Steven C. Meek, MD


Dr. Steven C. Meek is a board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology practicing in Tanner Clinic in Layton. He specializes in high-risk pregnancies, infertility and robotic-assisted surgery, a procedure he values because of its role in his other specialty — minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Meek began his education at the University of Utah, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He continued on at the U of U School of Medicine, where he received his M.D.

Dr. Meek completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Hospital in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Dr. Meek is especially proud of his long-time dedication to Utah Medical Outreach, a non-profit organization that organizes medical missions to remote parts of Guatemala. He founded the group with Dr. Robert Mellor, also a Tanner Clinic physician, and has traveled with every service expedition, which occur twice a year, for 25 years.

Dr. Meek and his wife live in Farmington, where he raised six children and is now grandfather to an always expanding circle of grandchildren. In addition to his volunteer work, he enjoys biking and skiing — both water and snow — as well as reading and writing.

 

Dr. Meek discusses a new breakthrough procedure- the MonaLisa Touch

Tanner Clinic has added a leading edge treatment to resolve gynecologic health issues often caused by menopause. The MonaLisa Touch, an in-office procedure that is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia, received FDA clearance 2014. Tanner Clinic physicians Steven Meek and Laura Foot are two of the first physicians in Utah to offer the treatment, which uses a special fractional CO2 laser designed to help postmenopausal women as well as breast cancer survivors.

“The MonaLisa is a new formulated laser. A lot of research has gone into this treatment and the laser is specifically formulated to treat vaginal and vulvar skin,” explained Dr. Meek.

The treatment can be used to treat a variety of conditions facing women.  Nearly 85 percent of women report an increased quality of life after the procedure is complete.

“We use [the MonaLisa] to treat the surface of the vaginal tissue to rejuvenate it. It brings back all the collagen and all of the elastin,” Dr. Foot said.  “It’s a fast, simple and safe treatment. There’s no downtime.”

Those who struggle with reoccurring urinary tract infections, mild stress incontinence, mild urgency and frequency are also candidates for this procedure.

“Other patients who would benefit from the MonaLisa laser treatments have pain with intercourse, they may have frequent bladder or vaginal infections,” said Dr. Meek. “They may have irritation or dryness of skin, or may have special dermatological conditions of the vagina or vulva.”

One of the perks of this procedure is that it can be done in-office. “It takes 5 minutes start to finish,” said Dr. Foot, “Recovery is quick. You walk out the door and you can go about your business.”

Another benefit is the lack of side effects and contraindications. “There have been over 25,000 MonaLisa procedures performed in the United States and Europe and to date there have been no significant side effects,” Dr. Meek said.

“These medical conditions that we’ve talked about are kind of difficult for patients to bring up with their doctors,” Dr. Meek said. “If you have any of these problems, please call us because we can help. This is a new and exciting treatment that works.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Foot or Dr. Meek, call (801) 773-4865 or visit tannerclinic.com.

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What patients are saying about Dr. Meek

“I have only been to him a couple times but he was a very good doctor and i would go to him again” – Clinton on Google+, February 2016

“Couldn’t have asked for a better Doctor or a better experience. Dr. Meek helped us out more than we could have ever expected. Whatever the need is for visiting an OBGYN, I am completely confident that Dr. Meek is the right person to visit. He played a huge part in us bringing a child into this world. From identifying what was stopping us from getting pregnant, to the delivery and help after, the whole experience has been perfect. Five Stars! 10 out of 10! Whatever the highest rating I can give, that would be it. After struggling to get pregnant, we decided we needed some help. We were told that a women’s center in Salt Lake would be a great place to go. Especially for finding a female doctor. We went there for 9 months and spent hundreds of dollars there. We never seemed to be able to meet with a doctor, it was always the nurse practitioner. They could never give us any answers and just kept telling us to keep trying. The had us go to different places to get semen analysis’ done and other tests. We were just another person there and never felt like they cared about anything that we were experiencing. It was all about money and was a complete waste of time. We met Dr. Meek through what I consider to be a miracle. After talking with him for a short time about our experience he could tell we weren’t getting the help that we needed. He told us to come and see him and we would identify the issue within a month and then work through whatever it was. That’s exactly what happened. There was a goal in mind and that goal was always accomplished. We always knew what to expect and what our visit would be about. There was no wasting time and everything that needed to happen, happened. Dr. Meek is different from any doctor that we have experienced. He made sure to give us plenty of time to ask the questions that we wanted to ask or get answers to. We were a priority to him. He understood our needs and what was important to us was important to him. He is knowledgable in all aspects. He genuinely cares about our wants and needs. One of our favorite things is that he gave us the ability to contact him anytime we felt like we needed to ask him something. Throughout the whole process that was HUGE to us! He always responded. When you are nervous about something and can ask the doctor anytime, a question you have, you feel so much better getting an answer right away. His advice is always the right advice. He never gave us false hope about anything. We now have a beautiful baby and truly consider it a miracle to have met and been able to work with Dr. Meek. If you’re looking for a great experience, and want to feel truly taken care of through the whole process, use Dr. Meek. We have other friends and family that have used him and everyone has had just as great of an experience. Also, the Tanner clinic and Davis Hospital were great places to go to. We had to travel quite a ways just to go there, but it was worth it the way everything went. Tanner clinic was easy to access and a great place to meet with the doctor. Davis was a great hospital to deliver the baby at as well. We were always taken care of the way we wanted. The rooms at Davis was great and the nurses, staff and food was excellent! Like the photo is his office says, “You’re in good hands with Dr. Meek!””- Mark on Google+, January 2016

