Dr. McDonald learned quickly as one of six children that life wasn’t centered around him. The strong family values he grew up with have led to the foundation on which he has done his life’s work. He learned and lived his family’s life lessons. Those of selflessness, caring, compassion, and to always excel at whatever you do. He moved every couple of years; being in seven different states and countries, before settling down for the latter half of high school and college in San Diego. Because of his constant moving and having to adapt to new schools and meet so many people so frequently, Dr. McDonald is adept and natural at getting to know you quickly and making you feel comfortable- like one of the family.
While in college he was a soccer coach for youth boys, a religious education teacher for third graders, he also participated in food drives and was active helping the homeless. In college, he belonged to Phi Eta Sigma, the National Honor Society for the top two percent in the country, as well as numerous other leadership activities and sports.
After college, Dr McDonald moved back to Florida and attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Although Dr. McDonald never though he’d become a Psychiatrist or OB/GYN; it was on his OB/Gyn rotation in the third year of medical school which changed his mind. Essentially, two events occurred to cement a decision to specialize in OB/GYN. The first was the total and unexpected joy he experienced with his first delivery; the second was seeing women being treated in an often undignified manner. He felt called to make a real difference-by treating these women (whom many were so vulnerable) with true love and care. Following medical school he went on to residency there in Alabama for an additional four years. He was voted the highest honor of Best Intern, and the following year voted Best Resident. In his fourth year of residency he was named Chief Resident and won awards for both his research and his surgical expertise.
After residency, he and his wife Michelle, along with their nine month old daughter, moved to Denton, Texas in 1998. He joined a practice; but after a year he left and joined another local practice. For a second time he felt he could not stay at a practice that didn’t reflect his strong values and ways of treating people compassionately. Dr. McDonald believes that not only he, but the entire office staff should treat everybody the way they themselves would want their wife, sister, daughter or mother treated. In 2001, he decided to practice medicine in line with the Natural Law. Practicing in such a manner puts the natural dignity of each person ahead of every medical decision he makes.
This total and complete pro-life and pro-family stance means Dr. McDonald recognizes, respects and protects the value of human life from the time of conception until a person’s natural death. This translates to Dr. McDonald never referring for/or performing an abortion. Instead he helps mothers and families to see the humanity and joy in each of God’s children no matter the disability or the inconvenience. Human life from our Creator is never an ‘accident’ or a ‘mistake’.
Dr. McDonald is also the expert in the DFW area on natural family planning methods including: Couple to Couple, Creighton, Marquette, and Billings. Many women are happy to know that these methods are a natural, safe (with out side effects), and effective alternative to hormonal birth control.
Dr McDonald and his wife of 20 years now have five children, Kate, Daniel, Michael, Allie and Christina. Although he and his wife have five beautiful children, they have also been through the unfortunate pain and frustration of miscarriages. Because of this, Dr. McDonald specializes in miscarriage work up and prevention. Unlike most doctors who don’t want to see pregnant women until after the pregnancy is ‘established’, Dr. McDonald wants to see you as soon as you know you are pregnant. He works diligently to prevent others from going through what he and his wife have been through too many times.
He’s been in Denton for almost 14 years and continues to be involved in many organizations and societies. He’s a medical adviser for the Loreto House, he supports all crisis pregnancy centers in the DFW area. In addition, he is the Medical Director for the White Rose Clinic. He’s also known for taking care of the poor and volunteering his services. He works with many organizations to take care of those who have no means to pay for their care, including Denton’s Project Access. He’s a member of the American Association of Pro-life OB/Gyn’s, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, American Association Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Catholic Medical Association, and Denton County Medical Society. He’s an active supporter of both the Dallas and Fort Worth Diocese Pro-Life Committees, and Immaculate Conception Catholic School. He attends St. Mark Catholic Church.
Dr. McDonald is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN’s. He was one of the youngest doctors to be appointed and serve as Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at what is now Texas Health Denton. He was also elected by his peers to Secretary of the General Staff at the same hospital. He has been named America’s Top OB/GYN by the Consumer’s Research Council of America for the last four years in a row. While his technical skills, credentials and awards are important, he realizes that it’s his holistic and individualized approach to each person he sees that creates excellent health and joyful outcomes. Dr. McDonald along with the warm and welcoming staff at OB/GYN Specialists invite you to experience the difference you’ve been looking for.