By Meredith Knight
Heather Bartos doesn’t even own a white coat. Though she’s a beloved, local OB-GYN, a visit to her office feels more like a visit with a girlfriend. This author, speaker, podcaster, mom, and everyday gal spends her days laughing and chatting, educating, and empowering women to find their voice and take back control of their own health. Heather’s message to her patients, readers, listeners, friends—to all of us—is “be strong, be healthy, be you.”
Of her clinic, be. Women’s Health & Wellness, she says, “This ain’t your mama’s OB-GYN.” Like everything else she does, Dr. Heather Bartos went about her medical career a bit differently. “Medicine was a second career for me,” she said. “I started in advertising and public relations and didn’t start med school until I was 28.” She joined the U.S. Navy at that time and then spent the next 12 years caring for the women and spouses of the armed forces. She was also an associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), teaching medical students and residents in obstetrics and gynecology, and served as an expert witness for the military in sexual assault trauma.
After serving her country, Dr. B, as she’s known to her patients, returned to Texas and took the next logical step, accepting a position in a big corporate practice—and hated it. So, she went about crafting the OB-GYN experience she’d like for herself and her girlfriends. “Every day, I see women putting their mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing to the side in the name of motherhood, work, marriage, et cetera,” she said. “But when we forget about our own health, everybody loses.”
“As a patient, you should have a relationship with your provider,” Dr. Bartos said. “You should be encouraged to be the amazing person you are. Our primary goal is to care for you as an individual, not a medical chart.” Her practice, be. Women’s Health & Wellness opened in 2014 with two providers and now has a team of eight providers in two locations. Together they offer traditional OB-GYN services—that are anything but traditional—as well as yoga and wellness classes, aesthetic services, hormone replacement, lactation counseling, family medicine, and more. “It’s a village for women’s health,” Dr. Bartos said. “As our patients have requested services, we’ve added them to support the whole patient—body, mind, and spirit.”
Throughout the pandemic, they’ve provided a lot of what Dr. Bartos calls “gyne-chiatry.” “Right now, people just need someone to ask, ‘What’s going on? How are you holding up?’ From the beginning, we’ve set out to offer more than just a Pap test. If getting back their groove is what our patients need, that’s what we want to give.”
Dr. B invites you to tune into her new podcast, The ME Spot.
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