Provider of the Week: Betsy Swindell!

Betsy graduated from Union University in 1986 with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree. She then completed the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 1996 and the Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Tennessee at Memphis Health Science Center in 1997. Betsy is certified as a Why Weight Consultant and Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received certification as a maternal-newborn nurse in 1995 from the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties. 

Follow Up With - LaCinda Butler!

LaCinda works with the section of Why Weight! You will be able to check out the website for the Woman's Clinic listed below for more details on the section! Before you visit, check out these points from the website! 

  • We expect you to lose 3-5 pounds per week.
  • You first notice you are losing weight in your waist, hips and thighs (where most women carry their weight).
  • We will be your very own cheerleaders and can talk you off of that “brownie cliff.”
  • We have many testimonials right here in our clinic.
  • You won’t start losing weight until you make the decision to change your life for good.

Sound like a good fit for you?

Continue reading about Why Weight by using the link below!

Provider of the Week: LaCinda Butler!

LaCinda graduated from UTM in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt in 2001. She is certified in Critical Care Obstetrics, Why Weight Consultant, Childbirth Education by the Council of Childbirth Education Specialists, and Neonatal Advanced Life Support. Her practice interests include teen care and menopausal issues women face, along with assisting patient with their new Why Weight loss plan!


Please check with us on Friday for more information and the follow up with LaCinda Butler! 

Follow Up With - Dr. Andrea M. Harper!

"The more risk factors a woman has, the more likely she and her fetus will be at risk during pregnancy and birth. Statistics are available for some risk factors:

  • High blood pressure. According to statistics collected by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, about 6% to 8% of pregnant women in the United States have high blood pressure. About 70% of them are women who are pregnant for the first time.
  • Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia affects an estimated 3% to 5% of pregnancies in the United States, and 5% to 10% of all pregnancies globally. The majority occur at term.
  • Multiple births (twins). The National Center for Health Statistics reported that between 1980 and 2009, the twin birth rate increased 76%—from 19 to 33 per thousand births. For women between the ages of 35 and 39, twin births rose by 100%, and for women aged 40 and older, the increase in twin births was more than 200%. The increase in multiple births is due in part to the use of fertility treatments, especially in women older than age 35.


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Doctor of the Week: Dr. Andrea M. Harper!

"Dr. Andrea Harper joined the Woman's Clinic, PA in September 2007. After completing medical school at the University of Texas, she completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Harper belongs to the Tennessee Medical Association and the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her practice interests include high risk obstetrics, patient education and teen care. Dr. Harper enjoys domestic hobbies like cooking and gardening, as well as more adventuresome activities like fishing, camping and traveling."

Please check in on Friday to take part in the follow up post about Dr. Harper! 

Follow Up With - Dr. Ryan Roy!

Dr. Ryan Roy focused his studies on smoking cessation during pregnancy. This follow up will be information on just that! Please follow the link listed below for more information on this process. 

"Question: Despite being highly motivated to quit, many of my patients struggle with smoking cessation during pregnancy. Can you comment on the current treatment options and discuss their safety and efficacy during pregnancy?

Answer: Given the considerable and well-documented adverse effects of antenatal smoking on mother and fetus, pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation should be considered. Available medications include nicotine replacement therapy, sustained-release bupropion, and varenicline. Nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion do not appear to increase the risk of major malformations; however, there is currently limited evidence on the use of varenicline during pregnancy. Given that these agents are only marginally successful in smoking cessation, their use should always be accompanied by behavioural counseling and education to maximize quit rates."

Doctor of the Week: Dr. Ryan Roy!

"Dr. Ryan A. Roy joined the Woman's Clinic in 2006 after completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. As a resident, Dr. Roy was honored with the Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award, and did research on smoking cessation during pregnancy. As an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Dr. Roy's honors and awards include being named a University Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi, Summa Cum Laude, and Student Ambassador. In keeping with the Woman's Clinic mission of offering cutting edge personal care to their patients, Dr Roy was the first doctor in West Tennessee to perform a "Gentle" or "Patient Centered" C-Section. He and his wife Molly enjoy traveling, Ole Miss Football, and spending time with family and friends."

Please check back with us on Friday for a follow up with Dr. Roy! 

Follow Up With - Dr J. Paul Gray!

"The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and other tissues that form a sling or hammock across the pelvis. In women, it holds the uterus, bladder, bowel, and other pelvic organs in place so that they can work properly. The pelvic floor can become weak or be injured. The main causes are pregnancy and childbirth. Other causes include being overweight, radiation treatment, surgery, and getting older.

