Capital Ob/Gyn On Par with Cigna Network

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates is pleased to welcome Cigna network members to the practice. All three of our doctors have previously been participants in the Cigna network. Recent changes with Aetna’s acquisition of Cigna raised concerns about the future of the contracting relationship. Our practice is pleased to have been selected for preferred in-network contracting based on the high quality of care measures we provide. Our patients are cared for directly by our physicians. We do not utilize mid levels to move large numbers. We provide quality, intimate women’s gynecologic and obstetrical care.

New to Cigna? Looking for an in-network ob/gyn? Check out the bios of our three physicians and our staff will be pleased to assist you with your scheduling needs.

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler
Dr. Catherine Browne
Dr. Jennifer Uxer

For more information or for scheduling, please contact our office at 512.836.2536.


Getting the Most Out of Your Doc Visit

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Dr. Jen Mushtaler (OB JEN)

We all know that scheduling timely and routine visits to the doctor is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.  However, many patients feel like their visits to the doctor are rushed. Here are some helpful tips from the insiders to help you get the most out of your appointment.

Scheduling is key.

First step to a successful visit is in the scheduling. Make sure you let the scheduler know what you need to address with the doctor so that your doctor can schedule the appropriate amount of time. Otherwise, your doctor may then be rushed to give everything full attention, and sometimes additional procedures need prior authorization with insurance. In our office, we try to schedule patient’s appropriate time based on the stated reason for the visit.

Plan head so you are not rushed.

Second, make sure you are not rushed for your appointment. We have had patients try to squeeze something in before they have to pick-up children or make a work meeting or another appointment. Ask the scheduler what is a reasonable amount of time to allot for your visit. Also, some days of the week may be more or less busy in the doctor’s office and may require more time. Many things can happen at your appointment time to get even the best planned schedules behind, so give a little extra wiggle room in case.

Bring a list of your medications with you.

Bring an accurate list of your medications with you to your appointment. Better yet, bring all your prescriptions and any vitamins with you. Some medications can interfere with each other or worse, be harmful, so you want your medical providers to have an up-to-date and complete list. Also, be sure your provider knows if you have stopped medications as well. New to the doctor? Bring a written list of any medical issues and previous surgeries.

Bring a list of questions for the doc.

Most of my patients are great about jotting down questions for their visit on their phone or I-pad or an old-fashioned piece of paper. I love it and encourage all patients to do that. It is easy to get nervous or even side-tracked during a visit and then remember after you left that you wanted to ask about something that did not get covered. Also, let your doctor know at the beginning of the visit that you brought your questions. It helps us to plan the time during your visit to allow for discussion.

Getting additional tests?

Ask your doctor specifically what labs they will order so you can make sure that those labs are drawn. Then make sure you know the timeline for your results and how those will be communicated. Some offices are able to let patients check their own results online. In our office, we notify patients of results. I am not a fan of no news is good news because I have seen results get lost that need follow-up.

Getting a new prescription?

Confirm with your doctor what medications are being ordered. Most prescriptions are now faxed electronically, but to be your own best advocate you should know what medications you are taking, old and new. Also, sometimes pharmacies will offer to substitute generics and that’s when some mistakes can happen.

Check prescription coverage with your insurance company.

Another helpful hint, if you know you will be needing a particular type of medication, check to see what the level of coverage is with your insurance company. Different medications may have different co-pays, so if your doctor knows what is covered at tier 1, they may be able to help guide you to something more affordable and just as effective. Unfortunately, we don’t have that information and it is certainly not our intention to prescribe a medication the patient will be unable to take because of costs. For example, birth controls are covered by insurers now, but not all name brands or types may be covered by a particular plan. Don’t forget to have your pharmacy of choice ready to give your doctor’s office as well.

Happy scheduling!

Remember, the best way to get the most out of your appointment is to make sure that both you and your doctor’s office have scheduled appropriately and that you are prepared with an up-to-date list of medicines and concerns to be addressed.

To schedule an appointment with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, visit www.capobgyn.com or call 512-83-OB-JEN.


