Top Gynecology Services & Urogynecologic Surgeon – Perrysburg, OH

At Northwest Ohio Center for Urogynecology & Women’s Health, our mission is to provide every patient with the leading standard of care in gynecology and OB/GYN subspecialty urogynecology services.

As a top provider of urogynecology service & surgical provider located in Perrysburg, Ohio, we have the treatments needed to help you with pelvic floor issues, overactive bladder, vaginal problems (such as vaginal atrophy),  infertility, endometriosis, annual women’s health screenings, IUD and Nexplanon placement, menopausal care,  DEXA scan screenings, pelvic pain, pelvic floor prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, and other women’s health issues.

Whether you just need a check-up & pap, are considering minimally invasive vaginal surgery, or you have other women’s health concerns, we are here to help.

In addition to routine and diagnostic gynecologist services, we also are one of the top gynecologist offices in the Toledo area with a history of renowned surgical leaders who specialize in women’s minimally invasive vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery.

In fact, we currently offer the latest technologies in minimally invasive vaginal and pelvic surgery including DaVinci robotic surgery, MyoSure Myomectomy, Mona Lisa Touch™, and more.

Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your treatment options for a better quality of life.

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Andrew Croak

Andrew J. Croak D.O., M.S., F.A.C.O.O.G.
Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery

A new pain here, some urinary leakage there. Part of a woman’s life, right? Wrong. When it comes to pelvic pain or incontinence, Dr. Andrew Croak knows this discomfort is often more troublesome than a woman wants to admit and knows how to effectively help problems like persistent pelvic pain, bladder and bowel control, and prolapse (descent of pelvic organs).

Dr. Croak is the director of the Center and is a Urogynecologist. This term describes an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who completes additional training to care for women with complex problems related to pelvic health. There are few of these specialists in the country. To become one, Dr. Croak studied long and hard at the Mayo Clinic, one of the top clinics in the world. At Mayo, he gained world-class, state-of-the-art technical skills.

Dr. Croak’s most important medical skill is one he already had – how to listen. When you visit him for your urogynecology service, you can trust that we will listen to your concerns and provide you with answers to every question.


  • B.A.: College of the Holy Cross, 1992
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1996
  • One-year Internship: St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, 1997
  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Grandview/Southview Medical Centers, Dayton, 2001
  • Three-year Fellowship: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2004
  • Masters in Biomedical Sciences: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2007
  • Board Certified: American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Memberships, Affiliations, & Awards

American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American College of Surgeons – Diplomate; American Osteopathic Association; American Urogynecologic Society; American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists; Award; Ohio State Medical Association; Society of Gynecologic Surgeons; Toledo Academy of Medicine

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine-Associate Professor in FPMRS & Robotic Urogynecology Chairperson for Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center’s OB/GYN Residency;  St. Luke’s Hospital – Gynecologic Surgical Department Chairperson; Women’s Health Integrated Network – Current President; Toledo OB/GYN Society – Past President

Ohio Osteopathic Association – Mentor Hall of Fame; Berlex 1st Place Award for Scientific Research – ACOOG Annual Conference, 2003; Outstanding Preceptor Award – Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center OB/GYN Residency Program 2012,2017; Patient’s Choice & Most Compassionate Doctor Awards from MDx

Dr. James Croak

Dr. James Croak
Endometriosis, Infertility, and Laser Surgery

Founding the practice in 1973, Dr. James Croak believed repetition was the mother of all skill. In his 30 years of experience in gynecologic care, Dr. Croak has performed many operations more than 1,000 times. During this 30 year span, he has gained the trust of countless women. In fact, many families have chosen him to provide care for three generations.

With his retirement in 2006, he passed on this knowledge and experience to his son, Dr. Andrew Croak. Dr. James Croak still functions in an emeritus capacity to provide input and support to the practice.


  • Undergraduate Education: University of Toledo, 1960-1964
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1968
  • One-Year Internship: Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus, 1969
  • Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Medical College of Ohio, 1973
  • Specialized Training: Advanced Laparoscopic Microsurgery
  • Board Certified: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Memberships & Affiliations

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Medical Association; American Osteopathic Association; National Endometriosis Association; Ohio State University

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Tracey R. Begley, WHNP
Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health

Sometimes, it is just easier for a woman to talk to a woman. At those times, Nurse Practitioner Tracey Begley is there for you. She is a key player in our plan to give you a choice in your care.

Tracey earned her title of Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner by completing a Master’s Degree in Nursing with specialized training in caring for women of all ages. She can examine, test, and counsel you on many concerns that in the past only could be dealt with by a physician, like physical exams, contraceptive care, urinary problems, or counseling on women’s sexuality.

Tracey is certified to prescribe medications and treat minor illnesses. But if she detects something serious, you can trust she will refer you to an appropriate physician. As a professional, Tracey is active and current in her knowledge of women’s health and common stresses that women face. Tracey joins her husband, Dr. Andrew Croak, to provide excellence in women’s care to the Northwest Ohio region.


  • R.N. With Honors: Community Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ohio, 1996
  • B.S.N. cum laude: Wright State University, 1998.
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: University of Cincinnati, 2001


  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Association

Karen Liberi MS, MPT, WCS
Physical Therapist

Karen Liberi is one of only 300 physical therapists in the United States with the designation of Women’s Health Clinical Specialist. She is committed to educating health care providers and community members alike about the importance of addressing the often neglected area of the body between the belly button and the upper thighs.

