Meet Dr. Nicole Ertl

Updated: Jun 19, 2018

Dr. Ertl, began her career at Associated Physicians in August of 2016. We sat down with her to talk about her journey to peds and how she found a new clinical home at AP!

What would you say motivates you most about what you do?

I like working with families and helping them transition into having kids and through times of childhood or, when their kids are sick to help make them feel better. I like watching families grow and change. I enjoy being a part of that.

What are you most excited or passionate about in your specialty?

I like general well care. I get to work with families when new babies arrive, work through behavior problems, just all the great preventative care things. I do like sick visits as well. It’s nice to be able to help kids feel better or at least help parents help their kids feel better. You really get to know the families well.

What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work?

I want to be a good resource for families. I want them to feel like they can trust me and come to me with questions or concerns. I want families to know that I am here to help them understand different things about their kids or what’s going on with their kids. My practice is a little bit younger, so right now I’m focused on the toddler behavior stuff. Having a toddler of my own helps with that. I see this just continuing to grow and develop as my practice ages.

How does being a mom help with that?

Being a mom helps me as a pediatrician understand that even some of the stuff we say by the book like, “they should only have this” or “they shouldn’t do this,” is at the end of the day sometimes just based on survival. I think it just lightens me up a bit and gives me a different perspective.

What led you to pediatrics?

My pediatrician, Dr. Joe, actually! He was awesome. My two little sisters and I had him all through high school and then he was my mentor in medical school. He is really a big part of our family. I just loved him, so when I decided I wanted to do medicine, I thought it would be really cool to do what he did for me, for other people. 

What attracted you to work for Associated Physicians?

I like that it’s a smaller practice and it’s a little bit more of a personal feel. There’s seven of us, but we all know each other’s patients really well, which is nice. My last practice in Grand Rapids was a small private practice, so I felt like the transition was an easier one because it had that similar small practice feel.

Do you feel that you have the resources that you need to care for your patients?

I think we are really lucky, in that we are a small private