Summer News from Capital Ob/Gyn Associates

Thank you so much for your referrals, your praises and your online Yelp’s! Summer 2012 comes with several exciting updates. We are proud to announce our growing staff and team of physicians as well as our lovely expanded office space. Don’t worry though! We are keeping our comfortable and cozy feel.  Please join us for our open house in August and come see for yourself. In the meantime, read on to learn more about what’s new at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates!

Our Expanding Staff and Team of Physicians

Welcome Dr. Jane Braunstein and nurse Susan Paschall.  Dr. Jane Braunstein joined the practice in June 2012 and looks forward to meeting both new and existing patients.

Dr. Catherine Browne and her family are settling in nicely and loving the Austin community. Since joining the team in October 2011, Dr. Browne’s gentle demeanor and reassuring manner have been a great fit at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates.

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler (OB JEN) is so happy with the growth and success of Capital Ob/Gyn Associates. She still finds time to stay active in the health and fitness arena. Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas sponsored the Skeese Greets Triathlon and the Couples Triathlon. She and her husband Trent were spotted last weekend participating on the Couples Triathlon course as Team OB JEN. They make quite a team as weekend warriors!

Health and Lifestyle Fair at The University of Texas 7.20.12

Tomorrow, the Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas Staff will be participating in a health and lifestyle fair at the University of Texas at Austin.  They look forward to meeting over 24,000 staff members and employees at UT and educating women of all ages about health and wellness.

Barta Boys Update

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas would also like to thank all those who lovingly supported and donated to the Barta Boys. We are pleased to report that the boys are making a miraculous recovery. We can’t wait to welcome Barbara back to the office later this month. Our professional and caring office staff creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere at the practice, ensuring your comfort each and every visit.

Our Expanded Office Space

If you haven’t been to the office in the last few months, you’ll see that we’ve moved a little down the hall! Our new space has allowed us to grow our team at our same convenient location, suite 325. We are located at Parmer and Mopac next to the St. David’s Austin Medical Center on Renfert Way.

Open House August 16th What better way to tour our new office space, meet our new staff members and chat with our physicians than an Open House! Guests are invited to join us at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates on Thursday, August 16th from 4-7pm. Hors d’oevres and beverages will be served. Visit our website for directions.

All of our physicians are accepting new patients and look forward to seeing you soon at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas! To schedule an appointment with any of our physicians, call 512-836-2536 or visit www.capobgyn.com.


OB JEN in NSIDE Magazine!

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jen Mushtaler was featured in NSIDE Magazine’s July/August issue.  Read the article to find out how OB JEN got started in her medical career and what the future holds for Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas!

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler grew up fascinated by science. Her father was a NASA engineer who worked on projects like the Mars Land Rover, Hubble telescope and Mission Control.

In school, classes would always stop to watch the space shuttles launch into space.

With a mathematics teacher for a mother and surrounded by engineers, astronauts and PhDs, Mushtaler thought she would become an engineer.

In fact, she did, earning a degree in electrical engineering at UT. However, she soon became drawn to medicine and continued on to medical school at UT Southwestern Parkland Memorial Hospital.

“It brings together science, innovation and healing people,” Mushtaler says of her chosen field. “The surgical specialty of ob/gyn was truly my calling. For me, there is very little that rivals the miracle of birth.”

The incredibly important journey of pregnancy and childbirth, along with general women’s reproductive health, is clearly something Mushtaler deeply loves and respects.

After 10 years of private practice experience, in October 2010, she founded Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, which operates on a collaborative philosophy of partnering with women in their health care needs, rather than the more traditional medical atmosphere of doctor and patient. The office setting is warm, intimate, compassionate and private.

“Each woman presents with her own unique health concerns and philosophies, so care plans are developed to address that uniqueness while adhering to the highest professional standards,” Mushtaler says. “My patients are so pleased with the atmosphere and the high level of care we offer. I sincerely hope there continues to be a future for this style of practice in the new age of medicine before us.”

Mushtaler is excited about today’s advances in minimally invasive surgery, which allows her to routinely perform major gynecological surgeries in an outpatient setting. Complete cancer resections and lymph node samplings are being done robotically.

