Renita Butler, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Northern Medical Group, Primary Care Division, in Pawling and Brewster, New York. She believes the provider-patient relationship should be about teamwork and that trust is essential in today’s medicine.
Dr. Butler has had a fascination with science, math, and helping others since elementary school. Her parents bought her a play doctor’s kit, and she would check family members' reflexes with a play reflex hammer and try to listen to their hearts with a play stethoscope.
As she grew up, Dr. Butler participated in health fairs, listened to other career health professionals from elementary to high school, and shadowed some doctors in their offices during summers. Her pursuit of becoming an internal medicine physician has been lifelong.
For her undergraduate education, Dr. Butler attended Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there, she went to the University of South Alabama Medical Center for her Doctor of Internal Medicine and completed her residency at Meharry Medical College.
Internal medicine follows a patient’s adult lifespan. Dr. Butler chose this specialty because she wants to provide lifelong care for individuals. She connects with patients by actually listening instead of just hearing. She works with each individual to create the best care for their condition and unique needs.
Outside of work, Dr. Butler is very passionate about music. She even played classical piano for years.