Posts By: Colleen Mathias

Ciera C. Butts, MD, FACOG

Ciera C. Butts, M.D. is a Virginia native–born and raised in the Tidewater area, Dr. Butts has long-standing ties to this community. A graduate of the Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy, she has always had a passion for medicine, particularly women’s health. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hampton University, graduating with a Bachelor… Read more

Heather Cugini, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Heather Cugini joined the obstetrics and gynecology team at Virginia Beach OB/GYN in 2023. Dr. Cugini is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, and then attended medical school at St. George University in Grenada, British West Indies. She then did her ob/gyn… Read more

Linsey Shreve, DNP, WHNP, CSC

Linsey Shreve, DNP, WHNP, CSC graduated with her Bachelors degree from Old Dominion University in 2001.  She began working at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital’s nursery and postpartum unit as a Registered Nurse. After a year, she transferred to the labor and delivery unit where she enjoyed assisting with deliveries for another nine years. During… Read more

Rosalee Javier, MSN, FNP

Rosalee Javier, Family Nurse Practitioner, came to work at Virginia Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2019.  She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013.  Rosalee earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in May, 2018.  She received her NCC Women’s Health board certification in… Read more

Angela Simmons PA

Angela Simmons PA has practiced as a Physician Assistant for 23 years. She graduated from St. John’s University in New York with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed an accredited Physician Assistant Training Program from Bayley Seton Hospital in 1990. She has had the opportunity to specialize in Substance Abuse and in Obstetrics and… Read more

Maura Eaton, WHNP

Maura Eaton, WHNP,  joined Virginia Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology, in June, 2020, as a Nurse Practitioner providing excellence in prenatal and gynecologic care to practice patients.  Before joining our practice, Maura worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Federal Staffing Resources, providing prenatal care to military families at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Additionally, she… Read more

Watch Dr. Mary Burns on Coast Live!

Watch Mary Burns, MD, on Coast Live as she describes causes and treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders.  Millions of women needlessly suffer from urinary and fecal incontinence because they believe it is a natural consequence of aging.  Not So!  Watch as Dr. Burns clears up some common misconceptions.  Click this link:

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