Janet Dehoux brings nearly 20 years of experience to clinic

Gloucester, Va. – Janet Dehoux, certified nurse practitioner, has joined Riverside Women's Healthcare Associates in Gloucester and is accepting new patients. Dehoux brings nearly 20 years of experience as a certified nurse practitioner to Women's Healthcare Associates. For the past 15 years, she has seen patients at Gloucester Women's Clinic.  

"I work with all age groups and enjoy seeing adolescent patients become adults and eventually mothers. I also enjoy counseling menopausal patients", Dehoux said. Women's health should be a priority, Dehoux said. Annual exams are not just a "pap" test but look at a woman's whole well-being. They're important for screening for cancer and identifying other health issues, such as elevated blood pressure and pelvic pain for patients who aren't seeing a primary care physician.   "Your risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer go up with age. Patients 40 and over who are experiencing bloating and weight loss and who continually aren't feeling well, should get examined", Dehoux said.

Janet Dehoux's nursing career started with Riverside nearly 30 years ago. She credits William B. Downey, now Riverside's President and Chief Executive Officer, with helping her return to graduate school to become a certified nurse practitioner. After receiving her Master's of Science degree from the Medical College of Virginia and becoming a certified adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), she returned to Riverside for two years to work with the family practice program in Newport News. "I'm grateful to be back in the Riverside family," she said.

Janet Dehoux is also a certified gerontological nurse practitioner through the ANCC. "I have a better perspective of the older population," she said. That's important as the nation's population ages, she said.

Janet Dehoux was born and raised in Mathews. "I wanted to come back and raise my sons in Mathews, that's what brought me back to the area," she said.Dehoux has been married for nearly 30 years to her high school sweetheart and has two married sons and two grandsons. She jokes that being around all those men prompted her to seek a career in women's health. She chairs the Mathews County Department of Social Services Board and volunteers at the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, providing pap smears and breast exams as part of the Every Woman's Life program for uninsured women.

Janet Dehoux's office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. "I love to have early hours for professional patients who want to have their appointments early and go to work," she said. "I love my patients and I love taking care of women."

Women's Healthcare Associates is made up of Dehoux and nurse practitioner, Mya Tyler, as well as Jeff Henke, M.D.; Lisa Casanova, M.D.; Leslie Hurt, M.D.; Diane Maddela, D.O.; and Susan Lontkowski, M.D. Its offices are 7547 Medical Drive, Suite 1200, in Gloucester, and 401 Oyster Point Road, Suite A, Newport News. The clinic accepts most insurance plans. The Gloucester office number is (804) 693-2670 and the Newport News number is (757) 249-3000.

Published: November 21, 2012