Meet Our Physicians
Dr. Krystle Lappinen grew up here in Hampton Roads and graduated from the College of William & Mary. She then attended Eastern Virginia Medical School where she fell in love twice: the first time with her husband Erik Lappinen and the second time with Obstetrics & Gynecology. She completed her OBGYN residency in "Steeler's Nation" Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband then welcomed 2 beautiful daughters into the world.
Dr. Lappinen's father and hero, Dr. Ramez Azoury, was an OBGYN that served Hampton Roads for 40 years. When he recently passed away, she knew it was time to come home to her mother and family.
"I am so honored to join the Center for Women's Health. The doctors in this group are one of a kind. They continuously hold themselves to a higher standard by staying up to date on the most recent evidence and tailoring their practice accordingly. They treat every single patient like family, and this is truly unique. I knew the minute I met these doctors that I wanted to be a part of them."
Dr. Douglas Thom grew up in Wales in the United Kingdom. He trained at London University in England at St. George's Hospital. After training in England for 2 more years, he came to the United States where he completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. That's also where he met his wife, Kathy!
Dr. Thom has been practicing in the Hampton Roads / Newport News area since 1985. He joined the Center for Women's Health in October of 1995. Dr. Thom has served as Chief of Medical Staff at Mary Immaculate Hospital. Dr. Thom has a special interest in infertility and extensive training in current techniques of laparoscopic gynecologic surgery. He also is a beloved husband, and is a father to 4 kids, all of whom you'll probably hear him talk about in the office!
Perhaps the most notable characteristic of Dr. Thom is his genuine care for his patients, as well as his dedication to always reading the latest technologies and techniques to use in his surgeries.
Dr. Cheri Coyle completed her medical training and residency specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospital SUNY Stony Brook. She has been in private practice in southeast Virginia, specifically, the Yorktown-Hampton-Newport News areas since 1991.
Dr. Coyle specializes in high risk Obstetrics and Urogynecology and has extensive training in laser and laparoscopic surgery. She is Board certified through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A mother of four successful children, 3 daughters and a son, Dr. Coyle brings a high level of expertise as a physician and also as a mother to our practice. Dr. Coyle is very personable, and has a solid reputation throughout the area and has a very strong following. She loves seafood, travel, and an active lifestyle.
Dr. O'Connell received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the University of New York at Albany before obtaining his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He is a beloved father to 3 kids: 1 daughter and 2 boys.
He completed his internship in Family Practice followed by his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Riverside Regional Medical Center. He has been in private practice in Newport News, VA since 1989.
Dr. O'Connell has had extensive training in laser and pelviscope surgery and is Board certified through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Charneice Barnes, FNP-C received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is certified by American Association of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Barnes was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area. She enjoys recreational time with family and traveling.
She is a member of Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Ms. Barnes brings a wide variety of experience to the practice and we are excited to have her join our team!