When I started to work for Dr. Martin in May 2011, he asked
all of us to fill out personality profiles so that we could discover our
strengths and weaknesses. Using Patrick
Leoncini ‘s The Five Dysfunctions of a
, he used the results to guide us through several team building
exercises in order to figure out how our personalities could work together in
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I have to admit that, at first, I thought the exercises were
a bit cliché. But after sitting down
with my new fellow co-workers, going through our personality profiles, and
figuring out how our personalities could work together for the better, I
realized why Dr. Martin took the time to have us complete it. It
turns out that we all are of like minds:
intelligent, humorous and personable with a common strong work ethic and
good teamanship skills. As Becky Miller, one of our Physicians
Assistants puts it, “Happiness fosters good teamanship and good teamanship
fosters happiness.”
Martha Green, our second Physician’s Assistant, adds, “We
all have different personalities and bring something unique to the table but we
complement each other,” and Whitney Giavelli, one of our nurses, also includes,
“We compliment each others strengths and weaknesses.”
You see, we are not just co-workers. We are a family. “We
truly enjoy each others company, laugh every day, share our ups and downs,
support each other and we are a great team,” says Karla Winningham, our office
manager, all-around problem solver, and ovarian cancer survivor. I started working here when Karla was going
through chemotherapy, and it was amazing to see how everyone pulled together to
take care of her and try to fill her shoes during her brief absence….no easy
We are a relatively small practice, which I appreciate both
as a patient and as an employee. Before
I started working here and was coming to the practice as an obstetrical patient,
I loved that all of the staff knew my name and remembered special details about
my pregnancy. They made me feel like
more than just a chart number. As an employee, I enjoy reciprocating that personal
touch to the patients.
Our positive and caring attitudes are well received by our
patients, and it translates into a great experience for them. “I am very picky and demanding with my
medical care, and I don’t shy away from admitting it. Yet, I couldn’t
appreciate this place more than I do! If I didn’t know any different, I would
really think Martha Green is a dear friend, that’s how comfortable and at ease
she makes me feel each and every time I make it there. I love all the staff.
They are very friendly, personable and efficient,” says patient Iulia
Iordachescu Phillips. “Everyone at the
office is very friendly and welcoming. I felt like I’d know everyone in the
office for years after only a few visits. I don’t believe you can get any
better personalized care then from this office,” says patient Jessica Shealy.
Not only do we work well together, we play well together,
too. It is important for us to get
together outside of the office on a monthly basis to strengthen the bond
between us. Whether it is for a painting
party, our kids’ or spouses’ birthday parties, a day or weekend at the lake, or
even a 5 day vacation to a tropical paradise, we enjoy activities outside of the
office. Kim Colson, our clinical trials
coordinator, says, “I do not consider my coworkers just coworkers…but a
family and also my best group of friends. We all have a connection that enables
us to enjoy working together every day as well as love each others company
outside the office. It’s overwhelming how supportive everyone in the office is
of each other.”
The source of our inspiration and motivation is the man
behind the scrubs—Dr. Martin. We are all
very lucky enough to have such an amazing person as our leader. “Dr. Martin is a very genuine
person. He cares very much about his patients as well as his
staff/family! I’ve never worked for someone as caring as he is in
EVERYTHING he does,” says Tracie Tackett, our insurance and referrals
“I’ve worked several
places, and it really is great to be appreciated by your boss. Dr. Martin
really does appreciate all the hard work we all do, our dedication to the
practice and our patients. He is such a giving, compassionate, and caring
person. He has been there for me at my darkest time of need when I was
sick along with my coworkers. I truly am blessed to have been chosen to
come work for him,” said Karla.
Dr. Martin is more than just a doctor or a boss. He is a leader. He challenges us to think outside the box
whether it is in regards to figuring out what is going on under the microscope
or coming up with creative ways to participate in community activities. Michelle Timmons, Dr. Martin’s nurse for over
15 years, says, “I have learned so much from him over the years he is such a
great teacher. It is wonderful to know that he still loves what he
does. I love this man!”
In preparations for this article, I asked each of my
co-workers to send me a few words as to why we work so well together to provide
excellent patient care. We were all blown away by Dr. Martin’s words,
which brought tears to our eyes…as well as to his:
“I have always tried to lead my practice by providing the
best care possible for my patients and supporting and respecting my staff. I
have always felt no one is any better than anyone else and that our patients
get the best care when we all respect and care for each other and fulfill our
responsibilities to the best of our ability. When that happens, everything else
tends to fall into place.
If you want to be the best you can be, you have to surround
yourself with the best people. I feel that I have done that. I work with two excellent Physicians
Assistants who have demonstrated their talents in the field of womens health
with unwavering reliability. Their
dedication to excellence and caring is unsurpassed. I learn from them daily and they add a very
valuable asset to our practice.
I am lucky enough to have three fabulous nurses who not only
care about the patients health, but strive to make each day a blessing to those
they come in contact with. Michelle is
more than just my nurse and right hand; she is a steady force always with a
smile who makes me a more complete physician.
My administrative staff works tirelessly to keep a steady
office flow by responding to inquiries, phone calls and the like with a
pleasant attitude and a servant spirit.
They are the first and the last people a patient sees; it is comforting to know that a patient’s
visit starts and ends with a smile from my girls up front.
I feel that being a doctor is what God called me to do, and
serving in this capacity brings me rewards that words cannot describe. Working in this office is so wonderful
because I love the people I work with, and I enjoy providing care to the
patients who come to our office each day.”

