Dr. Rachel Saunders, an OB-GYN who sees patients at the UK Polk-Dalton Clinic, sat down with us for the latest installment of Making the Rounds. Saunders describes her care philosophy as preventive and helping to treat medical issues before they get worse.
What’s your favorite food?
Pizza. I like anything that’s not sausage or bacon – I love vegetables. Interestingly, I’ve tried a pizza with potatoes on it, and you’d think that sounds disgusting, but I thought it was life-changing. It’s so good.
What was the last movie you watched?
“Suicide Squad.” I don’t know a lot about the Marvel universe or comic book characters, so as the casual observer I thought it was really cool. And I thought it was well done. But again, I didn’t know a whole lot about it.
If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go?
Anywhere that has a beach – I love water. It’s very calming for me.
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
I’m really into running. I started running seriously about 2 1/2 ago, and I’m currently training for the Iron Horse Half Marathon.
Do you have a favorite sport?
I really like equestrian events. Recently I’ve been watching funny videos where it’s like a horse will get to a barrier it has to jump and say, “No, I don’t want to do it.” It’s funny to me because horses are such jerks, but they’re so pretty. There aren’t that many other events where animals are involved. It’s really their event, and we’re just kind of there for the ride.
What was your first day of medical school like?
I remember being in this classroom with so many new faces, and I wasn’t a UK grad in terms of undergrad, so I felt like an outsider looking in. I felt like a lot of people knew each other and they were already friends. So I just remember thinking, “I hope I make some friends. Everyone looks really nice, though.” And yes, I did make friends!
How would your friends describe you?
Positive and happy. Those are the words they use the most.
Check out our video interview below with Dr. Saunders, where she discusses her care philosophy and the importance of preventive medicine.