Meet the Doctor: Dennis Winkelman, DO
Dennis Winkelman, DO, is a family medicine doctor who sees patients at Einstein Primary Medicine at York House in Philadelphia. He is board certified in family medicine/OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment).
We recently spoke with Dr. Winkelman about his career, his interests, and family medicine at Einstein.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: To help people. I couldn’t see myself sitting in a cube, typing on a computer all day. I want to help people solve problems.
Q: Tell us about your medical education.
A: I went to the University of Scranton for pre-med and then I went to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I did my internship and a residency in family medicine right on City Line Avenue, where PCOM operated a hospital at the time.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: Because I couldn’t find one organ system that I liked better than any of the other ones. So, I figured I would treat all of them.
Q: Can you run us through your career thus far?
A: Out of residency, I moved to western Maryland, and I worked in a medically underserved population there for three years. And then I moved back to the Philadelphia area, working in primary care. After that, I worked in two different practices where we treated, in addition to primary care, some work-related injuries and motor vehicle accidents. I came to Einstein within the last year because I wanted to focus on the primary care aspect of medicine.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: It was just mostly getting back into practicing only primary care. It’s nice to be affiliated with the hospital. I was in private practices before where we didn’t have so much of a support staff. It’s nice to be working for the hospital, with the hospital right up the street.
Q: Why should patients go to Einstein for primary care in family medicine?
A: Because of the great support staff. There are plenty of primary care offices around the North Philadelphia area, so you should be able to find one pretty easily. There are many great doctors here and easy access to all the specialties that are here at Einstein Healthcare Network and soon to be with Jefferson Health.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of work?
A: I’m a terrible golfer, but I enjoy it very much. I’ve probably been golfing since high school or college, but I haven’t gotten any better. I also like riding my bike and going to the beach.
Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: I suppose my favorite vacation would be my honeymoon to Hawaii, coming up on five years ago. Second to that, in light of the Olympics, was our trip to Tokyo. Three years ago, my wife and I climbed Mount Fuji. We went all over the city. We saw the Sumo matches. It was awesome and I can’t wait to start traveling again.
Q: What are your favorite books and movies?
A: For books, anything by mystery writer Harlan Coben. I have terrible taste in movies. Fletch and Caddyshack are probably my favorites.
Q: What’s an interesting fact about yourself?
A: When I was 40, my college roommate and I went to Africa, and we climbed Kilimanjaro – 19,340 feet. It was seven days up, two days down.
Then, when I was turning 50, everybody was taking a big trip and people said, “What are you gonna do for your 50th birthday?” I said, “Well, I’m going to go to Japan. I’m going to climb Mount Fuji.”
I will say, Mount Fuji was probably harder to climb, for two reasons. One, I was 10 years older, and two, you go from 6,000 feet to 13,000 feet much faster.