The physicians at Women’s Center for Pelvic Health are pioneers in this very specialized field of care. They create, study, and use the latest treatments available for a variety of conditions including urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders, fibroids, endometriosis, vulvar-vaginal disorders, pelvic pain and other problems that can affect a woman's quality of life.
Many treatments do not require surgery and include medications, targeted exercises, dietary changes or nonsurgical management. When surgery is necessary, our surgeons specialize in cutting edge minimally invasive surgery techniques.
We provide specialized care for the following:
Treatment options may include: Diet and behavior modification, pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, physical therapy, medications and surgery.
Kevin Stepp, MD, is director of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Stepp completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic. He then completed a 3-year combined fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and urogynecology/pelvic reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. After his fellowship, he returned to MetroHealth Medical Center where he served as fellowship director in urogynecology and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Stepp has received numerous awards, including the AUGS/SGS President's Award for Prize Paper on perioperative complications in elderly urogynecology patients. He is a two-time recipient of the AAGL Golden Laparoscope Award (AAGL's most prestigious award) for his videos on principles of laparoscopic suturing and single incision laparoscopy-total laparoscopic hysterectomy with sacral colpopexy. Dr. Stepp has also served on the Golden Laparoscope Award Review Committee. He is an active reviewer for multiple medical journals and has mentored obstetrics and gynecology residents during their training. Dr. Stepp is also the program director of the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Carolinas HealthCare System.
Since completing his residency, Dr. Stepp has used or evaluated almost every new surgical technology used in gynecologic laparoscopy to date. He is confident that his patients have the opportunity to receive the most advanced and best care possible. He is a thought leader and has been invited to teach, lecture, or present his research at several educational venues around the United States. He is currently one of only a few gynecologists in the world performing single incision laparoscopy/single port access with the goal being faster recovery with less pain. The single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed through a tiny single incision in the belly button and has the cosmetic advantage of essentially no visible scar.
As a board certified urogynecologist, Dr. Stepp has additional training and expertise in conditions that affect the female pelvic organs (including the vagina, uterus, bladder and rectum) and the muscles and connective tissue that support those organs. Doctors often refer to a urogynecologist for urinary incontinence or when they suspect a problem with "the pelvic floor" or the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that help support and control the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum.
As a minimally invasive surgeon, Dr. Stepp also sees patients with benign gynecologic conditions who need surgery but want to minimize risk, complications and recovery time. Many patients can be treated through outpatient surgery and go home the same day or after a short overnight stay.
Dr. Stepp devotes his practice to treating conditions that affect many women but are not always talked about. He realizes the concerns women have in seeking out excellent treatment in a compassionate environment. Dr. Stepp is proud of the help he receives from the nurses and certified nurse practitioners in his office. In addition to helping patients feel comfortable discussing often sensitive issues, he believes that women are entitled to the latest medicine and technology that is available.
Dr. Kennelly’s clinical, educational and academic expertise includes voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder and complex lower urinary tract and pelvic floor reconstruction. He is a lead investigator in several clinical trials on these topics. Dr. Kennelly has authored or co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on urinary incontinence and neurourology and has lectured extensively on these topics. He speaks internationally on neurogenic bladder, urologic complications of pelvic surgery, single incision slings, efficacy and safety in patients with urinary incontinence, and many other topics in the subspecialty area of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Kennelly is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of more than fifteen other professional organizations. He holds leadership positions and serves on the board of directors for the American Spinal Injury Association and American Paraplegic Society. Dr. Kennelly is also listed in America’s Top Doctors and is principal investigator in over 60 clinical trials, in addition to co-author of several journal articles, book chapters and educational videos.
At the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, Dr. Kennelly specializes in the treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and prolapse which includes laparoscopic/robotic and vaginal repair of prolapse, graft augmentation, mid-urethral sling placement, neuromodulations therapy, Interstim, botox treatments and urethral bulking incontinence.
Dr. Myers received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She completed her residency at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC and her fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. While there, she received specialized training in pelvic reconstruction using minimally invasive techniques including native tissue vaginal reconstruction and comprehensive reconstruction using the da Vinci® robot-assisted techniques. Her training includes evaluation and treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, childbirth trauma, pelvic organ prolapse, vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistulae, and mesh complications. She is also interested in medical education with a focus on simulation lab training, and is on the faculty of the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Carolinas HealthCare System.
During residency and fellowship, Dr. Myers received many awards including E. Daniel Griffin, Jr., MD Award for Surgical Excellence, Harold M. Sluder, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching, Golden Tar Heel Teaching Award, and Fellows Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Myers has presented her research in the field of urogynecology both nationally and internationally. She has published articles in the International Urogynecology Journal, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, and Southern Medical Journal in various topics with a focus on patient education and robotic surgery.
Dr. Myers is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), and the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA).
