BlogWhat You Need To Know About Endometriosis
Mar. 21, 2017 2:21 pm
Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just(read more)
The ART of Physical Therapy
Aug. 1, 2016 4:29 pm
For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.Many times, my patients have questions about what I’m feeling or treating when I work with them. Most people know that physical therapists work with problems within the body, but in my line of practice, people are often befuddled about how and why they were sent to me in the first place. I am going to tell you a little bit about how we (physical therapists) view the patient, how we see and feel their problem and how we justify the treatments that we do.The first thing physical therapists do is realize that we are treating a whole person, not just a hip, or a bladder, or a sciatic nerve, for example. We understand that the things going on inside your body — what is happening in all your organs and tissues — has influences on neighboring, regional and distant areas of your body (so please, do not be too put off if I’m intrigued by your big toe when you were referred to me for your low back pain). For everything is connected, and just like dominoes, things can stand together and they can tumble down together.There is an ART to what physical therapists do, both literally and figuratively. Please let me explain: ART stands for Asymmetry, Range of motion and Tissue texture change.Asymmetry means that your right and left sides don’t match. So, when I’m evaluating a woman with any number of problems, I will check to see if her shoulders rest at the same height, if her arms are the same distance away from the body when she is standing up, if the hips are level, and/or if the feet are both pointing(read more)
Meet Preston and Kristy!
May 10, 2016 9:49 am
Mar. 31, 2016 11:12 am
Hear why she is thankful for the midwifery services at Women's Care!I became a first time mom to my beautiful daughter Brylee about 8 months ago and I was blown away with the care my husband and I received at Women’s Care of WI. We unfortunately lost a pregnancy at 8 weeks – this was a few months before we found out we were pregnant with Brylee – and Becky was there throughout that experience to support us. It was a very difficult time, but it was made easier by the caring and helpful staff at Women's Care. This is why we decided to continue care here as we continued our journey to get pregnant.I am a practicing chiropractor in Neenah and I really wanted to have a provider that supported my requests for more natural decisions throughout my pregnancy and during the birth. My husband was uncomfortable with a home birth, so a great compromise was to deliver in a hospital with the guidance of a midwife.Becky Kahler was an amazing guide and resource throughout my pregnancy and did an awesome job explaining the reasons why we should or shouldn't do certain things. She supported my natural mindset but also made sure that I knew what the supporting research showed.I had complete confidence in Becky's ability to help me deliver my daughter and because of that I felt ready to become a first time(read more)
Cervical Cancer Screening
Jan. 15, 2016 2:00 pm
New Pap Smear Screening Guidelines...In the fall of 2012, 47 experts representing 23 professional societies, national and international health organizations, and federal agencies met to review and update the cervical cancer (Pap smear) screening guidelines. They reviewed data that included the following information:- Invasive cervical cancer deaths have been reduced by 70% in the U.S. over the past 50 years.- New Pap smear screening technology (liquid based testing) has become available. These new technologies provide greater sensitivity to detect precancer and cancer.- Current evidence shows that HPV (Human Papillomavirus) causes cervical cancer. Research demonstrates that most young women will clear cervical HPV without intervention.- Cervical cancer is a slow growing cancer, often taking many years to develop.The American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology worked collaboratively to examine the data while the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force performed an independent evaluation of the data. It is reassuring to see that these endeavors resulted in essentially identical recommendations. The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm (psychosocial impact, additional clinical visits and procedures, and treatment of cell changes that would naturally(read more)
Girls on the Run
Oct. 16, 2015 10:41 am
Women’s Care of Wisconsin is proud to sponsor Girls on the Run 2015! Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, they teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can."Who We Are." Girls on the Run. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2015. <http://www.girlsontherun.org/>. (read more)
Help us WIN Best of the Valley!
Sep. 2, 2015 12:58 pm
Please help us win Best OB/GYN Facility this year! That’s right; it’s time to start voting for Best of the Valley once again. Voting this year starts today, Thursday, September 3rd, and goes through Sunday, September 13th. Mark your calendars & remember, you can vote once per day per email address. Spread the word, share this video & help us WIN Best OB/GYN Facility this year!
