Rachel L. Spieldoch, MD, FACOG
Dr. Rachel Spieldoch is a board certified Gynecologist and fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Spieldoch specializes in minimally invasive surgery which includes advanced laparascopic surgery as well as vaginal and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. She additionally is recognized for her expertise in da Vinci robotic laparascopic surgery and has completed Masters training for robotic surgery. She is actively involved with the Robotics Committee as well as the committee devoted to creating a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare. She is one of the most experienced robotic surgeons for benign gynecologic disease in the Phoenix area. Dr. Spieldoch strongly believes that minimally invasive surgery offers better outcomes for patients. This includes less pain, shorter hospital stay, significantly less blood loss and most important, faster recovery to normal of activities living.
Dr. Spieldoch is an active member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparascopists, the American Medical Association, as well as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she completed her medical school training at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then went on to complete four years of specialty training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received specialized training in minimally invasive laparascopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Dr. Spieldoch remains current with new advances in gynecology in addition to remaining up-to-date with certification and continuing medical education on an annual basis.
Dr. Spieldoch has published several articles within the medical sciences and has presented her research at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology National Meeting. Additionally, she spent time practicing medicine with the Indian Health Services on the Apache reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona. Currently, she is very active in the community as an educational speaker advocating minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Her practice encompasses the full scope of gynecologic needs, including problems associated with the uterus and ovaries, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, treatment of uterine fibroids and labial reduction. She performs in-office endometrial ablation procedures which eliminates troublesome menstrual bleeding with little to no down time. She has expertise in addressing hormonal issues and menopausal symptoms with effective treatments such as individualized bioidentical hormone therapies and time-released hormone pellets.
In her free time, Dr. Spieldoch values spending quality time with her family and two boys Luca and Ashton. She enjoys many athletic activities including tennis, skiing and hiking. Dr. Spieldoch is an animal lover and seems to have a soft spot for elephant wildlife to which she donates annually. She also donates to The National Parks Conservation Association, World Wildlife Fund and Florence Crittenton. She enjoys traveling and hopes to continue exploring new cultural areas in the upcoming years.
Erica Wikan, MS, CNM,CPNP-PC
Erica obtained her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University. As a nurse, she spent seven years working in the pediatric intensive care unit and our years teaching undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. Erica attended the University of Michigan graduate nursing program and received Masters Degrees as both a Nurse Midwife and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining McDowell Mountain Gynecology, she was practicing s a Nurse Midwife with Bethany Women’s Healthcare.
Erica takes a special interest in contraception and adolescent care. She believes in empowering women and their partners to determine the method of contraception that will best meet their needs. As a provider, her practice focuses on communicating with, and engaging adolescents and adult women to facilitate both interactive and productive gynecologic experiences. For adolescents and women with special needs, she is able to tailor experiences to the patient’s cognitive age, and to ultimately connect with and comfort clients during gynecologic exams and procedures.
In addition to providing contraceptive management and adolescent gynecologic care, Erica is experienced with well woman exams, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, urinary tract infections, abnormal bleeding patterns, non-surgical pelvic prolapse management, and peri/post-menopausal symptom support. She is well versed in hormone replacement options, including bioidentical hormones, for women as they face the many challenges of menopause.
Erica grew up on a rural island in Alaska, and loves the culture that Arizona has to offer. She enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, CrossFit, and just about any outdoor activity. She often travels to Puerto Penasco for beach time, and to support Esperanza Children’s Home and Barb’s Dog Rescue. She is a true animal lover and currently is the proud parent of two Savannah cats, Koshka and Suitcase.
She is excited to continue to advance her Women’s Healthcare career at McDowell Mountain Gynecology. We are excited to have her as part of our team.