Common symptoms include:

  • Feeling heaviness, fullness, pulling, or aching in the vagina. It gets worse by the end of the day or during a bowel movement.
  • Seeing or feeling a "bulge" or "something coming out" of the vagina
  • Having a hard time starting to urinate or emptying the bladder completely
  • Having frequent urinary tract infections
  • Leaking urine when you cough, laugh, or exercise
  • Feeling an urgent or frequent need to urinate
  • Feeling pain while urinating
  • Leaking stool or having a hard time controlling gas
  • Being constipated
  • Having a hard time making it to the bathroom in time"

Doctor of the Week: Dr. J. Paul Gray!

"Originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana, Dr. Gray moved to Jackson, TN and joined the Woman’s Clinic in 1994. He sees both low risk and high risk obstetric patients. His gynecological practice includes treating patients who have urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, pelvic pain, need menopause management or a woman’s wellness exam. His desire is to offer all of his patients the options of surgical and non-surgical choices. Non-surgical choices in treatment of pelvic pain and urinary incontinence include pelvic floor rehabilitation, medical therapy and pessary placement, and diet modification. He also offers surgical management of urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse, laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopic surgery, and outpatient endometrial ablation.

In 2008 Dr. Gray began a natural family planning practice in a contraceptive free environment. His practice methodology focuses on offering alternatives to traditional methods of birth control and he wants to ensure that women are given their options in a pressure free environment. Dr. Gray now manages gynecological problems such as heavy periods, frequent periods, and pelvic pain without the use of birth control pills. Dr. Gray helps women to achieve or not achieve pregnancy by using the natural family planning practice. Dr. Gray is no longer performing tubal ligations with his patients. For patients that are having difficulty achieving pregnancy, Dr. Gray is able to manage their care with alternatives other than In Vitro Fertilization."

Please check with us on Friday for a follow up with Dr. Gray! 

Follow Up With - Dr. David J. Soll

The information about Dr. Soll referenced the Tennessee Medical Association. Here is the web page and official website and "about" section. 

"The Tennessee Medical Association is the state’s largest professional association for physicians. We improve the health of Tennessee by bringing all physicians together in efforts to continually improve effectiveness of physician care and ensure proper policy to serve the best interests of patients and the profession.

Open to all medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy licensed to practice in Tennessee, TMA serves 9,000 members who also participate in local, regional and specialty medical societies throughout the state."

Doctor of the Week: Dr. David Soll!

Dr. David Soll joined the Woman's Clinic, P.A. in January, 2003. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, he completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He then completed a fellowship in High Risk Obstetrics in Spokane, Washington with Family Medicine of Spokane, an affiliate of the University of Washington. Returning to Arizona he was in a group practice until he joined the residency program of the Phoenix Integrated Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He subsequently was Board Certified in 2000 by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Soll belongs to the Tennessee Medical Association, American College of OB/GYN, and the American Academy of Family Practice. His practice interests include high-risk obstetrics and operative laparoscopy. He is a Clinical Faculty Instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His personal interests include tennis and horses.  Dr. Soll is married to Deborah Soll and has two children, Tianna and Christopher.

Please continue to check back with us at the end of the week for more information on Dr. Soll! 

Doctor of the Week: Dr. Madhav Boyapati

Dr. Madhav Boyapati joined the Woman's Clinic in 2000 after completing his residency. He and his wife, Sonia, are from Tupelo, Mississippi; however, his family has lived in the Jackson area since 1992. Dr. Boyapati's research publications include: Identification of Oncogenes by Fluorescent in Situ Hybridization in Mixed Mullerian Sarcoma of the Uterus, Optimization of the Computer Controlled System and Tissue Damage Profiles for the Free Electron Laser, and Identification of Transcription Activation Factors Regulators for the Insulin Gene in the Rat CDNA Library.

We will be hosting a follow-up post with some information about Dr. Boyapati's research and practices. Join us again On Friday for more. 

Cosmetic Boutique At The Woman's Clinic

Would you like to appear refreshed and feel more confident? Botox can help soften the lines that make us look older than we feel. The Woman's Clinic Cosmetic Boutique gladly schedules complimentary consultations and helps design individualized plans for rejuvenation. Be sure to ask us about our current special "Two on Tuesdays" and the Allergan Brilliant Distinctions Program. Learn More!

Check out these before and after photos. Your results can be our next success!








What It Feels Like When a Woman Has a Heart Attack

What do you see when you imagine a heart attack? Does the victim — probably a man — stop what he's doing, clutch his chest, and fall to the floor? We call that the "Hollywood Heart Attack." It doesn't paint the most accurate picture, particularly for women. The truth is: Heart attacks can be much harder to spot. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. More women than men die from their heart attacks. That's why I want to share with you the common symptoms of a heart attack in women.

