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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MEET OUR CARING & EXPERIENCED STAFF

Dr. 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.

Education

  • 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.

Education

  • 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

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.

Education

  • 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

Membership: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Association

Deanna

Deanna Zaciek, CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner

Deanna is a family nurse practitioner with a special interest in women’s health. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as an RN at St. Luke’s Hospital for 10 years. During this time, she cared for many of Dr. Croak’s post-operative patients.

Like Tracey, she is certified to examine patients, order testing, prescribe medications, and counsel on many issues. If a problem arises that is out of her scope of practice, she will refer as necessary. She is adept in colposcopy, office hysteroscopy, and IUD or Nexplanon placement.

Deanna attends many women’s health seminars and is up-to-date on current practice guidelines. She is compassionate and easy to talk to.

Education

  • RN, BSN cum laude: University of Cincinnati, 2004
  • FNP, MSN, 4.0 GPA: University of Toledo, 2014

Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Nancy Pahl WHNP-BC
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Nancy has been a nationally certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1989.

As a WHNP, she addresses the health and wellness needs of women throughout their lifespan, from adolescence to menopause.

She provides annual well-woman exams with pap tests and breast cancer screening. Contraception, menstrual problems, STD evaluation and treatment, urinary tract infection, osteoporosis, and post-menopausal health concerns are among the many issues that she experienced in treating.

Education

  • Masters in Nursing: Case Western Reserve University, 1999
  • Bachelors in Nursing: Lourdes University, 1997
  • OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner: Planned Parenthood, Milwaukee, WI, 1988
  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing: University of Toledo, 1987-2017
  • Diplomate in Massotherapy: Northwest Academy of Massotherapy, 2001

Recognition

  • Certificate of Recognition: Community Partner, Lourdes University, 2001
  • Excellence in Community Health Nursing: Lourdes University, 1997
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Karen Liberi

Karen Liberi MS, MPT, WCS
Physical Therapist
Women’ (and Men’s) Health Clinical Specialist

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.

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.

Karen Liberi is one of only 300 physical therapists in the United States with the designation of Women’s Health Clinical Specialists. 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.

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

Education

  • 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

Memberships

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

Harmony is an RN that has been with us since May 2016.  She is married and has two little girls.  She was born in Texas but has lived in Southern Michigan most of her life.  She enjoys spending time with her family as often as she can.

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SHELLY MARSH, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Michelle (Shelley) is an LPN with eight (8) years of clinical nursing experience in various areas of nursing including home health, long term care, and training and education.  The best part of her job is the daily interaction with patients and the ability to provide quality care with compassion and empathy, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a nurse.  When not working, Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and her three incredible kids.  Her hobbies include crafting of any kind, especially scrapbooking!  With a passion for cooking and baking, there is always some form of comfort food around.  After all, food is the language of love!

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PENNEY RAABE, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Penney is an LPN and started working in our office in 2008. She is the lead clinical nurse and is responsible for specialized testing for the patients. Her greatest satisfaction is helping the patients feel comfortable and well cared for. She is married and has two grown children. She enjoys playing the piano in her spare time and plays in a contemporary Christian band.

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CHERITH WARNER

Cherith started working with us July 2013. She had recently 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 11 years.

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JULIE HALL

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. She loves time with her family and grown children, one of which lives in Pennsylvania. 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.”

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TWILA SHORT

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 and 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 when they can.

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CATHRYN MARSH

Cathryn “Caty”  works the front desk in reception and is the fresh and friendly “the face of the office.”  She is very much a “people person.”  Guiding patients when checking in for their appointment puts a smile on her face.  A simple “good morning, how are you?” can make someone’s day!  When Caty is not working, she enjoys photography, which has been a passion of hers since she was about 15 years old.  She loves to capture memories that can last a lifetime.