Specialized Skills & Practitioners
Choosing a practitioner who is a good “fit” not only for your medical needs but also for your personality can help make your visits comfortable and meaningful.
Practitioner Options That Meet Your Needs
You have the option of choosing between a male or female practitioner. Additionally, you can choose to see a nurse midwife, a nurse practitioner, or a doctor. While all our practitioners are well trained in teen health and have years of experience providing exceptional healthcare to women in their teens to women who are celebrating their 100th birthday, you may want to consider some of the specialized options we have specifically for routine adolescent healthcare.
Certified Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners
Our nurse midwives and nurse practitioners (all female) are popular choices among teens and young women; each has advanced their career through education and specialized training. Providing routine gynecological care with extended opportunities for patient discussions and education is among their specialties. In addition to routine healthcare, our nurse practitioners and nurse midwives order and interpret tests and evaluate problems such as painful periods, abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, irregular menses, breast lumps and other gynecologic problems. When indicated they can prescribe medication. Our nurse midwives and nurse practitioners have complete access to our team of physicians if necessary for extended care. Unlike physicians, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners do not perform surgery; therefore, you may find that they have increased appointment availability. The scope of their practice includes:
- Annual gyn exams including Pap smears
- Breast exams and diagnosis of breast problems
- Diagnosis and treatment of vaginal infections (for example, yeast infections), UTIs, STDs, abnormal vaginal bleeding, irregular and/or painful periods
- Adolescent sexuality
- Birth control options
- Social challenges for teens
- Our nurse midwives also offer obstetrical care and have expertise in caring for pregnant teens.
Our physicians (male and female) can provide young women with routine care as well as specialized care for more complex problems. In addition to providing the same types of services as a nurse midwife and nurse practitioner, our doctors’ scope of practice extends to include:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Traditional surgery
- Complex pregnancy care
- Treatment for complex medical problems