Dr. Lora Plaskon was a founding member of Athena Women’s Health (now EvergreenHealth Urology & Urogynecology Care), and came to her avocation in the spirit of developing a unique place for women’s pelvic health care.
Dr. Plaskon grew up in Indiana the daughter of two teachers. Education and social responsibility were paramount family values, and she learned early how academic achievement allowed one to pursue her goals. She developed an early ambition and life mission to help others.
Dr. Plaskon went to college and pursued her engineering training at Purdue University; she worked as an engineer before turning to medicine. “I missed the human element in applying science for a greater good…so I recommitted to my education and applied to medical school.”
At Indiana University Medical School in her gynecology clerkship, Dr. Plaskon found her calling while studying under Dr. J. Thomas Benson. Dr. Benson founded the first accredited Urogynecology training program in the nation, and was a very thoughtful, influential leader in establishing the field of Urogynecology. “Urogynecology is a restorative field of medicine, reestablishing function and anatomy to the pelvic structures, which really appealed to my inner engineer and satisfied that part of me wanting to help others in a more direct way than I could in engineering.”
Graduate medical training brought Dr. Plaskon out West in the 1990’s, and the fledgling field of Urogynecology was being developed primarily by women physicians in Urology in Seattle. Midwestern candor, friendliness and intuitiveness were traits that enabled Dr. Plaskon to broach intimate health issues with her patients; she had a natural calling to urology. She pursued her training in Urology at University of Washington.
While in her academic Urology Residency, Dr. Plaskon was the first in her program to complete a National Institute of Health Fellowship earning her Master of Science in Epidemiology during Residency. Her early research focused on pelvic floor problems associated with childbirth and postpartum recovery. The breadth and depth of Female Urology in the University of Washington program surpassed many Urogynecology fellowships at the time.
After Residency, Dr. Plaskon was at a crossroads of choosing academia or private practice, and she returned to her inspiration of delivering Urogynecologic care in a women’s focused setting. That led to Dr. Lora Plaskon and co-founder, Dr. Anita Cassis, establishing Athena Women’s Health for women only and committing to a mission of compassion, education, choice, research, advocacy, and state-of-the-art excellence in medical and surgical care.
Dr. Plaskon’s expertise is helping women deal with recurrent bowel, bladder and sexual issues related to pelvic floor prolapse, or laxity in the vaginal tissues that can occur with childbirth and aging. Many of her patients have had at least one failed surgery prior to coming to see Dr. Plaskon, and are seeking nonsurgical options or a state of the art surgical repair. Dr. Plaskon has helped women through difficult cases of complex pelvic reconstruction and “salvage” surgeries to re-do or undo failed surgeries. She has done over 1000 cases of successful mesh-graft implants. She also helps women with vaginal mesh removal or scar revisions.
Because of her extensive experience, she is called upon as a teacher of surgeons, and is invited for proctoring and lecturing on the topic of pelvic floor reconstruction nationally. Her extensive experience has also led to being sought out for second opinions in patients looking for an added level of expertise and counseling about options and expected outcomes.
Dr. Plaskon’s prior engineering experience has been invaluable in implant development and planning the infrastructure for women’s complex pelvic reconstructive cases. She serves as a consultant to industry for developing new techniques and strategies for improving women’s lives. Dr. Plaskon is an unwavering advocate for women’s health care, and serves on national committees for health policy in the American Urogynecologic Society and the American Urology Association.
As a board-certified Urologist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Plaskon provides care for women with conditions involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia. Some of the more common conditions she treats includes urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, kidney stones, strictures, fistula, reflux, recurrent bladder infections, and sexual dysfunction, mesh complications, urethral diverticula, complex urethral and bladder reconstructions, congenital vaginal and lower urinary tract anomalies, and neurogenic bladder.
Dr. Lora Plaskon and her husband, general surgeon Dr. Brian Plaskon, volunteer locally and internationally in medical missions bringing care to the underserved locally and globally. She and her family have helped bring skills, knowledge and supplies to remote areas around the world in need of medical care. Along with her two children, and two dogs, the Plaskon family enjoys their time together hiking in the mountains and exploring the coastal waters of the Northwest.
- M.D. – Indiana University, 1995
- M.S. Epidemiology – University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2001
- Internship, Internal Medicine – University of Washington
- Residency, General Surgery – University of Washington
- Residency, Urology – University of Washington
- Physician License – State of Washington
- Board Certified – Urology
- Board Certified – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
- Member – American Urologic Association
- Member – American Urogynecologic Association