- ABMS Certification:
- American Boardd of Family Medicine
Cassandra Dishman-Kessler, DO, provides primary care to children and young adults and has a special interest in healthcare for the LGBTQ community.
“I enjoy spending time getting to know my patients to ultimately help them make decisions about their healthcare that they feel good about,” she says. “I believe that the physician-patient relationship is the foundation for healthcare. I enjoy listening to my patients’ stories and always try to allow the patient to ultimately make treatment decisions after being presented with options and recommendations.”
Dr. Dishman-Kessler grew up in Warsaw, Indiana, a small town known for its lakes and called the “orthopedic manufacturing capital of the world.” She spent most of her childhood and young adulthood in the dance studio. After high school, she went to Indiana University to major in biology. In college, she met the man who would become her husband. Together, they pursued their dreams of going to medical school.
Dr. Dishman-Kessler attended Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical degree. She and her husband then relocated to Charlottesville to complete their residency training at UVA. (Her husband will finish his neurology residency training in 2022.) “I am a first-generation college student and first to pursue medicine in my family,” Dr. Dishman-Kessler shares. “I also know firsthand what it is like to experience hardships (housing, financial, food insecurity) and believe that this experience helps me to connect with my patients.”
Her desire to become a doctor was established early in life: “I watched from an early age how my family medicine doctor connected with and cared for my entire family,” she says. “I wanted to build trusting relationships and provide the same care for people someday.”
- Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2018
- University of Virginia