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(News story) Dr. Lindsey Phibbs of Perrysburg, an obstetrician/gynecologist and champion equestrian, died of gynecologic cancer Thursday at Toledo Hospital. She was 36.

Dr. Phibbs graduated from her medical residency in June, 2014, and was on staff at Sunforest OB/?GYN Group in Toledo. She completed her residency at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. Her illness was diagnosed in March, according to her mother, Barbara Phibbs.

Dr. Phibbs' father, Dr. Garth Phibbs, is a gynecologic oncologist. Lindsey was more interested in working with women through pregnancy and childbirth, according to her older sister, Courtney Boyd. Mrs. Boyd said her sister had a "delicate touch" as a surgeon, and sometimes helped her father in surgery.

Ms. Boyd said her sister switched her career goals from business and economics in college to medicine because she wanted to help people. She chose her specialty after writing a paper on the human papilloma virus.

"That really got her interested in women's health. Instead of treating cancer patients she wanted to treat pregnant women bringing life into the world," Mrs. Boyd said.

A promotional video by ProMedica features Dr. Phibbs talking about her career.

"I like taking care of women through their whole life cycle, making sure every life age they're well taken care of," Dr. Phibbs says in the video. "My care philosophy is to listen to the patient and try to figure out how I can best help them."

The two sisters rode horses together through childhood and into college, competing throughout the United States as well as outside the country.

Dr. Phibbs was a show jump rider who knew how to guide her horse over fences, her sister said.

"She had tremendous feel for the horse and she had a great eye, which means when you're jumping, you figure out the best place to have the horse leave the ground and tell the horse that. She was very consistent. She was also very, very, very good under pressure," Mrs. Boyd said.

She praised Dr. Phibbs as a generous sister and godmother to her niece, Ashbrook Lindsey Boyd, with a bubbly, energetic personality and great sense of humor. Mrs. Boyd said her sister was frustrated by her illness and couldn't understand why it struck her.

But she bore it with grace.

"She never burdened anyone with it. Every doctor who came in, she would always ask them how they were doing. She was selfless. She would say please and thank you for everything even if she was in terrible pain," Mrs. Boyd said.

Dr. Phibbs was born in Windsor, Ont., and moved with her family to Ottawa Hills, where she attended elementary and high school.

She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and got her medical degree at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Phibbs was elected National Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation in 1997. She also was a National Junior Jumper Champion, and winner of the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals.

Dr. Phibbs rode on the Skidmore equestrian team and led it to a team national championship. That same year, as an individual rider, she won the coveted Cacchione Cup, akin to a Heisman Trophy for equestrian competitors.

She enjoyed skiing, attending Detroit Red Wings hockey games, and her dogs.

Surviving are her parents, Garth David and Barbara Ann Phibbs; sister, Courtney Phibbs Boyd; and brother, Garth Fraser Phibbs.

Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Walker Funeral Home. Services are at 11 a.m. Monday in Epworth United Methodist Church. The family suggests contributions to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, Toledo Animal Shelter, Nature's Nursery, or Dog Works.

This is a news story by Tom Troy. Contact him at [email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected], 419-724-6058 or on Twitter @TomFTroy.
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 26, 2015
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