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:

  • Pelvic reconstructive surgery
  • Urinary pain, including interstitial cystitis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Disorders of the uterine cervix
  • Disorders of the ovaries
  • Painful periods
  • Vulvovaginal conditions
  • Female urology and urogynecology
  • Urodynamic testing
  • Cystoscopy
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery

Treatment options may include: Diet and behavior modification, pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, physical therapy, medications and surgery.

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Our Physicians

  • Kevin Stepp, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
  • Michael Kennelly, MD, FACS, FPMRS
  • Erinn Myers, MD, FACOG
  • Bernard Taylor, MD, FACOG, FPMRS
  • Megan E. Tarr, MD, MS, FACOG, FPMRS

Kevin Stepp, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Kevin Stepp, MD

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.

Education

  • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, MetroHealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University
  • Fellowships:
    • Minimally invasive surgery, The Cleveland Clinic
    • Urogynecology and reconstructive surgery, The Cleveland Clinic

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Michael Kennelly, MD, FACS, FPMRS

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology Michael Kennelly, MD, FACS, FPMRS Dr. Michael Kennelly, of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency in urology at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his fellowship in neurourology at University of Texas in Houston, Texas. Dr. Kennelly serves as the co-director of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and medical director of the Charlotte Continence Center at Carolinas Rehabilitation. In addition to holding various faculty teaching positions at Carolinas HealthCare System, including its female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship, Dr. Kennelly serves as clinical professor in the department of surgery and division of urology at the University of North Carolina.

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.

Education

  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati
  • Residency: Urology, University of Michigan Hospital
  • Fellowship: Neurourology, urodynamics, and incontinence, University of Texas Health Science Center

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Erinn Myers, MD, FACOG

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Erinn Myers, MD Dr. Erinn Myers is a urogynecologist who practices at the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a board certified OB/GYN and earned diplomat status within the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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

Education

  • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Fellowship: Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, University of North Carolina

Publications

  • Internet use among urogynecology patients in North Carolina.
    Authors: Myers, E.M., Rustowicz, L., Wells D., Kidd, J.B., Jannelli, M.L., Connolly, A., and Wu, J.M.
  • Implementation of a standardized digital rectal exam to improve the accuracy of rectocele diagnosis.
    Authors: Crane, A.K., Geller, E.J., Myers, E.M., Fenderson, J.L., Wells, E., Jannelli, M., Connolly, A., Matthews, C.A.
  • Differences in recurrent prolapse at 1 year after total vs supracervical hysterectomy and robotic sacrocolpopexpy.
    Authors: Myers, E.M., Siff, L., Osmundsen, B., Geller, E., Matthews, C.A.

Bernard Taylor, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Gerald Bernard Taylor, MD Dr. G. Bernard Taylor, of the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, is a native Carolinian who attended North Carolina State University for his undergraduate studies before obtaining his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then came to Carolinas Medical Center and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology before entering private practice. Because of his love for teaching and the intellectual pursuits of academic medicine, he returned to training and completed a fellowship in urogynecology and pelvic surgery at Northside Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Education

  • Medical School: University of North Carolina
  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, Carolinas HealthCare System
  • Fellowship: Urogynecology and advanced pelvic surgery, Southeastern Gynecology and Oncology

Publications

  • Posterior Repair with Perforated Porcine Dermal Graft.
    Authors: G.B. Taylor, R.D. Moore, J.R. Miklos, and T.F. Mattox

Megan E. Tarr, MD, MS, FACOG, FPMRS

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Erinn Myers, MD Dr. Megan Tarr is a urogynecologist who practices at the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is doubly board certified in obstetrics/gynecology and female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery. She has also earned her diplomate status within the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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.

Education

  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Obstetrics and gynecology, University of Chicago
  • Fellowship: Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Loyola University

Publications

  • Comparison of postural ergonomics between laparoscopic and robotic sacrocolpopexy: a pilot study.
    Authors: Tarr ME, Brancato SJ, Cunkelman JA, Polcari A, Nutter B, Kenton K.
  • Robotic Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (ROSATS): Multicenter Dry Lab Training Pilot Study.
    Authors: Tarr ME, Rivard C, Petzel AE, Summers S, Mueller ER, Rickey LM, Denman MA, R Nardos R, Harders R, Durazo-Arvizu R, Kenton K.
  • Validity and Reliability of the Robotic Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills.
    Authors: Siddiqui, NY, Galloway, L, Geller, EJ, Green, IC, Hur, H, Langston, K, Pitter, MC, Tarr, ME, Martino, MA.

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

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.

Our Fellow

Dina Bastawros, MD

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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.

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