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Chappaqua Resident, OBGYN Talks Book, Reality Show

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – As a parent, wife, doctor and reality show participant, Chappaqua resident Alyssa Dweck has worn many hats. Now, with the completion of her first book, she can also add author to the list.

After 16 years as a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist, Dweck decided to use her experience to tackle a subject that she believes is perceived by many as “taboo.” Her book “V is for Vagina,” will be released on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

“I hope people start to get a little more comfort level with discussing these issues, whether it's with their friends or with their health care providers,” said Dweck. “Even though the book was written in a really fun and chatty way, it's very full of up-to-date medical information.”

Dweck, and co-author Robin Westen, wrote the book in hopes of removing some of the unconfortability associated with what she says are normal medical issues.

“Women are even afraid to say the word in public,” said Dweck, referring to the title of her book. “There's still a bit of squeamishness regarding that.”

Dweck, who is a native of Scarsdale, has lived in Chappaqua for 16 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Columbia University in 1986 before earning her medical degree at Pennsylvania’s Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1990.

During the summer, Dweck was also involved with filming a pilot for a reality television show called “Working Wives of Westchester.”

“This is like a docu-drama that depicts working women and how they juggle their lives with so many responsibilities between family, kids, a profession and whatnot,” said Dweck. The series is currently being shopped around to television networks.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Dweck’s book will be donated to the Fistula Foundation. The nonprofit organization raises awareness and funding for obstetric fistula treatment, prevention and education programs worldwide.

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