The Woman's Center

OB-GYN Associates
Women's Health

Meet Our Team

All of our physicians are Board Certified in Gynecology. Many of our physicians are also members of the American College of Surgeons. We actively participate in continuing medical education to stay on top of the latest in women's health so you are assured access to the most effective medical care available.

JOHN K. HOOVER II, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. 

Dr. Hoover received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution. Dr. Hoover is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hoover has two grown children and resides in Waynesboro with his wife. His outside interests include tennis, winter sports, travel and gardening.

Dr. Hoover's special interests include gynecological ultrasound and advanced laparoscopic surgery. 

MARK P. BROOKS, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. 

Dr. Brooks grew up in Iowa but fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley while at UVa. He received his medical degree from the Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Brooks is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Brooks lives in Waynesboro with his wife and four children. He enjoys hiking, racquetball and softball.

Dr. Brooks's special interest include Advanced Laparoscopy.

ELIZABETH "BETSY" SIMMS, MD

Dr. Simms ​received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She went on to receive her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and then completed her residency at the University of Virginia Health Systems.

Dr. Simms resides in Afton, Virginia with husband and infant daughter.

NANCY P. MASON, RNC, WHNP

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science degree at MCU/VCU and certification as a Nurse Practitioner from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. She resides in Lexington with her family.

Chesney Carroll, MSPA, PA-C

Chesney received her Bachelor of Science in Bio-Chemistry at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Mary Baldwin University. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research on cellular changes that could lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is from Orlando, Florida where she worked at Walt Disney World and was given the opportunity to travel the world working for this global company. She currently resides in Harrisonburg with her dog and guinea pig and enjoys exploring her new home in the Shenandoah Valley, reading, and traveling

Our Staff

Our staff is available to answer your phone calls from 8:00 am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday. If you are an established patient and have an after-hours medical emergency that cannot wait until the office is open, a physician is always available on call to advise you.  If your medical condition is a life threatening emergency, please call 911 to have the rescue squad transport you to the Emergency Room.

Insurance and Billing

Decoding Your Insurance Coverage:

We require your co-payment at the time of your visit. In addition to cash and checks, we also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover

  • Deductibles are paid out of pocket each year before insurance will begin paying claims. Each family member usually has a separate deductible.

    Co-Payments are flat fees charged each time you visit the doctor or use any medical service, regardless of the cost of the procedure.

    Coinsurance requires you to pay a percentage of the total cost of the service. Many insurance plans require either co-insurance or co-pay but some charge both.
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Insurance Plans We participate with:
  • Ob Gyn Associates Women's Health participates with most of the major insurance providers in the area including Aetna, Anthem, Anthem Healthkeepers, CareNet, Cigna, Every Woman's Life, Magellan, Medicare, Medicaid, Optima, United Healthcare, Virginia Premier, and Virginia Health Network. Please feel free to contact our office directly to inquire about our participation with your insurance provider.
Billing for Laboratory procedures:
  • All laboratory procedures are billed separately from your office visit. You may receive a laboratory bill from the following:

    Augusta Health Laboratory: 540.932.4500
    Augusta Health Women's Imaging: 540.932.4486
    Blue Ridge Pathology: 540.932.5885

  •  If you receive a bill from one of these labs, please call the number listed for questions. If you need additional help, please do not hesitate to call our office.
 Ultrasounds

Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can also show movement of the body's internal organs as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.

The Woman's Center uses​ state of the art equipment and the most up-to-date  technological advances and innovative treatment options.

Advanced Lapascropic Surgery

In the past, most surgeries involving the reproductive organs were done by laparotomy
(a surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the abdomen). Now, many of these same procedures can be done through the laparoscope. There are many benefits to laparascopy, a shorter hospital stay, smaller incisions, and a shorter recovery period. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure in which a slender light transmitting instrument, the laparoscope, is used to view the pelvic organs and perform surgery.

Lapascropy can be used to treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, adhesions and fibroids. It can also be used to evaluate infertility problems. Advanced laparoscopy is the removal of the uterus (a hysterectomy) done with the laparoscope.

If you feel you may have a problem that could be helped with laparoscopy, please call The Woman's Center to make an appointment with one of our physicians.

Contraceptive Counseling and Management

Hormonal contraception is available in many different forms, pills, patch Ortho Evra www.orthoevra.com, vaginal ring, Nuvaring www.nuvaring.com, injection, Implanon www.implanon-usa.com, or Mirena IUD www.mirena.com. The birth control pill, patch and ring contain two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. The birth control pill is taken daily and depending on the pill used, your period may come monthly, once every three months or can be skipped completely. A patch delivers the same hormones as the birth control pill through your skin and is changed weekly with your period coming every month. A ring delivers the same hormones as the birth control pill through the vaginal skin and is left in place for three weeks straight. It is taken out the fourth week during which you will have your period.

Progesterone only forms of birth control include DepoProvera injection, Implanon rods and the mini-pill. DeproProvera is an injection given every 3 months. Implanon is a single rod placed under the skin of the upper arm. Implanon provides birth control for 3 years. The mini pill is similar to the birth control pill except it does not contain estrogen. It can be given to breastfeeding mothers and women who have certain medical conditions where they cannot take estrogen.

One form of non hormonal birth control is the Paragard IUD www.paragard.com, diaphragm and cervical cap.

If one of these forms of contraception appeals to you please discuss these with your physician.

All of the forms of birth control have different risks and benefits. It is important to choose a birth control based on your medical history. Please contact your physician to discuss if any of these hormonal options are right for you.

Menopause Management

The Woman's Center has many years of experience helping our patients cope with the changes in their lives due to menopause. Menopause is a natural part of aging but can be a turbulent time characterized by the changing menstrual cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, emotional instability and problems sleeping. Every woman is unique and has a different response to menopause.

There are different therapies for menopausal symptoms and our healthcare professionals can help you choose which one is best for you. General measures to help you transition to the menopause are eating a well balanced diet, including 1500 mg Calcium and 800 IU of Vitamin D a day, exercising regularly and avoid smoking. Hormonal therapy may also be an option and should be discussed with your physician.

Infertility

The Woman's Center offers are wide range of services to help couples with conceiving. This includes comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, as well as appropriate treatment as indicated.

We also offer evaluation and treatment for recurrent pregnancy loss.

Gynecology 

The Woman's Center will provide annual routine and problem gynecological care for your healthcare needs. An annual visit is recommended for all women who are sexually active or over the age of 21. A routine annual exam includes blood pressure check, breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears and HPV testing if indicated, and a review of health conditions with an emphasis on preventative care. Sexually transmitted disease screening can be done at this time if requested by the patient. Our group can help manage problems such as vaginal infections, birth control counseling, heavy or irregular periods, pelvic pain, breast lumps, infertility as well as many other gyn concerns.

If you are interested in establishing care at The Woman's Center please call our practice to make an appointment at 540.932.5577.