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Dr. Rachel Reitan is the host of her own medical segment on News with a Twist, Dr. Rachel: The Teaching Doctor. In December 2014, she was honored for the second consecutive year at Suncoast Emmys for On-Air Medical Reporting.
Launched in 2012, Dr. Reitan has used the Dr. Rachel platform to better inform people about their health and their body. Her ultimate goal is to help people realize that they only have one body and they should treat their body like a palace.
Dr. Rachel takes complicated medical information and turns it into easy-to-understand information. She is passionate about teaching her patients and viewers simple ways to get and stay healthy. She is also known for tackling topics that are timely, life-saving, and sometimes controversial.
No stranger to television, Dr. Rachel has been featured on television newscasts on CBS, NBC, and Fox in Los Angeles and the Dr. Phil Show-“Women in their 50’s having babies.” She has published health articles in many magazines and newspapers.
Dr. Rachel is a specialist in Minimally Invasive Surgery. She is a certified DaVinci Robotic Surgeon as well as Single Incision Surgeon. She is also a member of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) and fellow with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is on staff at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Pediatric/Adolescent Consultant at Children’s Hospital, Women’s Health Specialist at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Administration Women’s Health, and The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office-Rape Division.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa she was the first interracial adoption with Lutheran Social Services in Iowa. She grew up in Decorah, Iowa, the youngest of 5 children. She studied Nursing as an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California and worked as a Registered Nurse at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, before deciding to go to medical school.
Dr. Rachel earned her Medical Degree (MD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Rachel did her residencies at John Hopkins and LSU. She practiced Academic medicine at the University of California-Irvine before returning to New Orleans nine days before Katrina!
An avid animal lover, she rescues stray puppies and kittens, has them spayed/neutered and finds them good homes. Dr. Rachel is a member of SPCA, New Orleans SPCA Spade and Neuter Program, New Orleans Feral Cat Program, and The Humane Society.
Dr. Rachel loves football, Zumba, and having fun with good friends and family. One of her top destinations for her out of town guests—a spin through a drive-thru daiquiri store! They are amazed.