Allowing for differences in personalities and personal inclination, physicians have not necessarily been known as persons of patience, having and enjoying the time to sit down, communicate with their clients as individuals and unique beings.
With the advent of “managed care”, where a third party takes 40 to 45 (!!) cents of each health care dollar “off the top”, pays physicians less, charges patients greater co-pays while providing less services so as to maximize corporate profits, this problem has escalated.
A typical physician encounter usually lasts less than 10 minutes, frequently with the patient disrobed and in a flimsy gown as the health care provider rushes in, does the exam, talks at (not with) the patient and rushes out, handing the patient a prescription or two. The queries “What are your concerns… ?” and “Have I answered your questions?” are rarely included in the encounter
Patients are usually “booked” 3-to-6 per hour. Most health care providers shudder when the patient on their schedule is listed as “Hormone Replacement Therapy”, “PMS”, “Menopause questions”, “Urinary problems”, “Sexual issues”, etc., knowing that this involved time that they do not have to spare. Time to carefully and sensitively address concerns related to body changes, sexual and hormonal issues and the pros and cons of different alternatives is simply not available.
The idea for this practice was born out of this real and unmet need for knowledgeable personalized assistance in a relaxed and respectful atmosphere.
With Time for You
Dr. Goodman sees one patient at a time in his practice, routinely setting aside 45-60 minutes for new patients and 20-40 minutes for return consultation.
Dr. Goodman will listen, offer guidance, selections, alternatives, pros and cons, options and opinions borne out of his over 35 years of medical practice experience and education and training in menopausal issues, urogynecological issues, sexual issues, PMS Therapy, osteoporosis screening, gyn surgery, infertility treatments, and ultrasound evaluations.
Dr. Goodman considers his practice to be an integrative approach utilizing both traditional and alternative therapies. Full diagnostic (including laboratory) evaluations will be performed as needed or desired. All ultrasound (of pelvic organs) is performed on the spot by Dr. Goodman and explained as the evaluation progresses.
Dr. Goodman’s Philosophy
Dr. Goodman went into the practice of medicine to help, “to heal”, to BE OF USE. He has learned and practiced the art and science of medicine (specifically OB-GYN) for more than 35 years.
Dr. Goodman welcomes women in all areas of his gynecology practice. He enjoys and am experienced in helping to maintain and enhance wellness, as well as explaining and sorting out the causes of problems and involving his patients in the therapeutic decision-making process.
Dr. Goodman is pleased to include patients suffering from menstrual irregularities, PCOS, PMS, hormonal issues, pelvic support/incontinence problems and vaginal aesthetic issues and, if applicable, to do the most careful, knowledgable and up-to-date surgical procedure available.
The years before, during, and just after menopause are a time of passage for women, as well as their partners.
Dr. Goodman pledges to:
**Provide knowledgeable assistance with this transition.
**Integrate traditional and alternative therapies to maintain peri-and post-menopausal wellness. He encourages communication in the difficult and often embarrassing areas of PMS, sexuality issues, urinary incontinence, and vulvar pain and irritation. He welcomes inclusion of his patient’s partner in consultation and therapeutic decision making.
**See one patient at a time, providing adequate time for consultation, communication, and teaching in a comfortable, and unhurried environment.
**Provide a knowledgeable “second opinion” to enable informed decision making in the areas of gynecologic surgery and infertility options and therapy.
**Provide reliable and affordable pelvic ultrasound examinations of the ovaries to aid in the early detection of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is scary because it is so silent and insidious; it is unfortunate that most health plans do not cover routine diagnostic ultrasound, the best method for early detection of ovarian cancer.
**Provide accurate, reproducible and affordable bone density measurements in a comfortable and efficient setting.
Dr. Goodman’s Feelings About Women
Dr. Goodman has been practicing women’s medicine for over 35 years: OB-GYN, Family-Centered Maternity Care, counseling regarding psychological and psycho-sexual issues, menopausal medicine, infertility, pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery involving very intimate areas of a woman’s body.
His allopathic medical knowledge comes from training, reading and practicing but his knowledge of WOMEN comes from many many years of listening, seeing, communicating with, enjoying, … and eventually understanding women.
Above all, Dr. Goodman thinks women want to be LISTENED to, to be respected, have their intuition understood and to participate in the decision making process surrounding their health care.