Walker Women's Specialists building new office

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/18/16

Walker Women’s Specialists — the first obstetrics-gynecology practice in Walker County operated exclusively by women — will open a new stand-alone clinic next year to better serve their patients as business continues to increase.

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Walker Women's Specialists building new office

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Walker Women’s Specialists — the first obstetrics-gynecology practice in Walker County operated exclusively by women — will open a new stand-alone clinic next year to better serve their patients as business continues to increase.

Currently, the Walker Women’s Specialists office is located in the Medical Arts Tower at Walker Baptist Medical Center-Brookwood Baptist Health. Their new office will be close by on Blackwell Dairy Road beside the hospital.

Doctors LoRissia Autery, Bridget Brunner and Talia Gates are partners in the practice that was started by Dr. Brunner years ago, and their decision to build a new clinic primarily came down to an increase in patients.

“We’re bursting at the seams here, which is a great problem to have,” Gates said.

Their new facility, now under construction, will allow the doctors to have three exams rooms each, while they currently have two. A separate ultra sound room and an additional procedure room will also create more space.

The doctors are having their new office built to accommodate a fourth doctor, if the need arises.

“I think having the latest technology, along with an office that has a much better flow with more space, ... plenty of rooms for each of our doctors, it will mean decreased wait times for the patients,” Gates said.

She said their new waiting room will be inviting for patients and is designed to have a children’s area, coffee bar and televisions for entertainment.

A patio area will also be available for patients to get some fresh air while they wait to see a doctor.

The doctors currently offer a variety of services, including hormone replacement therapy, annual exams, laparoscopic tubal ligation, laparoscopic hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, prenatal care and delivery, urinary incontinence treatment, pelvic prolapse treatment, decreased libido treatment, ultrasounds and their newest treatment, the MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser, to help with discomfort in menopausal or post-menopausal women.

“We pride ourselves on being up on the latest research, the latest recommendations,” Gates said.

Office manager Linda Thaler said the new office is set to be completed in March or April, and patients who choose to have their babies delivered at Walker Baptist by the doctors will also see improvements in the hospital’s labor and delivery area.

“The [labor and delivery] facility itself is really nice, and they’re actually going to do some more work there to make it better,” Thaler said.

She added that Autery, Brunner and Gates have all had babies delivered at Walker Baptist and utilized their labor and delivery department.

Gates said their expansion is a good business investment and that it is a “blessing” for the doctors to be able to have a new facility in the coming months — one operated only by women.

“We are very unique in that we are all three women, and we’re women serving women. That is pretty much invaluable,” Gates said. “This is something unique that Jasper has never had is an all women OB-GYN practice. I think we are drawing people in and making them feel more comfortable to stay here and have the experience that they felt like they couldn’t have before ... and get better understanding right here in Walker County, as opposed to having to go all the way to Birmingham.

“We love the community. ... We are wanting people in the community to stay here because we do. We see doctors here. We shop here, and we want our patients to do the same.”