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 Laparoscopic surgery as well as vaginal and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. She additionally is recognized for her expertise in da Vinci robotic Laparoscopic 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 Laparoscopic 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.
Jacqueline Johnstone CNM, MSN, BSN
Jackie has been specializing in Women’s Healthcare for approximately 10 years. She has a diverse background and was born in Germany. Her family subsequently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when she was a child. After finishing high school, she stayed in New Mexico and continued to further her education. She obtained her bachelors of Science in Nursing and then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration on Nurse Midwifery at the University of New Mexico. After several years of practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife, she completed her Advanced Practitioner certification with the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Prior to pursuing Women’s Health, Jackie worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 9 years. She then went on to practice as a Nurse Midwife in State College, PA and Albuquerque, NM. Most recently, she has been practicing Gynecology and enjoys helping women as they experience all stages of life and hormonal health. Her past experience includes adolescents, contraceptive management, menopausal symptoms, irregular bleeding and hormone replacement therapy. With her recent transition to Women’s Healthcare and Gynecology, she is excited to join the team at McDowell Mountain Gynecology!
Outside of the office, Jackie enjoys crafting, hiking, biking and exploring new places. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She is also an animal lover and has two very sweet cats and a saltwater fish tank.
Jackie’s life philosophy is to always tell your loved ones that you love them, breathe a breath of fresh air daily, don’t hold on to anger and live life to the fullest because you never know when your last day will be.
Jackie’s favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”