Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau

Family Medicine
Milford, CT
26 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.

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Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Could be...: If it is still painful it could be related to a strained ligament or tendon. Ice the area and take analgesics during the next week. Try to rest the ar... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possible...: It is possible you could get pregnant if the condom broke but we cannot tell you with certainty if you are unless you get a pregnancy test. Wait for y... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Polycystic ovaries..: Certainly polycystic ovaries can cause infertility by interfering with normal ovulation. However, it could be treated with different medications which... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Honestly...: To be honest with you dizziness is one of the most challenging symptoms there is in medicine. So many conditions present with dizziness that even when... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Yes..: Yes you may have those in the axially area, however, if they are very tender, hard or fluctuate may not be a whitehead and instead boil or an abscess.... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
For what?: It all depends on what type pf symptoms you are having. Probotic is usually prescribed for atopic dermatitis(eczema) which is mostly seen on other are... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Follow up...: I would suggest to measure your BP at home regularly( about there times a week) while you are at rest and relaxed. If BP >140/90 then it is time to... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
In order...: In order to make sure you are fully protected it is recommended that if you miss your pill after 24 hrs you take double dose, but also to use condoms ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Treatment...: Have you been treated for this? If you are trying to conceive one of the first options is a medication called metformin which is used for diabetes but... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Requires...: This requires formal evaluation.We need more information like for example when do you experience this episodes, what other symptoms are you experienci... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Other factors...: There are other facts to take into consideration. To start with d-dimer is a very sensitive test. So if normal the possibility of having a blood clot ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possible UTI...: I see in your history you were treated for a UTI 2 weeks ago. This might be symptom of recurrent infection so my suggestion is to go to your doctor an... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No...: You need a more balanced diet in which you introduce a variety of fruits and vegetables along with white meat and fish if you like it. Nuts are good s... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Multiple..: This could be related to multiple issues but in this case you will need to see a doctor in order to be examined. Possibilities: severe constipation, a... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Depends...: If this was an isolated abscess a PCP could do the job depending on the location, size and the doctor's comfort. If very large it might need a surgeo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Vaginitis...: It seems you are suffering of vaginitis which could be caused most of the time by a fungal or a bacterial infection or both. It is important that you ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
More information...: I would need more information about what is going on. If you haven't taken a pregnancy test do ASAP especially if you have a history of a prior miscar... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possible...: If you had surgery recently and now having pain upon urination this is most likely a UTI. See your doctor for urine test and treatment.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Talk to..: Consult your OB for this. If you feel your belly stopped growing or it is smaller then you should let them know and get checked as needed. However, if... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
The question...: Is the pain actually in your joints or muscles? This makes me think you could be dealing with fibromyalgia especially when all tests are negative( how... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Therapy and...: You might need a combination of therapy/counseling and medication depending on how severe these episodes are. You could also use relaxation techniques... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Try...: Start eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water. If you have done so and not working then try Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydrox... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
If...: If you are having an ear infection Z-pack could also help as long as this is related to a bacterial infection. If viral or related to something else i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Get...: You need to get an exam in order to find out what is going on. This could be related to an infection and in that case you need treatment as soon as po... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Virus...: A virus may last 7-10 days. As long as you keep them drinking plenty of fluids and they don't look ill they should recover fine. Make sure you have th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Get checked..: This might be associated to another type of infection so I would suggest you get seen by your PCP or GYN provider in order to get a visual exam and te... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Yes..: I would probably work them up further. If the pt has not had a thyroid scan and you still not sure if you want to order or perform a biopsy that shoul... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Give more time..: I would wait a little more since it might take some people up to a year to conceive successfully for various reasons. After the year mark it is recomm... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Not clear...: When did the bleeding happen? Right after the sexual act? If so it could be that during sex the vaginal tissue might had been wounded especially if it... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possibilities...: First, make sure you get a pregnancy test. If negative then this could be related to a pelvic infection, uterine fibromas, ovarian cysts as most commo... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Yes..: An abdominal wall injury and strain of its muscles can mimic symptoms of stomach ulcer. However, ulcer pain is accompanied by other symptoms like naus... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Everyone is...: Everyone is different and the side effects may vary, however the most prevalent side effect is absence of periods after a few months on the Depo Prove... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Difficult...: It is difficult to tell without taking a look at it. Could be an allergic reaction, an insect bite, irritation, etc. If it is itchy you could try hydr... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Various...: There are many reasons why this could be happening: Infection, hormonal imbalances, fibromas in the uterus(which is non malignant mass), among others.... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Depends...: It all depends what type of protection you have been using. Condoms only provide protection but not as much as a hormonal replacement like a birth con... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Yes..: Shingles can manifest on any part of the body around a specific skin region we name dermatome, which usually forms like a map like area where the viru... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Avoid...: Stay away from sauces, greasy foods, spicy foods, caffeine, bread, mint. Some vegetables like tomato and broccoli can also trigger acid reflux symptom... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Most likely...: Most of the time this is cause by a virus and warm compresses can help with symptoms. However if the eyes are painful, the light bothers you or having... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Depends...: There is no universal and absolute treatment for cough since cough can be caused by many reasons. The most common ones are allergies and acid reflux. ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
This..: The release to normal activities depends on the type of fracture, how severe it was, did you need surgery? How well are you doing now?It all depends i... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Symptoms...: Any type of infection can cause systemic or non specific symptoms like malaise,fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea. So yes, strep in... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Some anecdotal...: Some have claim for years that cranberry juice could help fight a UTI due to changes in your bladder tissue that do not allow bacteria to grow as they... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
What for?: Depends on what you are taking the Advil (ibuprofen) for? Taking daily Advil (ibuprofen) could cause rebound headaches for example. It could also affe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Reasons...: There are many reasons why you could feel that way: Lack of sleep, sleep disorders, anemia, thyroid problems, other hormonal problems, diabetes,depres... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Ok...: That heart rate for the present circumstances is perfectly normal.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Sometimes...: Sex causes womb spasms and if you were close to get your period during those days it might had trigger bleeding a little earlier. However, watch how y... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Should not..: If this was just a temporary exposure and you don't have any other symptoms this should not cause any problems with the baby. Usually things that can ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Depends...: It usually takes about 11 hours for half of the amount of alprazolam to be reduced in your body. However, it is considered a short acting anti anxiety... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
If...: If this is a new finding you should see a ENT(ear, nose and throat) specialist in order to get it checked. We cannot tell what it is through this plat... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 26 years experience
If..: If you have tried multiple over the counter remedies and nothing is helping, especially if acne is severe and painful, then it is time to visit a Derm... 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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