Pelvic & Gynecology

Pelvic issues can, and often do, have a big impact on a woman’s lifestyle. The pain and discomfort interfere with work and take the fun out of leisure time. Symptoms range from inconvenient and embarrassing to painful or even debilitating. They have a negative impact on a woman’s lifestyle and can be both challenging to diagnose and difficult to treat.

At Frye Regional Medical Center, our Pelvic Health program’s multidisciplinary team works with each patient to understand how pelvic issues are affecting her medically and emotionally. Our goal is to provide a care plan that blends traditional medicine with treatment options across a spectrum of services. We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of pelvic pain that may be caused by fibroids, endometriosis, or organ prolapse. We also evaluate and treat incontinence disorders. Interventions may include physical therapy, pelvic ultrasound, and surgery, as well as an education
and fitness-oriented pelvic health program.

Real Solutions for Real Issues

Nearly every woman experiences some form of pelvic issue in her lifetime, whether it’s discomfort, pain, bleeding, frequent urination, or incontinence. Young women may develop endometriosis and uncontrollable menstrual bleeding as early as their teens. Women of all ages may have problems with incontinence or pelvic prolapse, especially if they have had more than one child. Yet many of the patients that come through our doors have been told by friends, or even by their family physician, that their condition couldn’t be treated.

These women believe incontinence is “just part of aging” or that heavy bleeding “just happens to some girls.” As a result, although pelvic health disorders affect nearly one-quarter of U.S. women, many end up suffering in silence. At Frye Regional Medical Center, our Pelvic Health Program is dedicated to helping these women and debunking the myths about female pelvic conditions.

A Comprehensive Pelvic Health Program

Our multidisciplinary pelvic health team includes OB/GYNs, urologists, surgeons, primary care physicians, gastroenterologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and a nurse navigator. These experts work together to provide the proper diagnostic tests and treatment for most pelvic floor conditions. We coordinate each patient’s care to create a personalized treatment plan and facilitate communication with referring physicians.

Frye Regional Medical Center’s Pelvic Health Program treats the following conditions:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain
  • Abnormal Pap smears
  • Interstitial cystitis

Minimally Invasive Options at Frye

The Pelvic Health Program at Frye Regional Medical Center specializes in treating women for pelvic conditions and has a wide range of specialists, therapists, and healthcare professionals to ensure you get back to the life you were meant to live - full of joy, activity, intimacy, and strength. As any woman challenged with a pelvic health disorder knows, these issues can easily affect quality of life. What many women may not know is that these issues are treatable. New therapies, medications, and procedures offer hope to women currently handling their pelvic health issues alone. When surgical therapies are ineffective, our physicians are trained to perform state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgeries.

Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Pelvic pain and incontinence can affect every aspect of a woman’s life, from her physical wellbeing to her emotional health. Our compassionate therapists understand the challenges associated with pelvic conditions. They specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions and have received specific training, including educational courses sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association and Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute Training in pelvic floor anatomy and conditions.

Pelvic health physical therapists are the ideal health professionals to treat pelvic muscle dysfunctions, as they have been trained to assess the musculoskeletal system and determine a treatment plan. Working closely with their patients’ physicians, our pelvic health therapists provide quality care during the evaluation and treatment of:

  • Pelvic pain during and after pregnancy
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Pain after hysterectomy and other abdominal surgeries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint laxity
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Early or low-grade organ prolapse

The Pelvic Health Nurse Navigator

Our nurse navigator Andrea Wagner, RN, is a specially trained professional whose job it is to assist in all aspects of the patient’s care experience. In addition to serving as a single point of contact for pelvic health patients, she can be a compassionate educator, advocate and friend. When clinical issues arise, our navigator refers patients to the appropriate physician office or other healthcare resources. Please call 828.315.3795 for more information or send an email message to


Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment     

Pelvic pain and incontinence can affect every aspect of a woman's life, from her physical well-being to her emotional health. Our compassionate therapists understand the challenges associated with pelvic conditions. They specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions. Complete the Pelvic Floor Self-Assessment to help you assess your symptoms and decide whether you should see a specialist. 

Surgical Solutions

Frye Regional Medical Center’s expert medical staff provides consultation and management for patients with complex pelvic issues, even those who have not achieved success through nonsurgical or surgical therapies. Our expert surgeons excel at the treatment of urinary and pelvic floor disorders. Many urinary or pelvic floor disorders can be managed without surgery, but there are still times when surgery is the best –or only- option. Surgery remains the most effective treatment for a range of pelvic conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menorrhagia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Cancers of the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes
  • Urinary stress incontinence

The Pelvic Health Total Control® Program

Total Control is a seven-week, fitness-oriented pelvic health program for women of all ages. This clinically proven fitness and educational pelvic health program can transform women’s lives. In addition to strengthening underused pelvic floor muscles, the class provides simple educational tips and lifestyle suggestions for better pelvic and bladder health. By focusing on pelvic fitness from the inside out, Total Control® helps women experience life-changing benefits, including:

  • Stronger pelvic core and flatter abs
  • Improved bladder control
  • Better sexual health

Exercising the Pelvic Pyramid muscles is essential for healthy, active women.

The Total Control® Program’s trained professionals, including physical therapy nurses, offer each participant personalized instruction to actively correct and strengthen the muscles of her pelvic region. The one-hour workout is followed by a brief educational discussion of nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on pelvic health. In the privacy of the class setting, women discover a supportive environment where they can speak freely and take pride in their successes.

Frye Regional Medical Center is the exclusive provider of the Total Control® Program in Catawba County.

See if Total Control® is Right for You

Pelvic Strengthening Classes are offered as a 7-week series Monday and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • January 9 - February 22
  • March 6 - April 19
  • May 8 - June 28
  • July 10 - August 23
  • September 11 - October 25
  • November 6 - December 20

Cost for the class is $94.

Please call 828.315.3795 for more information or send an email message to

Gynecological Health

Regular checkups with your gynecologist are an important part of taking care of your overall health. Our experienced team can assist you through all the phases of your life. FryeCare Woman’s Clinic and FryeCare Piedmont OB/GYN provide you with comprehensive women’s healthcare, close to home.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

FryeCare Piedmont Obstetrics & Gynecology
210 13th Ave. Pl. NW • Hickory 28601
P: 828.322.3017 • F: 828.322.1087

3060 Hickory Blvd. • Hudson 28638
P: 828.728.7241 • F: 828.728.6457

  • Azra Ayubi, MD
  • J. Robert Goins, MD
  • Ryan N. Richardson, MD
  • Nancy Sciara, OGNP

FryeCare Woman’s Clinic
1781 Tate Blvd. SE, Suite 201 • Hickory 28602
P: 828.328.2901 • F: 828.327.6223

  • F. Alice Bishopric, MD
  • Steven R. Merta, MD
  • L. Kimball Royster, PA-C
  • Melinda Daves, WHNP-BC

Frye’s highly skilled OB/GYN providers offer excellent quality women’s care.

Consider contacting a physician if you require any of the following services:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Annual Exams and Screenings
  • In-office Ultrasound
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound
  • Urogynecology
  • Menopausal Therapy
  • Nexplanon, Mirena®, Sterilization
  • Endometrial Ablation
  • Outpatient Laparoscopy
  • Interstitial Cystitis