Vera Dubovoy, M.D.
Vera Dubovoy, M.D. is dual board-certified in OB-GYN and Lifestyle Medicine. She has over 1000 hours of training in integrative medicine and functional medicine including health and wellness coaching, nutrition, and herbal medicine. In addition to being an OB-GYN physician, she is a certified yoga instructor with a passion for healthy living and eating. She strives to help patients regain a balance in their lives. She believes in personalized wellness and nourishing our physical, emotional and spiritual health. She was raised very holistically with a chiropractor father and Indian mother. She has relied primarily on chiropractic care to maintain her health throughout her life. She entered medical school with the intention of bridging the gap between Allopathic Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Baylor University and went on to complete her medical degree in 2013 at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of New Mexico and The University of Texas - Houston. She stayed on as faculty for the Department of OB-GYN at the University of Texas after graduation of residency and served as the Resident Wellness Director. She completed Advanced Hormone Training at the Institute for Functional Medicine and also co-authored a Lifestyle Medicine book chapter entitled "Optimal Nutrition for Women." She is a graduate of the Hill College Holistic Wellness Pathway, a NANP-approved Holistic Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach Training Program, and Herbalist Education Program. Additionally, she completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University. Along the way, she managed to birth, nurse and continues to raise two wonderful children. She understands first-hand the challenges of working mothers to create balance, health and well-being in their lives.
During medical school, she quickly realized how difficult it was to manage a busy workload and still remain balanced. She started a regular yoga practice in medical school, which she continues to this day. During her residency training, she was in an accident where a dear family member of hers became paralyzed from a complete spinal cord injury. This trauma left her devastated. She utilized complementary and alternative medicine including trauma-sensitive yoga to heal. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Training Certification in 2017 with additional certifications in Prenatal yoga, Postnatal yoga, and Trauma-Sensitive yoga teacher training.
After practicing OB-GYN in the hospital setting and delivering over 700 babies into this world, she realized the traditional field of OB-GYN does not allow for a healthy work-life balance. Additionally, after having her second child, it became obvious that she needed to take a leap of faith and finally become the physician that she herself sought. In 2022 she decided to start her own holistic medical practice. She relocated with her family to Virginia and enjoys spending time with her husband, an Integrative Neurologist, their young daughter and son. She can be occasionally found in a handstand.
Half working, half dancing – that is the right mixture. I myself have danced and played too little. — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross M.D.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? — George Elliot
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Recent Patient Reviews
"Dr. Dubovoy is very thorough and is an excellent communicator. I just moved here and I am so thankful I found her in this area."
"Warm and caring"
"Dr. Dubovoy was very professional, attentive and addressed all of my concerns in a timely way."
What conditions do you treat?
We provide holistic gynecology by offering personalized, evidence based treatment options to address the root cause and provide alternatives to the standard prescriptions and surgery to restore longlasting gynecologic health.
Traditional gynecological care including:
Pap smears, pelvic, and breast exams
Structural and pelvic floor assessments
Abnormal bleeding including endometrial biopsy
Menopause, including prevention and treatment of hot flashes, mood swings, libido, sexual pain and dysfunction, vaginal dryness, tightness, discomfort, urinary leakage, pelvic floor weakness or tightness, osteoporosis, weight management, nutrition, movement and exercise, breast changes, energy levels, cognitive and intellectual changes, cancer prevention
Contraception and family planning: all methods including IUDs and fertility awareness
Abnormal pap smears
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome): restore cycles and fertility, improve metabolism
Sexual function, libido
Vulvodynia, vulvar pain, pelvic & sexual pain
Vaginitis: Yeast, bacterial vaginosis (BV), other, and recurrent infections
Bladder infections, urinary tract infections (UTI)
Sexually transmitted disease testing, treatment, and prevention
Integrative gynecological care including:
fertility evaluations, testing and natural treatment
fertility awareness & cycle charting
natural ovulation enhancement
prevention of miscarriage
holistic breastfeeding support
Functional medicine hormone testing
Food as medicine
Bone preservation and reversing osteopenia and osteoporosis
Prenatal nutrition expertise: all types of diets
Bioidentical hormones: used judiciously, expertly, and with care
testing and restoring adrenal health
stress, fatigue, energy
blood sugar and insulin resistance
thyroid testing and natural treatment
bioidentical, herbal, and metabolic approaches
Chronic and complex illness, including the diagnosis and holistic treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, adjunct holistic treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, arthritic, chronic pain, and autoimmune syndromes in women
Digestive disorders, dysbiosis, microbiome
Alternatives to surgery
Do you provide obstetric care?
