Dr. LaCombe started her medical career as a receptionist, phlebotomist, and then Medical Assistant in a hospital in Florida while pursuing her undergraduate pre-medical degree. She quickly realized that she did not care for the paternalistic manner in which many female patients were treated within the medical system. She observed patients� legitimate symptoms or concerns being dismissed, or attributed incorrectly to stress, hysteria, or depression simply because the diagnosis was not clear to the physician. She felt that non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical options were often available, and yet not offered to patients. She vowed that she would be a staunch advocate for women�s health, that she would always listen to her patients, empower them to participate in their health care decisions, and establish a compassionate, comfortable, and relaxed environment for patients to discuss all aspects of their pelvic and sexual health and well-being. Additional Information
Dr. Julie LaCombe joined Athena Urology and Urogynecology in August 2012. She completed a three year accredited Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, and spent 6 years in academic practice, research, and teaching at the University of Vermont. Dr. LaCombe’s expertise is in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, complex fistulae, urinary and anal incontinence (unwanted loss of urine or stool) and pelvic organ prolapse (laxity in the pelvic support tissues).
Prior to joining Athena, Dr. LaCombe was Assistant Professor in Urogynecology at the University of Vermont Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. LaCombe maintains her Assistant Professorship at the University of Vermont and continues her research interests and mentorship to the UVM physician learners.
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, 1999
Residency: Stamford Hospital
Fellowship: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY
Dr. LaCombe is a member the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS).
Dr. LaCombe?s personal interests include sailing, paddle boarding, running, acoustic bass, Bikram yoga, and spending time with her husband and two children.