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Beaver Dam Women's Health Ltd. is a women's health clinic located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, specializing in obstetric and gynecologic care. For over 20 years, the team at Beaver Dam Women's Health has been devoted to providing the Dodge County community with easy-access women's care that caters to their specific medical needs.

Led by our founder, Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG, a physician specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, and urogynecology, we pride ourselves on our consistent effort to serve the women of Dodge County by offering the medical services and educational resources they need to make informed decisions about their health. Our experienced team of medical professionals provides a variety of services pertaining to gynecology and obstetrics including specialized care for high-risk pregnancies, bladder control problems, and menopause. We also have the only certified nurse-midwifery service in the Dodge County area. As part of our commitment to our patients, we are constantly striving to stay at the forefront of women's health issues. This includes providing access to alternatives in healthcare, such as minimally invasive surgical techniques, so that we can better serve the individual needs of our patients.

At Beaver Dam Women's Health, we truly care about our patients. This means not only offering patients the best in medical care, but also making sure they have a comfortable overall experience. We give each patient the time and attention they deserve while cultivating a friendly and personable atmosphere in which to discuss their medical concerns. As medical professionals, it is our job to provide recommendations and options we feel will benefit the women in our care, but we also rely on our patients to tell us what will work best for them. We know that each patient is unique and we listen to patient's concerns so we can tailor our care for each woman's needs.

Beyond providing excellent care, we are also deeply committed to the Dodge County community as a whole. We serve an integral role in the Dodge County Women's Club and are a proud contributor to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Beaver Dam Family Center, Church Health Services and PAVE (People Against a Violent Environment). We always welcome new opportunities to help the women we work with and aim to support the causes they care about most.

Beaver Dam Women's Health was founded in June 1995, when Doctors Ken and Mary Ostermann moved their business and family to the Beaver Dam area from Colorado. Their goal was to establish a clinic that provided high-level obstetric and gynecologic care, while demonstrating unmatched commitment to their patients.

Originally located in the old Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Beaver Dam Women's Health relocated to Vita Park Medical Clinics in 2005 after the construction of the new hospital and medical campus. Over the years BDWH has been a consistent presence in the Dodge County area, providing obstetric and gynecologic care to over 20,000 women. In 2010, Beaver Dam Women's Health delivered 82% of all babies born at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital and 33% of all babies born in Dodge County.

Dr. Ken Ostermann is the founder of Beaver Dam Women's Health. After receiving his MD from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Dr. Ostermann attended the University of Colorado in Denver for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Colorado Gynecology and Continence Center for his fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Ostermann specializes in the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology including normal and high-risk obstetrics, routine gynecology and the treatment of such problems as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse. As a skilled surgeon, Dr. Ostermann has over a decade of laparoscopic surgery experience and specializes in a variety of minimally invasive and alternative women's surgical procedures. It is his passion to help his patients work through their difficult medical issues, whether it's pelvic prolapse, a leaking bladder or even complications from previous failed surgeries. With Dr. Ostermann, patients can expect a compassionate doctor who will work hard to find the best individualized care for their needs while establishing a calming sense of understanding.
 

Dr. Effie Siomos completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and received her MD and Masters in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she also won awards for excellence in teaching. Dr. Siomos specializes in normal and high-risk obstetrics, routine gynecology, health and prevention, pre-pregnancy counseling, heavy and irregular periods, minimally invasive surgery, hysterectomy alternatives, and menopause. Along with her professional knowledge and background, she also brings her own personal experience in many OB/GYN areas such as infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy to the patients she works with. Dr. Siomos understands the many demands women face as caregivers. Through flexible solutions and open communication, she offers the caring support her patients need to maintain a healthy balance in their lives.
 

Cindy has been a part of the Beaver Dam Women's Health team since 1996 working as a certified nurse-midwife, the only one in the Dodge County area. A graduate from Marquette's Masters of Science in Nursing program, she also received her certification in nurse-midwifery there as well as several honors for her leadership and education. Cindy has over 30 years of experience in the medical field and has a vast knowledge in obstetrics and general gynecology. For many of our patients, Cindy acts as an important resource over the course of their pregnancy, labor and delivery, offering both education and a very personal approach to care.

 

Natalie Ross is Beaver Dam Women’s Health’s new Nurse Practitioner. The Midwest has always been home to Natalie. She earned her BS in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. She later moved to Illinois to earn her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rush University. Her areas of study include Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, Adolescents, Family Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine. Natalie’s passion for helping women stay healthy throughout their lifespans makes her great asset to our team. She goes above and beyond for her patients, ensuring that they receive the best possible care.

