The Galveston Diet

Recommended Physicians

The Galveston Diet and Mary Claire Wellness receive many requests for doctor referrals that specialize in women’s health. These referrals are not personal referrals from Dr. Haver but rather a list of individual submissions and testimonials from women worldwide who have had an exceptional experience that they want to share. The team at the Galveston Diet has done its due diligence to verify each referral listed. If you don’t see a provider in your area, we encourage you to check in regularly as we continue to update.

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Dr.

Adam Wray

OB/GYN
Dr. Adam Wray offered me anesthesia for an endometrial biopsy after I had researched the procedure and looked at many reviews on the procedure and found that many women found the procedure barbaric and extremely painful.

Dr.

Adrienne Rasbach

OB/GYN
I transferred to Dr. Rasbach’s practice after my former OBGYN retired. This also coincided with both the pandemic and me going through menopause. She worked with me for 6 months to get my hormones right, both virtually and in person, always responding promptly and listening to my symptoms to find the right combination. I can’t recommend her enough; she is kind, thorough, and really listens to you.

Dr.

Akira Gillingham

OB/GYN
Dr. Gillingham is a Urogynocologist specializing in Pelvic medicine who helped me when I thought I was having repeated UTIs, which in fact was Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, as well as vaginal atrophy. Premarin cream changed my life…..and PT for Pelvic Floor…as well as Nutritional Consulting for triggers for Pelvic floor. Literally changed my life.

Dr.

Alexis Lipton

MD

OB/GYN
During my menopause journey I developed Lichen Sclerosus of the Vulva. It’s not rare during meno but of course not alot of studies and research. I was treated with an aggressive amount of Clobetesol, steroid cream which gave me Cushing’s Syndrome for 4.5 years and my doctor refused to acknowledge the obvious physical and mental changes. I switched to Dr. Lipton. Dr. L had awesome results with other women like me by using the Mona Lisa Laser. 4 sessions later I have my Vulva anatomy back and I no longer have Cushing’s. She treated me with compassion, sympathy and such amazing care. The procedures were covered with just a $20 copay per visit. Get help!

Dr.

Alexis Michopoulos

MD

Family Medicine
Dr. Michopoulos is unlike any doctor you’ve ever seen. Rather than treating the symptoms, she persistently asks “why” to get to the root cause(s) of any problem. She functions like a co-detective in the work of discovering what is going on with your unique ecosystem. Dr. Michopoulos holds her patients to a high standard and works just as hard as her patients to arrive at the most effective treatments and solutions. She is truly amazing to work with and undoubtedly can assist anyone in solving their issues and/or reaching their health goals.

Dr.

Alicia Wiczulis

OB/GYN
Dr. Wiczulis and Lindsey Greenough, NP, are the best OBGYN providers I’ve had. They listen to my concerns and let me make the decisions for myself, and both work together to make sure I am getting the best treatment I think is best for me

Dr.

Alison Shea

OB/GYN
Dr. Shea was extremely helpful after I had my radical hysterectomy at 49 and when I catapulted into menopause. She took the time to listen to all of my concerns and provided valuable solutions. We’re in touch every six months to see how I’m doing and to make any adjustments to treatment. She takes a holistic approach- body, spirit and mind to how menopause is affecting me. She saved my life.

Dr.

Allison Cook

OB/GYN
She listened to all my questions and concerns about peri- and menopause. Proceeded with a plan to follow up scheduled at six weeks. Her nurse was also well prepared for collecting information.

Dr.

Allison Polender

OB/GYN
I’ve been to many other doctors and Dr. Polender was referred to me when I found myself looking for another Doctor. Love everything about her and the practice. She is at multiple locations.

Dr.

Amber Shamburger

OB/GYN
I’ve been a patient of Friendswood Women for over 15 yrs. Dr. Shamburger and the other providers have always exceeded my expectations. All of the providers are easy to talk to and I feel like they have my best interest at heart. They take the time to listen and make sure all your concerns are addressed before you leave. The short wait time upon arrival is a huge plus, too. I’m in and out for my well woman exams in an hour or less. Going to the doctor has never been so easy. Wish all providers were as pleasant to see as Friendswood Women.

Dr.

Amber Shemwell

OB/GYN
Dr. Shemwell takes so much time listening to patient’s issues, concerns, and really cares! She’ll run all the possible tests, will never make you feel anxious, and makes sure you feel comfortable and educated! She makes you feel like you’re just having a conversation with your best friend–totally at ease, never rushed, and open to listen!

Dr.

Amy Galdamez

OB/GYN
Dr. Galdamez walked me through two miscarriages, a traumatic birth, 3 week NICU stay and a tubal ligation. Her skill and bedside manner make her an amazing physician. She is not only knowledgeable but takes the time to answer questions, is incredibly personable and makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend.

