New Physician Joining Women’s Health Center!
We are excited to announce a new physician will be joining our practice in August! That may seem like a long way off but as fast as time goes, we'll be scheduling appointments for her in no time! Dr. Lauren Javernick is currently completing her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas before moving to Grants Pass with her husband and adorable baby son.
Lauren grew up with a mother who was a neonatal intensive care nurse and her mom's love for these 'tiny humans' inspired Lauren to choose OB/GYN as her specialty in medical school. She is passionate about sharing education with her patients and working together with them to create personal care plans. While 'delivering birthdays' is one of her happiest moments, Dr. Javernick welcomes and cares for patients of all ages.
When not being a doctor, Lauren loves to hike, climb, swim, ski and explore with her husband and son. Looks like southern Oregon is the perfect place for her to settle!
Resources to help you in difficult times
If you or someone you love is struggling, the Oregon Health Authority suggests these resources for anyone needing emotional or mental health assistance as a result of the pandemic.
- Mental and emotional health resources are available on OHA's Safe + Strong website.
- This site will also provide you with current updates as to what's happening in your county and around the state.
- Call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it — not only those experiencing a mental health crisis.
Check Out These Physician Videos!
Asante recently teamed with three of our physicians to create short videos to introduce our physicians on their website. Dr. Felicia Cohen, Dr. Thom Eagan and Dr. Tamara Medley perform surgery as well as deliver babies at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. We definitely think they are stars - click on the links below to learn a bit more about them!
Dr. Felicia Cohen
Dr. Thom Eagan
Dr. Tamara Medley
WHC All Together and 6′ Apart
First 'in person' staff meeting at Women's Health Center since February. Outside together in the chilly morning but 6' apart! A creative solution to collaborating as a team, encouraging each other and helping the women in our community. Awesome way to start the day!
Tips for Coping During a Time of Stress
The current COVID 19 outbreak can understandably cause stress for many people. Taking care of yourself, your family and friends will help make our community stronger. Some ways to help you cope include:
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Being bombarded with information - both true and not-factual can be unnecessarily upsetting. Listen to music instead.
- Take care of your body and mind by stopping throughout the day to take a few deep breaths, stretch or meditate. There are a lot of free meditation apps like Calm and Mindfulness that can help guide you.
- Love on your dog or cat. Pets are known to reduce stress!
- Be mindful of your eating and try to eat balanced, healthy meals. This is the perfect time to eat together as a family. Yes, treats are OK too, but don't over eat or rely on junk food.
- Fresh air will do wonders for you. Exercise, walk your dog, hike, garden outside. "Have coffee" with your neighbor in your own separate yards.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Talk about other things with family and friends besides this crisis. If you do discuss it, share accurate information from trusted sources like the CDC, not your neighbor's uncle who knows someone who knows someone. Misinformation creates unnecessary stress.
- Practice gratitude for what you have.
A Message About Coronavirus and Your Care- PLEASE READ
For the foreseeable future, please do not bring family or guests to your appointments. Only patients will be allowed in the building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
While Women’s Health Center has not had any patients with known or suspected cases of Coronavirus, in order to protect all patients and staff, if you have a fever or a cough please call our office at 541-479-8363 prior to coming in to our office for any reason. One of our staff members will evaluate you by phone and direct you to the most appropriate resource your best care.
Thank you for your cooperation during this unprecedented time.
Testing for Hereditary Cancers – Are You at Risk?
Knowing your personal and family history of cancer is the first step in determining if you might be at increased risk for cancer. This knowledge can help you and your health care provider work out a plan for any necessary treatment.
All cancers are caused by harmful changes, known as mutations in a person’s genes. Most occur by chance, some are thought to be caused by lifestyle. Some are passed down through our family, known as hereditary cancers.
Women’s Health Center partners with Myriad, a leader in the field of hereditary cancer gene testing. We provide our patients the opportunity to be tested for hereditary cancer. The myRisk® test looks at ,any gene mutations associated with increased cancer risk. The test, performed at Women’s Health Center is a quick and easy. Your results will be reviewed with you by a Women’s Health Center provider trained to interpret hereditary test results.
Most insurance companies cover hereditary cancer testing. To learn more about hereditary cancer screening, contact our office at 541-479-8363 or visit https://mySupport360.com
Certified Menopause Practitioner at Women’s Health Center
Did you know Women's Health Center has one of only two certified menopause practitioners in ALL of Southern Oregon? Sara Brelsford, WHCNP, NCMP treats every patient as an individual and listens and treats her unique symptoms. Sara can provide you with evidence-based care to manage and even embrace menopause.
Sara will share the latest research and treatment options which may include diet change, stress reduction programs and medication that can be beneficial for menopause concerns, including natural hormone therapies.
If you need help understanding your menopause journey make an appointment with Sara!
Our providers and staff went all out for Halloween! Check out these pictures...Come by and enjoy the fun!