Grinnell Regional Medical Center welcomes Jennifer R. Paisley, MD, internal medicine and pediatric specialist. Paisley, a Grinnell native, started seeing patients on March 28, at Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine.
“Dr. Paisley’s unique skillset will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine,” says Ronald Collins, Jr., MD, Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine. “Her multi-specialty prowess lends a distinctive edge that will enable her to better serve residents. We welcome Dr. Paisley to the internal medicine family and look forward to sharing her expertise with the community.”
Prior to coming to GRMC, Paisley practiced for two years at the NewCare Health Services in Newton, where she specialized in internal medicine and pediatrics. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Paisley completed her dual-residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo., and its affiliated hospitals, including Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and St. Luke’s. She is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics, and plans to become board certified in obesity medicine.
Paisley’s primary focuses include internal medicine, pediatric behavioral and developmental delays, and medical weight management. She endeavors to have her patient population evenly distributed between pediatrics and adults.
“Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine has done a good job helping patients with complex challenges,” Paisley says. “I want to continue that trend for our communities’ pediatric population, as well as serve as an intermediary medical source before seeking a specialist in Des Moines or Iowa City.”
Paisley’s interest in obesity medicine and management is complementary to services already offered at GRMC, and was also a guiding factor in her choice to practice at GRMC. Poweshiek County’s community health needs assessment ranked obesity as one of the highest priorities in need of change. Paisley is enthusiastic about developing a community-wide program to address the obesity issue.
“As a native of Grinnell, I have been aware of GRMC’s reputation for excellence in the area of bariatric medicine,” Paisley says. “I would love to help develop family-centered programs that target the root causes: poor understanding of nutrition, a loss of traditional cooking skills from prior generations, and an overall decrease in our activity. Teaching children to eat healthy from a young age is the single most important way to help combat this epidemic.”
In her free time, Paisley enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two young children. She and her family moved back to Grinnell to be closer to family. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 2000.