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Welcome to the Santa Barbara OB/GYN Medical Center

Dr.Ayesha Shaikh

We offer comprehensive professional Womenís Health Care services with a Womanís Touch. Our goal is to provide state of the art, personalized gynecological care for women from adolescents, through childbearing, and menopause. Across this spectrum of health care, we support and encourage your participation with us in promoting and maintaining your personal health. Therefore, we have designed our appointment schedule to give each woman additional time for communication, education, and therapeutic decision making with an unhurried and relaxed approach.

Dr.Ayesha Shaikh (pronounced Shake) was born and raised in India. She completed her undergraduate work in Madras, India and her post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology in Bombay, India. She moved to the United States in 1980 where she completed a second residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been in practice in Santa Barbara since 1984 and is on staff at Cottage Hospital. She was chairman of the department of Ob/Gyn and chief of staff at Santa Barbara Cottage hospital in 2006-2007. Dr. Shaikh is married to Dr.Mohammed Shaikh, a materials engineer and business executive. They have a daughter, Sarah, born in 1984.

Deborah Turturro

Deborah Turturro, is a nationally certified Women’s Health nurse practitioner and joined Dr. Shaikh’s practice in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Harbor UCLA Medical Center Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Deborah believes that a woman’s health encompasses her body, mind and spirit, and her experience includes caring for women from adolescence to post menopause. She has always been passionate about educating women and encouraging them to actively participate in their personal health care.Her goal is to make each one of her patients feel that they are the most important patient to her, and she strives to be a compassionate listener.

In addition to providing annual exams and birth control options, she is trained to evaluate most gynecological problems. She also has many years of experience in colposcopy which is a diagnostic procedure for abnormal pap tests.

Deborah is a certified menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society and has been treating problems related to peri-menopause and menopause for many years. After completing a thorough consultation and evaluation, she will offer a variety of treatment options including Bio-Identical hormones and natural therapies. She is committed to providing her patients with up to date medical information, and always provides adequate time for a relaxed visit.

For the past several years Deborah has also been affiliated with the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and also offers her patients the opportunity to discuss sexuality issues or problems.

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