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From checkups to screenings to scans, women spend a lot of time at the doctor’s office during pregnancy. So when it comes to choosing the right physician, moms-to-be want to ensure they are in good hands. And that’s exactly what Dr. Mona Fakih, the founder of Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, wants her patients to feel when they are in her care.
It’s one of the reasons she founded her practice, which has locations in Dearborn Heights and Grosse Pointe, in 2013. After spending some time working at a local hospital, Dr. Fakih realized she didn’t have as much control over the care of her patients – or even the technology used in that care.
“Part of the reason that I opened a private practice is that I can make decisions independently,” Dr. Fakih says. Those decisions include the use of state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose a patient’s issue.
The practice’s care extends beyond expectant moms. Dr. Fakih, along with Drs. John Leahy and Abby Nowakowski, work with patients between the ages of adolescence and post-menopause to provide everything from routine well-woman care to pregnancy and childbirth to menopause assessment and management. In addition, both Drs. Fakih and Leahy have specialized training in the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery.
The doctors can provide several procedures including endometrial ablation, removal of polyps, tubal ligation, non-stress tests for pregnant patients and ultrasounds at the office – instead of sending patients to the hospital for those tests and procedures. Not only does this help alleviate the high cost of hospital copays, but “it’s more convenient for patients, too, instead of waiting for four hours for a procedure that really takes an hour,” she says.
Convenience is especially important to busy moms who are balancing the demands of work and family life – and might not have the time for additional appointments. As a mom to three children ages 13, 12 and 2, Dr. Fakih knows what it’s like to have limited time and strives to offer patients as much care as possible inside of both of her offices.
“We cater to these busy moms, but at the same time we’ll spend enough time with you,” she adds.
Office visits don’t feel rushed as the doctors take their time to focus on a patient’s individual needs and address any concerns she may have. That’s something that is very important to all three of the doctors at Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates.
“I think we show our patients empathy,” Dr. Fakih says. “We’re very compassionate, we listen and we spend time with our patients. People feel like they can relate to us, and we don’t treat people like they are a number.”
Patients have access to a doctor 24 hours per day, seven days a week, she adds. They can even communicate with the doctors through direct messaging or speak to the in-office nurse. She is there to answer questions and address a patient’s concerns. The patient portal also helps keep you connected and up-to-date on your medical information.
Additional services include working with women with infertility issues. Oftentimes, providers are quick to send patients to a specialist, but there are some things can be done prior to that step. “Our providers are very comfortable with ovulation inductions” and monitoring cycles, she says. This includes the use of medications such as clomid, which stimulates ovulation. If needed, she says, the doctors will refer the patient to a specialist.
At the office, patients can also be screened for cancer and receive assistance for pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, adolescent gynecology and many other female-relation issues that may arise.
Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates is currently affiliated with Beaumont Dearborn and Beaumont Royal Oak and is soon to be affiliated with Beaumont Grosse Pointe.
The Dearborn Heights office is located at 25150 Ford Road, Suite 200, and the Grosse Pointe practice is located at 16815 E. Jefferson Ave., Suite 210.
For more information on Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates or to book an appointment, call 313-277-0400 or visit obgassociates.com.