Posts By: Colleen Mathias

We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore

By Marcia Hughes I’m here to help you understand how insurance works. In this age of rising premiums and deductibles, it is more important than ever to understand your benefits and what financial responsibilities you will have prior to having medical services. HMO’s (The Good Witch) spoiled many of us years ago with small copays,… Read more

Let’s Talk About Poop!

By Ilene B. Goldstein, M.D. Happy Springtime! In the spirit of April showers and May flowers, lets talk about POOP! While a little taboo to discuss at the dinner table, bowel habits are an important topic to address with your health care providers. March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.  Aside from wearing blue and running for your… Read more

“Ouch! I Think I Have a Bladder Infection!”

By Mary Antoinette Burns, M.D. Most women reading this title know what I mean by bladder infection! It is pretty common! It is estimated that half of all women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in her lifetime. According to the American Urological Association, UTIs account for more than 8 million medical office… Read more

A New Me

By Reena Talreja-Pelaez, MD It’s time of year for new beginnings and New Year’s Resolutions!  Many patients share their New Year’s goals and aspirations with us. Often health-related, these resolutions range from exercising more to eating healthier to taking vitamins.  And as we all know, many of these resolutions fall by the wayside within weeks… Read more

Congratulations to Virginia Beach OBGYN’s 2016 Top Docs!

Lisbet Hanson, MD, Pamela Pyle, MD, and Reena Talreja-Pelaez, MD were honored as Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2016 Top Docs of OB/GYN!  This award is the result of a survey completed by their physician peers in Hampton Roads.    Please join us in congratulating them for this well-deserved honor.

Join Us This Friday, February 5th as we Go Red For Women in the fight against heart disease!

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you join our physicians and staff as… Read more

A Postpartum Physician’s Perspective…. By Ilene Goldstein, M.D.

“Molly Lovebug” Eight weeks ago today was my due date. Forty-eight hours later, Molly was born. Two months of crying (both mom and baby), laughing (with and at each other) and I am finally ready to blog about it all. I tried to write a post about two weeks postpartum, but my husband gently commented… Read more

“Sorry Ms. Jackson” – A Pregnant Physician’s Perspective Part V, By Ilene Goldstein, MD

My entire life has been a series of planned behaviors broken down into four year increments. Here’s how I see it:  during four years of high school, I planned how to get into a good college. And the next four years of college focused on attaining access to medical school. Next, four year of medical… Read more

Fighting the Scale – A Pregnant Physician’s Perspective Part IV by Ilene Goldstein, MD

In the last ten years practicing obstetrics, I’ve heard countless women state they entered pregnancy with a higher body weight than they would have liked. I’ve counseled patients in the preconception time period regarding optimizing health prior to pregnancy and for many this includes recommendations for weight reduction to enhance the ability to conceive and… Read more

Kindness and Swagger–A Pregnant Physician’s Perspective Part III by Ilene Goldstein, M.D.

So I officially have that “waddle” thing going on. By the end of each day, it looks like a bonifide limp.  I wish we called it the pregnancy “saunter” or maybe even “swagger”, something that sounds a little less like the movements of a large marine mammal.  I now weigh more than my husband, a… Read more

Let’s Talk About…Wait, what?!? Sex? Libido?

Let’s talk about … Wait, what?!? It’s OK, I’m your gynecologist.  You can talk to me about … (sex!).  The vast majority of my patients have the “logistics” of it down, it’s the libido part (or lack thereof) that plagues most of us. Well … I’m going to tell you something that maybe no other… Read more

A Pregnant Physician’s Perspective Part II: “Stressed=Desserts” by Ilene Goldstein, M.D.

My husband is very thoughtful. He is the better cook and despite his propensity to create meals with chili powder and Sriracha, he has taken to making me deliciously bland foods as third trimester heartburn rages. He tracks each week of pregnancy with his fruit/vegetable comparison calendar and tries to incorporate that item into a… Read more

Finally…A REALLY good reason to lose weight! by Mary A. Burns, M.D.

Yes, most of us know we should lose weight.  Our doctors tell us.  Women’s magazines tell us.  Our mirrors tell us.  We know losing weight will reduce our risk of medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.  We will have more energy.  We will fit more comfortably in our clothing.  The problem is getting… Read more

A Pregnant Physician’s Perspective…. by Ilene Goldstein, M.D.

I am admittedly a terrible patient. Often those who work in the medical field are chastised for taking poor care of themselves despite spending hours daily caring for others. Now I’m in a new position, with a new patient perspective — when office visits and acting as a “good patient” are no longer about me…. Read more

Embarrassing Bowel Leakage

by Mary A. Burns, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS In medicine, there are quite a few conditions women encounter that they may find too embarrassing to bring up to their doctor. Low libido, bladder leakages, fear of STDs are just a few to name. However, for the 14 million women who encounter accidental bowel leakage, I think… Read more

Congratulations to Virginia Beach OB/GYN for being the first practice in the state to achieve SCOPE certification!

Please join us in congratulating our physicians and staff on becoming the first practice in the state of Virginia to achieve SCOPE certification. SCOPE (Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence) is a voluntary comprehensive patient safety review program available to medical practices in which obstetrics and/or gynecology services are provided. SCOPE assesses the implementation and… Read more

Have you ever had a “Doorknob Moment”?

Those that have, you know what I mean. For those that haven’t, please let me explain. You are comfortable and you have no sensation to urinate, but as soon as you arrive home and place the key in the front door or turn the doorknob you develop an overwhelming sudden urge to urinate.  Often you will even start to… Read more

Sacral Neuromodulation and PTNS

 Sacral Neuromodulation What is Interstim How to prepare   2. Pecutaneous Tibal Nerve Stimulation


Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation Procedure overview Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) is a minimally invasive treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. While many options are available for the treatment of OAB, including behavioral modification, Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (PFMR) and medication, not all patients have success with these. PTNS works by gentle electrical stimulation of… Read more


Botox® Bladder Injection Procedure overview Botox® was approved by the FDA in the 1980s to treat certain disorders of the eye muscles and is now widely used in cosmetic surgery to treat wrinkles. It has been used in urology since the late 1990’s to treat certain disorders of the bladder and urethra. It acts by… Read more