Providing the Time and Care You Deserve
Practicing in Charlottesville since 1990
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Private, personal, relaxed and professional are words that describe my practice. I schedule hour long appointments for most visits. My focus is on listening to you and understanding your concerns. We work together to determine what modalities of care work best for you.
Privacy is so important in healthcare, and especially so in women’s healthcare where issues are more intimate and exams by necessity require a level of physical exposure not encountered in most other settings. In appreciation of this, I have created a very private, secure setting . I am the only provider you will see, no receptionists, nurses, students or interns. My recently fully renovated office is beautiful, quiet, serene and professional. If you are looking for an alternative to the large medical practices of today, you will find it in WomanCare.
I believe that you should be encouraged and informed to find your own path through your life /health challenges. By helping you see where your challenges are and providing options to work on them, you can engage in your own healing and move forward towards greater health.
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Areas of Gynecology care include but are not limited to:
• Annual exams with a focus on preventative care
• Pap screening
• Contraception prescription/management: Birth control pills, IUDs, cervical cap, diaphragm.
• Midlife care –bioidentical hormones, herbs/supplement, lifestyle approaches
• Vaginal infections, diagnosis and treatment
• Menstrual problems—too many, too few, too heavy, too overall miserable
• STD /STI –Sexually Transmitted Infection diagnosis and treatment
• UTI –urinary tract infection
• Sexual assault survivors—please see below if this is a recent event
• Life coaching to help you through transitional challenges
• Health coaching to help you through physical challenges such as weight loss or other challenged lifestyle choices.
I believe that health is achieved though understanding what one’s health challenges are, learning about the different ways to approach change and deciding to take responsibility to make changes. My job is being a professional guide. I can evaluate and assess your issues as both you and I see them, then we can look at different paths to healing and I can work with you to find what path you want to take. I offer possibilities of healing and balancing through understanding and effecting change in the areas of: lifestyle (exercise, nutrition, clarifying priorities), supplements (herbal and nutraceuticals), meditation/mindfulness, mind/body awareness and of course western medicine (I may order labs, imaging studies or appropriate referrals, and I do prescribe medications as indicated and desired). I do refer women to other modalities of care as they are needed.
I welcome all people to my practice who are in need of the care that I offer. I honor people of all sexual/relationship/gender identities and welcome them to my practice.
It is your health that we (you and I) are caring for, so you need to know enough to figure out how to care for yourself. Achieving optimal health and wellbeing is not something that is done to you, but done with you, and ultimately, you do it for yourself.
Annual exams, pap tests, vaginal infections, STDs. I do provide annual exams—routine physicals, pap tests, screening for vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections as well as any additional health screenings that are indicated, such as for urinary tract infections, routine blood screenings, etc.. I care for women from teenagers though 70’s.
Birth control. For those in need of birth control, I discuss all available options and provide information to help you make the best choice for yourself. I prescribe hormonal contraceptives (pills, nuvaring), as well as fit for diaphragms and cervical caps and I do insert IUDs (paraguard, Mirena, Skyla).
Menstrual problems. I can evaluate menstrual and uterine problems and we can discuss what treatment options you might wish to pursue given your unique situation.
Midlife concerns. While some glide through this transition, many find this a challenging time. From hot flashes, sleep disturbances, weight gain to libido decline and relationship challenges this time can be burdensome for many. Sorting this through and looking for the best solutions for each person is my goal. Be it herbal, nutritional, hormonal (bio-identical are my preference), counseling or just listening and validating your experience, I will work with you to help find the best way for you to transit though this very interesting time..
Those with a history of sexual abuse. For those who have endured this, I bring my heartfelt support and care. I appreciate that gynecology care can be very difficult to receive after this type of trauma. I have found that time, caring, patience and giving control of the exam over to you, all help to provide a positive experience. The private, non-medical nature of my practice is helpful in providing a safe and comfortable environment.
Sexual assault and sexual trauma. If you have been a recent victim of sexual assault, you are more than welcome to see me for care. However—I am not able to collect evidence that could be used in court. If you are planning to file charges against your attacker, you need to go to the University of Virginia Emergency department. This is the only place in Charlottesville where this is done. They have nurse practitioners specifically trained to care for you as well as to collect and process the evidence. There are also local resources that can be helpful, please visit that part of this website.
If you have a specific problem that is not mentioned here, please do not assume that I can not care for you. Please contact me and we can discuss what help I can be to you.