Board Certified General Psychiatrist Lee Wheeler, MD is the newest member of the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) of Memorial Medical Center team. Dr. Wheeler will primarily focus on treating outpatients within BHS. She has a special interest in jointly managing chronic psychiatric and medical conditions in collaboration with primary care, including problems like anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. She also has extensive experience helping patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and manic depression/bipolar disorder.
Dr. Wheeler comes to Ashland most recently having worked at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. There, she served as Medical Director of outpatient psychiatry.
“Dr. Wheeler will be a great addition to our behavioral health services team,” says Jason Douglas, CEO of MMC. “She brings a depth of understanding in helping some of our most vulnerable patients get back on the road to recovery. She also embodies the spirit of adventure that so many of us embrace here in the North Woods.” This includes a solo 650-mile trek across the Appalachian Trail and volunteering with Volunteers for Peace in Warsaw, Budapest and East Berlin in the late 80s.
Dr. Wheeler grew up in Monona, Wisconsin, in the Madison area. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency through the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. She received her MD at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. She majored in Russian Studies at Dartmouth College, received a master’s degree in Slavic Languages from Indiana University and then worked various jobs before going back to medical school, some being computer consulting and teaching preschool and college Chemistry.
Dr. Wheeler says the sense of community and collaboration she sees within MMC and the greater Ashland community is what attracted her most to the area. “I was immediately impressed by the spirit of camaraderie between the hospital, other medical groups and the people in the community. I’m looking forward to being a part of that, working with all different groups for the benefit of the community and the overall well-being of individual patients.”
Having lived in Chicago a few blocks from Lake Michigan, Dr. Wheeler is excited to be on the shores of one of the Great Lakes again and expects she and her two dogs will be found frequently enjoying the cool winds and waves of Lake Superior. After 8 years out in the woods between Rhinelander and Tomahawk she is looking forward to living close to Frankie’s Pizza and the Gyro Bus, which is her favorite part of the Tomahawk Fall Ride – other than the bikes, of course. Finally, with the Tri-County Corridor right out her back door, she’s hoping to do some exploring.