“Dr. Meek, I just want to express to you personally how thankful I am to have you as my OBGYN! You obviously came highly recommended for a reason. Thank you for your kindness, patience and of course your expertise in what you do. The robotic surgery went great! recovery went well and I feel great! You are amazing!” – Ann on Google+, March 2015

“Couldn’t have asked for a better doctor or a better experience. Dr. Meek helped us out more than we could have ever expected. Whatever the need is for visiting an OB/GYN, I am completely confident that Dr. Meek is the right person to visit. He played a huge part in us bringing a child into this world. From identifying what was stopping us from getting pregnant, to the delivery and help after, the whole experience has been perfect. Five Stars! 10 out of 10! Whatever the highest rating I can give, that would be it. … Also, the Tanner clinic and Davis Hospital were great places to go to. We had to travel quite a ways just to go there, but it was worth it the way everything went. Tanner Clinic was easy to access and a great place to meet with the doctor. … Like the photo is his office says, ‘You’re in good hands with Dr. Meek!’”    —  Meredith on Google+, Sept. 2, 2014. Click to read the full review.

“Dr. Meek helped my husband and I conceive! We tried for two and a half years, and with his help we are now expecting our first child! I love Tanner Clinic!”     —  Bree on Facebook, June 16, 2014

“You don’t need to worry about a thing when you see Dr. Meek — you know you are in the best hands. I was seeing a different doctor the first half of my pregnancy. This other doctor wasn’t attentive in our visits, he wouldn’t ask any questions or ask how I was feeling; he seemed to do the bare minimum. I can’t tell you how much of I difference I felt when I switched to Dr. Meek. He was available to answer any questions I had during my entire pregnancy. … He is very concerned about you and your baby every step of the way. He’s just simply the best.”     —  Emily on Vitals.com, Jan. 28, 2014

“Dr. Meek has been my OB for years and has always been so kind and caring. I couldn’t ask for a better doctor.”     —  Kadee on Facebook, Feb. 10, 2014

“Dr. Meek is fabulous, absolutely unparalleled in my opinion. I have used him for my second and third babies and cannot imagine ever wanting to use anyone else. He is calm, patient, comforting, and very knowledgeable. I never waited for more than five minutes at my appointments. I have complicated pregnancies and have always felt like I was in the best of hands. He provides his patients with his personal cell number, and always responds within just a few minutes. That kind of attention is just unheard of these days with other doctors. … I recommend him to everyone I know! ”     —   Ratemds.com, Feb. 4, 2014

Dr. Meek named 2015 Citizen of the Year

The Centerville-Farmington Rotary Club has named Dr. Steven Meek 2015 Farmington Citizen of the Year.

Meek was honored for his extensive humanitarian service that spans more than 25 years. Steve Thacker presented the award on Thursday, June 11.

Dr. Meek and his wife Shauna accept the award, pictured with Rotary Club President Bruce Holt and incoming Rotary Club President Rachelle Murray.

Meek’s service began when he and several other local doctors began providing medical equipment and supplied to rural areas in Mexico through a non-profit organization called Choice. Soon these doctors began traveling to Mexico to perform surgeries. Eventually, Meek and his colleagues created a non-profit known as Utah Medical Outreach, which focuses on providing services to rural areas in other countries.

