I am new to the group and new to Richmond. I have been reading for a few months and finally want to make my first post. I rarely post to message boards, but my experience has been so (in the end..) amazing that I just wanted to share.
We were transferred to Midlothian last year from Texas. I have a toddler and am pregnant. I am one of those CRAZY ladies that just LOVED my OB doctor...almost harder to leave her than my family!! A big focus during the moving process was finding a new doc here in Richmond. I read these boards and talked to some women/wives from my husband's new workplace. I had a couple names and made an appointment.
Now, I have always seen a female OB. Not that I am weird about it, but just have felt more comfortable. So I saw the female that was highly recommended to me.
She was, well, not so great. Not very personable. Didn't really take the time to answer questions. Not a lot of eye contact. I think you ladies get the feeling....she just wasn't doing it for me. I felt like she just going through the motions.
After that visit, I was a little worried. I am heading into the 2nd trimester and really needed to get established. So.......just the next weekend I ran into a friend at our new church and was telling her about my experience. She got a big smile on her face and said " Sweetheart, do I have the Dr. for you!!". Amazingly, she had just switched from her OBGYN to a new doc ...Dr. Maxwell...and so entirely based on another friend's recommendation (see how word travels!). This was a male MD, and she too had always seen a female, but she promised me I would love him!
I went on the practice website, read about him......yes, I googled him! And then finally made an appointment.
And this is the long winded point of my post: This doctor is AMAZING! I have never felt more comfortable than I feel w/ this male Dr. He is so sweet. He spent a long time getting to know me and my husband, answering all our questions. He is funny.....ok, and he is very nice looking! (my husband thought he was *cool* so he was OK with it!! Haha!) . And despite what I was worried about, he was more *gentle* in my exam than any female I have had in the past. I sorta feel bad now that I did not try a male before! After my exam, he came back into the room and he and I just chatted. Wow!
His name is Dr. Bryan Maxwell and he is in Virginia Physicians For Women. I saw him at an office by St. Francis Hospital (Bon Secours), but I know he also works at Johnston Willis. Like I said, I NEVER do this sort of posting, but when a woman finds someone this special, that is such an advocate for women, and that makes you feel so special, I just think it needs to be shared! Also, I think there are other women out there that might really like a male OBGYN, but maybe initially feel weird about it. That was ME! But I am so glad that I found Dr. Maxwell! And another friend just saw him for her Pap and said he was "the BEST"!