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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

For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

Honor, Loyalty, Pride in Service, Patriot, Leader, Military Experience. VA knows women Veterans - what's invisible to most is visible to VA

Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop spoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

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.


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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