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09/17/2012
By: yordanka
Womens Health Association
I would like to commend Women’s Health Associates, P.C. for their outstanding services. On September 5th, my son was born at Inova Fairfax Hospital. I cannot express how happy I feel because I chose their practice about seven years ago. Dr. Soto and Dr. Garreau always treated me with the highest degree of professionalism, but when it came to the “big day,” they exceeded all my expectations. Once I was checked in at the hospital, Dr. Soto arrived at the right moment and quickly delivered by baby. Later, I was looking at her face while she was doing some stiches on me and I felt so relaxed because she made it look so easy. I knew I was in the right hands. The following day, at 9:30pm, Dr. Garreau came to my hospital recovery room for a regular check. I was so impressed that both doctors work such late hours. In addition to examining me, she took the time to chat with me and my husband and answered all our questions. We realized once again that this practice really cares about their patients and goes beyond their regular duties when it comes to patient’s health and well-being. Finally, we could not have asked for a more cordial, responsive, and accommodating staff this practice has. All the nurses, and Norca in particular, were always there for us to answer our questions and make us feel welcome. In summary, it is the exceptional professionalism and the human touch that makes this practice our favorite among all the doctors’ offices my family visits. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for OBGYN services in the Northern Virginia area, as I did suggest it to my sister, who recently became a patient of Women’s Health Associates, P.C.
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