What is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist?
An obstetrician-gynecologist, or ob-gyn, is a doctor who specializes in the care of women. He or she has completed special training in obstetrics, which is the care of pregnant women. This includes the preconception (before pregnancy) period, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, and after a baby is born. Ob-gyns are also trained in gynecology. Gynecology covers a woman’s general health care, including care of her reproductive organs, breasts, and sexual function. Gynecology also includes management of hormonal disorders, treatment of infections, and training in surgery to correct or treat pelvic organ or urinary tract problems.
Your ob-gyn also offers preventive health care. This can help you make informed choices that prevent health problems. Preventive health care includes exams and routine tests to detect problems early, before you become sick. Immunizations to prevent disease are also part of preventive care.
Since ob-gyns are trained to evaluate overall woman’s health, they provide care for a wide range of medical issues; much more than just pregnancy and problems of the reproductive system. For many women, the ob-gyn is their primary care physician—the doctor they turn to first for health care.
Cynthia Shirley, M.D.
Cynthia Shirley, M.D. is a Texas native and earned her bachelor’s of science in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She moved to Pennsylvania to complete her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Geisinger Medical Center. For the last 11 years she has practiced in Texas and Pennsylvania. Dr. Shirley is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. As a member of the Seton Medical Center Harker Heights staff, Dr. Shirley will continue to provide excellent OB/GYN care for the women of Central Texas, with a special interest in teen health.
Luis Castellanos, M.D.
Luis Castellanos, M.D., is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He earned his bachelor’s of science in microbiology at Texas A&M University and attended medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Castellanos completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech Health Science Center, where he served as chief resident. For the last 13 years he practiced in Temple and Killeen, Texas. Dr. Castellanos served as chief of an OB/GYN department, and taught as an assistant clinical professor at Texas A&M. Dr. Castellanos is also fluent in Spanish. As a member of the medical staff at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, Dr. Castellanos will continue to provide medical care for the women of Bell County.
Wellstone Health Partners: OB/GYN
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