Regardless of which provider you choose, our combined experience ensures that you will be in good hands.

Our female providers know first-hand the unique joys, and challenges, faced by women and mothers.

Valley Women for Women - Our Doctors

Our Providers

Mia Lynne Van Eken
DO, FACOG

Mia Lynne Van Eken, DO, FACOGMia Lynne Van Eken, DO, FACOG

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degree: DO

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Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania Degrees: BA, Psychology
Minors in Biology, Physical Science
Honors Degree in General Education

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degree: DO

Internship
Rotating Internship - Delaware County Community Hospital/Crozier Chester Medical Center/Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency (1998-2002)
OB/GYN Residency Training - UMDNJ/Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Camden, New Jersey

Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships and Societies
American Osteopathic
Association American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I relocated to Arizona from Philadelphia in 2004. Since that time, I have been practicing OB/GYN in the Chandler and Gilbert area.

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Prior to that, I practiced in Philadelphia for one and a half years. I became interested in OB/GYN during medical school due to the ability to play a role in women's health over the course of their lives. It is wonderful to care for women through all phases of her life including adolescence, childbirth and menopause. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband and two children.

Denise Y. Belisle
MD, FACOG

Denise Y. Belisle, M.D., FACOGDenise Y. Belisle, M.D., FACOG

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Degree: MD

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Rutger's University
Degree: BA, Biology and Psychology

University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Degree: MD

Residency and Internship (1998-2002)
Cooper Hospital University Medical Center, New Jersey

Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships and Societies
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English
Spanish

 

Biography
My interest in medicine developed when I was very young. In fifth grade health class I watched the NOVA program "Miracle of Life" and was amazed by the process of human development, from conception to birth.

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From that moment I knew I wanted to be a physician, taking care of women and participating in the miracle of human life. Being a women's healthcare provider is both an honor and a privilege which I greatly enjoy. Our getting to know each other is an important part of providing your complete obstetrical and gynecological care. My getting to know you goes well beyond learning your health history to truly understanding your feelings and concerns as we discuss very sensitive, personal issues. Your getting to know me will help you feel comfortable sharing your concerns. I want you to be confident in knowing that you will receive personalized care from someone you can trust. I enjoy traveling, dining, and spending time with my three children. I appreciate people from various cultures and backgrounds. I love reading a good mystery novel and I especially love to cook, but I don't really like having to clean up afterward.

Julie T. Adams
DO, FACOOG

Julie T. Adams, DO, FACOOGJulie T. Adams, DO, FACOOG

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Des Moines University/College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Degree: DO

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Arizona State University
Degree: BS, Marketing

Arizona State University
Degree: BS, Zoology, Minor: Chemistry

Des Moines University/College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Degree: DO

Internship
Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internship: Midwestern University/Arizona Consortium/Mesa General Hospital

Residency (1999-2003)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certifications
Fellow of the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Hospital Affiliations
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
My love for medicine developed at an early age with my mom, a Registered Nurse, and my dad, the first orderly at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.

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My decision to pursue women's healthcare was made in medical school when I assisted in my first delivery. What an honor to be involved in such a special moment in people's lives! I love caring for women in all phases of their lives. I am an Arizona native. I reside in Gilbert with my husband, Christopher, and our son and daughter. My hobbies include biking, softball, movies, and playtime with our children and our dog.

Tracey K. Peatross
MD, FACOG

Tracey K. Peatross, MD, FACOGTracey K. Peatross, MD, FACOG

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Drive Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Degree: MD

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Case Western Reserve University
Degree: BA, Cum Laude

Residency and Internship (1997-2001)
Aultman Hospital – Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine Affiliated
Canton, Ohio

Licensure
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Board Certified

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
So many people and things influenced me to become a physician.

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I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH where hospitals and healthcare were influential entities in part due to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with its affiliated hospitals. Though our sports teams often let us down, medicine kept Cleveland competitive in the world arena. My mother gets the credit for my choosing obstetrics and gynecology. Prior to her immigration to the U.S., my mother was a midwife attending deliveries in various districts of central England. Her stories about the deliveries she attended, and the joy shared with families she delivered, biased me towards obstetrics. My eldest sister was often hospitalized due to sickle cell anemia. I watched and often followed the physicians who cared for her as they worked to find the “trigger” for her crises. I was impressed by their compassion, intelligence and great skill as they treated my sister and always returned her home safe and “healed”. Becoming a mother at the age of 17 helped me clarify my career aspirations, accept delayed gratification, and stay motivated when rough times challenged my resolve.

