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Here’s a Bit More About Us

At the Urogynecology Center of Northern Virginia, Dr. Maria Canter and her staff offer a safe and supportive environment for treating women’s intimate health. Dr. Canter has served women in the Northern Virginia area for over 12 years by providing surgical and nonsurgical solutions to treat urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, fecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction in women.


Dr. Canter is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was one of the first surgeons in the country to be boarded with both specialties. Dr. Canter works with each individual patient and customizes treatment plans for their specific needs. She focuses on improving her patients’ quality of life by using minimally-invasive techniques.

Dr. Canter was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up just outside of the city. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Georgetown University Medical Center graduating with the Minimally Invasive Endoscopy Award. A three-year fellowship ensued in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. While in fellowship, she received awards for Academic Achievement, Clinical Investigation and the prestigious American Urogynecology Society June Allyson Award for research in urine proteomics.

Dr. Maria Canter opened Urogynecology Center NoVa in May 2016. However, Dr. Canter has been in practice in Northern Virginia for over 10 years and is proud to say she loves what she does. When asked what attracted her to this field, she replies,

“I have the privilege to take care of women. I get to build a rapport with my patients, renew confidence and restore quality of life in women who usually take care of everyone else.”


Meet Cindy Atkins, PA

Cindy Atkins has been a certified physician assistant since 2012. She joined the practice in August 2018. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995 where she was commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant. She served over 20 years on active duty, completing assignments across the United States and overseas. She received her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska. She is also a graduate of the Army Trauma course, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Airborne School, Air Assault school, and other
military schools.

Cindy has always had special interest in Women’s Health of all ages. She likes to give back to the community by teaching CPR and First Aid Classes with Fairfax County schools. Her interests include cooking, baking, exercising, and spending time with her family. She is married and has 2 daughters and a dog.