Teal is the awareness color for ovarian cancer and by displaying it across the United States,the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition hopes to increase the public’s understanding about this deadly disease. Since there is no early screening test for ovarian cancer, it is imperative that all people recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease. Early detection saves lives.
All women are at risk for ovarian cancer, but some are at a higher risk.  These include:  women with a family or personal history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer; post-menopausal women; and women who have never been pregnant or given birth.  Until a screening test is found for ovarian cancer, women should have a vaginal/rectal pelvic exam every year.  If a family member has cancer, discuss regular monitoring with your provider.

“In September I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary of being cancer free!  As I reflect these past 2 years, I am definitely not the same person I was before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Life now has more meaning.  I want to enjoy every moment, spend more time with family and friends, be a little more
adventurous and appreciate all the little things in life.”  -Karla Winningham, Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Making the transition to motherhood can be difficult enough without adding the pressures of breastfeeding. Things may not come naturally, and good intentions, well laid out plans and hopes of the perfect experience can quickly go by the wayside.

This was the case after the delivery of my daughter almost 6 years ago. I did have the perfect experience after she was born…skin to skin and she latched right away. Even the nurses were impressed. It wasn’t until I was at home, without the help of the lactation consultants/nurses, that I started experiencing difficulty. While I had plenty of milk supply she fought me tooth and nail trying to latch and usually did so improperly.

Out of frustration I went to exclusively pumping where then my once plentiful supply quickly decreased to where I had to supplement with formula. I was disappointed. I felt defeated. And I gave up. Knowing what I know now, I prefer to consider myself a much more mature mom (or older as some would say), I wish I would have utilized the many great resources our community has to help with my struggles.

Trident has lactation consultants that can give you one on one instruction. There are numerous support groups at both the hospital and county health departments. There are herbal supplements that really work with increasing milk supply. Instead of turning to help, I let my lack of sleep and frustration get the best of me. I encourage all moms to give it a good solid 3 weeks as it will get better and never decide to quit out of frustration. No one said being a mother much less breastfeeding would be easy so don’t give up!

-Whitney Giavelli

If you ask me what has been my biggest challenge as a mother of two, hands down, I will tell you “breastfeeding.” While it was the most frustrating, exhausting, all-consuming thing I have ever done, it is also my biggest accomplishment. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

While I was not successful breastfeeding my daughter, my first child, I was able to breastfeed my son for 13 months. No, he is not healthier or smarter than my daughter, as many like to say of breastfeed babies…it’s quite the opposite as he was my sickly child.

But I have to say that we have this indescribable bond that I can only hope other mothers get to experience. In honor of National Breastfeeding Week I will share with you the ups and downs of breastfeeding based on my experiences with my two children. Hopefully this will help someone who is trying to come to peace with not breastfeeding or their current breastfeeding struggles.

