After experiencing minus 45-degree cold in Wisconsin, and searing 122-degree heat in Phoenix, Dr. Iris Radler is looking forward to starting her OB/GYN practice in the more temperate climate of Lompoc.
A native of Sacramento, she earned her undergraduate degree at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. So she’s used to the Central Coast.
“It’s great to practice in my home state,” said Dr. Radler. “I’m closer to family and friends. I’ve always wanted to come back; I just never knew when and where. This opened up as an opportunity here at Lompoc Valley. It was a great fit from the start.”
Dr. Radler will join OB/GYN’s Dr. Rod Huss and Dr. Lloyd Trujillo at Lompoc Health — North Third Center. After earning her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she recently completed her OB/GYN residency at Maricopa Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix. Her husband, Dr. David Radler, is an emergency medicine physician in Santa Maria.
Dr. Radler decided she’d like to be a surgeon, but she didn’t know what discipline would suit her best.
“I never thought about OB/GYN until I did it as my third-year rotation in medical school and loved it,” she admits.
She also delivered her first baby and participated in gynecological surgeries during that rotation.
“I thought, ‘This is a field I want to pursue,’” she says. “It combines so much of what I love … You carry them through life – from younger adolescence through menopause. I thought to treat them through their whole life phase was very interesting.”
She also enjoys the variety of her field, knowing there are inpatient and outpatient work. The interaction with patients is what she likes best in medicine. She finds satisfaction in seeing patients improve if they’ve been ill and loves when new mothers show off photos of the babies that she’s delivered.
“It’s really about relating to people,” Dr. Radler explains. “Being a woman, they tell you stories about their day that you can understand. It’s just being able to help them through some of their best days – delivering a baby – to even some of their worst days. It’s a great field, and I’m excited to be here.”