Mary Wellhoner, MD, MPH, FACOG
Dr. Mary Wellhoner founded the Women’s Wellness Center in 1999 in order to provide comprehensive wellness-centered gynecologic care for women. She enjoys spending time with her patients and helping them achieve more active and abundant lifestyles. After moving to Reno in 1998, Dr. Wellhoner realized that many women wanted a more integrative approach to their health care. Women were seeking information on all aspects of wellness and alternative treatments and needed help sorting through the abundance of confusing health information becoming available online. She gave up the practice of obstetrics and founded the Women’s Wellness Center in order to focus on integrative gynecology, which emphasizes incorporation of alternative therapies, nutrition and bioidentical treatments into traditional medical and surgical practice. In addition to traditional gynecologic care and surgery, the Women’s Wellness Center strives to provide comprehensive services to enhance wellness, hormone balance, sexual and spiritual health.
Dr. Wellhoner is originally from Florida, attended UC San Diego School of Medicine and completed obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After residency, Dr. Wellhoner obtained additional training in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutrition, alternative therapies and female sexual health. She incorporates all hormone replacement options into her practice and has worked with local compounding pharmacies for the past 15 years to help women with special hormone replacement needs. In addition, many of Dr. Wellhoner’s patients benefit from the simultaneous treatment with acupuncture offered across the hall by Dr. Wellhoner’s husband, George Mars MD. In conjunction with the University of Nevada, Dr. Wellhoner and Dr. Mars have published a pilot study on the benefits of acupuncture for treating female sexual dysfunction.
Drs. Wellhoner and Mars have raised their two children in Reno, both of whom are now attending UNR. Dr. Wellhoner has a passion for international health and in 2010 completed a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University focusing on global maternal health and mortality. She regularly does volunteer public health work in developing countries.
Laurie Smith, BN, RNC, APRN
Laurie Smith has been a Nurse Practitioner in the Reno-Sparks area for 24 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1980. In 1984, she relocated to Reno and started working at Washoe Medical Center. She received her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certificate in 1989 from Harbor-UCLA. Her passion for women's health is evident in the high quality health care she has provided to women of all ages. She has been recognized by the medical community and patients for her commitment to women with nominations for Nurse of the Year in 2002 and 2010 as well as a 2nd place award for "Best Gyn in Reno" in Reno News and Review in 2008.
Laurie has had the privilege to work with the best gynecologists in Reno-Sparks who have inspired her throughout her career. While she strives to keep current with all the newest surgical treatment options and innovations, her goal is to help women achieve optimal wellness and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Laurie and her husband, Gary, have two grown daughters and enjoy all the recreational and cultural opportunities Northern Nevada has to offer.
Sherri Aikin is a Fellow of Integrative Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Sex Counselor, and Life Coach. Her unique synthesis of degrees and certifications provide an expertise in the field of mind-body wellness. She specializes in sexuality, hormonal balance, nutrition, mindfulness, prevention and promotion of overall health and well-being, affirming the beauty and vitality of a whole and complete life for her clients.
• Fellow of Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
• Master of Science in Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno
• ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center
• Certified NLP Life Coach, The NLP and Coaching Institute of California
• Certified Sex Therapist, to be Accredited by American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, Maimonides University
• Certified Sex Counselor, AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapist)
• Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach/Life Coach, Center for Credentialing and Education.
• Let Your Yoga Dance, Certified Instructor
• AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners)
• AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists)
ISSWSH (International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health)