Dr. Liezl Irisari genuinely cares for her patients and provides them a host of treatment options, including preventative care, complementary alternative medicine and minimally invasive surgeries
Urogynecology is one of the hottest new specialties in medicine. Fortunately for the women of the Eastern Shore community, there are already talented providers such as Dr. Liezl Irisari practicing in the region. “I saw a real need for women’s health providers, especially in the field of urogynecology and OB/GYN,” explained Dr. Irisari, who is affiliated with the Atlantic General Women’s Health in Ocean Pines, a practice she shares with Dr. Christine Neto and nurse practitioners Lisa Bayles and Nicki Akstinas, CRNP.
Dr. Irisari understands that an inordinate amount of compassion and tact are required to discuss subjects such as incontinence, prolapse and sexual issues with women. Her goal is to make her patients feel comfortable opening up to her about such intimate and highly sensitive topics. Once achieved, she can concentrate on offering the most effective options currently available and constructing a treatment regime, in conjunction with her patient.
Dr. Irisari grew up in West Virginia and used to come to Ocean City regularly for her summer vacation. She attended medical school at West Virginia University, completing her OB/GYN residency at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine. She also completed fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Gynecology at St. Elizabeth Hospital in New York. Afterward, she practiced and taught at the Boston University School of Medicine before settling down on the Eastern Shore. She is Board Certified in both Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and OB/GYN.
“I want to give patients access to both preventative care and also help them with any issues such as prolapse, urinary incontinence, abnormal menses, or pelvic pain,” said Dr. Irisari, who added that she values relationship-building with her patients as highly as any of her other medical skills. She takes a holistic approach to women’s health issues, as not everything, she asserted, can be fixed with a pill or with surgery. She strives to offer her patients multiple options to achieve their health goals, ranging from complementary alternative medicine to complicated minimally invasive surgeries in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.
HERE’S A TIP FROM DR. IRISARI:
Kegel exercises work. Use the same muscle you use to stop your flow of urine or to prevent yourself from passing gas. They need to be done 30 times per day for 10 seconds each contraction. Just like training for a marathon, you need to “work out” every day to get results.
ATLANTIC GENERAL'S WOMEN'S HEALTH
Ocean Pines, Md.
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