Dr. Monica Gavin
by Julianne Hale
After a firsthand experience with the symptoms of menopause, Monica Gavin, M.D., developed an interest in anti-aging medicine. “I had every symptom possible—lack of sleep, mood swings, increased abdominal fat and decreased energy,” she explains. “I went to my gynecologist and she did not offer any solutions except progesterone.”
That single treatment option frustrated Gavin and compelled her to conduct her own research and study anti-aging medicine. That quest eventually led to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. “For me, it was truly a miracle,” says Gavin. “It took care of every symptom I had. I have no hot flashes, I’ve got lots of energy and no mood swings.”
Gavin has been practicing anti-aging medicine for five years now. In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, her practice, Azani Medical Spa, in Bethlehem, offers wrinkle correction, skin tightening, acne therapy, laser hair removal, Botox and aesthetics. All plastic surgery procedures at Azani are performed by Dr. Benjamin Lam, who is board certified in plastic surgery.
Unlike synthetics, the hormones that Gavin prescribes are identical to the human molecule and provide a much safer, higher quality alternative to the one-size-fits-all synthetic hormones typically prescribed by physicians. “About 95 percent of the patients that I have taken care of for the past five years have fantastic results from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy,” reports Gavin.
Most of Gavin’s patients come to her after their attempts to discuss bioidentical hormones with a family physician or gynecologist are met with a lack of knowledge or an unwillingness to prescribe. When a patient comes to see Gavin about menopause or andropause (menopause in males), she performs a comprehensive exam, reviewing the patient’s medical history, getting bloodwork and saliva to test hormone levels. She uses this information to create a customized prescription tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
“There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hormones,” explains Gavin. “Synthetic hormones only come in one strength. I write a prescription for each patient that must be taken to a compounding pharmacist, who puts it all together and dispenses it.” The prescriptions come in sublingual form (under the tongue), drops, cream, oral capsules and injections.
Dr Gavin sees patients at PPC Pharmacy and has PPC expert compounding pharmacists prepare medications on site. It’s a convenience for the patient and Dr Gavin wants her patients to only receive the finest quality and accurate preparation. We are proud to have Dr Gavin at our Pharmacy and honored she has recognized PPC Pharmacy as her go to expert compounding pharmacy.
Please call for an appointment to be seen by Dr. Gavin at PPC: 610.625.3000