Dr.

Andrea Bayer

OB/GYN
She listens and has made my life so much better. She has taught male doctors that women don’t need the giant speculums. She advocates for women. She takes great pride in acknowledging and managing pain for women.

Dr.

Andrea Dobrenis

OB/GYN
Dr. Andrea Dobrenis is an amazing OBGYN! She is a rockstar!!! She always takes her time with me and she answers all my questions. She is a GREAT doctor.

Dr.

Andrew Doherty

OB/GYN
I went in for my annual and spoke of my very mild onset hot flashes. We spoke very easily about HRT and we decided I would start it. My hot flashes disappeared within 2 days. Not only that but prior to my appt I had to fill out a mental health questionnaire. My father had passed just a few months prior so I was in the thick of grief. Addressing my grief was the first thing Dr. Doherty sat and spoke to me about. His bedside manner is impeccable!

Dr.

Angela Rouse

FACOG

OB/GYN
Dr. Rouse has been my OB for 11 years. She has helped me during two pregnancies and now I’m into my 40’s and her attention and devotion to meeting her patients needs is unmatched. She listens and trusts her patients. She has seamlessly incorporated peri-menopause discussions into her appointments and makes sure I’m aware of herbal, medicinal and mental strategies to help guide me through my transition. I trust her.

Dr.

Ann Lutich

OB/GYN
I now have been receiving treatment from UTSW since 2002 upon kidney cancer. Since then every time I had an exam I would have another “ incidental finding” in breast or other causing me great stress and weeks wait to see a surgeon to which a surgeon wasn’t needed. My gynecologist on my last visit saw the thinning and new it would be very painful doing a Pap test. She immediately selected another tool so I wouldn’t be uncomfortable. She also educated me on estrogen and how new meds work. I should not be frightened about the outdated literature out there. My 3D mammograms are immediately read at their breast imaging center.

Dr.

Anne Gonzalez

MD, FACOG

OB/GYN
Best, gentle bedside manner of all Women’s Healthcare Providers I’ve ever seen. I have never felt rushed during an appointment and she truly listens to any/all of my concerns. Highly recommend.

Dr.

Anthony Cardella

OB/GYN
Truly an awesome OB/GYN. Dr. Cardella specializes in Pregnancy including High risk pregnancies, Gynecology and Urogynecology as well. He really takes the time to listen/ address his patients needs or concerns. I have been a patient for many years. Nothing, but a wonderful experience from a wonderful doctor. Treats his patients like family. Had him as my OB doctor and continue to see him for Gynecology. The best & I truly would recommend him 100% to anyone.

Dr.

April Tritto

OB/GYN
Dr. Tritto is part of the Kaiser Permanente family of doctors. She is gentle, kind, and takes time to listen.

Dr.

Audrey Buxbaum

OB/GYN
Dr. Audrey Buxbaum first joined Downtown Women OB/GYN in 1994 to shepherd the resurgence of the obstetrics practice. After joyfully delivering many babies, she now limits her practice to office gynecology. She has an interest in Premenstrual syndrome, perimenopause, menopause. She loves the opportunity to educate patients about their gynecological health and to work with them collaboratively throughout their lives.

Dr.

Barbara Cavallero

OB/GYN
She spends time to listen to your concerns, she’s thorough, and appts are on time. I am a nurse and most of the nurses in the hospital where I work go to her.

Dr.

Barbara Plucknett

MD

OB/GYN
Dr. Plucknett is highly trained in hormones (incl thyroid etc), adrenals and nutrition. She’s kind, compassionate, non-judgemental, understanding and patient. She provides counseling and treatment for menopause and other hormone imbalances. Extensive and thorough testing. There’s no guess work. She’s the real deal. Menopause was kicking my ass and she saved my life.

Dr.

Barbara Wells

OB/GYN
Dr. Wells is by far one of the best doctors that I have come across. She’s so down to earth and doesn’t make you feel like a number. She takes the time to listen and answers all of my questions. I have referred her to all of my friends and they all live her just as much as I do!

Dr.

Basima Williams

DO

Other
Dr. Williams is an amazing functional medicine physician. She has specifically helped me with menopause, identifying deficiencies and suggesting and prescribing the correct supplements and HRT to help me regain my LIFE! She sees patients virtually in Missouri, Florida and California

Dr.

Becky Lynn

OB/GYN
Dr. Lynn helped my menopause symptoms and sexual function.