When not practicing, Dr. Myers enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her husband and dog
During his career Dr. Taylor has been honored as a top doctor by Charlotte Magazine and recognized as one of the top obstetrician gynecologists in the world. He has also won several awards for excellence in teaching by both medical students and resident physicians. He lectures internationally on topics related to women's health and female pelvic medicine, reconstructive surgery and urogynecology. Dr. Taylor’s dedication to women's health has taken him from the Carolinas to as far away as the African continent to deliver care as a missionary and fistula surgeon. He is a member of the American Urogynecology Society and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He is also a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Taylor's clinical interests are minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, reconstructive vaginal surgery for prolapse and mesh complications, urinary and fecal incontinence and female external genitalia reconstruction.
Dr. Taylor has published several papers and served as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Taylor is also the assistant program director of the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Carolinas HealthCare System and sees patients at both the Charlotte and Concord locations of the Women's Center for Pelvic Health.
Dr. Tarr earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. She completed her three-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Loyola University in Chicago, IL, while simultaneously completing a master’s program in clinical research methods at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. During her fellowship, Dr. Tarr gained extensive training in laparoscopic, robot-assisted laparoscopic, vaginal and open abdominal approaches to pelvic reconstructive surgery. She has also had extensive experience with procedures for urinary and fecal incontinence, mesh-related complications, vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula, childbirth trauma, and sacral neuromodulation.
During her residency and fellowship training, Dr. Tarr received recognition for her teaching and patient care. She was recognized with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and The Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, and she has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Additionally, she recently received MVP recognition for her excellent patient care from the Chief of Staff of the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Tarr has authored several peer-reviewed articles, four book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national, regional and local meetings. Her research interests include surgeon ergonomics during laparoscopic and robotic surgery, comparison of surgical methods of prolapse correction, patient informed consent and resident/fellow surgical education. Dr. Tarr is on the faculty of the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Carolinas HealthCare System.
Dr. Tarr sees patients at Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast and performs the majority of her surgeries through minimally invasive approaches, either vaginally, laparoscopically or robotically. She enjoys discussing pelvic floor disorders with patients and takes great pride in excellent clinical care.
When is not operating or doing clinical work, Dr. Tarr enjoys spending time with her daughter, son, and husband.
Smitha Vilasagar, MD is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon at the Carolinas Healthcare System Mercy Women's Center for Pelvic Health. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She earned her medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She then completed her residency and fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chronic Pelvic Pain/Endometriosis treatment at the University of Rochester.
During residency and fellowship training, Dr. Vilasagar presented multiple oral, video and poster presentations at national conferences. She was awarded first place winner of Residency Laparoscopic Olympics Simulation Competition, and received the AAGL Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award.
Dr. Vilasagar provides care for patients requiring minimally invasive surgery for a variety of reasons such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, dysmenorrhea, infertility, and fibriods. She performs multiple surgical procedures for treatment of chronic pelvic pain, sacrospinous ligament transection for treatment of pudendal neuralgia, ovarian vein ligation for treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, vestibulectomy with vaginal advancement for treatment of vulvodynia, pelvic floor Botox injections for treatment of pelvic floor tension myalgia, as well as out patient procedures such as trigger point injections and nerve blocks.
Dr. Vilasagar is a member of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, International Pelvic Pain Society, and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She was recently awarded the AAGL Best Surgical Video on Pelvic Pain at the 45th AAGL Global Congress for her video titled "Laparoscopic Ovarian Vein Ligation for the Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome."
Patients experiencing dysmenorrhea, vulvar/vaginal pain, dyspareunia, and pelvic pain of myofascial origin can be referred to Dr. Vilasagar at the Women's Center for Pelvic Health CMC Mercy location.
Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) is a specialized area of OB/GYN that focuses on the care of women with pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor disorders include troubles with prolapse (difficulty with controlling urination or bowel habits). Although your primary care physician, OB/GYN or urologist may have knowledge about these problems, a FPMRS doctor or urogynecologist can offer additional expertise. Doctors specialized in FPMRS have completed four years of medical school, four years of OB/GYN residency and, typically, three years of advanced surgical and medical training, or a fellowship, in pelvic reconstructive surgery. Providers become board-certified in FPMRS after passing an exam from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Board of Urology. At the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, we are fortunate to have the only FPMRS fellowship in the Charlotte area. Our fellows have been selected out of a highly qualified pool of candidates to complete this fellowship as junior partners of our practice. Our practice is privileged to have the honor to train the next generation of FPMRS doctors. We welcome them as an integral part of our patient care team. To learn more about the FPMRS fellowship, click here.
Dr. Dina Bastawros is currently a fellow in the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery program at Carolinas HealthCare System. She grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and then relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated with honors from Indiana University. Dr. Bastawros then went on to Indiana University School of Medicine to receive her medical degree. While there, she served on the admissions committee and chaired several organizations, including the Honor Council and OB/GYN Student Interest Group. She recently completed her OB/GYN residency training at St. Vincent Hospital Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she served as chief of education for medical students. During residency, Dr. Bastawros was awarded the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Excellence Award two years in a row. Dr. Bastawros is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), and the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). Dr. Bastawros has special interest in minimally invasive surgery, reconstructive vaginal surgery and pelvic health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, exercise and reading.