Erica Cardenas

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Dr. Ernestine Bustamante Roman: “Even after eight years of practice, I still enjoy witnessing the miracle of birth.”

A passion for caring for and educating others is the driving force behind Dr. Ernestine Bustamante Roman’s work. And it’s a profession that she takes much pride in.

A board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, this accomplished 35-year-old is setting out to make an impact on the lives of others, and is now doing so through her own private practice, Complete Care for Women.

Located in Chandler, the practice opened its doors in March of 2006 and provides a wide range of gynecological services from well-woman exams to advanced gynecological surgical procedures.

Yet Bustamante says the practice goes beyond medical care for women.

“We also provide medical education for women in a caring and compassionate environment. Our goal is to treat each patient as if she were our friend, sister, mother or grandmother,” she says.

In fact, it was the lack of focus and education on women’s health that led Bustamante to specializing in medicine for women.

Born and raised in the small town of Kearny, Ariz., she worked diligently to educate herself. After graduating from high school, Bustamante moved to Flagstaff where she attended Northern Arizona University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in zoology and a minor in chemistry.

But it was the medical field and caring for others that she yearned for.

She moved on to the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and it’s there she earned her M.D. Her residency would bring her to Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (PIROG), which is affiliated with Maricopa Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

After moving on to work with the Maryvale Medical Center Maryvale Hospital in a private practice for three years, Bustamante decided it was time to create her own destiny. She decided to found Complete Care for Women.

“It is an honor to educate women of all ages throughout their lifetimes,” she says. “Even after eight years of practice, I still enjoy witnessing the miracle of birth and having the privilege to share this special gift with new mothers.”

Bustamante is such a strong advocate for education and mentoring, she mentors youth and teens with Arizona Quest for Kids and is also involved with the UA Hispanic Club’s scholarship committee.

She also knows there is a need to reach out to the Hispanic community.

“I didn’t grow up speaking Spanish, but as I was working in hospitals I saw what great a need there was for Spanish-speaking physicians and providers,” she says. “There are so many Spanish-speaking patients out there, and not a lot of providers who can communicate with them. I appreciate that I speak the language.”

Bustamante sees her practice growing and becoming a solid part of the Chandler community.

With the help of her husband Stephen, who helps manage the business, she sees her long-term goal unfolding before her eyes.

ante and her husband reside in Chandler with their 3-month-old son, Stephen Jose.

The doctor’s success can be traced in part to her determination, a trait she believes can help many others reach their dreams.

“Don’t be discouraged with what it is you want to do in life…many times people will try and discourage you,” she says. “But continue your path and keep your mind set on your goals.”

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