About Dr. Poppy

About Dr. Poppy

Dr. Poppy Daniels is passionate about providing comprehensive care for women’s health: body, mind and spirit.

Poppy Daniels_1457620130451_33531465_ver1.0_640_480She believes that if you bring the body into balance, normal physiology will work in your favor to help you feel better. Are you tired of people telling you “it’s all in your head” or “it just happens when you get older?” The practice aims to combine the best elements of allopathic, naturopathic and complementary medicine. Dr. Poppy believes that patients deserve the attention that it requires to feel good and be truly healthy. It is essential to look at multiple areas in the body to bring about optimal health. You deserve to feel good: in your physical body and about yourself!

Dr. Poppy Daniels is a gynecologist who attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been in private practice since 2003. She and her husband, Dr. Dennis Daniels, who practices Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, live in Ozark, MO. They have five sons and one daughter.

I thank God for a compassionate, understanding physician like Dr. Poppy…

As I sit and watch my 13 month old daughter play, I think about how fortunate my husband and I are to be her parents. My husband and I got married in 2006. After being married for around 8 months, we decided to get pregnant. If only it had been that easy. After trying to get pregnant for around a year, we became frustrated. After seeing a conventional OBGYN, it was determined that I should have an invasive procedure to find out if my tubes were obstructed. I was not comfortable with this decision. My husband and I decided to take some time and think about our plan of action. After crying a lot of tears and experiencing feelings of jealousy toward anyone who became pregnant, I found Dr. Poppy. My husband and I ran into an acquaintance that had a positive experience with Dr. Poppy. The next day, I called Dr. Poppy’s office as soon as they opened. I had an appointment within a week.<br></br> I was very nervous the day of my appointment. Was Dr. Poppy going to tell me I couldn’t conceive? When Dr. Poppy entered the room, I immediately felt comfortable with her. She let me tell my story without interruptions. I never felt rushed or hurried. I cried and expressed my frustrations. Dr. Poppy assured me we would get to the bottom of the problem. After testing, it was determined that I had some hormone deficiencies. Dr. Poppy prescribed a couple of different medicines and supplements. Dr. Poppy felt I would be pregnant within 6 months. At month 4, I became a little frustrated because I was not pregnant. We decided to add a low dose fertility drug. Within 2 months, I was pregnant. Dr. Poppy was one of the first people I called. Just as she had shared in my sadness while tryinig to conceive, she shared in my joy.<br></br> I still get tears in my eyes thinking of the day my precious baby girl arrived. My husband and I are so blessed that we get to experience the miracle of having a child and watching her grow. She has brought an amazing amount of joy to our lives and we love her more than words can describe. While I know my little girl was part of God’s plan, I also know that God put Dr. Poppy in my path to help with this journey. I thank God for a compassionate, understanding physician like Dr. Poppy. My husband and I are so grateful for Dr. Poppy and thank her for her help. Dr. Poppy will never know how much we appreciate her!

Dr. Poppy is not about the status-quo… I was having hot flashes every 2 to 5 minutes 24 hours a day. Just as one was ending, another one would loom up until I felt like I was going to explode! This went on for months. I was absolutely miserable and my life was starting to crack at the seams. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I could not sleep more than a couple of hours at a time, I was gaining weight from the constant sugar cravings, and I was having difficulty focusing my mind on anything at all. My family began to notice a change in me that affected my relationships with them. I became distant and would retreat to another room so I wouldn’t have to participate in family time. It was all I could do to just keep up with the laundry, the meals, the cleaning, the kids school & sports activities, and my job. One day, my daughter asked me why I was so sad. Well, that was it! I had to get some help. I saw several good doctors who were very sympathetic about my symptoms, but they could not recommend hormone replacement therapy, even though they believed that would make me better. At that time HRT was considered to be dangerous. Studies linked it to strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, and cancer. I began to lose hope. A friend of mine suggested that I should see Dr. Poppy Daniels because she was not a run-of-the-mill kind of doctor and she had really been helpful to my friend. So, I made an appointment. From the first office visit, eight years ago, to today, I can honestly say that was the best advice from a friend that I’ve ever received.

Dr. Poppy is not about the status-quo. In fact, she will battle the system if she believes that her patients are being compromised in any way. She understands that one of the best diagnostic tools any doctor has is the time spent with them talking about their issues and concerns. Dr. Poppy believes that a woman knows her own body and her job is to listen and involve the patient in the decision making process. That is exactly what she does with me. I always feel like we are working as a team. That is a far cry from times when I had been brushed off, spoken down to and had conditions misdiagnosed because I wasn’t allowed to explain myself thoroughly.

Today, I am well and I no longer deal with those symptoms that so dramatically altered my life. This journey has been about communication, empathy, and education. I learned from Dr. Poppy what my options were and what course of treatment was best for me. She continues to encourage me to read about health matters that pertain to my life and notifies me about events, like seminars, that might be of interest. I am grateful to have a doctor who sees me as a person and not just a collection of symptoms. She had a deep appreciation for the struggles that I endured and yet she had a powerful belief that tomorrow would be better. And she was absolutely right! Thank you, Dr. Poppy, you are not just a physician, you are a healer! -A 48 year old patient

48 year old patient