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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau

Family Medicine
Milford, CT
24 years experience female

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Milford, CT

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Bio

I am a Family Medicine specialist graduated from the University of Puerto Rico. I moved to the United States 12 years ago and I have practiced traditional Family Medicine in different settings. I have enjoyed the traditional type of practice, I worked as a site Medical Director, I have done urgent care and hospital setting as well. One of the aspects I have enjoyed the most is teaching medical students, residents and APRNs. I have to definitely say that I have had the opportunity to grow in all these clinical and teaching scenarios. To me Medicine is more than a way of living it is a passion that I want to keep passing on to future generations of medical providers. It is an honor to provide care to all those that need it. Every encounter with a patient is an opportunity to become a better person and professional.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

Doctor Q&A

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Possible hernia: Groin or inguinal hernias are pretty common in males( although can happen in women too)and appear most of the time as soft protrusion which is usually... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Don't have sex during the time you are getting treated. If you do use protection.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Learn to rest so the muscles are able to heal. Don't rush, take it easy and it will heal.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Patience is of essence when getting fit. It takes time, it takes perseverance but worth it at the end.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Always put baby to sleep on his/her back. Other sleeping positions are associated with SIDS.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: It is important to use your meds as prescribed and follow up regularly with ophthalmologist.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: If others don't see it, if others don't hear it get your psychiatrist on board ASAP.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Don't tolerate abuse. Walk away and get help now.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Plenty of water, plenty of fruits and veggies and other sources of fiber.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Eat plenty of bananas to raise your potassium.If too low you will need more than bananas.Get checked.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Safe environment keeps falls from happening.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Take your medicine as prescribe and drink plenty of fluids to get rid of the bug.
A member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Down Syndrome: People with Down syndrome may live a healthy life but they are at higher risk of a number of conditions., which include diabetes, thyroid problems,... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Fever symtoms: These symptoms could be related to an unresolved strep infection which could be due to a few reasons like being resistant to the antibiotic you took o... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Headache and seizure: If these are new onset symptoms you should definitely go to the ed. Asap. You should also get a neurology evaluation promptly. This could be caused by... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Labor symptoms: Usually contractions feel like cramps and or tightens in your pelvic area. Very similar to a strong menstrual cramp. If this happens every 5-10 mins i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes on neck area can get enlarged due to different reasons, among the most common are upper respiratory tract infections. They can be sore an... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Missed period: A missed period could be caused by many reasons, most common pregnancy. Depending on the test you use it will be the accuracy of detecting pregnancy i... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Sinusitis: Sinusitis symptoms can be nasal congestion, sinus pressure, facial pain, nasal discharge, tooth pain, fever. One does not have to get all those sympto... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Pregnancy : Usually the heartbeat in most cases is seen around 7 weeks ga or later. Hcg levels coming up is reassuring. Follow up with your OB as recommended.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Becoming pregnant : If you are having unprotected sex you may get pregnant at any time. You don't need to have sex multiple times or for a specific extension of time in o... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Body numbness : It depends on many factors. Usually if that numbness is accompanied by weakness of your extremities or face, chest pain, it merits immediate attention... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Possible anxiety: Unless you suffer of any specific illness at your age it is most likely that anxiety is causing your symptoms. However it is always wise to get evalua... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Lipoma : In order to have a definite diagnosis on what a lesion or mass is it would need to be taken out and get a biopsy. Depending on the size and location e... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
