When it comes to delivering a baby, screening for cancer, or helping a woman through the most sensitive and emotional aspects of her life, the right doctor is crucial. At Advanced OB-GYN Associates, Drs. Richard Salter, Anu Gupta, and Shefali Pappu, and nurse practitioner Arden Moulin are devoted to caring for women and strive to make your experience comfortable, no matter what you need.
“We make it our highest priority to make our patients feel welcome,” said Richard Salter, MD. “We do this by giving them personalized care — each one of them — and hopefully making their time with us a pleasant experience.”
During my interview with Dr. Salter, who is originally from Memphis and has been practicing in the Dallas area since 1995, he had to pause to check on a mother in labor and delivery who wasn’t progressing. The concern and compassion in his voice were evident as he put me on hold, and later, as he assured me, she was doing OK. “It’s a very emotional time, being pregnant or contemplating having surgery,” he explained. “We want to make this the least stressful that we can. We want women to feel like they’re partners with us — not just that we’re telling them what or what to do. We want them to have input into their care, and we try to give them all the information we can so they can make decisions they feel comfortable with.”
All of the doctors at Advanced OB-GYN are dedicated to helping their patients through obstetrical care, high-risk pregnancies, menopause wellness, infertility care, and women’s health problems, among other things. Anu Gupta, MD, was born in India in a family of physicians, and her mother, also an OB-GYN, modeled exemplary patient care for her. Dr. Gupta was known as empathetic and compassionate by her fellow students and teachers at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, where she completed her residency. Now, she uses her skills and passion to help each patient she sees to have the best possible experience.
Shefali Pappu, MD, grew up in College Station, Texas, and completed medical school at Texas A&M University. She knew from a young age that her dream was to become a physician. However, it wasn’t until college that she discovered her love for women’s health. Like all the doctors at Advanced OB-GYN Associates, Dr. Pappu focuses on providing comprehensive care — physical, emotional, and mental — for women of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Part of providing expert care is staying up to date with the latest technologies and trends, which Advanced OB-GYN excels in. The practice has partnered with BioTE Medical, one of the leaders in bioidentical hormone pellet therapy, which provides a natural, low-maintenance treatment option for hormonal imbalance. “This is kind of new for OB-GYNs to use,” said Dr. Salter. “We’ve had some good success in helping women and men to optimize their hormonal balances to have better lives and better lifestyles.” Dr. Salter offers this, as well as the nurse practitioner, Arden Moulin, WHCNP, who has over 20 years’ experience caring for patients from 10 to 95 years old.
Recently, Advanced OB-GYN Associates has also started doing vaginal rejuvenation for women. FemTouch by Lumenis is a non-hormonal, laser-based treatment that can fully restore vaginal tissue while improving vaginal health-related conditions, like discomfort during intercourse, urinary incontinence, natural lubrication, and more.
Another technological advancement is the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, designed to enhance surgeons’ capabilities via high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view, which leaves smaller incisions than traditional surgery. Advanced OB-GYN Associates has used this for over 10 years, and all three doctors are trained on it. “We were one of the first innovators in Northeast Dallas to start using the da Vinci robot,” said Dr. Salter. “It’s enabled us to do the majority of our surgeries laparoscopically. With minimally invasive surgery, patients have an outpatient experience or at least an overnight stay and can return to normal lifestyles more quickly with less pain and fewer complications.”
Outside of work, the doctors and nurse practitioner enjoy giving back to the community. They do this through taking medical mission trips to the Amazon and Honduras, publishing articles and case reports in journals to further medical research, giving talks to high schools, volunteering at nonprofit organizations, or being involved in medical associations.
“It’s our job to give back,” Dr. Salter said. “I’ve been very blessed in my practice over the last 25 to30 years. I feel like now I have time to give back to the community that has given me so much. I’m a firm believer in Biblical teaching that those who have been given much, much is expected. So, I try to give back whenever I can, locally in our community or going to Honduras to do surgery and help take care of the people there.”
Through it all, Drs. Salter, Gupta, and Pappu simply love what they do. “I enjoy being involved in the families that I take care of, whether it’s delivering a patient’s baby or doing surgery and correcting a major problem, like with cancer patients, and hopefully extending their lifetime,” said Dr. Salter. “It’s very rewarding to be considered a part of the patient’s family.”
After our phone call, Dr. Salter was on his way to help deliver a baby, bringing another life into this world carefully and compassionately — the same way everyone at Advanced OB-GYN Associates treats their patients. It’s just another day for them, but one their patients will probably remember forever.
3201 East President George Bush Highway,
Richardson, Texas 75082