Smithfield Herald

OB-GYN doctor now seeing patients in Clayton

A new OB-GYN has set up practice in Clayton.

Dr. Jodi Bailey of Triangle Premier Women’s Health began seeing patients Aug. 5 in her office in the Johnston Professional Plaza on the campus of Johnston Medical Center in Clayton. The practice is an expansion of Johnston OB-GYN in Smithfield, which is made up of Drs. Siamak Marzbani, Efrain Perez and Tanya Foster. Like her fellow specialists, Bailey is a member of the medical staffs of Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton.

Bailey recently completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. She earned her medical degree in 2009 from the Saint George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

Bailey grew up in Wisconsin and lived in Ohio and Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree from Berry College in Mount Berry.

“Since childhood, I had always wanted to be a pediatrician,” she said. “But when I did my rotation in OB-GYN, I fell in love with doing surgery, delivering babies and caring for women in all stages of their lives.”

Bailey said she and her husband, Troy, liked North Carolina and wanted to live near Raleigh. When a recruiter forwarded her resume to Marzbani, he responded right away. It turns out that he and Bailey had an instant connection: They did the same residencies in Detroit – only 28 years apart.

“We had the same program directors, the same nurses,” said Bailey, who served as chief resident last year. “Everyone knew and loved him. Obviously, a lot of our styles will be similar.”

As for her approach to patients, Bailey said she likes taking the time to listen. “I also think it’s important to be thorough and to explain things as clearly as possible,” she said.

During her residency, Bailey worked with many patients who had high-risk pregnancies. She is also experienced at doing minimally-invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic system, which is available at the hospital in Smithfield.

Bailey traces her fondness for children to her mother, Sherri Tholen, who was a foster parent and cared for more than 100 children over a period of 16 years. In addition to an older sister and brother, Bailey has younger twin brothers, whom her parents adopted.

“My mom went out of her way to make us all know we were loved,” she said. “Even as adults, they (the foster children) still refer to my parents as mom and dad. She was an amazing woman.”

Her father, Al Tholen, worked as a chef and restaurant manager, and his skills often came in handy at meal times. “He could whip up a delicious meal from scratch using the most unusual ingredients,” Bailey said.

Bailey and her husband have a 2-month-old infant and two other children who are 3 and 7 years old. The couple is building a house in Clayton near Riverwood Elementary School.

To schedule an appointment at Premier Women’s Health, call 919-359-3050.