URI or allergies: A cold is usually caused by a virus and headaches can be part of the symptoms it triggers. If you have allergies as well and nasal congestion associat... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Get checked.: If there is vaginal bleeding during pregnancy it is extremely important that you get seen immediately. Even though the baby is moving this could be si... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Vaginal discharge: If you are pregnant this might be associated with normal hormonal changes, however if you are experiencing pelvic pain and new onset vaginal discharge... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Premature labor: I assume that if you are aware that your cervix has been thinning is because you have already been checked.No, it is not normal to have these symptoms... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Dermatitis : This could be a skin reaction called contact dermatitis and usually is avoided and resolved after you stop using what potentially caused the problem. ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Many reasons: There are multiple reasons why people faint, from some being completely benign and with no further complications to those reasons that require immedia... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Narcolepsy possible: Sounds you may be suffering of narcolepsy but to be certain you would need to be formally evaluated. Get an appointment with your pcp in order to get ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Sore throat: If her fever has resolved and in general getting better except for sore throat this could be related to a viral infection. More common than strep a v... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Labor?: When you mention 35 wks i assume you mean of pregnancy. If so and you are experiencing severe pelvic pain get seen asap. Not only labor but also infec... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Possible bursitis : It might be possible this is associated with bursitis which is an inflammation of an inside knee bursae( like a protective sac) which could be caused ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Penile lesions: It would need to be seen in order to give you an accurate answer. Possibilities: herpes, fungal infection, genital warts among others. Make an appoint... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Puberty : Once puberty hits a child they may experience mood changes and fluctuations. They are starting to develop their own individual personality so their be... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Possibilities: Vdrl is a primarily a test to diagnose syphilis and it is commonly ordered during pregnancy. However is not necessarily specific for that since may be... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Pap screening : The new cervical cancer screening guidelines state pap smears should start at 21 y/o regardless of onset of sexual activity.It is rare to get cervical... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Ignore: Make sure the procedure is done in a reliable place using proper hygiene techniques.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Lymph node: If you are experiencing upper respiratory symptoms it is common to have enlarged lymph nodes while symptoms last and probably a while after they are... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Heat exhaustion: If you expose to the sun for a prolonged period of time you might have symptoms of heat exhaustion, so in other words due to loss of fluid from your ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Basically ok: It has not been found any serious adverse effect in children who breastfed from women who take allegra (fexofenadine). It is a non sedating antihistam... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Acne: If it is acne otc benzoyl peroxide helps and it can be the treatment for the rest of the skin. Do not squeeze it so you don't develop scars.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Many uses: Gabapentin can be used for multiple conditions. It's original indication was for seizure disorder, these days it is used for chronic pain syndromes, m... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Different med: Depending on what type of medication you used it is the response you get. Like antibiotics for bacteria not all antifungals cover all fungus. It is pr... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Fx complication...: After suffering a fracture it is definitely common to have swelling around the area when the injury is located. However one very worrisome occurrence ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Chest?: It is difficult to tell what is exactly the problem without knowing what other symptoms you are having. Is there shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Not necessarily...: Blood in urine could be caused by multiple reasons.Most commonly UTI and stones.When it is painless it's worrisome for possible cancer but not necessa... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Were you treated?: I am not clear into what it means cleared from STD's. Do you mean you were treated or that there tests were negative? In any case BV is not necessaril... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Immediate evaluation: If you are having pain and redness it is definitely time to get checked. This could be related to an infection or other inflammatory process. In eithe... Read More

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Dr. Rivera-Godreau is dedicated to her patients. I've personally worked with her for several years, and she's on of the few doctors (actually!) that I would entrust with my own family members. Keep up...Read More
Dr. Philip Miller
Nov 12, 2014
I highly endorse Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau as an expert on HealthTap and HealthTap Prime. Her comments are astute and educational for both patients and physicians. She is an asset to the HealthTap c...Read More
Jan 21, 2015
Dr. Rivera-Godreau consistently gives thoughtful, straightforward, helpful answers to patient questions, and I learn a lot from her responses. I find her to be caring and kind and I highly recommend ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I have tried every med out there for fibro. As well as a few off label, none have worked for me. I eat healthy, exercise, still no relief. Losing hope
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. Guess that one would be if there was a relapse and back to the operating table. Metastasis. A higher divorce rate could be another vs. gen. pop.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! It is much more helpful to get a personalized answer instead of searching the many diseases out there. I'll be sure to take your advice!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, PR
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

University of Puerto Rico
Completed 2000

Awards

AMA Physician Recognition Award
Top Doctor, Second Place, New Haven Region - Summer
2014
Top Family Physician, First Place, Connecticut - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
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