“Some of the most sacred and key experiences of my life have come because of this service,” said Meek, an OB/GYN at Tanner Clinic since 1989. “Our lives have been changed more than the people we’ve served.”

Currently, Meek serves as vice president of Utah Medical Outreach and continues to travel with the group twice a year. He also serves on the board of directors of Academy for Creating Enterprise, a non-profit that trains financially challenged Filipinos, Mexicans and Brazilians to improve their lives.

“Dr. Meek simply has a desire to improve the lives of those around him and his skills as a physician allow him the opportunity to serve others,” said Marshall McKinnon, CEO of Tanner Clinic. “Dr. Meek is well-loved and respected by his patients. His humanitarian efforts are a reflection of who he is and the way he practices medicine at Tanner Clinic.”

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New Operating Room Agenda: Robot's Arms, Surgeon's Control

You know you’ve reached the age of the Jetsons when the newest technique in the world of gynecology involves robots.

But one thing is not so new: the surgeon operating the robot has more than 25 years experience in women’s health.

After a year of training learning to manipulate the robotic arms of the daVinci Surgical System in Davis Hospital and Medical Center, as well as extensive experience, Dr. Steven Meek has set aside laparoscopy in favor of more effective robotic arms.

Still, robotic surgery is often not Dr. Meek’s first choice. Vaginal surgery for such conditions such as a routine hysterectomy remains the best — and least expensive — way to go.

For patients who do receive the minimally invasive robotic surgery, the surgery is more precise and the recovery time is reduced.

How the robotic process works

Here’s what Dr. Meek calls a “very simple overview to a very complicated process”:

Four small incisions, each no longer than a half-inch, are made in the patient’s abdomen. Trocars — a surgical instrument consisting of a puncturing device inside a tube — are inserted into the abdomen. The trocars allow the surgical tools and a camera to be inserted into the abdomen of the patient. Then, the robotic arms are attached to the instruments.

With a surgical assistant remaining at the side of the anesthetized patient, Dr. Meek settles at the computer control center a few feet away. During the operation, his hands remotely control the instruments, based on a magnified, high-definition and 3-D picture of the surgical area provided by the camera.

It might be called a robot, but the daVinci system doesn’t move on its own — Dr. Meek remains in control of everything.

No unnecessary procedures

Robotic surgery can be just what the doctor ordered. The best candidates include women who have endometriosis, previous cesarean sections, or have never given birth.

But Dr. Meek is concerned that some physicians unnecessarily use the more expensive surgery for routine procedures. He points to recommendations from the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Obstetricians. “Those two governing organizations have said that the best way to do a hysterectomy is vaginally,” said Dr. Meek. “Then you go to either a robot or laparoscopy if you can’t do it vaginally.”

Vaginal surgeries, especially for hysterectomies, remain the most common method of surgery. About 75% of all hysterectomies at Tanner Clinic are done this way, and at Tanner Clinic “we’re very good at them,” said Dr. Meek.

Robotic not always first choice

With the introduction of laparoscopic and robotic surgery, abdominal surgeries are becoming rare, mainly because these invasive surgeries leave a C-section-sized scar and lengthen recovery time. Such surgeries are reserved for large tumors and similar ailments.

Dr. Meek prioritizes his preferred means of surgery this way:

  • Vaginal surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Abdominal surgery

Dr. Meek chooses robotic surgery when some part of the patient’s medical history concerns him. And he always opts for robotic surgery over laparoscopy. “If I have to do anything laparoscopically, the robot for me is better,” he said.

For Those Who Have Little, a Helping Hand

Humanitarian-sidebar1Dr. Steven Meek’s other  office is located in  Guatemala.

 That’s where he travels  twice a year as vice-  president of Utah Medical  Outreach. The non-profit  humanitarian organization assembles medical missions to remote villages, assisting people for whom small and ordinary ailments — at least to us Americans — have become painful, debilitating and life-threatening. Most of them are too poor to travel to larger towns and cities where some medical care could be obtained.

Using donated supplies, the trips are staffed with Davis County physicians and nurses who donate their time and all expenses. A large contigent of those are from Tanner Clinic.

The post, “Tanner Clinic physicians take their skills to needy, remote Guatemalan villages”, in Tanner Clinic’s news section provides more information about Utah Medical Outreach.

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