Mansion Street Women’s Health’s new physician set medical goals in youth

Even as a child, Tracie Rulewicz wanted to know how things worked.

“I liked to know why things happened,” said the Marshall and Battle Creek area’s newest doctor of osteopathic medicine. “I’ve always been fascinated by the human body – why it does what it does and how it repairs itself.”

While growing up in Rockford, near Grand Rapids, the former Tracie Howland got a first-hand look at the healing process.

“I come from a family that has had a lot of freak accidents,” she said with a laugh. Among her parents and older sister, there were broken legs and hips as well as a ruptured appendix. “No one else in my family has worked in the medical field, but we were frequent visitors to the hospital while I was growing up.”

By the time Tracie was in middle school, she wasn’t one of those students who shied away when the biology teacher urged practice on dissection skills. She knew it would put her on the path toward a medical career, so she absorbed all the science instruction available in high school, and at age 16 began volunteer work with patients at a Grand Rapids hospital.

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “It’s pretty much all I’ve ever wanted to do, since I was a little kid.” She also credits her family’s support of her career choice.

Now with a family of her own, Rulewicz, 32, completed her OB/GYN residency in August at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich., and in early September joined Drs. Mark Walker, Neysa Bartlett, Lars Langschwager and Kathryn Young at Mansion Street Women’s Health, PLLC, in Marshall.

Rulewicz and her family moved to a Marshall neighborhood with her husband, Nate, and their son, 2-year-old Caiden.

“We’re excited to have a yard and to be able to go for walks when it’s nice out,” she said. “And we can walk to everything in town, which is really nice.”

Nate Rulewicz is a native of nearby Napoleon and attended Kellogg Community College, so he was familiar with the Marshall area when the opportunity arose for his wife.

“We’ve been living in downtown Grand Rapids,” said Tracie, who had not visited Marshall before, “but we’re from smaller towns. We wanted to stay close to our families but in a place that would have more of a community feel. Every person we met here was so welcoming. I felt that I’d be very well supported.”

Rulewicz and her husband particularly enjoy outdoor activities, including biking, running, downhill skiing and water sports. She also is an avid reader, and enjoys crime suspense novels.

In 2002, Rulewicz received her undergraduate degree with honors in human biology from Michigan State University, from which she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2008.

Rulewicz is a resident member of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association and the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

Rulewicz will begin to see patients in early September at Mansion Street Women’s Health, situated in Suite 3D in the Wright Medical Building, 215 E. Mansion St. She will change to seeing patients at the facility’s Battle Creek location on Southwest Capital Avenue, near the Beckley Road commercial corridor, when the new office is open later this fall.

For information about Rulewicz’s new practice, contact (269) 781-1183 ext. 0, or reception1@mansionstobgyn.com.

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