Meet Dr. Aletha

Hello. I am Dr. Aletha Cress Oglesby; welcome to  Watercress Words, a blog that explores the HEART of HEALTH.

I am a family physician, so I spend a lot of time thinking about health, and helping people with their health. But I believe  before we can work on health, we should understand  exactly

“What is health?”

“What does it mean to be healthy?”

“How do we become healthy and stay healthy?”

a photo of Dr. Aletha Oglesby

I don’t claim to have the definitive answers to these questions but  I offer my thoughts and observations,and those of other people who ponder these questions.

I discuss current issues regarding health and health care,

offer insight into illness and the way we try to treat it, and

review the vast amount of recommendations for preventing illness and staying well.

My goal is to  inform, instruct and inspire you as we all explore



Oklahoma University baseball game
watching an OU Sooners baseball game ; we love following our school’s sports

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and  Family Medicine residency  and  am board certified in Family Medicine.

When I’m not researching or writing blog posts I treat patients at an urgent care clinic.

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, ballroom dancing with my husband, spending time with my grandchildren and their parents,  traveling, and attending services and special events at my church.



My special professional and personal interests include

International health and humanitarian needs and projects

Christian faith , spiritual beliefs and practices

Awareness, acceptance, and empowerment of persons with disabilities

United States military and veterans’ health

Understanding and improving the United States healthcare system

Health benefits of ballroom dancing

clinic in Panama
We love to serve people in other cultures

Contact me or ask me a health question  HERE.

Please visit me here – Arbonne

As an Arbonne Independent Consultant I promote pure, safe, and beneficial skin, hair,cosmetic and nutritional products 


(purchases at this Arbonne link generate income to me,  thank you for considering. )

Have a cup of tea with me. (affiliate link)

Dr. Aletha dancing
I actively pursue a hobby-ballroom dancing. I’m dancing in a competition with my professional instructor here. He is the owner of Two Left Feet, a dance studio.

In these posts I share some personal  stories.

Two Words That Changed My Life

a tour of the Olympic Training Center

Why are we obsessed with OCD?

How we give new meaning to “happy campers”

Blogging and waltzing

Why I observe Autism Awareness Day

Finding the rainbow and a volcano- visiting Hawaii in Tuesday Travels