New doctor brings her mission to Monroe County
Dr. Lauren Wooten has looked for a mission her entire life.
When she was younger, Wooten wanted to be a missionary. She went on mission trips in the United States and in China.
While the experience was fulfilling, Wooten felt she needed to pursue another type of mission.
“I felt the best way to help people was in the medical field,” Wooten said. “(It is) helping people that (may not) have the resources that are available to other people. I want to help improve people’s lives and take care of them.”
In September of 2016, Wooten brought her “mission” to Monroe County when she started as an independently contracted physician at the Monroe Family Health Center in Woodsfield, replacing in for Dr. Rajnish Gupta, who had practiced medicine in the county for nearly 25 years before leaving the area.
In her brief time in Monroe County, Wooten has found a place where she can be of service.