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James J. Peters VA Medical Center


Women Veterans


Available on the 6th floor; area 6C. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM, (718) 584-9000 ext. 4624/4625. Women Veterans receives Comprehensive Primary Care that includes gender-specific care during your annual visit. Comprehensive Care includes: Preventive Health Screening (breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, HPV testing); Treatment of Disease (Diabetes, Cancer, Hypertension, Cholesterol, Colorectal, Coronary Artery Disease). Referrals to specialty care services is available.


Available on the 6th floor; area 6C. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:00am-4:00pm, (718) 584-9000 ext. 4624/4625. Services include specialized gynecological care that includes breast and pelvic exams, cervical cancer screening, reproductive health consultation, contraception, management of menopausal treatment, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), surgical consultation and procedures, evaluation and referral for limited infertility intervention (excluding in vitro fertilization), referral for obstetrical care and to specialty care services is available.


Mammography services will soon be provided at our facility however at this time they are available off-site with appointment arrangements made through our Business Office or through the Radiology Department. Most Radiology services are provided within the Medical Center and appointments are scheduled through the Imaging Department in room 2A-17 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.


Available in Outpatient Mental Health Clinic- OPD 3rd floor (3B) Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM, (718) 584-9000 ext. 6607. Services include social work intervention, psychological counseling, military sexual trauma (MST) screening and treatment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychosocial assessment, substance abuse services (SAS), clinical support group, case management, psychiatric care and evaluation, suicide prevention services, support group for spouses and partners, readjustment group and counseling, and others vital services


Available on the 1st floor in room 1C-99 Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM, (718) 584-9000 ext. 5872. Services include seamless transition for returning service women and men to receive primary care assignment, combat assessment, mental health screening, health coverage and benefits, extensive assessment for services hospital wide.


Lindsey E. Smith, LCSW
Women Veterans Program Manager
(718) 584-9000 ext. 3778

Tashany Myers, RN
OEF/OIF/OND Transitions Care Program Manager
(718) 584-9000 ext. 5872

Latonya Heyward, LCSW
Community Support Services Manager
(718) 584-9000 ext. 5154

Janet Kasten, LCSW
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinator
(718) 584-9000 ext. 5314 

Suzet Johnson, Registered Nurse
Telehealth Coordinator
(718) 584-9000 ext. 1680

Jade Williams, LMSW
My HealtheVet Program Coordinator
(718) 584-9000 ext. 6685

Heather Perillo, Registered Dietician
M.O.V.E. Coordinator
(718) 584-9000 ext. 5010

Jim E. Connell
Public Affairs Officer
(718) 584-9000 ext. 6620

Our Women Veterans Program Manager advises and advocates for women Veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions or reproductive health. VA health care for women Veterans includes:

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Primary Care

  • General care includes health evaluation and counseling, disease prevention, nutrition counseling, weight control, smoking cessation, and substance abuse counseling and treatment as well as gender-specific primary care, such as cervical cancer screens (Pap smears), breast cancer screens (mammograms), birth control, preconception counseling, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, menopausal support (hormone replacement therapy).
  • Mental health includes evaluation and assistance for issues such as depression, mood, and anxiety disorders; intimate partner and domestic violence; sexual trauma; elder abuse or neglect; parenting and anger management; marital, caregiver, or family-related stress; and post-deployment adjustment or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Women-and men as well-may experience repeated sexual harassment or sexual assault during their military service. Special services are available to women who have experienced MST. VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. More information is available about MST from the national Women Veterans Health Care program and the VHA Office of Mental Health.

Specialty Care

  • Management and screening of chronic conditions includes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, glandular disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia as well as sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Reproductive health care includes maternity care, infertility evaluation and limited treatment; sexual problems, tubal ligation, urinary incontinence, and others. VA is prohibited by legislative authority from providing either in-vitro fertilization or abortion services.
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care. VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy. Homebound and long-term care services are available as well, limited to those meeting specific requirements.


Jade Williams, SW
Women Veterans Program Manager
718-584-9000 Ext. 3778

Ilysa Michelson, Psy.D
Network Lead Women’s Health, NY/NJ Veterans Integrated Service Network
973-676-1000 Ext. 1-2601

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