From Our Chief Medical Officer: What Women’s Healthcare Associates Means to Me
Most people don’t know I had my daughter when I was still…
Marni Carlyle, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and surgeon at Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon.
“To me, healthy is about feeling well in your body and being able to lead a full life. That’s not a place you ‘get to.’ It’s a daily pursuit—and it’s almost never perfect. Taking good care of yourself and coping with stress in positive ways can take a variety of forms and each person has to figure out what works best for them. The most rewarding thing to me is having a role in helping someone overcome a roadblock and regain some control over their own wellbeing.”
Dr. Carlyle’s goal is to help every person she sees navigate their own journey to emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. She is passionate about self-care and helping her patients identify and work through issues that stand between them and optimal health, including past traumas, anxiety, depression, stress or social vulnerability. Her practice includes prenatal care in the Pathways framework, wellness and gynecology. She also spends part of her time at Northwest Perinatal Center caring for moderate risk pregnancies.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Carlyle is also WHA’s Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she led the development of Pathways, WHA’s model of combined group/one-one-one prenatal care. She also leads the organization’s innovative work to implement a comprehensive tool to assess each patient’s mental, emotional, social, behavioral and physical wellbeing, and to put systems in place to assure each person gets the care and resources they need to thrive. She is an advocate for trauma informed care and clinician wellness and participates on Health Share of Oregon’s Council of Clinical Advisors and on the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative steering committee for the Oregon Family Well Being Assessment.
Dr. Carlyle is married with two adult children, two stepchildren and two adorable granddaughters. She has spent her adult life figuring out how to prioritize her own health and what self-care means to her—and today finds family, exercise, supporting others, reading and candy at the top of the list.
OB/GYN, Oregon Health & Science University, 2002
OB/GYN, Oregon Health & Science University, 1999
Doctor of Medicine, University of Nevada, 1998
Bachelor of Science, Portland State University, 1994
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Oregon Medical Association