Play the video to meet Dr. Natalie Winter.
To contact Dr. Winter:
Medical Specialty Clinic – Pain Management
2301 House Ave. Ste. 201
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Natalie Winter, MD
Pain Management Physician
Anesthesiology trained, chronic pain fellowship trained
Board certified in anesthesiology
Medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency and Fellowship at University of Utah Hospital
5.Why did you go into medicine or choose your medical specialty?
I always liked science growing up and then had some personal experiences with medicine that made me interested in it. I first decided I wanted to be a doctor when I was in junior high school. Ever since that point, I was determined to get to medical school.
I did not know what I wanted to do initially in medical school. I had done some medical research during my undergraduate training with a spine surgeon who had an anesthesiologist in his practice that did pain management. I found the non-surgical options to pain very interesting and decided to pursue a career along those lines. I had done a rotation in anesthesiology and decided that doing a residency in that would provide me the best expertise to become a competent pain management physician.
What is your practice style/philosophy?
I enjoy spending time talking to my patients. I hope to provide new ideas for ways to manage chronic pain and get patients back to the activities they want to be doing. It often takes more than one type of treatment in order to get people doing better, and through working with them over time, I hope that I can help patients be able to manage their pain more effectively. I'd like to give them ways to be more active and increase their function.
Why did you decide to join Cheyenne Regional?
My husband grew up here in Cheyenne. I am originally from Indianapolis, IN, which is where we met. My father-in-law has been a physician at Cheyenne Regional for many years and has introduced me to the hospital and community. I have been very impressed with everyone I have met at the hospital and thought it would be a great place to work. It helps that the community of physicians is small so we all know each other and can help each other out.
What do you like about Cheyenne—what attracted you to the community?
I have found Cheyenne to be a great place to live. There are a lot of hard-working people who live here and have lived here for a long time. I have enjoyed meeting the local people and have been impressed by how welcoming everyone has been. I grew up in Indiana but am glad to make the West my home.
What are your interests outside of practicing medicine—hobbies, community service, volunteer work?
Since living out West, I have many new hobbies. I enjoy mountain biking, road cycling, downhill skiing and playing soccer. I love to travel when I get a chance! Being from Indiana, I am a big sports fan and love cheering on the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Hoosiers.
Anything you would care to share about your family?
I have married into the Winter family. My husband grew up in Cheyenne and is also a practicing physician. He works in orthopedics with his father, John Winter. I feel very fortunate to live where he grew up and have his parents so close. It has been wonderful having family close by after living in Utah away from both my husband and my families. My immediate family still lives in Indiana, but love to come visit me and the mountains when they get a chance.