Your Personalized Care Team Approach
At the Women’s Health Institute, the experienced professionals on your team are committed to providing you with a new kind of care experience. While scheduling your first appointment, the referral coordinator will ask a series of questions to help start your treatment on the right track. You will then be asked to fill out a series of questions by our outcomes specialist. It’s important to answer these questions. These answers are reviewed by a care team who will then work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
Depending on your needs, the team may include a gynecologist, urogynecologist, dermatologist, colorectal surgeon, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, pelvic floor physical therapists, dietitian and clinical social worker all integrated to treat your unique situation.
During your first appointment, you will meet with a nurse practitioner or physician as well as a medical assistant to discuss your goals, lifestyle and treatment options. Guided by your care team, we help you establish ongoing healthy behaviors and measure your outcomes to determine if treatment modifications are needed. Measuring outcomes not only helps you meet your goals, but it help ensure the proper care of women who may follow you.
Specialists on this Team
Associate Provider (Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant)
Your associate provider will become an important part of your care team. This provider works in collaboration with other members of your care team to find the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of your condition. Your associate provider is dedicated to helping you meet your goals and improving your quality of life.
The Medical Assistant (MA), also called your care coordinator, will be with you during most of your visit. Going forward, the MA helps advocate for your needs and assists you in receiving the mutually agreed upon care.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist (PFPT)
Your pelvic floor physical therapist (PFPT) is focused on treating the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular causes of complex pelvic floor issues, including bowel and bladder issues (sometimes called incontinence), chronic pain and sexual dysfunction.
Skin issues can sometimes accompany other conditions and make them worse. Having a doctor dedicated to treating skin disorders on your care team can help improve your treatment options.
Urinary tract issues can often accompany complex women’s health conditions. Urogynecologists are doctors who specialize in both women’s health (gynecology) and disorders of the urinary tract (urology).
An OB-GYN is a doctor who specializes in pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrics) and women’s health (gynecology).
Mental health issues can arise at anytime, but are very common in people dealing with chronic pain. A psychiatrist can help you identify these issues and identify a treatment plan to help you succeed.
Clinical Social Worker
Taking care of the whole person means addressing the real world issues that may be impacting our health. Whether you need access to social services, help with employment issues or need help with transportation, we can help. It In order to get the best outcomes, the clinical social worker may work with you to identify and treat any emotional health needs to help improve treatment and enhance your quality of life. Our team can help you identify these issues and formulate a treatment plan to help you succeed.
Colorectal surgeons perform surgical procedures involving the lower digestive tract including the anus, rectum and colon.
Nutrition and weight can play an important role in managing your symptoms. Having a dietician as part of your care team can increase your chance of success. A Registered Dietitian have a bachelor’s degree; completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health care facility, community agency, or food service corporation, and passed a national test given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. They also have to complete continuing professional educational requirements to stay registered.
Learners, which include medical students and residents, are a vital part of your care team. Not only can learners provide helpful insights, but your participation can help them learn how to better care for future generations of Austinites.