Retired Nurse “Mom” helps Doctor Daughter Care for Patients

Dr. Jodi Ritsch always knew she wanted to have a job in the medical field, taking care of patients. In fact, she had a good teacher and inspiration. That’s because her mother, Shirley Hansen, was a registered nurse and helped foster her daughter’s curiosity and compassion.

“My mom was a wonderful example of the kind of compassion and interest you need to diagnose and treat patients from all walks of life. I think her guidance and love helped me to make the decision to practice medicine,” Dr. Ritsch said.

This Thursday, May 11 the two will be back together helping patients once again. Hansen will join Dr. Ritsch and serve as a medical assistant taking vital signs. But this won’t be the first time. The two have actually worked side by side in the past delivering babies at one of the large hospital systems in Eau Claire.

Hansen added, “This is so much fun being able to help out again, especially around Mother’s Day. We have so much fun together, and being able to see my daughter as a physician once again, it makes me so proud.”

Dr. Ritsch opened her Eau Claire clinic last month and her first independent clinic in Menomonie, Wisconsin back in 2013. She has also started a new program called “The Circle” which is a revolutionary medical membership program designed as a concierge care option.

Dr. Jodi Ritsch is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. She’s a proud graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency in Eau Claire. She previously cared for patients at Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and was also the distinguished Medical Director of Employee Wellness from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Ritsch has also attended more than 500 births in her more than 11 years of doing obstetrics. The Joyful Doc Clinic offers direct primary care with our integrative doctor at our clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


Jodi Ritsch

Jodi Ritsch M.D. created The Joyful Doc Clinic S.C. to offer primary care to your whole family based on relationship not red tape, with simple direct pay pricing and easy online scheduling.