“Patients avoid lengthy hospital stays and recoveries,” she says, “and the cosmesis is beautiful.”

She chuckles when answering a question about a “typical day.”

“There is nothing typical about ob/gyn, managing my own practice, balancing marriage, two wonderful young daughters and time for athletic endeavors,” she says. “I often find myself thinking, ‘Well, that was an exciting day. I wonder what will happen tomorrow!’”

Indeed, Mushtaler is incredibly active, counseling by example for her patients, as well as her daughters. She encourages women’s fitness and athletics, and is highly involved with causes such as LIVESTRONG, breast and cervical cancer awareness, triathlon training and much more.

Affectionately known as “OB Jen,” she constantly updates her blog at www.whosyourobjen.com with news and resources on these topics.

“I swim, I bike, I run because I believe there is a strong relationship between the physical and nutritional lifestyles we choose and our complete health,” she says.

In fact, her expertise with women’s fitness issues has led to her invitation to speak in forums such as the GOTRIbal podcast, which focuses on female endurance athletes.

“You don’t have to completely stop training when you get pregnant,” Mushtaler told GOTRIbal CEO Tanya Malasch. “You shouldn’t be going hard, but get out there for the love of it, and continue your base.”

Mushtaler recommends training at about 80 percent of your maximum heart rate while pregnant to stay safely in your aerobic zone; and for pregnant women who decide to begin a fitness routine, she recommends beginning very moderately and building up.

“I try to get them started by walking,” she says. “My recommendation is 30 minutes a day, five days a week. I do not recommend training in the anaerobic zone, as that has been shown to compromise blood flow to the baby.

“My patients come in all shapes, sizes, lifestyles, and no matter where they are in their health needs, I want them to feel empowered and encouraged.”

“Dr. Mushtaler is amazing,” says Tessa Spencer, who has been a patient for three years. At 35 years old, Spencer discovered she was pregnant, which came as a big surprise.

“Dr. Mushtaler and I worked out a plan of treatment for me and the baby, and she monitored me weekly,” Spencer says. “I had a very high-risk pregnancy, and she spent a lot of time talking to me and helping me make the right choices for my baby.”

Spencer had a Caesarean delivery at 34 weeks, but she and her baby were able to go home in two days.

“I always feel a sense of being at home with a good friend when I am with Dr. Mushtaler,” Spencer says. “She treated me and my baby with respect and love. I really felt she cared about us as individuals, not just patients.”

Such experiences and outcomes are very rewarding to Mushtaler.

“I find it particularly rewarding that my patients know that my interests are synonymous with theirs and trust that if medical intervention is needed, I will use it judiciously,” she says. “I love the long-term relationships I have developed with my patients and the opportunities to heal by simply listening, by medicine and by surgery when it is needed. The relief to a patient following a successful surgery and delivering healthy babies to happy, healthy mommies are equally gratifying.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler and Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas at 512-83-OBJEN or visit www.capobgyn.com.


Fundraising with Team LIVESTRONG

OB JEN is proud to announce that she will be participating in the 2011 LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon!  Not only will Dr. Mushtaler be running the half marathon on February 20, 2011, but she is also generously participating with Team LIVESTRONG to raise $500 for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and cancer awareness.

By fundraising just $500 for Team LIVESTRONG, OB JEN has joined a group of committed individuals dedicated to inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer.  Participation on Team LIVESTRONG for the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon or Half Marathon includes:

  • Paid Marathon or Half Marathon Race Entry
  • LIVESTRONG Racing Gear (Nike Tech Shirt and Cap)
  • Personal Fundraising Website
  • Fundraising Support Resources & Materials   
  • Commitment to Fundraise $500 for Team LIVESTRONG

Rather than running alone, OB JEN has chosen to fundraise and run with one of the many teams in the Austin community — Team Upbeat!  You can join OB JEN and the Team Upbeat Runners by signing up here: http://runaustin.livestrong.org/marathon2011/teamupbeat

You can also run as an individual or create your own team by clicking here.  ALL you need to do is sign up for Team LIVESTRONG — they will take care of the rest! 