Becky McClure

CRNP

Nurse Practitioner
I’ve been a patient of Becky’s for approximately 11 years. She provides me with pellet HRT, as I had a complete hysterectomy 9 years ago. She also provides all of my gynecological care as well. She’s extremely knowledgeable and provides great care to her “pellet nation.” I’ve recommended her to lots of friends who are having trouble with menopausal symptoms, and every single person is a satisfied patient who feels 100% better. I have had zero menopausal symptoms since I had my hysterectomy.

Dr.

Billie Jean Pace

OB/GYN
Dr. Pace cares for three generations of women in our family. She is a very personal, warm and empathetic provider. She is extremely knowledgeable and cares immensely about her patients. She looks at labs and symptoms (not just labs) when deciding on hormone care. She only does womens health and does not practice obstetrics. I cannot say enough good things about her. I consider myself lucky to have her as my doctor. Her office is run well, staff is efficient and friendly and she does not have a turnover of staff which speaks volumes.

Dr.

Blane Crandall

MD

OB/GYN
Dr. Crandall cared for me for 10 years while I was going through horrible menopausal symptoms. He listened! I had to move to a Virginia and wish he was here.

Dr.

Bodon Lisa

MD

OB/GYN
Dr. Bodon changed my life. After listening to my symptoms, she ordered the necessary blood work and found that my hormones, Vitamin D and B were bottomed out. We decided to try Bio Pellets and getting my D and B up. I started feeling 100% better with the bonus of losing 20 pounds in a year. So many doctors told me that I just needed to accept menopause and what goes with it. Dr. Bodon was a breath of fresh air.

Brooke Faught

DNP, WHNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP

Nurse Practitioner
Great place to get post menopause relief. Well versed in hormone therapy and women’s health. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Dr.

Carmen Peden

MD

OB/GYN
Dr. Peden has excellent bedside manners and truly listens to patient concerns. She takes the necessary time to understand what is going on and how to help. She genuinely wants her patients to feel their absolute best. You never feel rushed. The offices are run well and have a calm atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Dr.

Carol Lynn

OB/GYN
For years I’ve been trying to get doctors to listen to me. Thyroid issues run in my family and I was pretty sure I had begun peri-menopause. Dr. Carol Lynn is the first doctor to listen to me. She ran multiple bloodwork test until she found the problem. The amount of relief I feel to not be treated like I was seeking attention or crazy is indescribable.

Dr.

Caroline Haakenson

OB/GYN
Moved here from NY and found Dr. Haakenson from positive online reviews.. in a nutshell, she gets it!.. She is proactive, honest about what lies ahead for me in this menopause journey, lots of suggestions, options and loads of understanding! I would recommend her to anyone!.. To be fair my gynecologist in Pitsford NY was fantastic as well!…

Dr.

Carolyn Wilson

OB/GYN
Many years of menopause and gynecologic experience. Noted provider in the UVA Health System. Continues to specialize in research of issues related to HRT. A Professional with a tremendous caring patient interaction.

Carrie Burkley

CRNP

Nurse Practitioner
She does hormone testing. Recommends vitamins and foods as well as regular medicine. She listens and cares.

Dr.

Caryn Bray

OB/GYN
Dr. Caryn Bray is the very best Gynecologist that I have ever had. I first met her 7 years ago when I moved to Tampa. Recently, she has supported my menopause journey through education, HRT prescriptions and guidance. I would absolutely recommend her. My 19 year old daughter needed to see her for some issues. Dr. Bray treated her with such respect and explained everything to her. My daughter had a great experience. The office staff is extremely friendly and pleasant which makes you feel important. Out of 234 total patients, Dr. Bray currently has 4.9 stars out of 5. My score would be a 5 because I absolutely adore her !!

Dr.

Catherine Borja

OB/GYN
Dr. Borja is an OBGYN at Bremerton Naval Hospital in Washington State. I was brought to her by the primary care practitioners at the hospital when having issues with IUD removal. Not only did she help with the removal, she also went thru my labs and noticed that I had abnormally high prolactin levels, something the other practitioners didn’t seem to notice. She ordered an MRI, where a small pituitary adenoma was found. I am now being monitored by a wonderful Endocrinologist at the same hospital. I feel blessed to have had Dr. Borja come into my life and catch something that could have been bad early on. She is gentle, kind and honest!

Dr.

Catherine Dulak

OB/GYN
Dr. Dulak listens really well to her patients. Her staff answers the phone promptly and will help get you taken care of. The wait time is never long and as she is not delivering babies anymore, she’s easier to get in to. Her nurse is very kind.

Cheryl Simmons

FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Cheryl has helped me through my hormone imbalance brought on by stress, menopause and thyroid issues. She is very knowledgeable about hormones! She is easy to talk to, has a caring heart and warm smile at every appointment. I highly recommend her!!
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