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​“It is an honor to be a part of growing families and treat diseases so that women can live their lives to the fullest potential.”

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Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith has always enjoyed science and the human body. She said human bodies are amazing self-healing machines, but sometimes, they need our help. This is why she became an obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) physician.

“I love OB/GYN because it is a great mix of medicine and surgery,” Dr. Coulter-Smith said. “Women’s health care has been my major interest since medical school. I believe in preventive care and health maintenance, and I want to help women live a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Dr. Coulter-Smith cares for the full realm of general OB/GYN, including low- and high-risk pregnancies, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and menopause and hormone therapy. She also diagnoses and treats pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, abnormal PAP smears and any other gynecologic ailment. Additionally, she performs minimally invasive surgery, both laparoscopic and robotic.

“The most important element of patient care is the physician/patient relationship,” Dr. Coulter-Smith said. “Without that, we cannot learn from our patients to make a diagnosis and treatment plan, and they don’t develop the rapport or trust with us to follow through with the treatment plan.”

Dr. Coulter-Smith completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She also completed her medical degree and doctorate through the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Coulter-Smith grew up in Iowa, but has been vacationing in the Minocqua area for more than 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys water sports, biking, reading, travel and spending time with family and friends. She has been married for over 30 years and has two children, a daughter and a son.

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Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine Des Moines, IA, United States, D.O. 1989

    Internship
    Des Moines General Hospital Des Moines, IA, United States, Internal Medicine 1990

    Residency
    University of Kansas - School of Medicine Kansas City, KS, United States, Obstetrics & Gynecology 1994

  • Professional Societies
    American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Board Certifications
    Obstetrics & Gynecology: 1996

    State Licenses
    Wisconsin

Patient Ratings down arrow

4.6
out of 5 (47 ratings, 14 comments)
4.6
Provider explanations of my problem
4.5
Provider concern for my questions
4.6
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.6
Provider's discussion of proposed treatment
4.6
My likelihood of recommending this provider

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Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
Comments are from Press Ganey surveys. Slander, libel and private health information are removed.
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July 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith made sure I understood my options and took great care to ease my concerns. Very empathetic.
August 12, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith has been one the best providers I have seen yet in my years of receiving care through the Marshfield Clinic. Hold on to that one.
August 18, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is awesome! Absolutely love her! I feel as though I am in great hands each visit.
October 30, 2020
I didn't have any problems, this was a follow up appointment, yearly.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
August 26, 2020
I have recommended Barbara to my new pregnant family member and friend! She noticed my breached baby in the 3rd trimester and made sure other doctors stayed up to date when she wasn't available.
September 29, 2020
It was unfortunate that the "actual" problem I had was not going to be solved by this visit, but on the other hand it did find a potential issue that could become something larger in my future.
September 29, 2020
It was unfortunate that the "actual" problem I had was not going to be solved by this visit, but on the other hand it did find a potential issue that could become something larger in my future.
August 26, 2020
I have recommended Barbara to my new pregnant family member and friend! She noticed my breached baby in the 3rd trimester and made sure other doctors stayed up to date when she wasn't available.
July 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith made sure I understood my options and took great care to ease my concerns. Very empathetic.
August 12, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith has been one the best providers I have seen yet in my years of receiving care through the Marshfield Clinic. Hold on to that one.
August 18, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is awesome! Absolutely love her! I feel as though I am in great hands each visit.
October 30, 2020
I didn't have any problems, this was a follow up appointment, yearly.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
July 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith made sure I understood my options and took great care to ease my concerns. Very empathetic.
August 12, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith has been one the best providers I have seen yet in my years of receiving care through the Marshfield Clinic. Hold on to that one.
August 18, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is awesome! Absolutely love her! I feel as though I am in great hands each visit.
August 26, 2020
I have recommended Barbara to my new pregnant family member and friend! She noticed my breached baby in the 3rd trimester and made sure other doctors stayed up to date when she wasn't available.
September 29, 2020
It was unfortunate that the "actual" problem I had was not going to be solved by this visit, but on the other hand it did find a potential issue that could become something larger in my future.
October 30, 2020
I didn't have any problems, this was a follow up appointment, yearly.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
April 23, 2021
I always feel like I am in good hands w/Dr. Coulter-Smith and the OB staff.
February 23, 2021
Dr. Barbara Coulter-Smith is a very compassionate provider and puts her patients at ease. I definitely would recommend her.
February 12, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith was fantastic. I've struggled to find answers to my questions. I cannot thank her enough for her thorough & empathetic approach to my concerns.
February 8, 2021
I was very pleased with Dr. Coulter-Smith. Can highly recommend her!!
January 5, 2021
Dr. Coulter Smith is an outstanding dr.! I would recommend her to anyone! She is truly an asset to the clinic!
December 4, 2020
She was very good at explaining everything & showed concern.
December 3, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith was kind, gentle and listened to all of my concerns.
December 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is everything a good doctor should be; warm, caring, empathetic, and patient. Have already recommended her to others.
October 30, 2020
I didn't have any problems, this was a follow up appointment, yearly.
September 29, 2020
It was unfortunate that the "actual" problem I had was not going to be solved by this visit, but on the other hand it did find a potential issue that could become something larger in my future.
August 26, 2020
I have recommended Barbara to my new pregnant family member and friend! She noticed my breached baby in the 3rd trimester and made sure other doctors stayed up to date when she wasn't available.
August 18, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith is awesome! Absolutely love her! I feel as though I am in great hands each visit.
August 12, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith has been one the best providers I have seen yet in my years of receiving care through the Marshfield Clinic. Hold on to that one.
July 2, 2020
Dr. Coulter-Smith made sure I understood my options and took great care to ease my concerns. Very empathetic.

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