-Whitney Giavelli

Keep an eye out on this page for special posts from Whitney, one of our nurses, as she shares her struggles and successes with breastfeeding!

If you don’t know what the acronym UTI stands for, consider yourself a lucky lady. The urinary tract is made up of your bladder and kidneys and the tubes that connect them. When germs creep up the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body, they can get into your bladder, causing a urinary tract infection (UTI). Most UTIs start off as bladder infections.

If left untreated, these infections can spread to your kidneys and do some serious damage to your body. The bacteria that travels up the urethra and into the bladder come from the vagina and anal areas…hence the reason why women should always wipe from front to back!

Unfortunately, women are anatomically more prone to UTIs than men are, because women’s urethras are shorter than men’s, making it much easier for bacteria to get into the urinary tract. Pregnant women have a much higher risk of developing UTIs, because the hormones of pregnancy cause changes in the urinary system. Women with diabetes are also at a higher risk.

Even though women are anatomically predisposed to UTIs, there are several ways to prevent them from occurring. First and foremost, drink lots of fluids! And after you fully hydrate, be sure to empty your bladder frequently. This will flush your system of any bacteria that might be lingering in your urinary tract.

Activities like wearing tight clothes, intercourse, and crossing your legs cause friction that can propel bacteria into the urinary system. This doesn’t mean you have to hang up your skinny jeans…just don’t wear themall day! Another way to help ward off the evil UTI is to empty your bladder immediately after intercourse to flush out any bacteria that may have entered the urethra.


If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know how painful and inconvenient they can be. Common symptoms are pain and burning when you urinate. In addition, you have the urge to urinate frequently, but when you do go…not much comes out. Other symptoms include fever and chills, pain in one side of your back under your ribs, and cloudy or smelly urine.


So what should you do if you suspect that you have the dreaded UTI? Call our office immediately to schedule an appointment so that we can test and treat you appropriately. Until you can get to the office, drink plenty of fluids and take Azo-Standard to give you some relief, but remember this doesn’t treat the infection it just treats some of the symptoms.


Born June 1st at 6:02pm to proud parents Amy Dulin and Adam Perkins. Sweet William weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz and measured 19 inches long!
Meet Brody Dean Kokinda! Born May 10, 2012 to proud parents Dean and Michelle. 17 inches, 6 lbs 3 ozs.


Born February 15, 2012 to proud parents Ansley and Brandon Wilson.  7 pounds, 3 ounces and so stinkin cute!

Welcome to the world, Taylor! Born January 6th, 2012 to proud parents Latarsha and Tamisha. Sweet little Taylor was 7 lbs, 5 ounces and 19.5″ long!

We’d like to introduce you to Harper Reese! Born December 29, 2011 to proud parents Erin and Todd. Such a cutie!

Born February 8, 2012 to proud parents Blair and Nick Ross. 5 pds 8oz 20 inches

More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Uncover the truth and make ending heart disease a reality.  The American Heart Association has wonderful information on their web site to help you live a heart-healthy life.  There is even an entire page devoted to grocery shopping for heart-healthy products.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Call it coincidence or call it fate. Lauren and her husband, Aubrey, were both delivered by Dr. Martin–Lauren in 1986 and Aubrey in 1989. Flash forward to 2012, and the couple is now married and expecting their first child…to be delivered in May by Dr. Martin!

Win an exercise ball, workout bag and MP3 player! Create your account through the Patient Portal from February 1-February 29th and you are automatically registered to win! Already created your account? Sign in and fill out the new Health History form and you will also be entered into the drawing to be held on March 1st.  Go to www.jmartinmd.com and click on the “Patient Log-In” below the baby to get started.

Drum roll please……….We are happy to announce that we have been Voted The Best OB/GYN by the readers of the Summerville Journal Scene! This is our fourth year in a row winning this great honor! Thank you to everyone for your support. Check out the special publication here: http://issuu.com/themoultrienews/docs/readerschoicesjs2011
This is National Folic Acid Awareness Week! Folic acid is a vitamin that can help prevent birth defects. Women of childbearing age need an extra 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day. Check out CDC’s http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.html