Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Roe v. Wade Frequently Asked Questions

In this video, our OB/GYNs answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Roe v. Wade and the Dobbs v. Jackson decision.

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Patient Health

 

The best obstetricians and gynecologists know that their patient's health care needs are unique. From pregnancy to bone health, to hormonal changes, you want the best OB/GYN doctor to be there for you, always.

 

That’s why the OB/GYN specialists of Associated Physicians, LLP are partners in your health care every step of the way. We provide personalized, comprehensive health care in a warm and supportive environment at one convenient location, right here in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Expert Care

As board-certified physicians and skilled registered nurses, we spend the time to get to know you well. We are always just a phone call away, whether you have a question or need to schedule a same-day appointment. We are committed to your lifelong health, so we give you the knowledge and resources you need to take the best possible care of yourself at every stage of life.

 

We are proud to practice at Associated Physicians, LLP, where families from Madison and nearby communities have received excellent patient-focused health care for generations. In fact, Associated Physicians, LLP is the city’s longest-serving independent multi-specialty medical practice.

 

For patients of all ages, we provide comprehensive, preventive care including exams, mammograms, birth control counseling, prenatal care and delivery, and surgical services including laparoscopic and gender-affirming procedures. We work to support wellness in all aspects of healthcare, but when problems occur we provide compassionate, effective diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, complications, and chronic conditions. We are committed to helping each patient we see make their own best health care decisions.

 

We also offer lactation counseling! We will meet with parents who are exclusively breastfeeding to help with latching, parents who are exclusively pumping to show them how to utilize their pump more effectively, and anyone in between.

Specialized Resources and Education

We are dedicated to providing patients with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Amanda Van Elzen, OB/GYN Nurse Educator, helps guide OB/GYN patients through many of life’s situations. Her years of experience in direct patient care means that our patients can be sure that they are receiving the trusted, expert care that they deserve.

 

Her role is not only unique to our clinic, but it’s also the first role of its kind in the Greater Madison Area. We are excited to bring our patients such a distinctive opportunity. Amanda provides pregnancy, lactation, surgical, and mental health resources and education to our OB/GYN patients. Pregnant patients will meet her during their first, 30-week, and postpartum OB visits, and gynecological surgery patients will meet her for their pre-operative and post-operative appointments. Additionally, for continuity of care, at the 30-week appointment, pregnant patients can expect a meet and greet with the nurses in our Pediatric department. If requested, OB/GYN patients can also schedule with Amanda individually. 

 

Amanda says, “I am so excited to transition into the Education Nurse role from the hospital bedside delivering hundreds of babies the last 8 years. I want my role to facilitate knowledge and confidence in my patients, not only during pregnancy and delivery but throughout the different gynecological stages of life. I am passionate about empowering my patients to advocate for their health; both physical and mental. I am able to team with our incredible providers to assure the person is taken care of, in each and every facet. I have a special interest in inclusiveness and ensuring that each person feels heard, and represented. I strive to support and encourage a diverse population that will feel safe in our space, which aligns with Associated Physicians' values.

 

Prior to delivering babies, where I worked alongside our amazing physicians, I worked at UW as a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) as well as bartending downtown Madison. When I am not working, I am a mom to two kind and energetic boys, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 fish, and we foster dogs for a local rescue as well. I also partner with my wonderful husband to stage his real estate homes, and love to work out, travel, and am a connoisseur of keeping house plants alive."

Amanda was featured in the March/April 2022 edition of Brava Magazine and discussed "Getting a Handle on Stress" (p. 50).

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Amanda Van Elzen, RN, CLC
OB/GYN Nurse Educator

Convenient and Comprehensive

We are a close-knit OB/GYN team dedicated to giving our patients the best in personalized care. We place a high value on effective communication and making sure we’re available when you need us. We are under one roof with colleagues who practice Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Podiatry, and more. Your entire family has access to expert health care at one convenient location. If you have a question about your health, we are happy to help.

Cutting Edge

Associated Physicians is dedicated to bringing our patients the latest and greatest in medical technology. Our team of OB/GYNs have onboarded two exciting examples of this. They utilize Endosee, a handheld, portable hysteroscope that offers clearer visualization for a quicker, more accurate diagnosis. With Endosee, we've eliminated the need for extra appointments and the time spent waiting for an answer since a patient would be diagnosed right away, in-clinic! They also use Tricefy, technology integrated with our ultrasound equipment that allows us to share those special first photos with our pregnant patients via text. 

We are always on the lookout for the next best thing and spare no expense when it comes to providing the finest, and most convenient, care to our patients. Check out what this means to our patients below!

Please come and visit us soon. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

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