Pre-natal and post-partum care are also of utmost importance in setting the stage for good pelvic floor health throughout a women’s lifetime. Just as a hip, knee, or back would need rehabilitation after a trauma or injury, the pelvic floor will need rehabilitation after child-birth to restore its normal function and help to prevent any number of pelvic floor dysfunctions later in life including bladder/bowel incontinence, prolapse, and pelvic pain.


  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering: cum laude Western New England College 1992
  • Master’s Degree in Biomechanics: University of Delaware: 1996
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy: University of Delaware: 1996
  • WCS (Women’s Health Clinical Specialist): 2009


  • APTA Section of Women’s Health; Programming Assistant, SOWH 2013 and 2014
  • Board Member: Bridge for Pelvic Pain

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An education: That’s what you will get when you step into Karen’s office for the first time and wonder why in the world you are being sent to a physical therapist to address your bladder concerns, bowel concerns, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, or sexual dysfunction. Karen creates a safe environment for her patients and is very easy to talk to about any of these personal and delicate subjects. She has the time during your initial evaluation and individual follow up treatment sessions to listen to your full history, figure out what cascade of factors led you to the symptoms you have now, and will thoughtfully determine a treatment plan for your body to restore its normal function again.

Many areas of women’s health are considered to be taboo. Karen wants to discuss these topics with you in a very caring and professional way and teach you that through simple education about how your body and organs work, you can move forward towards better health and wellness.

If this type of physical therapy sounds like it makes sense to you, call the office to set up an appointment.


Jill Nichols, WHNP-BC
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Jill is the newest addition to our staff.  She is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, treating women throughout their lifespan, from adolescent years through menopause and beyond.

She is trained in and remains up to date to provide annual wellness exams, evaluate and treat minor illnesses such as urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, contraception needs, osteoporosis and other gynecologic or urologic disorders that may arise throughout a woman’s life.

Jill frequently empowers women to be their own best advocate and will do what she can to help them meet their health needs and goals.  Her goal is to provide the best care to her patients so they can lead active and fulfilling lives.

Jill was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  She enjoys spending her time off with her husband, daughter and Bubba, her golden-doodle.  She can often be found hiking, reading or trying new baking recipes.


BSN, Summa Cum Laude – Mercy College 2017

MSN, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner – University of Cincinnati 2022


    Cherith started working with us July 2013. She had relocated back to her hometown in Northwest Ohio from Holland, Michigan and was looking to continue her career in medical support. Her previous experience was obtained while working for a private practice with 16 family medicine doctors and nurse practitioners. Her job included working in the medical records, prior authorizations, and scheduling departments. Cherith currently works full time in our office and helps with the front desk at both check-in, check-out, authorizations, and also surgery scheduling. Her part time job is caring for a quadriplegic patient in his home and has been helping him for over 15 years.



    Julie has been with the practice since 2009 as Office Manager and Surgery Scheduler. She has over 30 years’ experience in the medical field in the administrative world. She was born and raised, and continues to live in Toledo area. She loves time with her family and grown children. Julie says she loves all parts of her job, but mostly the patient interaction. Over the course of her time with us, she has gotten to know patients and enjoys when they stop in just to say “hi.” When not at work, she enjoys travel, outside activities, and having an occasional glass of wine.



    Twila came to us in 2013 from Monroe, Michigan where she also did bone density testing and worked in OB/GYN. She obtained her GXMO license with the State of Ohio in 2013, and continues to perform bone density testing here in our office. Twila is the person patients see when they are leaving the office. She is Grammie to her sweet granddaughter and grandson, and cherishes every moment with them. She loves the outdoors and likes to hike, especially in the Great Smoky Mountains. She and her husband, Keith, travel the US & Canada on the back of his Harley Ultra. They are also coordinators for Operation Christmas Child at their church and enjoy volunteering at the processing centers.



    Tammy has been an LPN for 11 years as well as a caretaker for years prior. She has worked as an LPN in our office since 2020. She started her experience in women’s health as a nurse at a large OB/GYN practice. She also has experience as a school nurse aid, which gave her freedom to enjoy summers with her family. Tammy thoroughly enjoys educating and caring for patients so that they feel comfortable and understand they are not alone in their medical situation. Tammy enjoys spending time outside, traveling, and riding with her husband on their Harley.



    Kristie joined the practice in 2019 after relocating from Florida.  She started as a CAN in 1993, completing her LPN degree in 2005.  She has experience in internal medicine, infectious disease and urology.  She enjoys assisting patients with their medical care and she has developed a passion for Women’s Health.  Since joining the practice, she has trained to complete Urodynamics testing and Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation therapy.  She enjoys spending time with her husband & 3 adult children, going on adventures, candle making and camping.



    Desirae joined our team in June of 2022. She began her nursing career 16 years ago. She has mix of medical/surgical experience and family medicine experience at The Toledo Hospital and McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. She enjoys working with patients and learning new things in the medical field. She welcomes the opportunity to assist Dr. Croak in caring for women and giving them guidance for their best quality of life. Desirae has been married for 16 years to Rick, a physical therapist. She has two boys who keep her very busy.



    Sierra is our newest addition to the Front Desk. She completed her Medical Assisting degree at Ross College in Sylvania with a 3.5 GPA. She has a lovely fiancé and three beautiful boys. When she is not working, she loves exploring the Ohio Metroparks, spending time with her family, and watching her favorite TV shows.



    Kristen joined our staff as front desk receptionist in 2019. She has been in the medical field in various capacities for over 20 years. She enjoys helping patients and being part of the team. When she is not at work, she can be found spending time with her family, reading or frequenting the local coffee shops with her husband and daughter.