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AHN Surgeons to Lead ‘Health for Her’ Programs for Women with Incontinence, Prolapsed Uterus, Other Pelvic Floor Disorders


Allegheny Health Network’s popular Health for Her educational series will focus on conditions such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, inflammatory bowel disorders and other pelvic floor disorders for its free community programs in March.

AHN specialists in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery Spyridon Marinis, MD, and Allan S. Klapper, MD, and obstetrician and gynecologist Michael J. Pelekanos, MD, will discuss the most common pelvic floor disorders, along with effective treatment and surgical options.  

These three physicians are among the first in the U.S. to earn certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a new subspecialty accredited by both the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Board of Urology. For their credentials, hospital affiliations and office locations, visit

“Pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are not an inevitable part of aging that women must learn to live with,” said Deborah Linhart, vice president for women’s health initiatives, Allegheny Health Network. “Women who attend these programs will have access to the few experts in the region. By learning valuable information from these AHN specialists, women will be confident in choosing the direction of their treatment.”

Other speakers will provide information related to the importance of behavioral and diet changes as well as self-help through exercise.

“Take Control of Pelvic Floor Disorders” programs are scheduled in Wexford, Murrysville and Jefferson Hills, as follows:

Monday, March 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Highway, Wexford. Presentations will be by Allan Klapper, MD; Jocelyne Albrecht Drain, PTA, and Terri Spirk, RD, CDE, LDN, Dietitian. This program includes cooking and exercise demonstrations.

Monday, March 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Murrysville Commons, first floor, Community Room, 4262 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. The presentation will be by Michael J. Pelekanos, MD. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, March 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Jefferson Hospital, James Bibro Pavilion, 2nd floor, Jefferson Room, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills. Spyridon Marinis, MD, Nicole Reilley Dosey, DPT, CLT, will be the speakers. A light meal will be provided.

Free parking for participants is available at each of the program locations. There is no registration fee, but seating is limited. Call 412.469.7002 to register for any of the programs. Details about Health for Her programs at all AHN locations and additional registration information can be found at

About Health for Her

Allegheny Health Network’s award-winning Health for Her program provides women with free health and wellness education on timely and relevant topics, empowering women to take health into their own hands. Programs are offered across AHN’s broad service area. Programs vary in format at various locations, but all have a common theme each month. The Health for Her initiative is a past winner of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) statewide Community Outreach and Engagement Award for exceptional patient care services.


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