A new, local medical practice is among those changing how the health care industry approaches women’s health. Bucks County Women’s Wellness offers gynecological services in an intimate, state-of-the-art setting with a serene, spa-like feel.
Trained at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as holistic and integrative medicine, Victoria Petty, M.D., practiced obstetrics and gynecology at area hospitals before opening Bucks County Women’s Wellness during September 2021. Her vision for the practice was a place that focuses on the whole self and provides individualized patient care.
“What we do is in our name, ‘Bucks County Women’s Wellness,’” Vicki says. "We focus on women’s general well-being and perform preventative services while also diagnosing and treating a broad range of gynecological health issues." Services include well-woman exams and routine Pap smears, while gynecological health conditions they diagnose and treat include infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, pelvic pain, fibroids and ovarian cysts.
The practice also performs vaginal, pelvic and laparoscopic procedures, including hysterectomies and laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis diagnosis and treatment, using leading technologies. These include a colposcope, used to treat patients with abnormal Pap smears, and a hysteroscope, used to look inside the uterus.
What makes Bucks County Women’s Wellness unique is their philosophy that prevention is key to modern health care and that holistic therapies play valuable roles in treating patients’ symptoms. “Functional medicine has grown and become more mainstream and commonplace. More people realize it’s valid and is more accessible to them,” Vicki says. "Our emphasis is on quality of life, not just treating symptoms of disease. We want to help patients get through their symptoms more easily and feel better.”
Bucks County Women’s Health doesn't practice obstetrics, which enables them to focus exclusively on gynecological conditions and addressing patients' individual concerns. “We take the time to listen to each patient, something they appreciate,” the doctor says, explaining that they specifically set up schedules to allow adequate, comprehensive discussions with patients, including their associated home lives and careers.
Without offering obstetrics, the practice refers pregnant patients to other obstetrical practices, though these patients often return, especially for the peaceful atmosphere. “We routinely hear that patients love the office space," she says.
The practice treats women of all ages. Since opening, the doctor has found many patients seeking help in relieving symptoms pertaining to menopause and perimenopause, the process leading to menopause marked by intermittent menstrual periods. One therapy they offer is hormone replacement therapy, a “safe option for most women,” says Vicki.
They also offer holistic products for symptom relief. “Menopause is a very transitional time for patients, so we’ll help find a therapy that works for them, whether supplements or hormones, local or systemic,” she says.
Joining the doctor is physician assistant Monika Mansmann, PAC. Vicki says Monika's broad experience within a variety of medical specialties proves beneficial, especially for a practice rooted in integrative therapies. “Her breadth of experience is helpful when handling a variety of gynecologic problems, as some can be neurological or another type of condition,” Vicki says. “To best treat complex cases, you need to understand the whole self, including all the other systems and symptoms.”
A small part of the practice is devoted to performing aesthetic procedures, including Botox and fillers. While some might consider this an unusual service for a gynecological practice to offer, it aligns well with their holistic philosophy of helping women feel good, Vicki says, as looking good contributes to a positive sense of self.
Additionally, Vicki enjoys making her patients feel seen and heard. “Patients tell us they appreciate the time we devote to their individual needs. We tend to develop more of a relationship with our patients," she says, adding how some have followed her throughout her 25-year career. “We really try to love and care for our patients."