Dr. Andrew Croak Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Who will listen? A new pain here, some urinary leakage there. Part of a woman’s life, right? Wrong, when it comes to pelvic pain or incontinence.Who will listen? Dr. Andrew Croak. Carefully. He knows this is not normal. He knows this discomfort is often more troublesome than a woman wants to admit, and he knows how to effectively help problems like persistent pelvic pain, bladder and bowel control, and prolapse (descent of pelvic organs).
Dr. Croak is the director of the Center and is a Urogynecologist. That’s an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who completes additional training to care for women with complex problems related to pelvic health.There are few of these specialists in the country. To become one, Dr. Croak studied long and hard at the Mayo Clinic, one of the top clinics in the world. At Mayo, he gained world-class, state-of-the-art technical skills.
But the most important medical skill he already had.
How to listen.
Education: B.A.: College of the Holy Cross, 1992 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1996 One-year Internship: St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, 1997 Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Grandview/Southview Medical Centers, Dayton, 2001 Three-year Fellowship: Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2004 Masters in Biomedical Sciences: Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2007 Board Certified:American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists Member: American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons - Diplomate, American Osteopathic Association, American Urogynecologic Society, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Ohio State Medical Association, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, Toledo Academy of Medicine, Toledo OB/GYN Society
Dr. James Croak Endometriosis, Infertility,and Laser Surgery
Founding the practice in 1973, Dr. James Croak believed repetition was the mother of all skill. Over thirty years of experience in gynecologic care. Thirty years means he has performed many operations more than a 1000 times. Laparoscopic laser treatment for endometriosis, for example. Thirty years means that women trust him. Some families have chosen him to provide care for three generations.
With his retirement in 2006, he passed on this knowledge and experience to his son, Dr. Andrew Croak. Dr. James Croak still functions in an emeritus capacity to provide input and support to the practice.
Education: Undergraduate education: University of Toledo, 1960-1964 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1968 One-year Internship: Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus, 1969 Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Medical College of Ohio, 1973 Specialized Training: Advanced Laparoscopic Microsurgery Board Certified: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Member: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, National Endometriosis Association, Ohio State
Tracey R. Begley Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health
Sometimes it’s easier for a woman to talk to a woman. At those times Nurse Practitioner Tracey Begley is there for you. She is a key player in our plan to give you a choice in your care.
Tracey is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned that title by completing a Master’s Degree in Nursing with specialized training in caring for women of all ages. So, she can examine, test, and counsel you on many concerns that in the past only could be dealt with by a physician. Like physical exams, contraceptive care, urinary problems, or counseling on women’s sexuality.
She is certified to prescribe medications and treat minor illnesses. But if she detects something serious, you can trust she will refer you to an appropriate physician. As a professional, Tracey is active and current in her knowledge of women’s health and the stresses they face.
She will take time to listen to your concerns. Time to inform you about your care. Time to answer your questions.
Tracey Begley, a woman you can easily talk to.
Education: R.N. with honors: Community Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, Ohio, 1996 B.S.N. cum laude: Wright State University, 1998. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: University of Cincinnati, 2001 Member: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Association
Tracey joins her husband, Dr. Andrew Croak, to provide excellence in women’s care to the Northwest Ohio region.
Deanna Zaciek Certified Nurse Practitioner
Deanna is a family nurse practitioner with a special interest in women’s health. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as an RN at St. Luke’s hospital for 10 years. During this time, she cared for many of Dr. Croak’s post-operative patients.
Like Tracey, she is certified to examine patients, order testing, prescribe medications, and counsel on many issues. If a problem arises that is out of her scope of practice, she will refer as necessary.
Deanna attends many women’s health seminars and is up-to-date on current practice guidelines. She is compassionate and easy to talk to.
RN, BSN cum laude: University of Cincinnati, 2004
FNP, MSN, 4.0 gpa: University of Toledo, 2014
Memberships: Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
Nancy Pahl WHNP-BC
Nancy has been a nationally certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner since 1989. As a WHNP, she addresses the health and wellness needs of women throughout their lifespan, from adolescence to menopause. She provides annual well woman exams with pap tests and breast cancer screening. Contraception, menstrual problems, STD evaluation and treatment, urinary tract infection, osteoporosis, and post-menopausal health concerns are among the many issues that she experience in treating.
Masters in Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 1999
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, University of Toledo, 1987-2017
Diplomate in Massotherapy, Northwest Academy of Massotherapy, 2001
Certificate of Recognition - Community Partner, Lourdes University, 2001
Excellence in Community Health Nursing, Lourdes University, 1997
Karen Liberi MS, MPT, WCS
Women’ (and Men’s) Health Clinical Specialist
An Education: That’s what you will get when you step into Karen’s office for the first time and wonder why in the world you are being sent to a physical therapist to address your bladder concerns, bowel concerns, pelvic pain, abdominal pain or sexual dysfunction. Karen creates a safe environment for her patients and is very easy to talk to about any of these personal and delicate subjects. She has the time during your initial evaluation and individual follow up treatment sessions to listen to your full history, figure out what cascade of factors led you to the symptoms you have now and will thoughtfully determine a treatment plan for your body to restore its’ normal function again.
One of her favorite sayings is: “The best thing about the vagina/penis, bladder and bowel is that they deal with sex, pee and poop. The worst thing about the vagina/penis, bladder and bowel is that they deal with sex, pee and poop. . and no one wants to discuss this topic with friends, family or their doctors. –it’s taboo ” Karen wants to discuss these topics with you in a very caring and professional way and teach you that through simple education about how your body and organs work, you can move forward towards better health and wellness.
Pre-natal and post-partum care are also of utmost importance in setting the stage for good pelvic floor health throughout a women’s lifetime. Just as a hip or knee or back would need rehabilitation after a trauma or injury, the pelvic floor will need rehabilitation after child-birth to restore it’s normal function and help to prevent any number of pelvic floor dysfunctions later in life including bladder/bowel incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain.
Karen Liberi is one of only 150 physical therapists in the United States with the designation of Women’s Health Clinical Specialists. She is committed to educating health care providers and community members alike about the importance of addressing the often neglected area of the body between the belly button and the upper thighs.
If this type of physical therapy sounds like it makes sense to you, call the office to set up an appointment.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering: cum laude Western New England College 1992
Master’s Degree in Biomechanics: University of Delaware: 1996
Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy: University of Delaware: 1996