Our Gynecology Staff
All professionals at Ideal Gynecology maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG
Gynecologist in Atlanta, GAIdeal Gynecology
Dr. Schapiro has called Atlanta home for over 20 years. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine with Honors in Obstetrics and Gynecology and an International Fellowship. She completed her residency at UNC Chapel Hill, where she served as Chief Resident. Always interested in preventive medicine, she published her research on cervical cancer screening in Bali, Indonesia.
A true women's health advocate, Dr. Schapiro enjoys the fact many of her patients have been with her for years. In addition to staying on top of the latest changes in recommendations for preventive care, she is a leader in offering her patients the most advanced office procedures, minimally invasive surgeries and more traditional surgeries when appropriate. She spends time with her patients to make sure that they understand their options and are making informed decisions about their healthcare.
Every patient is unique and Dr. Schapiro enjoys discussing their concerns and coming up with a treatment plan together. Her specialties include endometriosis, incontinence, infertility, irregular bleeding, heavy periods, fibroids, and pelvic pain.
A global women's health advocate, Dr. Schapiro has practiced around the world. As a medical student, she wrote a paper comparing obstetric outcomes in a rural hospital in Kenya with a hospital in the Bronx, New York. As a Chief Resident, she published her original research on cervical cancer screening in Bali, Indonesia. More recently, she received the first Caring for Congo Award from the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation for gynecologic surgery performed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Schapiro was the U.S. leader for Projet Myome and has been on three missions to the DRC helping women with fibroids and training local doctors. She has also trained physicians and birth attendants in Nepal.
Dr. Schapiro is often called upon by CNN as well as local news outlets for her medical expertise. She maintains a YouTube channel to educate people about robotic hysterectomies and myomectomies.
Dr. Schapiro and her husband, Robert Schapiro, are the parents of three daughters, including twins currently at Yale University. She is the author of Tick Tock, a novel chronicling her own struggles with infertility.
Ashlee Forrester, WHNP-BC
Ashlee Forrester is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, who joins Ideal Gynecology from the Emory Woodruff School of Nursing. Upon graduation from Emory University’s Master of Science in Nursing program, Ashlee started her WHNP career at a very busy and well known GYN practice in Lawrenceville, GA. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in both obstetrics and gynecological care.
Prior to this, Ashlee was an honor graduate from Kennesaw State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Ashlee knew she wanted to specialize and pursue her degree in Women’s Health after beginning her nursing career at Northside Hospital working on the mother baby unit. Ashlee will provide routine gynecologic care and perform in office procedures such as pap smears, IUDs, and endometrial biopsies.
Ashlee is the oldest of six siblings, and resides in West Midtown with her husband and two dogs. Outside of the office, Ashlee enjoys being outdoors, hiking, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathryn Garren, WHNP-BC
We are delighted to have Kathryn Garren, WHNP-BC on our team at Ideal Gynecology. Kathryn has always been committed to women's health and comes to us most recently from a busy suburban women's health practice. Kathryn writes, "my clinical focus includes contraceptive care management, endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, use of saline-infused sonohysterography and endometrial biopsy to diagnose and manage care of abnormal bleeding and other uterine or endometrial abnormalities, weight management, and promoting wellness during menopause. I am extremely passionate about providing care that allows my patients to feel heard, understood, and empowered."
Kathryn's exceptional clinical skills have been recognized and she is a winner of the Peggy Deane Award for Clinical Excellence. She earned her degree as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner from the Emory Woodruff School of Nursing. Prior to obtaining her Master's Degree in Nursing, she was a member of the inaugural traditional nursing class at Anderson University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She served as a member on the executive board of the Student Nurses' Association for 3 years and volunteered her time in medical missions to Nicaragua.
A native of South Carolina, Kathryn makes frequent trips back home to Greenville or Lake Hartwell to visit family, and when she can, watch the Clemson Tigers play football. She has lived in the Atlanta area for three years and currently resides in Brookhaven. She and her boyfriend enjoy traveling the world, getting outside to throw the football, and watching various Atlanta sporting events.