W. Miyazaki, MD, FACOG
A native of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Miyazaki graduated
from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University
in 1990. He then stayed at Wake Forest University and North
Carolina Baptist Hospital for obstetrics and gynecology residency
training. There he was honored as Resident of the Year in 1993
before completing his training in 1994. He then began private
practice with Dr. Steven Cook at WomanCare in 1994.
Dr. Miyazaki is Board Certified and is a Fellow of the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Strongly committed
to family, community and women’s health care issues, he
volunteers his time to serve on many boards and executive committees,
including the Forsyth Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition and
the Forsyth-Stokes-Davie County Medical Society. He is a graduate
of the Leadership Winston-Salem Class of 2000 and also the Leadership
College of the North Carolina State Medical Society in 2003.
Dr. Miyazaki served as president of the Forsyth-Stokes-Davie
County Medical Society in 2005.
Dr. Miyazaki’s professional interests include both low
and high-risk obstetrics and he has completed special training
in advanced laparoscopy, urinary incontinence evaluation and
treatment and pelvic floor reconstructive surgery. He enjoys resident education and won the Teaching Excellence award in 2003 and 2008. Dr. Miyazaki has also been named in America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2006 and received the Patients' Choice Award in 2008.
Dr. Miyazaki and his wife, Beverly, have three children. They
enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and sports, especially
skiing, fishing, tennis. He is a 4th degree Black Belt and is a Tae Kwon Do Master.
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A. Helman, MD, FACOG
Dr. Helman is a native of Ohio and is a 1991 graduate of the
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed
a Medicine Internship at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati in
1992 and joined WomanCare in 1996 after completing residency
training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bowman Gray School
of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She is Board Certified
and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and
She enjoys all aspects of her specialty including low and high-risk
obstetrics, management of abnormal PAP smears and maternal disorders
as well as preventative gynecologic care from adolescence through
Dr. Helman is married to Dr. Steve Helman and they have two
children. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking
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Phillip W. Ponder, MD, FACOG
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Ponder graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 and from the UNC School of Medicine in 1990. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency training at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Formerly Bowman Gray School of Medicine) in 1994. After practicing medicine in Raleigh for four years, he returned to Winston-Salem in 1998 to join WomanCare. Dr. Ponder is Board Certified and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Ponder's special healthcare interests include laparascopy, obstetric ultrasound and the pregnant athlete.
In his free time he enjoys competitive running and nature photography. Dr. Ponder's wife, Carolyn, is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in an infertility practice. They have a twin daughter and son.
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A. Oliver, MD, FACOG
Dr. Oliver was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
A Morehead Scholar, she attended the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, earning a degree in Biology. She graduated from
the UNC School of Medicine in 2001 as a Board of Governor’s
Scholar. While enrolled in medical school, she also completed
a Masters of Science in Public Health in Maternal & Child
Health from the UNC School of Public Health.
Dr. Oliver served her obstetrics and gynecology residency training
at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical School (formerly Bowman
Gray School of Medicine). During residency, she received a Resident
Teaching Award and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Oliver is certiified by the American College of Obstetricians and
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is also
a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical
Association, and the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Her main interests are adolescent health and racial disparities
in health outcomes.
She is married to Dr. J. Mark Oliver, DDS, who practices dentistry
in Winston-Salem. They have three active children. While
Dr. Oliver’s main hobby is playing mommy, she does enjoy
Pilates, Yoga, photography and travel.
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Melanie Schwartz, MD, FACOG
Dr. Schwartz was born in Denver, CO but calls Mississippi “home.” There, she attended and was valedictorian of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. During her time at Millsaps, she was also awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in research studying cellular division of cancer cells. She majored in biology and was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. After college, Dr. Schwartz attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she then stayed and completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was elected and served as Chief Administrative Resident during her fourth year.
Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her health-related interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic ultrasound, adolescent health, and health care delivery to the growing Hispanic community.
She is married to Dr. Joshua Z. Schwartz. They are the proud parents of their daughter and the other member of the family, their chocolate lab, Bogey. Her hobbies include running, tennis, Wake Forest sports, traveling, spending time with her family, cooking, and improving her Spanish.
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Jaleema Speaks, MD
A native of the Bronx, New York, Dr. Speaks received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and stayed at Wake Forest Baptist Health to complete her four year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Speaks has special interests in hypertension disorders during pregnancy, laparascopic surgery and preventive medicine.
She has a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband, kelly and her two children, Josh and Nahla.
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Laura Ramsay, MD, FACOG
Dr. Ramsay was born and raised on her parents’ farm in Waynesville, North Carolina. After a professional career in classical ballet with the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, she returned home to North Carolina to pursue a career in medicine. She graduated magna cum laude at UNC-Asheville, and she subsequently obtained a Health Professions Scholarship with the US Navy to attend East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.
Dr. Ramsay completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During residency, she received two prestigious awards for teaching and the Special Excellence Award for Endoscopic Procedures.
