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