Dr. Shanon Forseter, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, knew he wanted to be a physician the day he graduated from high school, and he had the passion for obstetrics and gynecology the second he hit his OB rotation in medical school.
"My first choice was pediatrics," said Dr. Forseter
"But when I watched a mom and dad hold their baby for the first time, I was hooked.
I wanted to be a part of that."
Dr. Forseter joins Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital as an OB/GYN consultant who will assist Dr. Christine Cernik in coverage of her practice.
"I'm very excited to be working with Dr. Forseter
," said Dr. Cernik.
Dr. Forseter will work part-time in Ste. Genevieve as well as maintain a shared practice in the St. Louis area, working out of Missouri Baptist Medical Center , St. Johns, St. Lukes and Barnes-Jewish Downtown.
He specializes in gynecologic surgery including laparoscopic procedures; pelvic reconstruction surgery; high risk pregnancies; infertility; urogynecology; pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and menopausal care.
The 28-year-old native St. Louisian, earned his medical degree from UMKC School of Medicine, where he completed an intense six-year study program, one of the few six-year programs in the country.
four-year residency was at University Missouri-Columbia.
"I've been interested in rural medicine for a long time, he
"I loved my work in Columbia and did a lot of moonlighting in the ER at Boonville.
I find people are much more caring in smaller towns."
career is young, Dr. Forseter
has had some very rewarding moments.
"I performed a vaginal breech delivery of a woman with twins and watching the tears of relief roll down the mother and father's faces as the babies cried after delivery was just amazing," he
"I don't think this will ever get old for me.
I have the opportunity to deliver babies; to do surgery; and follow women through their entire life cycle.
You really get to know people-not only as their physician, but also as friends.
It's just fantastic."
leads the single life for now, having been too busy for a social life the past ten years, but he
does find time for sports.
enjoys bowling, squash, tennis and golf.
also plays a mean game of racquetball and handball.
In fact, he
won the Missouri State Handball Championship in April, 2004.
"It's such a wonderful change working in Ste. Genevieve," he
"I'm looking forward to getting to know people and learning more about this very historic town.
I'm also going to explore the possibility of having a working women's clinic one evening a week."
is accepting new patients at 990 Park Drive, and can be reached at 883-5715.