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Are Medications Safe During Pregnancy?

About 6 million women become pregnant in the United States each year. It is estimated that 50 percent of pregnant women take at least one prescribed medication, and 90 percent take an over the counter medication. Yet, most medications have not been adequately studied for their impact on pregnancy and childbirth.

Medicines and Pregnancy

Your physician plays an important role in helping you make informed choices about the medications you take during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration has developed a Medicine and Pregnancy website that provides valuable patient education and resources to help facilitate this conversation. Visit the FDA’s website here:

The site also includes information on food safety, breast pumps, as well as tips for new moms. Some of the highlights are as follows:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider before taking any medications, herbs or vitamins.
  • Check the drug label and other information that comes with the medication to learn about possible risks for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You may need to change your medication to avoid unnecessary risks.
  • Update your medications with your doctor when you start breastfeeding.
  • Report any serious medication side effects to your doctor as soon as possible.


Pregnancy is an exciting time for women but they may have questions and concerns about how to take medications that may affect their baby. We offer this advice so we can help make a woman’s pregnancy happier and healthier. If you are pregnant, stay in close contact with your doctor so he or she can monitor your medications as well as your baby.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed and the FMHC Team

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Welcome Dr. Kristen Reineke- Piper!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kristen Reineke-Piper has joined the team at Family Medicine Healthcare!

Dr. Kristen Reineke-Piper


An Air Force veteran and married mother of two, Dr. Reineke-Piper joined FMHC this month. She relocated from the Saint Louis University and Scott AFB Family Medicine Residency Program in Illinois, where she was a Family Medicine Faculty Physician who taught both civilian and military medical students and residents while working in a full-scope medical practice.

Ask her what she loves about being a doctor, and Dr. Reineke-Piper has a one-word answer: Everything.

She chose family medicine for its diversity of cases and is committed to spending the time to truly get to know each of her patients.

Like all physicians at FMHC, Dr. Reineke-Piper believes the best results come with good listening and careful explanation of all care decisions. An outdoor enthusiast, she is happy when her patients also can lead healthy and active lives!

Professional Background

A graduate of:

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Completed her internship and residency:

 David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base in California, with a concentration in Women’s Healthcare with certification in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Procedures

Board Certified:

American Board of Family Medicine


University of North Carolina Family Medicine Faculty Development

Professional Affiliations:  

Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP), American Medical Association, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


To schedule your appointment with Dr. Reineke-Piper, call our office today: 757-488-3333.

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Family Medicine Healthcare Welcomes Dr Hollis

IMG_8016We are excited to welcome Dr Hollis to Family Medicine Healthcare.

Dr. Joseph Hollis graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1969.  Dr. Hollis is board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.  He specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine in Portsmouth, Virginia. He relocated to Family Medicine Healthcare the Summer of 2016 and continues to see his patients in our location.  Dr Hollis cares deeply about his patients and is known for work ethic and sense of humor – he truly wants you to Live better, not just get better.

Dr. Hollis is absolutely the best doctor I ever had. He saved my life.  by GEORGE COPELAND

Dr Hollis is a graduate of Saint Louis University School Of Medicine and completed his Residency and Fellowship at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia.  He is double board certified in Gastoenterology and Internal Medicine.

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