Dr. Couarte, creekside center, women's health, ge=ynecology, OBGYN, obstetrics, northwest arkansasDr. Michael Clouatre completed his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1993. Then, He completed an Obstetrics & Gynecologic Surgery internship and residency in 1997 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

How do you pronounce your name?

Clue Art. Clouatre is a French name. My family and I are originally from Louisiana.

What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of working in OBGYN?

One of the most rewarding aspects is being present at the birth of a child. It’s amazing to journey alongside a family from the positive pregnancy test to the delivery. And believe me, it’s incredible to see a big, burly dad crying at the birth of his child.

Another satisfying piece of my job is helping a couple who is struggling to get pregnant. While not everyone I’ve worked with over the years has been able to conceive, it’s a joy, when after listening to a woman’s health history, we can make a plan to help her get pregnant.

What’s a typical work week like for you?

We’re usually in Willow Creek Hospital by 7 a.m., checking on patients who have given birth or who have had surgery. Creekside Center for Women opens at 8 a.m., and we have appointments until noon. After the lunch break, I see patients until 5 p.m.

Wednesday is my surgery day. On any given Wednesday, I might perform hysterectomies, tube ligations, diagnostic laparoscopy, diagnostic hysteroscopy, and Cesarean sections.

Every fifth day and every fifth weekend, the doctors are on call. Sometimes you can be up for 24-hours caring for patients, which can make for an intense weekend.

What type of care, education, and support do you provide women during pregnancy?

When a woman first begins her prenatal care, she’ll see our prenatal nurse. The prenatal nurse will give a great, overall view of our services at Creekside Center and will explain the changes to expect during pregnancy and the schedule of visits. During my patient visits, we spend a lot of time talking about what the woman is experiencing at each stage of the pregnancy. Our job as a doctor is to address any health concern that comes up. Willow Creek also has an excellent nurse navigator program to cover hospital processes, community resources, postpartum care, etc. After the woman delivers, we provide patient consultation to make sure everything is going well.

What are your hobbies?

My wife and I love to travel. My favorite trips were to Cuba and China. It was interesting to learn the history but also what daily life is like in a Communist country. I love woodworking and gardening—right now, we’re growing blueberries, figs, peppers. I also have started welding.

What do you, your spouse and children like best about where you live?

This is a land of endless opportunities. I frequently comment to my family that nowhere else in the U.S. could provide them with this level of job potential, education, and quality of life. When we interviewed here at Creekside Center for Women, we fell in love with the area. We knew instantly this is where we should be.

What else would you like people to know about your job/career?

The advancement in minimally invasive surgery is incredible. We’re able to perform hysterectomies where the woman can return home after six hours. Previously, she would have to stay in the hospital for a week to recover.

Can you summarize your philosophy of practice?

You have to treat your patients the way you want to be treated. You need to sit down and listen to what they want to share. I always approach a decision with a patient with the question, “What would I do if this person was my wife or my child?” I think this is the only way to practice quality medicine.

Dr. Michael Clouatre

Creekside Center for Women is so thankful to have Dr. Michael Clouatre on our staff. If you’re looking for an OB/GYN, we hope you’ll consider him and our clinic for your healthcare needs. We offer many services for women’s health and have the best providers in the state. Please let us know how we can help. (479) 582-9268