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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 (68 ratings, 12 comments)
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Provider explanations of my problem
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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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December 3, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith - caring, compassionate, empathetic.
February 1, 2022
Excellent treatment and care would highly recommend Dr. Coulter-Smith!
February 11, 2022
Resolved the ongoing medical problem I was having.
April 26, 2022
I loved that Dr. Coulter-Smith was able to empathize with my concerns and relate it to her own experience/pregnancy. A reason I really appreciate female providers.
April 29, 2022
I was very comfortable with her. She was very kind and made me feel at ease. I'm VERY happy she is here to be my GYN. I have already told some of my friends about her.
April 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is excellent!
June 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is wonderful! I love that she doesn't rush and takes time to talk with you.
July 19, 2022
I really liked my interaction with Dr. Coulter-Smith. It was easy to talk to her & she readily answered my questions & concerns.
July 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith took an EXCEPTIONAL amount of time to explain options and educate me!
October 19, 2022
She is excellent! I actually look forward to my next annual.
April 1, 2022
This visit I felt slightly demeaned. I mentioned that I do not, and have not taken, iron supplements. Dr. Coulter-Smith immediately assumed that I didn't know what was in my prenatal and assured me t...view full comment
May 3, 2022
No rating given
Provider didn't listen to my concerns and when I told her my medical history she told me I was wrong.
May 3, 2022
No rating given
Provider didn't listen to my concerns and when I told her my medical history she told me I was wrong.
April 1, 2022
This visit I felt slightly demeaned. I mentioned that I do not, and have not taken, iron supplements. Dr. Coulter-Smith immediately assumed that I didn't know what was in my prenatal and assured me t...view full comment
December 3, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith - caring, compassionate, empathetic.
February 1, 2022
Excellent treatment and care would highly recommend Dr. Coulter-Smith!
February 11, 2022
Resolved the ongoing medical problem I was having.
April 26, 2022
I loved that Dr. Coulter-Smith was able to empathize with my concerns and relate it to her own experience/pregnancy. A reason I really appreciate female providers.
April 29, 2022
I was very comfortable with her. She was very kind and made me feel at ease. I'm VERY happy she is here to be my GYN. I have already told some of my friends about her.
April 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is excellent!
June 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is wonderful! I love that she doesn't rush and takes time to talk with you.
July 19, 2022
I really liked my interaction with Dr. Coulter-Smith. It was easy to talk to her & she readily answered my questions & concerns.
July 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith took an EXCEPTIONAL amount of time to explain options and educate me!
October 19, 2022
She is excellent! I actually look forward to my next annual.
December 3, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith - caring, compassionate, empathetic.
February 1, 2022
Excellent treatment and care would highly recommend Dr. Coulter-Smith!
February 11, 2022
Resolved the ongoing medical problem I was having.
April 1, 2022
This visit I felt slightly demeaned. I mentioned that I do not, and have not taken, iron supplements. Dr. Coulter-Smith immediately assumed that I didn't know what was in my prenatal and assured me t...view full comment
April 26, 2022
I loved that Dr. Coulter-Smith was able to empathize with my concerns and relate it to her own experience/pregnancy. A reason I really appreciate female providers.
April 29, 2022
I was very comfortable with her. She was very kind and made me feel at ease. I'm VERY happy she is here to be my GYN. I have already told some of my friends about her.
April 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is excellent!
May 3, 2022
No rating given
Provider didn't listen to my concerns and when I told her my medical history she told me I was wrong.
June 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is wonderful! I love that she doesn't rush and takes time to talk with you.
July 19, 2022
I really liked my interaction with Dr. Coulter-Smith. It was easy to talk to her & she readily answered my questions & concerns.
July 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith took an EXCEPTIONAL amount of time to explain options and educate me!
October 19, 2022
She is excellent! I actually look forward to my next annual.
October 19, 2022
She is excellent! I actually look forward to my next annual.
July 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith took an EXCEPTIONAL amount of time to explain options and educate me!
July 19, 2022
I really liked my interaction with Dr. Coulter-Smith. It was easy to talk to her & she readily answered my questions & concerns.
June 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is wonderful! I love that she doesn't rush and takes time to talk with you.
May 3, 2022
No rating given
Provider didn't listen to my concerns and when I told her my medical history she told me I was wrong.
April 29, 2022
Dr. Coulter-Smith is excellent!
April 29, 2022
I was very comfortable with her. She was very kind and made me feel at ease. I'm VERY happy she is here to be my GYN. I have already told some of my friends about her.
April 26, 2022
I loved that Dr. Coulter-Smith was able to empathize with my concerns and relate it to her own experience/pregnancy. A reason I really appreciate female providers.
April 1, 2022
This visit I felt slightly demeaned. I mentioned that I do not, and have not taken, iron supplements. Dr. Coulter-Smith immediately assumed that I didn't know what was in my prenatal and assured me t...view full comment
February 11, 2022
Resolved the ongoing medical problem I was having.
February 1, 2022
Excellent treatment and care would highly recommend Dr. Coulter-Smith!
December 3, 2021
Dr. Coulter-Smith - caring, compassionate, empathetic.

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