June 1, 2015 12:14 pmDr. Maria Vandenberg, MDObstetrician & Gynecologist Hello, and welcome to your gyno exam!We are happy you are here and hope to make this as comfortable and educational for you as possible. We know that our visits are not something most people look forward too, but we want you to feel at ease in our clinics & with your provider.First things first: what to expect.If this is your first visit, and you are under age 21 & are not experiencing significant concerns, we can skip the pelvic exam. This can be a chance for you to establish a relationship, so you have a provider you trust(read more)
Meet Jenny Goss
Feb. 12, 2015 4:17 pm
Learn more about the newest addition to our Circle of Care...(read more)Certified Nurse MidwifeMy name is Jenny Goss. I am the newest Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin. I am so excited to join the midwifery team and the whole family of providers here at Women’s Care! I have quickly learned that this family cares deeply about its members and all aspects of their lives, and cannot wait to grow my practice here.I have worked in the OB world for 16 years now and have always loved working with pregnant women and new moms. As I have come of age (closer to 50 then I want to admit J), I have also become fascinated with the aging process and the menopause stage of life. As a midwife, my scope of practice allows me to work with women from adolescents to post-menopausal. This is such a wonderful range and keeps me challenged with learning new things every day.While I hail from a little further north, I have already come
Importance of Cervical Cancer Screenings
Jan. 9, 2015 10:46 amPap Smear Screening Guidelines...Kirsten Wengeler, APNPJanuary is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month is a chance to raise awareness and inform women about how they can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and it's also a major cause of cervical cancer.The purpose of the new recommendations is to maximize the benefits of screening tests while minimizing potential harm.Did you know?
Importance of Full Term Pregnancies
Nov. 3, 2014 9:05 amHealthy babies begin with healthy mothers....
By Amanda Reed, MD (read more)
September is Pain Awareness Month
Sep. 3, 2014 12:50 pmLife can be full of “Why me’s?”By: Michelle LandsverkPhsyical TherapistWhy do I ache? Why can’t I sleep? Why am I depressed? Why don’t I have any money? Why doesn’t anybody understand me? Why won’t my health care provider listen to me? Why do I hurt so much?Unfortunately, this is a question I hear nearly every day. The answer to this question is chronic pain, and it tends to tamper with your quality of life.At the present time, there is no known cure for chronic pain. No test to diagnose it. No pill to cure it. No procedure to fix it. No surgery to remove it.This blog is merely a commentary on chronic pain and for a better understanding of your particular situation; you may need to have several conversations with several healthcare providers.The negative consequences of chronic pain are certainly astounding, to say the least. HOWEVER—patient advocacy groups and patients themselves have demanded better care. Better care starts with a better understanding of the problem. And a better(read more)
Every Ounce Counts
Aug. 7, 2014 3:40 pm
Didn't you know breast milk is liquid gold?!We have all heard that “breast is best” when it comes to feeding your newborn baby. But what happens when it doesn’t come as easily as you hoped, are having problems with your baby latching or just simply have questions and you don’t know where to turn?Here at Women’s Care of Wisconsin we proudly offer lactation and breastfeeding support services. Three of our clinical employees have completed an intense, up-to-date, research-based training course to become Certified Lactation Consultant/Counselors.Whether you have questions about how milk is produced, correct latch, feeding cues, positioning, milk supply, sore nipples, engorgement, pumping, or how to smoothly transition to returning to work, we are here for you! Breastfeeding is the best choice for both you and your baby, and our goal is to make it a rewarding and successful experience for you.Whatever the topic, our Certified Lactation Consultant/Counselors can help you with issues over the phone or in person in the office. Even if all you need is a little reassurance that you’re already doing everything correctly, we can provide(read more)
Pumps and the Workplace (not the shoes; I only wear flats now!)
