OB-GYN Associates in 2019. Patients love how thorough, professional, and knowledgeable Dr. Massengill is. They also find her friendly and informative about any conditions or procedures that need to be explained. Though she has less years of experience than others on this list, Dr. Massengill’s patients recommend her very highly. Click here to learn more.
Millie Sullivan Nelson, M.D., FACOG, MMM- Board Certified OB-GYN (Effingham, IL)
4/5 stars based on 57 ratings
Practicing at Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Dr. Nelson also works right in Effingham. She is a veteran of her field with more than 37 years of experience behind her. Dr. Nelson ranks highly for patient trust and for the follow-up care that she provides. Patients find her knowledge and feel that she takes the right amount of time to answer their questions. If you want an experienced doctor you can trust, Dr. Nelson is a great pick. Click here to learn more.
Robert Frost, M.D. – Family Medicine with Fellowship in OB-GYN (Altamont, IL)
4.4/5 stars based on 74 ratings
Practicing at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine & Obstetrics in Altamont, Dr. Frost is just a short drive from Effingham. Though he is a family practice doctor, Dr. Frost completed his fellowship in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has more than 28 years of experience behind him. Dr. Frost has high rankings for patient satisfaction across the board. His patients find him to be efficient, knowledgeable, and willing to take the time needed to answer their questions. Additionally, he has a great bedside manner, having been described as compassionate and understanding towards his patients. As a family practice doctor, Dr. Frost is another great choice if you want to keep the same doctor even after your pregnancy, or if you would like to have one doctor for the whole family. Click here to learn more.
Kelly Haller, M.D., FACOG – Board Certified OB-GYN (Effingham, IL)
3.7/5 stars based on 79 ratings
Practicing at Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Dr. Haller is another option right in Effingham. She has over 32 years of experience and has been associated with Effingham OB-GYN Associates since 1997. Patients express high levels of trust in her skills and outcomes. Dr. Haller is a popular choice in the Effingham community. Click here to learn more.
Dawn McDaid, M.D., FACOG – Board Certified OB-GYN (Effingham, IL)
3.6/5 stars based on 56 ratings
Practicing at Effingham Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Dr. McDaid is our last Effingham local OB-GYN. She has over 22 years of experience and has been practicing at Effingham OB-GYN Associates since 2015. Patients find her friendly, and they appreciate her bedside manner. Dr. McDaid is another solid choice for your OB care. Click here to learn more.
Even with only a few nearby clinics that offer OB-GYN services, the women of Effingham have some great options for local providers. I hope that these recommendations help you as you choose the doctor who will help bring your little one into this world. Most of all, I hope you remember that the difficult moments of your pregnancy journey will not last forever and that you find the time to really enjoy the wonderful moments.
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