Dr. Ramsay then served four years of active duty service in the US Navy, achieving the rank of LCDR. During that time, she was placed in charge of training for all Obstetrics and Gynecology students at the Uniformed Services University. She held the position of Assistant Professor, and was awarded the 2011 National Faculty Award. Upon completion of her military service, she was additionally awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Navy for the work she did with Wounded Warriors, their families, and the futures physicians who serve them.
Dr. Ramsay is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Her main interests are in adolescent health care, eating disorders, exercise in pregnancy, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
She is married to Dr. David Ramsay, who practices Gastroenterology at Digestive Health Specialists. They have two children. Her hobbies include dancing, yoga, pilates, and anything that gets her outdoors.
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Luper, CNM, MSN
A native of North Carolina, Allison Luper received a Bachelor’s
Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Nursing in 1987. She worked in high-risk obstetrics
at Forsyth Medical Center for 10 years and has participated
in obstetrical research with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit
of the National Institute of Health for six years. She then
continued her nursing education and received a Master’s
Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from East Carolina University
in 1999 prior to joining WomanCare.
Allison’s special interests are pregnancy, well-woman
gynecology and working with adolescents.
In her free time she enjoys golfing, boating and traveling with
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A native of Virginia, Cindy Backus received her Nursing Degree
at Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, and
trained as a Nurse Practitioner at Emory University in Atlanta,
Georgia. Cindy is certified by the National Certification Corporation
Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties.
Cindy is very active professionally and is a member of the Association
of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, the
Piedmont Association of Physician’s Assistants, the North
Carolina Nurse Practitioner Association, the Executive Education
Committee for the Susan Komen Foundation and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County Breast Cancer Coalition.
Cindy’s special interests are in community education and
women’s health issues including childbirth preparation
and breast cancer. In her time off she enjoys the beach, outdoor
recreation and spending time with her large family.
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Rhonda is nationally certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner,
providing care and treatment for obstetric and gynecologic patients.
She has been practicing for over 10 years in an OB GYN office
in Mt. Airy before moving to Clemmons, North Carolina.
Rhonda received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Nursing in 1991. She
worked in Labor & Delivery and the High Risk unit for 5
years. She then continued her nursing education and received
a Master’s of Science Degree as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
from Vanderbilt University in 1996.
Rhonda’s special interests are breast feeding support, pregnancy
and working with adolescents. She is married and has one son.
In her free time she enjoys family time, yoga, gardening and
Jennifer Keiger, FNP, MSN
Jennifer is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a native of North Carolina and received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from East Carolina University in 2001 and a Master‘s of Nursing from Winston Salem State University in 2004. During her career, she has worked as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, taught within 2 local college nursing schools, and functioned as a Nurse Practitioner for 7 years. Prior to joining the WomanCare team in November 2010, she was a Family Nurse Practitioner at Winston Salem Healthcare for over 6 years. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Jennifer has special interest in adolescent women’s health, preventative health maintenance, prevention of preterm birth and promotion of healthy babies, breast feeding support and promotion and possesses a special passion for women struggling with specific conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility.
She also remains professionally active and committed by serving in community projects associated with the March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and pets, traveling, photography, baking, making jewelry and serving her local church.
Hamilton, MS, RD, LDN
A native of North Carolina, Sandi Hamilton earned a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Nutrition from Appalachian State University
in 1989. After working as a spa nutritionist for several years,
Sandi then pursued her Master’s Degree in Nutrition from
Hunter College in New York City, which she completed in 1996.
Sandi did her clinical training at Our Lady of Mercy Medical
Center in New York and subsequently practiced Clinical Dietetics
at Our Lady of Mercy for two years. While in New York she also
attended Peter Kumps’ Professional Cooking School where
she learned gourmet spa and vegetarian cooking. Upon returning
to North Carolina, Sandi joined the staff at WomanCare as a
Sandi is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and
registered by the American Dietetic Association. She is a member
of the American Dietetic Association and the Winston-Salem Dietetic
Sandi’s special interests include Women’s Health,
especially pregnancy, breast feeding, weight control and eating
disorders. Sandi is available for group presentations and seminars
In her leisure time, Sandi enjoys spending time with her husband
and daughter, reading and cooking.
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Greenly, MS, RD, LDN
Jennifer Greenly is a native of eastern Pennsylvania. She earned
her Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition Science
from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She worked
as a dietitian assistant at the University of Michigan Medical
Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before returning to graduate
school. Jennifer completed her dietetic internship and Master’s
Degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Delaware in 1997
and 1998, respectively.
While at Delaware, she earned the American Dietetic Association’s
Outstanding Dietetic Intern Award for the state of Delaware.
Jennifer has presented nutrition research at several national
Dietetic Association meetings and recently published an article
in “Today’s Dietitian” about working in an
OB/GYN office. She joined WomanCare in 2002 after practicing
in a clinical setting for several years. Jennifer is a member
of the American Dietetic Association and the Winston Salem District
Dietetic Association. Additionally, she is licensed by the North
Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.
Jennifer’s interests encompass pregnancy nutrition (including
helping with “morning” sickness), breastfeeding
support, cardiovascular disease and weight control.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband,
son and daughter. She also enjoys reading, gardening and scrapbooking.
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