Aug. 6, 2014 11:34 amDr. Vandenberg shares a few of her favorite breastfeeding facts and lessons ...By: Dr. Maria Vandenberg, MDObstetrican/GynecologistAugust is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and there are hundreds of articles and blogs supporting breastfeeding moms circling about. Here is another.First, I, of course, support breastfeeding moms. But, I also support formula feeding moms as well. Breastfeeding is an amazing experience and great for babies when it works, but it saddens me when I see moms feel guilty or disappointed if they use formula. I mostly formula fed my first kiddos and they have turned into wonderful, intelligent, happy 6 year-olds. No guilt here. We all do what is best for each of our children, and need to support and encourage each other.How many of you are working moms who breastfeed? Well, I’m right there with you. It’s hard, but so worth it if you are successful. Below you will find a list of my favorite pumping and(read more)
Dry Needling: Myth vs. Truth
July 28, 2014 10:48 amConnie Strey discusses the common misconceptions of dry needling...By: Connie Strey, PT, WCS, BCB-PMD, CMTPTPhysical TherapistHave you been thinking about trying dry needling but want some questions answered before you schedule an appointment? Maybe you aren’t quite sure what dry needling is, are confused about how it differs from acupuncture or you are simply afraid that it will be painful. Physical Therapist, Connie Strey of PT Center for Women clears up some common misconceptions when it comes to dry needling.Myth: Dry needling and acupuncture are exactly the sameTruth: Dry needling and acupuncture, while they use the same needle types, are two very different treatments. Dry needling is a therapeutic technique where a trained physical therapist inserts small, sterile, solid filament needles into the skin and muscle directly at a trigger point. The ultimate goal is to generate a “twitch response” which helps release the tension and pain located in the muscles. On the other hand,(read more)
Meet Our New Midwife
June 3, 2014 1:05 pmLearn more about the newest addition to our Circle of Care...By: Kay Weina, CNM, APNP Certified Nurse MidwifeMy name is Kay Weina. I am a certified nurse midwife (CNM) and I am new to Women’s Care of Wisconsin. I am thrilled to join Becky Kahler, CNM and the whole family of providers here at Women’s Care!I grew up in Berlin and currently reside in Omro. I am married to a wonderful husband (who cooks!), and I have 4 adult children along with a beautiful new Granddaughter. I love taking Zumba as well as other exercise classes at the YMCA. I enjoy the outdoors including walking, gardening, camping or just reading.I became a midwife in 2004 after being a labor & delivery nurse, and then a perinatal nurse clinician. I have been in the Obstetrics/Gynecology field for 23 years.Midwifery care has a “high touch, low tech” approach and we are considered experts in supporting women in normal, healthy childbirth. I believe in building partnerships with women and their families by listening and providing(read more)
Massage Therapy for Women
Apr. 28, 2014 4:02 pmA new service being offered at PT Center for Women...By: Amanda Newhouse, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist & Certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage TherapistMy name is Amanda Newhouse and I am excited to announce I will be joining PT Center for Women, an extension of Women’s Care of Wisconsin, as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have always known that I wanted to become a massage therapist, ever since my high school days; I can recall giving “back massage lines” with my fellow volleyball teammates before our games. However, life had other plans for me first.Before I could begin my journey of becoming a massage therapist I started off by first becoming a wife and mother to three wonderful boys! After the birth of my second son in February 2006, I was lucky enough to receive a free postpartum massage in the hospital the day after delivery. This was my first professional massage…and I LOVED it! This experience reignited my drive to become a massage therapist.In July 2011, I made the decision to pursue my dream. I(read more)
Fast Facts About Subfertility
Apr. 2, 2014 3:31 pmReasons you and your partner may be struggling to conceive...By: Amanda Reed, MDObstetrician/GynecologistDeciding you are ready to add to your family—whether it is your first baby or maybe baby number two—is a big step for any couple. Then, your well-meaning friends and family tell you to “just relax and it will happen.” Unfortunately, now it has been a year of trying and it still hasn’t happened. It may feel like everyone else around you is getting their positive pregnancy tests, which can be a very devastating and isolating time for any couple.First, let’s define subfertility: in a woman less than 35 years old, it is defined as failure to conceive after 12 months of regular intercourse. In a woman over 35, it is defined as failure to conceive after 6 months of regular intercourse. 15-20% of couples find out they are pregnant each month after regularly trying to conceive, and 80-85% of couples become pregnant after a year of trying. That leaves about one in five couples headed to their doctor for an evaluation of subfertility.