Pregnancy may feel complicated and overwhelming, but it should never feel unsupported. Dr. Vera is happy to provide pregnancy support without feeling rushed and provides answers to all of your questions. This does not replace your standard prenatal care, but supports and enriches it. As you take care of the essentials with your obstetrician or midwife, we focus our time on symptom improvement, optimizing nutrition and lifestyle, preparing for a beautiful birth, working through the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy, preparing for and finding joy in the postpartum transition, and so much more. We advise on managing symptoms, planning for your birth, your postpartum transition and long-term health goals. Dr. Vera provides the emotional, mental and physical support and peace of mind you're looking for. She remains a large supporter of the 4th trimester including postpartum recovery, mental health support, and establishing a healthy breastfeeding relationship, and she will support women during preconception, pregnancy and postpartum with nutrition expertise and evidence-based natural alternatives. She is also knowledgeable and a supporter of natural childbirth including hypnobirthing and the Bradley method. She birthed both of her children with certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and is supportive of planned low-risk out of hospital births.
Do you help women achieve fertility naturally?
Yes, we provide natural alternatives for women seeking restoration of menstrual cycles and fertility, including comprehensive fertility evaluations, testing and treatment, prevention of miscarriage, nutritional guidance for fertility and prenatal care, and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).
What does a hormone doctor do?
Functional Medicine hormone evaluation for women acknowledges that all of our hormones are inter-connected and that stress can adversely affect our hormones. Dr. Vera works with her patients to provide full evaluation and restoration of all of our hormones including adrenal health due to chronic stress, thyroid testing and natural treatment as well as gynecologic hormone testing and treatment. Dr. Vera also works to decrease fatigue and boost energy by restoring normal insulin and blood sugar levels.
Do you help treat chronic illness?
Through functional medicine and lifestyle medicine, Dr. Vera is trained in lifestyle interventions to aid in stopping the progression of chronic health conditions including inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, gut and bowel diseases, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus type 2, obesity, arthritis and bone disease, and chronic pain in women.
Do you accept insurance?
We are a fee-for-service practice and do not contract with any insurance companies. Patients are responsible for full payment at the time of service and can use FSA and HSA funds for payment. Dr. Vera will provide a coded claim form (superbill) to patients seeking insurance reimbursement or for tax purposes. Our practice fees are based on the costs of operating an independent, female-owned, private medical practice with no corporate affiliations or obligations, and are on par with the fees of integrative medicine doctors.
Do you provide house visits?
Yes, for a small added fee Dr. Vera will be able to travel to your home for a visit. We offer home appointments in Richmond and Williamsburg, VA for a small travel fee. The travel fee is waived for all patients with a physical disability. Please contact us if you are interested in a house visit as it will be outside of office hours.
Holistic Gynecologic Wellness
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Vera uses personalized hormone replacement therapy judiciously, expertly and with care. Hormone replacement therapy involves testing and treatment of hormonal imbalance including adrenal, thyroid and gynecologic hormones, menstrual irregularities, abnormal bleeding, hot flashes, mood swings, libido, sexual pain and dysfunction, vaginal dryness, bone health and pelvic floor weakness.
Dr. Vera is trained in breastfeeding medicine and after nursing her two children, she is understanding of the challenges that breastfeeding involves. She provides guidance and support during the fourth trimester for mothers wishing to breastfeed including nutritional galactagogue support.
Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Vera utilizes heart rate variability training and HeartMath for patients with chronic stress to help transform our response to stress. These Mind Body Medical modalities take into account the whole person and helps activate each patient’s natural healing processes as well as restoring their physical and emotional well-being.