A Frankfort native is returning to the area to live out her dreams for her career and family.
Dr. Elizabeth Todd will officially join East Side Family Medicine on Wednesday. She previously worked as a hospitalist for about four years at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Todd is a Frankfort native and a 2003 graduate of Western Hills High School. She studied biology at the University of Kentucky and went to University of Louisville School of Medicine and did her internal medicine residency there.
When she was in seventh grade, Todd realized she wanted to be a doctor. In her honors science class at Bondurant Middle School, she and her classmates did dissections. Those lessons gave Todd an interest in the medical field. Vicki Tidwell, who died in 2014, taught the class.
“I remember skipping another class so I could stay and spend more time dissecting,” Todd said. “I was just fascinated by it.”
Todd said her dream was to always come back to Frankfort. She currently lives in Lexington with her family, as her husband is a doctor in Richmond. She said that being in Frankfort allows her to find support from her family and friends.
Being at a practice like East Side Family Medicine gives doctors an opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with patients, and that is something Todd is looking forward to, she said. As a hospitalist, Todd developed only short-term relationships with patients.
Good relationships with patients can lead to a special bond, Todd said.
“I think that is the driving force of medicine, that the people you get to help and you get to watch them grow old and hopefully keep them out of the hospital,” Todd said.
Todd will mostly be working with internal medicine, which involves general preventative care for adults, at the practice.
Todd’s brother, Dr. Evan Dicken, also works at East Side Family Medicine. He said he is looking forward to Todd joining the staff.
“It will be good to have someone else around for the office,” Dicken said.
Todd said Dicken has been a mentor for her throughout her life, including being a phone consult on cases from time to time.