Chicago Portrait: Dr. Everywoman

During the day, Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald sees patients at her obstetric and gynecological practice affiliated with Northwestern Medicine.

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But after work, she becomes Dr. Everywoman – an entertaining online persona educating people about health topics through song parodies.

For instance, the famous opening lines of Lizzo’s hit song “Truth Hurts” become: “I just took a UCG test, turns out I’m 100% pregnant,” in the Dr. Everywoman parody video for expecting mothers.

A South Side native, McDonald graduated from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2007 and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in 2011.

Earlier this month, she was guest on “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the issue of racism in health care.

She and her husband Dr. Edwin McDonald have three young children who enjoy their mother’s artistic endeavors.

“I love that they watch my videos and they’re like, ‘Oh, she’s pregnant!’ or ‘that’s a Pap test!’ – like they literally know my lyrics,” McDonald said. “And to me, that’s going to make for a better and healthier future for them and I hope the same would be true for those who watch what I do.”

You can visit the Dr. Everywoman YouTube channel or website to learn more.


About this series

Chicago Portrait is a WTTW News documentary-style series focusing on the stories of everyday Chicagoans who reflect the city’s 77 diverse community areas.

Follow Evan Garcia on Twitter: @EvanRGarcia


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