Obstetrics & Gynecology
Whether it's a routine well woman check or bringing a child into your family, Mount Nittany Health's obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) physicians are prepared to care for you.
Routine preventative care is one of the best ways a woman can take care of her body. Several providers who are a part of Mount Nittany Health can perform annual well woman exams, which include a breast examination, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and a Pap test, if indicated, as part of normal preventative care services.
We welcome patients of all ages and offer pediatric and adolescent care. Our ob-gyn providers can diagnose and treat almost all ob-gyn conditions, including:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Premenstrual dysphoria (PMD)
- Postpartum depression
Find an ob-gyn who's a part of Mount Nittany Health from our list below, or contact Mount Nittany Physician Group: Park Avenue for an appointment.
In addition to providing sexually transmitted infection testing for women, Mount Nittany Health physicians are equipped to help you choose the best birth control method for you.
Ob-gyns at Mount Nittany Health can prescribe or provide a variety of birth control options, including oral contraceptive, Depo-Provera injections, intrauterine devices such as Mirena® and ParaGard®, Implanon®, Essure®, diaphragm fittings and female surgical sterilization.
Male sterilization services (in-office vasectomies) are available through Mount Nittany Physician Group: University Drive.
From pre-conceptual counseling and prenatal lab screenings to American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine accredited ultrasounds and amniocentesis tests, our ob-gyn physicians have the expertise and leading technology to make your pregnancy as rewarding as it should be.
Counseling for prenatal nutrition and gestational diabetes is available at the Park Avenue location. We also offer amniocentesis testing and non-stress test fetal monitoring here.
Additionally, with a wealth of experience in managing high-risk pregnancies, our physicians are prepared to perform vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) deliveries.
Low-income patients who qualify can see nurses with the Healthy Beginnings Plus program Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Mount Nittany Physician Group: Park Avenue.
Trying to start or grow a family can be an anxious time for couples struggling to conceive. Our ob-gyn physicians can help you explore the causes of infertility with diagnostics for both mom and dad. We can also perform intrauterine insemination, follicle monitoring and ovulation induction with injectable and oral medications at Mount Nittany Physician Group: Park Avenue.
We're more than happy to provide prenatal services and delivery for in vitro fertilization pregnancies and have experience in advising patients who are pursuing surrogacy and sperm donor matching services.
Many of our ob-gyn physicians specialize in female surgery, hysteroscopy, laser surgery, laparoscopy, managing menopause and premenstrual syndrome as well as infertility services.
Some of the major and minor surgical services ob-gyn physicians at Mount Nittany Health can perform include:
- NovaSure® endometrial ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove abnormal cervical cells associated with abnormal Pap tests
- Colopscopy procedures
- Laboratory testing
- Monarch transvaginal sling treatments
- Dilation and curettage (D&C) with hysteroscopy
- Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy
- Laparoscopic tubal sterilization (LTS)
- Transvaginal and transabdominal pelvic ultrasounds
Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Kristine K. Charles, MDFull profile
Melanie Cherry, MD, FACOGFull profile
J. Frederick Doucette, MD, FACOGFull profile
Angela K. Hardyk, MD, FACOGFull profile
Gerald J. Harkins, MDFull profile
Theodore J. Hovick Jr., MD, FACOGFull profile
Mary C. Kruszewski, DOFull profile
Harry Mateer, MDFull profile
John G. O'Shea, MD, FACOGFull profile
Samuel Owusu, MDFull profile
Shreya Patel, MD, FACOGFull profile
Deborah Poplawsky, MDFull profile
Elizabeth M. Raquet, MD, FACOGFull profile
Laura L. Stephenson, MD, FACOGFull profile
Emil R. Szabo, MDFull profile
David R. White, DOFull profile
Birth control prevents pregnancy by preventing conception. Some methods prevent an egg from maturing. Some keep the sperm and egg from meeting. And some methods work in both ways. Preventing Ovulation Certain hormones help prevent an egg from maturing and being released. Hormone methods include: Birth control pills Skin patches Contraceptive vaginal rings Injections Preventing Sperm and Egg from Meeting Methods that prevent the sperm and egg from joining include: Barrier methods, such as the condom, the diaphragm, and the cervical cap Spermicide The IUD (intrauterine device) Sterilization Natural family planning Some types of hormone methods