By Alicia Doyle

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Physician Combines

Health & Cosmetic Care Under One Roof

Your Health Connection Magazine

AS A GYNECOLOGIST AND PLASTIC SURGEON WHO RECOGNIZES THE CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE, TROY WILLIAMS HAS SET A NEW STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE IN WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE AT MOORPARK WOMEN’S HEALTH & SPA, THE FIRST AND ONLY OBGYN OFFICE IN THE CITY THAT FEATURES SPA SERVICES, COSMETIC SURGERY AND A LASER CENTER ALL UNDER THE SAME ROOF.

“THE CAREER PATH of becoming a gynecologist as well as a cosmetic surgeon developed over many years of hard work and decision making,” said Williams, a married father of two who lives in Thousand Oaks. “I have always had a passion for surgery, but during residency I found a love for women’s health care. Now I believe the two are a perfect match.”

Williams, who opened his practice in 2008 near Park Lane and New Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark, is now known as the first OBGYN with such a specialized practice in the city of 38,000 residents.

“Moorpark Women's Health has always focused on providing women with therapies and treatments that are derived directly from evidence-based medicine,” emphasized Williams, who also serves at Simi Valley Hospital, Los Robles Hospital, Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and Linden Crest Surgery Center of Beverly Hills. “We aim to keep up with the standard of care that is changing every day thanks to research in hormone therapy and cancer prevention.”

For instance, “we provide Colposcopy (microscopic examination of the cervix) for abnormal pap smears, on-site ultrasounds by a licensed technician, and BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 testing for those at risk for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer,” said Williams, whose office cares for women 16 to 86 years old.

Additionally, “we are doing a great deal of counseling on hormone replacement therapy these days, but we also perform a large number of well-woman exams which involve routine screening for cervical cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer.”

Moorpark Women’s Health & Spa is also the home of the Trillium Medical Spa and Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, where Williams serves as a long-standing member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. His particular field of expertise is Cosmetic Gynecologic Surgery including Vaginoplasty, (reconstruction of normal youthful vaginal anatomy), Labiaplasty (reduction or augmentation of the labia majora or minora), Clitoral Hood Reduction and Mons Pubis Reduction (fatty tissue reduction, often post-bariatric surgery).

“As of recent I have joined Beverly Hills Physicians.Com,” he added. “I am excited to share my surgical expertise with the well-established breast and facial cosmetic surgeons there this spring.”

In addition to gynecologic and cosmetic surgery options, the practice offers a range of spa services, including Swedish, deep tissue, chiropractic and hot stone massage, full body waxing, reflexology, prenatal massage, facials and skin peels. For those looking to lose a few inches, one exclusive offering is called Velashape body contouring, a non-surgical option for circumferential reduction and treatment of cellulite. Other signature services include Ayur Medic Skin Care, a highly effective cosmeceutical product line that uses the most advanced dermatological research to date, as well as Obagi Skin Care, which is considered the preferred choice of physicians around the world for prescription-strength product lines that transform skin.

“Our aesthetician is Danielle Remijio who comes to us from Nordstrom at the Oaks Mall. She has been there for several years and is a great addition,” Williams said. “Our massage therapist is April Connelly; her background includes chiropractic massage and her specialty is therapeutic-targeted massage.”

While seeking a location to open the practice, he chose the city of Moorpark because it’s “a thriving city with a diverse community of young families as well as retirees,” said Williams, who was a resident physician at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, before moving to Ventura County.

As the first tenant in a building that is entirely dedicated to medical practitioners, Williams’ office provides comprehensive women’s health care to the cities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley and beyond.

“Our philosophy is that we are focused on listening to women and what women want from their health care providers,” said Williams, whose office provides health care and maintenance advice that meets the standards set forth by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. “Our goal is that we are as up-to-date as the latest cutting-edge research available in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the New England Journal of Medicine.”

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, for example, became a popular buzzword after it was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. “There’s a lot of interest in bioidentical - or so-called natural - hormone therapy for menopause symptoms,” Williams said. “However, in my opinion there’s no evidence that bioidentical hormones are safer or more effective than standard hormone replacement therapy.”

He explained that bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by the body. These prescription and over-the-counter products are marketed as being tailored to a woman’s individual hormone needs, typically determined through saliva hormone testing. Manufacturers claim that bioidentical hormones are safer than standard, FDA-approved hormone therapy.

The truth, Williams said, is that bioidentical estrogen and progesterone are available in FDA-approved hormone therapy products that are plant derived, including Estradiol ? which comes in the form of Enjuvia and Estrace, as well as the Climara patch and Vivelle-Dot patch ? and natural progesterone, also known as Prometrium.

“These products come in many different doses and forms,” Williams said. “So, you don’t need to turn to unregulated, individually compounded products as your only source of natural hormones.”

In the area of lowered sex drive, testosterone replacement is warranted if clinically found to be decreased in an individual. “What surprises many, however, is how vital testosterone is for a woman’s bone growth, overall well-being, and sex drive,” Williams said. “Testosterone may help prevent skin wrinkling and thinning, along with protecting against muscle, ligament and bone deterioration. Side effects, such as abnormal hair growth and acne, only occur when the dosage is too high.”

Ultimately, the practice is based on the belief that customers’ needs are of the utmost importance, Williams said. “Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.”

Reflecting on his wide range of services, “it’s fun to offer so many different options and provide women with positive outcomes ... I love patients and love seeing people receiving appropriate health care. Unfortunately, women’s health care needs haven’t always been met appropriately and there are many women who are afraid to go to their gynecologist. For some it is discomfort they felt during an exam. For others it is years of having their health concerns and questions ignored by doctors who would not make time for them. My personal goal is that the women of our community will be able to feel confident that there is first class health care available in their area.”

Dr. Troy Williams is a gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon in private practice at Moorpark Women’s Health & Spa, located at 145 Park Lane, Suite 200 in Moorpark. Contact him at 805.531.9419 for more information.
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