She began her career as a Labor and Delivery nurse at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her graduate program in midwifery at the University of New Mexico. She has extensive experience as a midwife in both community and academic hospitals. After graduating, she joined a large multi-specialty group in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she provided care to a diverse group of women. She was responsible for managing the patient education materials and gave numerous presentations to providers. She precepted students from the University of New Mexico. She was on the Natural Family Birthing Center committee which helped design the new center which offered waterbirth. She spent 6 years attending births, providing antepartum and gynecologic care to both low and high-risk patients in this collaborative practice.
She then accepted a position at The Ohio State University where she worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital Teen and Pregnant Program, resident clinic and at OSU East. She worked with the Moms2B program which is an innovative community-based prenatal program for low-income women which provides nutritional and social supports to women and their families. She developed their childbirth preparation and educational content. She worked on developing the newly established midwifery practice which had high patient satisfaction scores and excellent outcomes. Along with her other colleagues, she enrolled patients in the first study of outcomes of waterbirth at OSU. The study demonstrated excellent outcomes and the hospital chose to continue to the waterbirth option for all midwifery patients after the completion and publishing of the study. She served on the credentialing committee and breastfeeding committee. She oriented new midwives and precepted students from The Ohio State University. She held a faculty appointment in the OSU College of Nursing and OSU College of Medicine. She then worked at ProMedica Hospital which is a community hospital where she attended births and provided gynecologic care for women across the lifespan.
In 2021, she joined the Center for Women's Health at Yale New Haven Hospital. She values the relationship that develops while caring for women during important stages in their life. Her care is evidence-based, with a focus on the specific needs of patients including their values and desires for their care. She has an interest in low-intervention birth and is experienced with waterbirths. She has extensive experience with all forms of contraception including IUDs, implants, and oral contraceptives. She serves as a clinical instructor to the Yale School of Nursing precepting nurse midwifery students. She holds a faculty appointment at the Yale College of Medicine. She is an active member in the American College of Nurse-Midwives and an Educational Affiliate in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is certified in Obstetrics and Neonatal Quality and Safety and Electronic Fetal monitoring from the National Certification Corporation. She is honored to be part of the midwifery team at Yale which has a long-standing history of prioritizing women’s health care and supporting the midwifery model of care.
Her husband is a nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital. They have 2 delightful children. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, skiing, spending time with her family, traveling, and swimming.
Education & Training
- MSNUniversity of New Mexico, Midwifery (2006)
- BSNUniversity of Cincinnati (2002)