If you would like to donate directly to OB JEN, please click on Dr. Mushtaler’s personal fundriasing page.

In addition to the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, Team LIVESTRONG will participate in 17 major athletic events around the world, host four events in the United States and once again serve as a proud charity partner in the World Marathon Majors.  With Team LIVESTRONG you can walk, run, ride or tri in the fight against cancer.  Learn More at www.teamlivestrong.org.  

LIVESTRONG provides support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer—and work for a world in which our fight is no longer necessary.  They have been fighting since 1997 to improve the cancer experience and make cancer a priority.

As a runner and triathlete herself, Dr. Jen Mushtaler has a special passion for working with female atheletes — helping them stay healthy and reach their fitness goals!

For more information, contact 512-83-OBJEN.  To schedule an appointment with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas or learn more about OB JEN’s practice, visit www.capobgyn.com.


Welcome, Come On In!

Welcome to Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas!

Our first month of operations has been a blast!  OB JEN has created a welcoming and nurturing environment for patients at her new practice, allowing patients to feel at ease and comfortable throughout their entire appointment process.  We are so pleased with the new office layout and the friendly staff welcomes patients with open arms.  

You might recognize our new Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas logo on our new scrubs at the office — we are loving the bright colors and professional appearance of the new logo!   

Be sure to schedule an appointment with OB JEN — we look forward to seeing you soon at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas!  Visit our website at www.capobgyn.com or call us at 512-83-OBJEN.


Introducing Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas

It is with great pleasure that my staff and I announce the opening of my practice, Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, scheduled October 18, 2010.  My new office will be located just across the street from my current location (Mopac & Parmer Lane), and all hospital care, deliveries and surgeries will continue at The Women’s Center of Texas and the North Austin Surgery Center.

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, PA

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler

12201 Renfert Way, Suite 325, Austin, Texas 78758

Tel: 512.836.2536   (512.83.OBJEN)

My staff and I look forward to welcoming you to Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas beginning October 18, 2010!

Be on the lookout for a new and improved LOOK for “OB JEN” coming soon!


Saturday Events with OB JEN

Dr. Jen Mushtaler (a.k.a. OB JEN) has a busy day lined up for Saturday, June 19!  Check out the latest:

KXAN Health Watch: Dangers of Heat Exhaustion in Pregnancy
Catch Dr. Jen Mushtaler on the KXAN Health Watch this Saturday AM as she covers the dangers of Heat Exhaustion in Pregnancy.  With the temperature and humidity heating up over the past few weeks, be sure to listen in and take the necessary precautions!  The segment will air between 7:15 and 7:30am on Saturday.

Women’s Health Seminar with T3 Triathlon Team – Open to the Public
Something just for the LADIES!  Women’s Health Seminar with Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler this Saturday 1:30 at the T3 Training Center! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public!  You ladies know you have some very specific questions and concerns when it comes to training and racing…ask a Doctor who’s a triathlete herself!  Bring your training and health questions for OB JEN and don’t be shy!

Upcoming Events with OB JEN:
Keep an eye out for OB Jen as a sponsor at other upcoming triathlon and running events this season!

Couples Triathlon – July 10 – Jack & Adam’s/High Five Events
Cougar 5k – July 24 – Red Licorice Events
Sweet & Twisted Women’s Triathlon – August 22 – Red Licorice Events
Pure Austin Women’s Conference – September TBD

To learn more about Dr. Jen Mushtaler, visit Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas at www.capobgyn.com.  
Schedule an appointment  today!  (512) 83.OB.JEN


Bring Your Questions for OB JEN!

OB JEN will have a booth set up for free consultation during the Bike Rodeo!

Do you have questions about staying healthy while increasing activity levels?
Want to maintain good hygiene while wearing sweaty bike clothes?
Worried about saddle sores in “not so pretty” places?

Bring your questions for OB JEN…..Don’t be shy!

Team Luna Chix Bicycle Rodeo
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles

Dr. Jen Mushtaler, MD FACOG practices with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas located off Mopac near Parmer.  She has a special passion for working with female athletes to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the practice, visit http://www.capobgyn.com.
(512) 83.OB.JEN