Meet Our Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Dr. Mona Fakih, , D.O., R.Ph., F.A.C.O.O.G.

Dr. Mona Fakih is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and specializes in Women’s Health. A native Michigander, she received her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Pharmaceutical Sciences and her medical degree from Michigan State University. She completed her internship at Garden City Hospital, and residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.

After completion of her training, Dr. Fakih served as an attending physician at Hutzel Women’s Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center. Academic appointments include an assistant professorship at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and serving on the ACOOG Research and Awards committee. During her training, she served as Chief of Education and was awarded for Academic Excellence by St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2011. She has also been awarded the MD Anderson Felix Rutledge Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology 2009, and has participated in numerous research fairs during her years in training. She has published work in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics pertaining to abnormal uterine bleeding and endometrial ablation procedures. Dr. Fakih is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association, and North American Menopause Society, among others.

Dr. Fakih has a great deal of experience in the care of women during all stages of their life. From prenatal care to post menopause management, her practice focuses on a vast array of clinical conditions specific to women. With specialized training in DaVinci Robotic surgery, she has gained the surgical skill sets to provide cutting edge, minimally invasive options for surgery.

Dr. Fakih’s compassionate care focuses on the individual needs of each woman. By maintaining competency in the newest clinical research and offering the latest advancements in surgical options, she strives to deliver the highest quality of women’s health care.

John Leahy, MD

Dr. John Leahy is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Born in Lansing, MI, Dr. Leahy received his undergraduate degree in Global Health from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Leahy has participated in several programs aimed to improve women’s health in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology both in Michigan and abroad .

Dr. Leahy is proficient in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including DaVinci Robotic surgery. He was awarded the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon award. He was an integral member of a team of Beaumont physicians and healthcare personnel who successfully implemented improvement processes that led to dramatic decreases in cesarean section rates and increased the likelihood of a successful, safe vaginal delivery. He has participated in research projects in gynecologic surgery and obstetrics that have been presented at local, state, and national meetings.

He has participated in multiple medical missions to Vietnam, including Project Vietnam’s “Breaths for Newborns” campaign to improve neonatal and newborn care and participated in urogynecology training programs for Vietnamese gynecologists. He speaks conversational Vietnamese. Dr. Leahy has also worked in Ghana to reduce maternal mortality. Additionally, he participates in monthly teleconferences with obstetricians from Uganda and around the globe to reduce maternal mortality.

Dr. Leahy is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

In his free time he enjoys sports, traveling, and cooking. Dr. Leahy’s wife, Darcie, is a local dentist. They recently welcomed a newborn son, Jack.

Abby Nowakowski, MD

Abby Nowakowski graduated from the William Beaumont Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program in Royal Oak Michigan. She earned a Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University. Her earlier education includes a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and pre-medical studies at Portland State University in Oregon.

During her residency, she was awarded a certificate of excellence in obstetrics from the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and was awarded recognition of excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She participated in the Cesarean Section Review Committee at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Dr. Nowakowski is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nowakowski has a passion for women’s health and she has special clinical interest in diet and nutrition and surgical interest in endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. She feels all aspects of life impact a woman’s obstetrical and gynecologic health and emphasizes comprehensive, compassionate care.

Mariko Shelton, MD

Dr. Mariko K. Shelton is an Obstetrics / Gynecology Specialist in Dearborn and Grosse Pointe,  Michigan. We welcomed her to our practice in 2020.   She received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carleton College in Minnesota.  Dr. Shelton graduated medical school in 2012 from the prestigious Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and she completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in 2016 at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

She decided to pursue medicine when she was an AmeriCorps member, working in a homeless shelter for medically ill adults.

Raised in Southern Indiana, Dr. Shelton comes from a diverse background, and is fluent in Spanish. She especially enjoys adolescent medicine and pregnancy related care.  Her interests are spending time with family, yoga, and travelling.

Houda Charara, Practice Manager

Houda is the definition of someone who can do a lot with a little. She has perfected the art of work-life balance, being the proud mother of six accomplished children, and maintaining a happy marriage for thirty-one years.  Although she has a background as a licensed insurance agent, as a Dearborn native, she wanted to give back to the community and began working at local non-profits.

She entered the arena of women’s health where she felt she could make special connections with patients. She quickly advanced to the role of Practice Manager at Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates and Associates in Aesthetic Medicine.  She prides herself on her customer service skills and loves making lasting impacts on people’s lives. Recognized as the mother of the office, she makes sure everyone is taken care of – from her coworkers to patients!

In her free time Houda enjoys cooking, reading books (in record times!) and escapes reality by watching binge worthy shows on Netflix.

Elizabeth Miller, BAS, RDMS

Elizabeth is a nationally certified Sonographer. She received her ultrasound education from Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Campus. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Allied Health from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan.

During her career, she has worked as an Applications Specialist for GE Medical and Applications/Sales for Acoustic Imaging.

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Elizabeth has remained in Metro Detroit. She enjoys working in women’s health care and helping others.

In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. She also enjoys traveling, boating and bicycling.