Dr. Jodi Ritsch

Family Medicine
Menomonie, WI
29 years experience female

Locations

The Joyful Doc Clinic S.C.

Menomonie, WI

Address

520 WIlson Ave, Menomonie, WI
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Jodi Ritsch M.D. is a wife, mother of 4 great teenagers, family physician, guiding mindful change life coach (lifebydesignec.com) and owner of The Joyful Doc Clinic S.C. in Menomonie, Wisconsin (joyfuldoc.com.) She is a certified leader of Laughter Yoga and enjoys helping groups gather to laugh and breathe their way to better health and a better world.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Wisconsin

Doctor Q&A

273 Answers
85 Agrees
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Gallstones?: If you have your gall bladder, pain and pressure after eating can be a sign of trouble with gall stones. If the pain is more in the upper right area ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Evaluation: Your symptoms have been going on for quite some time. It would be best to see your doctor to get to the bottom of what is causing your breast sorenes... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: Condoms are not perfect so it is possible but unlikely given your situation described. Continue to use condoms.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: It is important to see your doctor or a lung specialist if you are having ongoing issues with your breathing.
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A female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
On exam?: If the cervix appears somewhat open on exam, that may not mean anything this early in pregnancy. This early in pregnancy, miscarriage is always a pos... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Try ice: If you can move everything and have no tender spots, you could start with ice and ibuprofen. If symptoms continue or worsen, go to see your regular d... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Stay hydrated: Having a few loose stools per day could be caused by certain foods in the diet and would rarely need a trip to ER. If you are having many loose water... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ok to leave them on: It is not typically necessary to undress or be examined just because you are now having periods. You can discuss with your doctor whether you are com... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ask your hairdresser: Sorry this is not really a medical question as much as one for your hairdresser who has a better insight to the damage of your hair as well as product... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No problem: Your vitamins should not interfere with the birth control pill. If you are concerned, you could take the vitamins in the morning and the birth contro... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Probably normal: Early spotting before the actual period can be normal. If she skips her regular period, it is a good idea to do a home pregnancy test. If this becom... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Messy alternative: If you are experiencing vaginal yeast issues, using an otc anti-fungal cream for 7 nights in the vagina is much more effective. Yogurt with live cult... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not too much: The amount you describe should be fine for the average adult. Good job staying hydrated!
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Sleep is very important and lack of sleep can definitely cause the issues you describe. Get back to sleeping your full night and this should resolve.
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A male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: Would expect black to be gone by now. Best to make an appointment to see your doctor.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Conception: I'm not sure about your question. If you are currently pregnant, you most likely conceived 2 weeks after your last period started. If you are not pr... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Humidify air: More moisture in the air while you sleep with a humidifier may help the situation.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: If you have no risk of pregnancy (no unprotected sex), then it is good to continue the progesterone to induce a period. If there is a chance of pregn... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unusual presentation: It is more typical for ringworm to be in just one spot and enlarge from there. It would be helpful to have your doctor evaluate this rash. You could... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Varies: It will fall off usually during the first month life. Frequent cleaning of the area with alcohol may extend the time the cord remains. Congrats on y... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
6 days ok: Hormones like the emergency contraceptive you took can cause your period to be different. 6 days of bleeding is not unusual.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: The typical sports physical does not require a urine test. However, if you are sexually active, a test may be done to screen for chlamydia.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Wash it off: Most likely you are reacting to something in it. Wash it off and apply moisturizing lotion. Consider 1% hydrocortisone cream if itching continues.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
No: Yeast infection can sometimes come from the good bacteria being killed by antibiotics meant to treat a UTI. UTI is a bacterial overgrowth in the blad... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sleep: Sleeping more should help improve dark circles from being tired. Dark circles can sometimes be caused by allergy symptoms. If you have itchy eyes an... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Can cause pain: If your symptoms are severe, see your doctor. Remain hydrated and take otc ibuprofen for pain. Enlarged lymph nodes are caused by the body trying to... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Scratching worsens: If you are scratching an area of skin often it may itch more. It is difficult to say what could cause this itching, especially without knowing the lo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: It would be unusual to ovulate and become pregnant around the start of a normal period. Using condoms always is recommended to prevent sexually trans... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Continue: If this happened today, keep up the good work. A few days of ice and rest should take care of it. If not, see your doctor for an evaluation.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely heart: That would be an unusual way for heart pain to show up. Breast pain is often caused by caffeine or hormone fluctuations. Try cutting out caffeine if... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Follow up: This is not concerning but will require a follow up ultrasound if the cyst was complex. Talk to your doctor about any follow up necessary. Usually i... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sinus infection: This could be related to a sinus infection. Some are helped with nasal saline irrigation to clear mucous. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat espe... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: If you are not late for menses this month, pregnancy is unlikely but possible. Breast tenderness can be related to hormonal changes pre-menstrually a... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Reflux med: If you had success with an over the counter acid reducing medication, it is safe to try that for a few weeks before considering any evaluation. Avoid... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Test today: As a mom, I would recommend testing today so if she has strep it can be treated and better by the start of kindergarten.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See a dermatologist: Any mole that is changing color should be evaluated by a doctor. You could see your doctor or a dermatologist that specializes in moles. Chances are... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Too early to say: It is reassuring if your HCG doubles within a few days and the bleeding stops so follow up with your doctor to see if another blood test can be done t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause small red bumps. It is helpful that they seem to move and not stay around long. It could be as simple as ski... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Better test: Stool testing is not as thorough at getting to the root cause of issues as a colonoscopy would be. Stool tests often just look for blood or white blo... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
See your doctor: Since it is persisting for 2 weeks, you should see your doctor to have it evaluated. In the meantime, look for any changes in products you use on lip... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Keep area clean: While the area is healing, keep it clean and moisturized perhaps with an over the counter antibiotic ointment. See your doctor if worsening instead o... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Take the antibiotics: If you tested positive, you should do the treatment. Chlamydia can have no symptoms and later cause fertility issues. Make sure to be retested in a ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: With that many neg tests, pregnancy unlikely. If period doesn't come in the next week, see your doctor.
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Start with meds: It would be unusual to have to go back to endoscopy this quickly. If there is an acid reducing medication that worked well for you before? Restarting... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ok for now: Because you are just getting used to the medication not in your body, it is common to have irregular bleeding for the first month or so. If it contin... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Add veggies: Adding veggies and even replacing pasta with spaghetti squash can be a great healthy alternative.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Good breakfast: Good source of lean protein and veggies or fruit. Examples would be a veggie omelet or fruit smoothie.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Close to due date: Mucous plug is most typically seen as a sign of early labor. There are many things that can cause a vaginal discharge so see your provider if you are... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Retest?: It is difficult to know what kind of test was used but it would be a good idea to get an additional pregnancy test in another week. Good luck
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A female asked:
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Wait and see: Hair grows at different rates for different people. As long as you have no rash or irritation, it is ok to just wait and see how long the hair takes ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Sep 24, 2015
Dr. Ritsch is awesome, I was so bummed when she wasn't at Mayo. I then learned she was in Menomonie, and have been going to her since! She is the best!!
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Mar 1, 2015
She is very confident and knows what the best advise is to give to her patients i think shes good looking to be with
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Dec 8, 2014
The only time that a doctor treated me as a person. I highly recommend a visit.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! It says my period cycle is 38 days. Idk if I have regular or irregular periods.
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Thanks a ton dr. But i need to tell some more about the problem
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This make sense to my current lifestyle I will try and change things

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Wisconsin
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

UW-Madison at Eau Claire Residency

Awards

Top Family Physician, Second Place, Wisconsin - Fall
2014
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