University of Michigan School of Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI
American Board of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Family Practice
Ann Arbor, MI
Naomi Cook, MD, is a Primary Care physician at Amberwell Hiawatha. Prior to joining Amberwell, Dr. Cook had nearly twenty years’ experience as a physician and was a labor and delivery nurse for fourteen years prior to attending medical school. Having trained and practiced as both a physician and a nurse has given her extensive medical knowledge and a wide range of skills. Dr. Cook is passionate about women’s health. She focuses on creating an environment where her patients feel safe and comfortable talking openly with her about their health issues.
Dr. Cook moved to Kansas from Michigan in 2022. “I was originally searching for telemedicine jobs in Kansas with the help of a recruiter,” said Dr. Cook. “The recruiter told me about the open position at Amberwell Hiawatha. As I began to explore the opportunity, I realized that Hiawatha is a lot like the small town in Michigan where I grew up, where everybody knows everybody. I knew Amberwell Hiawatha was a good fit for me because I want to serve where I can provide more personal care and really get to know my patients,” she continued.
Dr. Cook’s decision to become a physician came from her experiences as a labor and delivery nurse. “I went to medical school because I wanted to have longer relationships with my patients. As a labor and delivery nurse, I would go through some deeply personal moments with my patients—both difficult and joyous,” said Dr. Cook. “Then, as they moved on, I’d lose touch with them and often wasn’t able to follow up to see how things worked out for them. It felt like the relationships would be dropped off a cliff and forgotten. I wanted to get to know families and so being a family practice provider made the most sense for me.”
Prior to joining Amberwell, Dr. Cook worked for a large healthcare organization in Michigan for several years before starting her own practice. “I learned so much about what it takes to run a medical office from owning my own practice,” said Dr. Cook. “When I was a doctor for a large organization for all those years, I only took care of patients. I didn’t know about all the behind-the-scenes activity that keeps the business running. I developed a whole new appreciation for just how hard everybody works to make a medical office run smoothly.”
Dr. Cook has five adult children—four daughters and a son—and four grandchildren. She loves being active in her community and has sponsored and volunteered in programs such as Big Brother/Big Sister, golf tournaments, high school sports programs, and art festivals. She has also played the clarinet in her local community symphonic orchestra.
Dr. Cook has many varied hobbies and interests. She loves to travel and go scuba diving. She does arts and crafts, including knitting, crocheting, and renovating old homes. She owns a beautiful century-old arts and crafts house in Michigan that she has been renovating for some time. She also enjoys gardening, bee keeping, and raising chickens.