HOGA has a well-rounded team of healthcare professionals ready to meet your needs. Our physicians are board-certified and active within the community in areas of research and education. We are committed to providing optimal gynecological care to both the high risk and low risk patients of our community.
We employ 2 on-site full time ultrasound technologists. Our Sonographers are both registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medicine and have a combined experience of 20 years in the OB/GYN specialty. In addition our practice is AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine) accredited. What that means is that our sonographers submit to rigorous testing every 3 years and submit studies and images to be approved by the highest governing body of ultrasound medicine. HOGA is the only private practice that is AIUM accredited in both Volusia and Flagler counties. Our sonographers are dedicated to serving our community and hold themselves to the highest standards of patient care.
Gynecologic care extends from childhood to elder care. Any issues pertaining to the breast or pelvic area are within the expertise or referral base of a gynecologist. Such concerns can arise in early childhood and well after menopause. If you are unsure that your concerns are best addressed in our office, please feel free to call or ask us.
Time is spent with each young woman acclimating her to the gynecologic office and issues that are relevant after menarche (puberty) has occurred. Issues of normal and abnormal menstrual cycles, the routine first gynecologic visit, prevention of pregnancy and disease, eating disorders, and wellness are all addressed in a thorough and sensitive manner.
Routine Care During the Reproductive Years
The years when women are managing families, careers and their homes are often times when their own health and wellness are set aside for other "priorities". Many women use their gynecologists as their primary care physicians, or look to them for referrals for the non-gynecologic issues that arise from time to time. Halifax OBGYN is committed to the concept of regular and comprehensive screening for potential disease processes relevant to women: especially breast and pelvic diseases, but also risk factors for bone, colon, metabolic and cardiac disease.
In order to maximize the annual or well women visit, each woman should come prepared with information about important health events that occurred in the last year, such as a surgery or diagnosis of a new illness. She should bring a complete list of any medications that she is taking, both prescription and over the counter. She should also have the names and contact information for other physicians with whom she consults, which will make communication between physicians easier. If she brings to her visit a clear idea of what questions and concerns she wants addressed, she is more likely to complete a visit with her concerns and needs met. It is our sincere goal to never have a woman leave the office with a question unaddressed.
Issues of peri and post menopause
Just as the years of adolescence are marked by irregularities in the menstrual cycle and the physical and emotional changes that come with transitioning into the reproductive years, the decade of perimenopause is a time for similar symptoms as the transition into menopause occurs. The quality, consistency and balance of ovarian hormones begins to vary considerably in the years prior to menopause so that menses become less predictable in amount, timing and duration. Women may notice hot flashes and night sweats as their cycles lengthen in interval. They may experience emotional swings, insomnia, irritability and symptoms of breast tenderness, bloating, and swelling may occur at unpredictable times. While this transition is not a disease, it can impact the quality of life and therefore evaluation and appropriate intervention is desirable.