At Cherokee Women’s Health we have assembled a dynamic team of physicians and midlevels who concentrate exclusively on diagnosing, preventing and treating women’s health problems. Because we are the primary care provider for many of our patients, we serve as your first guide in finding solutions for better health. Our surgeons are national leaders in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, but we also work with you to find the commonsense health solutions that are just as important for your lifelong health.
Our services include:
- Annual exams, birth control and cancer screening
- Infertility treatments, office solutions for bleeding and pain
- Normal and high risk obstetrics, with midwives on staff
- Pelvic reconstruction and bladder repair
- Anti-aging programs including menopause management, weight loss and nutrition counseling.
Patients from 27 States Visit Cherokee Women’s Health in 2018
In 2018, the physicians at Cherokee Women’s Health performed GYN surgery on patients from 27 states across the country, and saw out-of-state patients return for their annual GYN exams years after moving away from the area.
Why would patients travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles for GYN health care? What makes them come to Cherokee Women’s Health?
The 3 main reasons women have travelled to Cherokee Women’s for GYN care or surgery rather than using a local physician:
1. Unusual Expertise
Double board-certified physicians are rare, but at Cherokee Women’s there are three (3) physicians who are double board-certified in OB/GYN and the subspecialty FPMRS (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, also known as Urogynecology). For women seeking the best care for urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse, Cherokee Women’s is unique among private practices in the Southeast region, with its three Urogynecology experts providing a powerful attraction for women who don’t have access to a board-certified Urogynecologist in their area.
Dr. Michael Litrel, FACOG, FPMRS, comments, “With pelvic reconstructive surgery, there doesn’t seem to be any easy shortcut for experience and expertise – the same goes for cosmetic procedures, like labiaplasty or vaginoplasty. No matter what the pictures in the medical textbooks show, every woman’s anatomy is at least somewhat unique. Experience provides by far the best guide for identifying the correct surgical approach for a challenging reconstruction.”
With two office locations in north metro Atlanta, Cherokee Women’s Health is an attractive option for women seeking expert care, with their consultation appointment often only a short flight away, no matter what their home state.
2. Local Doctors Have Not Been Helpful
In many cases, patients who travel to Cherokee Women’s offices for a consultation have seen several different doctors and specialists with no relief from their symptoms. Often, they have undergone surgery without good results. Botched labiaplasties, unsuccessful bladder repairs, pelvic prolapse that continues to be uncomfortable even after surgery: these are common scenarios that have caused women to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see the expert physicians at Cherokee Women’s Health to get relief.
After seeing all of the recommended specialists in their area, patients will have exhausted their options locally and begin to look elsewhere for help. These patients are willing to travel if it means that they will be able to see a specialist who can help. Typically, these patients find out about Cherokee Women’s Health via an online search or through word of mouth. The physicians at Cherokee Women’s have consistently been recognized as top experts by their peers and by thousands of patients in online reviews. This recognition has helped to reassure prospective new patients of their expertise.
3. Personal Relationships
The final reason women travel to see their OB/GYN is the personal relationship they have formed with their doctor. A woman’s OB has often cared for her from the time she began GYN care in her teens, through the years of childbirth, and into the decades of menopause. Especially in caring for a woman throughout her pregnancy and delivering her child (or children) – a woman’s OB is a huge part of her lifetime events, creating a special bond between the woman and her physician that may be said not to exist in any other specialty.
Dr. James Haley, FACOG, FPMRS, states, “It’s pretty routine for a patient to move away but still return for her annual GYN care, especially if she has family or friends here – but sometimes even if she doesn’t. When we care for our patients, there are years of common shared memories, from the delivery of her child, to helping her with pain or hormone problems. The other day I had a patient travel from Mississippi to see me for her annual GYN exam. This really is not that unusual — we see this kind of thing every week.”
With all six physicians at Cherokee Women’s Health voted “Mom-Approved OB” in Atlanta Parent magazine, the stream of out-of-state patients does not appear to be something that will disappear any time soon at Cherokee Women’s Health.
Why Choose Cherokee Women’s Health?
Two very different things need to come together to create an environment for the best quality health care. You will find them both here at Cherokee Women’s:
The Quality of Medicine We Practice
Scan the walls of our practice and the online profiles of our providers, and you’ll find the telling signs of our continuous pursuit of medical excellence:
- Academic honors
- Teaching awards
- Recognition by medical peers
- Leaders of physician organizations
- Featured speakers at national medical conferences.
Caring Relationships with Our Patients
Harder to quantify, but even more important, are our relationships with our patients. At Cherokee Women’s you’ll find a group of physicians, midlevel providers and staff working together with a common philosophy: The quality of the relationship with the patient matters.
- We respect your time
- We are honest in our communications with you
- We treat you with the care we would want for ourselves, our friends, and our family.
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“Dr. Litrel was a fantastic doctor. I had my first exam with him, although at first I was skeptical about a male doctor for my GYN. But after I met him I’m glad I kept an open mind, and I couldn’t have dreamed up a better doctor. He cares about you as a person and not just a patient. The front desk ladies and nurses were very friendly and it’s a great office, very clean and not intimidating. I highly recommend Cherokee Women’s Health.”