A Charles County’s provider of gynecologic and women’s health services, Waldorf Women’s Care (WWC), has emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new second location and a third location on the way. The woman behind it all, Dr. Aryian Cooke, shared with us how she started the practice, saw it grow, added new services, and hints at what to expect in the near future.
“I was hired by Civista [now the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center] in 2003 after completing my residency,” said Cooke, a board-certified OB/GYN and founder of WWC. “The goal was to bring more OB/GYNs into the County and develop a hospital-based private practice.”
She continues to be on staff at the hospital but started WWC in 2011. “I always wanted to be able to have some independence and say in how the practice is managed and how patients are cared for,” she said. So, she started the practice in a small, but affordable, space at Pembrooke Square in Waldorf and quickly outgrew that space. “Patient response was tremendous,” said Cooke. In 2016, they moved to a new and much larger space in White Plains Corporate Center.
New Space, New Services
In addition to providing clinical gynecological services, Cooke is an expert in minimally invasive robotic surgery. In fact, she is the only robotic gynecologist in the county providing this advanced surgical skillset.
WWC is also very proud to provide patients with Bioidentical Hormone Pellet Therapy, a way to give a woman back her hormones which helps to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause and hormonal imbalance like low sex drive and fatigue. “We’ve had great success stories, including helping patients to feel more like themselves,” says Cooke.
Another service WWC added about three years ago is Coolsculpting, a fat-reduction, noninvasive treatment that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. “I never thought I’d get into aesthetics,” said Cooke, “however many of my patients sought help with reduction of unwanted fat after having babies and the body changes that occur with aging. So we decided to research which device would be best for our patients and chose Coolsculpting.”
A Wellness Program to Fight Pandemic Pounds
A third added service treats a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic that the CDC doesn’t talk about--weight gain. For many, the pandemic has resulted in weight gain, poor eating habits, and less exercise. Dr. Cooke created a health, beauty, and wellness program with this in mind, called the SoMD Wellness Program .
This weight-loss program was actually started before COVID-19, but they fine-tuned it during the pandemic. “I wanted to provide women with the necessary resources for success, so we hired a dietician and personal trainers, and we acquired devices to measure body composition as well as other metabolic parameters. All these components work together to develop a personalized comprehensive weight management program,” she said. The program includes three components: nutrition, fitness, and behavior modification. “It’s about total health,” she said. “We want it to be more about a lifestyle change.”
Growth and Two More Locations
WWC recently announced the opening of a second office in Arlington, VA, where they offer the same services. “We always knew we wanted to expand,” said Cooke, “and we’re excited to be able to offer all the same services there.”
They also plan to open a third space in Brandywine, MD, with a possible opening in Fall 2021. They’ll be hiring two physicians who are fellowship-trained in minimally invasive gynecological surgery.
Cooke attributes the growth of the practice to the excellent reputation of her practice and a growing community in Charles County. “It’s a great location for a new provider who wants to come out and be busy right away,” she said. “Our goal is always to provide equitable care, help decrease health care disparities, and provide health care to those patients who might not have access to quality care. Any provider who has that goal would love it down here.”
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