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Compassionate Care
Upper Chesapeake Women’s Care

April 2015

The Upper Chesapeake Women’s Care team is committed to providing the women of Harford County with personalized, compassionate and confidential obstetrical and gynecologic care. Their 30 years of combined experience brings a trusted, high level of care to patients in our community. The practice is located in Pavilion II on the campus of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 443-643-4530.

Doc profile-Upper Ches-DrShariSopherShari Sopher, MD
Shari Sopher, MD attended State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn where she received her medical degree. She went on to complete an internship and residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore where she spent time as an obstetrics and gynecology staff physician.

Doc profile-Upper Ches-DrLevyChanan Levy, MD
Dr. Chanan Levy attended medical school at the St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Dr. Levy completed his residency at both North Oakland Medical Center in Michigan and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Doc profile-Upper Ches-DrNancyHuangNancy Huang, MD
Dr. Huang received her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, attended medical school at the University of Virginia and completed her OBGYN residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Doc profile-Upper Ches-DrDeniseWhiteDenise White, MD
Denise White, MD completed her medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and her OBGYN residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she served as administrative chief resident.

Shari Sopher, MD
Q: What drew you to the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology?
A: An OBGYN is the primary health care for many women, and I truly enjoy my role in improving it. There are not a lot of specialties in which a physician gets to follow a patient throughout most of his or her life, and I love the fact that I am involved in caring for women from their teens all the way to old age. I also genuinely appreciate being able to guide and care for women through one of the most important experiences of their life – bringing a baby into the world.

Chanan Levy, MD
Q: What is the best way to prepare for a healthy pregnancy?
A: The best way to start preparing for a healthy pregnancy is to schedule a visit with your doctor. He or she will run some pre-pregnancy tests as well as discuss your family history, lifestyle habits, and get you started on a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid. Folic acid is critical to early fetal development and can be found in orange juice. Prior to becoming pregnant is the time to do away with habits that cause complications in pregnancy, such as smoking, excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption and unhealthy eating. It’s also important to identify stressors in your daily life and begin to minimize them.

Nancy Huang, MD
Q: How helpful is it for a patient to bring research from the Internet to her appointment?
A: Good communication between patient and doctor is very important for both the patient and the physician to get what they need from the appointment. Writing all of your questions down is a good habit so you don’t forget anything during your visit. Many patients today do research on the Internet whey they have a health concern and bringing those findings along to your appointment is always a good idea. It is important to understand that health conditions vary in their effects from person to person and your doctor knows what is normal for you. Your doctor can interpret the research as it applies to you and your health concerns.

Denise White, MD
Q: When is a pregnancy considered high-risk?
A: The majority of pregnancies are not considered high-risk and most of those that are, generally result in healthy babies. But if your pregnancy is high-risk, there could be a number of reasons why. The most common reason for a high-risk pregnancy is advanced maternal age, or when the mother is over 35 years old. Miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities and maternal death risk all increase after age 35. There is also a higher risk for conditions that are more dangerous for mom and baby such as preeclampsia, ectopic pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Women younger than 35 can also develop these conditions, and then are considered high-risk, as well. Current and past health of the mother is an important factor in any pregnancy. Health issues such as infections, illnesses, smoking, drug use, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and what you experienced with past pregnancies can also cause a pregnancy to be high-risk. It is extremely important to be very thorough with your physician when reviewing your health history. I95

Upper Chesapeake Women’s Care
510 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 518
Bel Air, MD 21014