 

Elizabeth Nielsen is Beaver Dam Women's Health new certified Physician Assistant. Elizabeth, a Wisconsin native, earned her BA in Psychobiology from Ripon College. She later moved to Illinois to earn her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University. Elizabeth also successfully completed eight required and six elective clinical rotations throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Her areas of study include Women's Health, Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Dermatology. Elizabeth's vast experience in the field of medicine has made her excellent at providing professional, caring, and comprehensive care to patients ranging from infants to geriatrics.

 

Nervous about your mammogram screening?

For those who haven't had one before, getting a mammogram may seem overwhelming. When should I schedule my first mammogram? How does it feel? Will it hurt? Let Beaver Dam Women's Health guide you through the mammogram process. (October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month) SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Best age for osteoporosis screening

Osteoporosis affects approximately 1 in 5 women over the age of 50. A bone mineral density test is necessary to detect signs of osteoporosis and potential risks of bone fractures. When should you start screening for osteoporosis and how often? (May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month) SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Should my daughter get the HPV vaccine?

The HPV Vaccine has been a controversial topic for many parents looking out for the health and wellbeing of their daughters. Learn about the advantages and potential concerns surrounding this vaccine. (August is National Immunization Awareness Month) SME: Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG

The art and science of hypnobirthing-soothe yourself with this new labor option

Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis that removes fear and tension from the birthing process to create a calming and more relaxed environment. See why more people are turning to this approach for a more pain-free and natural labor experience. SME: Cindy Stippich, MSN, CNM, APNP

Managing menopause symptoms

The symptoms that come along with menopause like hot flashes, moods swings, and urinary problems are not easy to get used to. Let Beaver Dam Women's Health help you through this difficult transition and learn how to manage the symptoms that come along with it. (September is National Menopause Awareness Month) SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Why are Wisconsin women prone to vitamin D deficiency and potential bone problems?

Research shows that Wisconsin women are particularly prone to Vitamin D deficiency. Why? What impact can Vitamin D deficiency have on your health? SME: Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG

Can eating habits affect my fertility and menstrual cycle?

A healthy diet has the potential to impact a woman's health in a variety of ways, from menstrual cycles, fertility, PMS, to pre-menopause. Learn about ways you could improve your reproductive health through healthy eating habits and weight management. SME: Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG

Does my midwife need to be certified? What is a certified nurse-midwife?

Having a quality ob/gyn isn't the only thing to take into consideration when deciding on who you would like to deliver your baby. Midwives are an integral part of the birthing process and should be given just as much consideration as your doctor. SME: Cindy Stippich, MSN, CNM, APNP

Urinary incontinence prevention

The loss of bladder control can be an embarrassing and even stressful problem. Is there any way to prevent urinary incontinence? SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Tips to manage a leaking bladder or overactive bladder

It may seem like you're losing control of your bladder, but you can still manage it. Learn different techniques to help control your bladder and whether surgery is the right option for you. SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Alternatives to abdominal hysterectomy

The treatment of abnormal bleeding and pelvic pain has advanced through the years. Many in-office and minimally invasive procedures are available and are very effective, cost less and have much quicker recovery time. SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG; Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG

Learning to Detect Ovarian Cancer

The second most common gynecologic cancer, ovarian cancer is difficult to detect because symptoms often mimic those associated with the menstrual cycle. Screening methods such as ultrasounds, blood tests, and surgery are expensive and often inaccurate. In the healthcare community, initial research suggests that ovarian cancer is a silent killer, but learning the symptoms and risk factors can save lives. (September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month) SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Innovative screening option provides hope for women at high risk for breast cancer

Breast cancer affects nearly 1 in 8 women, and about 20-30% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. A new test uses DNA analysis to identify harmful changes in either one of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes - BRCA1 and BRCA2. Women who have inherited mutations in these genes face a much higher risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer than the general population. Beaver Dam Women's Health is the only clinic in Dodge County that provides this test. (October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month) SME: Ken Ostermann, MD, FACOG

Just as it is important to prepare a plan before building a house, it is equally important to properly prepare for conception. Preconception counseling examines a woman's health, lifestyle and risks for complications. To help ensure a healthy pregnancy, women should consider a preconception counseling appointment as soon as they begin thinking about pregnancy. SME: Cindy Stippich, MSN, CNM, APNP; Effie Siomos, MD, JFACOG

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