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St. Luke’s launches new holistic menopause program

St. Luke’s University Health Network has opened a new menopause program to provide comprehensive, traditional and holistic care to women experiencing this change of life, which begins when the ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

The program will differ from most in that it will treat patients’ menopause symptoms with a customized blend of exercise, nutritional counseling, nutritional supplements and plant-based bio-identical hormones, which are identical to human hormones. Antidepressants and other medicines will be prescribed, if necessary, and patients will be referred seamlessly to specialists for osteoporosis, urogynecology, weight management, sexual difficulties, heart problems and other conditions associated with menopause.

The program will be led Albert Peters, DO, FACOG, long-time physician in the Lehigh Valley. He brings a vision and expertise to this program from fellowship training in anti-aging and metabolic medicine through The American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M). He also has board-certifications in obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology.

In addition to Dr. Peters, the St. Luke’s team of OB/GYN experts who will provide integrated menopause care to patients throughout the network include: Ann Freeman, DO, James McGuire, MD, Douha Sabouni, MD, Angela MacMillan, CRNP, and Valerie Schissler, CRNP. This team shares a passion, advanced training and expertise in both traditional and functional treatments for women suffering from menopause symptoms.

“We have worked hard to put together this unique program that provides women in our communities with exceptional, personalized, high-quality care where, when and how they deserve it,” said Justin Kashner, MBA, St. Luke’s Service Line Administrator, Women’s Health.

Dr. Peters estimates 60-70 percent of women experience difficult-to-treat and problematic symptoms of menopause, most of which can be managed with safe, effective options without the use of anti-depressants.

“Menopause has long been an underserved area in women’s health care,” Dr. Peters said.  “We must approach this season of a woman’s life with care, thoughtfulness and attention to effective and safe options for all women.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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