Here are the seven symptoms every woman should know:

  1. Chest pain or discomfort. This feels like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain around your heart or in your chest. It usually lasts for more than a few minutes, or it goes away and comes back. It may feel like heartburn or indigestion.
  2. Sharp pain in your upper body. Women are more likely than men to experience pain in the back, neck, or jaw. But it can also include pain in one or both of your arms, shoulders, or the upper part of your stomach. Some women say this pain feels like it's radiating from their chests.
  3. Shortness of breath. You may struggle to breathe or take deep breaths while resting, doing light physical activity, or doing something that wouldn't normally make it difficult for you to breathe. You can experience this symptom with or without chest pain, and it may be the only symptom you have.
  4. Breaking out in a cold sweat. You may also experience unexplained or excessive sweating. Don't excuse this as a symptoms of perimenopause or menopause.
  5. Sudden or unusual tiredness. This is one of the easiest symptoms to ignore, but more than half of women who have a heart attack report feeling muscle tiredness or weakness that's not related to exercise.
  6. Light-headedness or sudden dizziness. You may feel suddenly dizzy, like you stood up too fast.
  7. Unexplained nausea. Women are twice as likely as men to experience nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, or indigestion during a heart attack.

I urge you to listen to your body — it could be telling you it's time to call 9-1-1. Don't ignore or downplay your symptoms. Acting quickly can help save your life. If you experience any of the symptoms described above, don't wait — Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat. For more information on heart attack symptoms and getting care, visit our Make the Call. Don't Miss a Beat. website and watch this video for an easy way to remember the symptoms of a heart attack.

Share this post with the women in your life and make sure everyone knows the signs of a heart attack. You could help save a life!  

6 Tips for Healthy Aging

It's a new year, full of opportunity, promise, and hope. While no one knows what 2015 will bring, there is one truth we can't escape: we're all older than we were last year. Aging is a natural part of life, and it's up to us to make the most of it. To me, that means being active and feeling my best. No matter your age, you can feel your best, too! Here are six easy ways you can stay active and healthy in 2015.

  1. Eat smart. I know it's not always easy to eat well. But a healthy diet can reduce your risk for women's major health problems — heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

    Start by making small changes. Pick leaner proteins (lean beef, chicken, and fish) and whole grains. (Not sure what to do with whole grains? Check this out.) Swap sugary drinks for water, and pick fat-free and low-fat milk products. I also work fruits and vegetables into every meal. Top your morning cereal with berries, and add vegetables to pasta and casserole dishes. My last piece of food advice is to cook at home as much as possible. Why? It gives you more control over what you eat. Need healthy recipe ideas? Check out the MyPlate Recipes Pinterest board.
  2. Move more. Exercise is one of Mother Nature's best anti-aging remedies. Regular exercise not only helps you live longer, but it also helps you sleep better, stay at a healthy weight, and feel good about yourself. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. How much exercise do you need? Aim for two and a half hours (about 30 minutes a day) of moderately intense activity a week (such as brisk walking) and two or more days of strength training that works all major muscle groups (such as sit-ups and lifting weights). Whether it's gardening, yoga, or hiking, finding activities you enjoy can make it easier to stick with it. Need inspiration? Try these easy exercises.
  3. Ditch the tobacco. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health — and for the health of those around you. There's no denying that quitting is tough. Ex-smokers say it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, and many quit more than once before they were successful. But they did it, and so can you. Visit for free tools and resources to help you or someone you love quit smoking for good. And don't forget to check with your insurance provider to see if — thanks to the Affordable Care Act — your plan offers no-cost services and medications to help you quit smoking.
  4. Monitor your health. Schedule your well-woman visit every year. Even if you feel fine, a yearly visit allows you to connect with your doctor or nurse. It's your time to get important screenings and to discuss your health habits, family history, and future plans for your health, such as wanting to get pregnant or needing an effective family planning method. It also gives your doctor or nurse a chance to identify problems early, when they're easiest to treat. The best part? The Affordable Care Act requires most private insurance plans to cover your well-woman visit and preventive screenings at no additional cost to you.
  5. Don't forget your "Me Time." Life gets busy. And if you're like me, every time you cross something off your to-do list, you add five more things. Let's put ourselves on our to-do lists. Carve out time just for you every day — even if it's only a few minutes. Do something you enjoy or that feels relaxing and satisfying. Maybe it's meditating, an early morning walk, or a cup of tea and a crossword puzzle. (I like to knit.) Do whatever feels good and helps you de-stress.
  6. Be sun smart. Being safe in the sun isn't just for summer days at the beach. Whenever you're in the sun — even during the winter — you're exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, immune suppression, and cataracts. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like wearing protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and hats and sunscreen every day. Your daily moisturizer or foundation may already have sunscreen, but you'll want to use products with SPF 30 or higher. Also be sure it offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. And remember those sunglasses — they protect your eyes from sun damage. For more tips, check out these sun safety action steps for you and the whole family.

Let's make the most of the years ahead! Small changes can make a big difference in your overall health, so take one step toward a healthier you today.