She went to college.
Her family was poor so she worked to earn the money to go to school. She graduated from the State Agricultural College first. She earned her medical degree from Denver and Gross Medical College in 1903.
She worked in Denver after her graduation.
She worked at the Women's Hospital and was proud that she never missed a day. She did the same the work as the male doctors. She would go out on the ambulance calls and not worry about the hour or location of the call.
Dr. Mead came back to Greeley.
Her office was in the Coronado Building (designed by Bessie Smith). She rode a bicycle on her visits until she got a car.
Dr. Mead had one of the first cars in Greeley.
She took care of the car herself. She would use tape and hairpins to fix it. In the winter she would use an iron to warm up her car.
She was in many medical groups.
She was the City Health officer, was on the American Red Cross Board during World War I, and began one of the first clinics for women in the
Dr. Mead was the Greeley City Physician (Doctor).
People thought that women may be more comfortable talking to a woman doctor. She wanted to improve sanitation and the milk supply. She worked hard to be sure that the rules were followed to keep people healthy.
She was a pioneer in Women's Health care.
She was one of the first doctors to have women go to the hospital to give birth. She delivered her nephew at the Weld County Hospital. Before then, babies were born at home and in unsanitary (dirty) conditions.
Dr. Mead won awards.
She was honored by the Colorado Medical Society in 1947. After she retired in 1953, she was given the Medical Woman of the Year Award in 1958.