Sara J. Giali
DO, FACOG

Sara J. Giali DO, FACOGSara J. Giali DO, FACOG

Primary Office Location
485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), Glendale, Arizona
Degree: DO

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Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Degree: BA, Biology

McCall Memorial Academic Scholarship

Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), Glendale, Arizona
Degree: D.O.

Residency and Internship (2001-2005)
University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit, Erlanger Medical Center, Baroness Campus, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Memberships and Societies
American Osteopathic Association
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Arizona Osteopathic Association
Phoenix OB/GYN Society

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Special Interests
Prenatal Education
General Obstetrics
Abnormal Pap Management

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I have always had a strong interest in medicine. I remember wrapping ACE bandages on the family pets and giving them exams with my Fisher-Price medical set, even before I was in kindergarten.

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I thought something in orthopedics was bound to be in my future, as I was a competitive gymnast until the age of 16. I realized my calling was to help women with their specialized health concerns while I was in my last year of medical school. Once I witnessed my first c-section delivery, I was hooked on becoming an OB/GYN. Pregnancy is such as special time in a woman’s life. I also enjoy counseling woman on various issues including prenatal care, contraception, managing abnormal pap smears, and performing life improving procedures to manage abnormal uterine bleeding.
I am originally from Colorado, but I grew up in the North Phoenix area, attending Deer Valley High School. I went to Texas for college, but returned to attend Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ. I am asked almost on a weekly basis, “Where are you from?” This is due to the accent I gained from my 4 year long residency in Tennessee. I find it amusing that I still can’t seem to shake it, several years later.
My husband and I are the proud parents of two wonderful little girls, who each enrich our lives. Most of my free time is spent with my children, but I also enjoy catching up on my favorite recorded TV shows, reading, and I am an avid cross stitcher. I have previously practiced in the Scottsdale area for 3 years, and now, I am thrilled to be part of Valley Women for Women, since joining the team in June 2009.

Nancy F. Ference
DO, FACOG

Nancy F. Ference DONancy F. Ference DO

Primary Office Location
1501 N. Gilbert Rd, Ste 180, Gilbert

Educational Background
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Degree: DO

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University of Arizona
Degree: BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Residency (2003-2007)
Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona
OB/GYN Residency, Canton, Ohio

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
My interest in medicine sparked in high school biology class. I soon came to realize that becoming a physician would provide a rewarding and interesting career.

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I went onto the University of Arizona (go Cats!) where I received a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Through my volunteer and work experiences I found that in addition to my attraction to the science of medicine, the interpersonal relationship between a physician and patient was also a winning combination. I went to medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale. I was fascinated by obstetrics in the first lecture of my second year. I recognized what an honor and privilege it truly would be to bring life into this world. I took a short side-track into family practice residency for one year at Phoenix Baptist Hospital and decided to change my specialty to ob-gyn. I then went off to Canton, OH for ob-gyn residency. The cold, dark winters brought me back home to sunny Arizona. I enjoy practicing full spectrum ob-gyn and especially love to see a woman through pregnancy, delivery, and then long term gyn care.

I am a native of Arizona. When time allows I love hiking, swimming, reading, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

Carrie N. Aguilar
MD

Carrie N. Aguilar, MDCarrie N. Aguilar, MD

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Rd, Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
Saint Louis University
Degree: MD

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University of Southern California
Degree: BA, December 1997

Residency (2007-2011)
Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Phoenix, Arizona

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Eligible: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English, Medical Spanish

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
As the daughter of two nurses, I was surrounded by medicine from a very early age.

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For me, there was no magical moment, I simply knew I wanted to be part of medicine and helping others. Caring for women is particularly important to me - they are the heart and hearth of every family, and, taking care of them so they may in turn take care of their families, is not only an honor, but a privilege.

I attended college at University of Southern California (go Trojans!), and then attended medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Luckily, I made my way back to the southwest and completed my residency, here in Phoenix, at Phoenix Integrated Residency in OBGYN (PIROG). I then subsequently joined Valley Women for Women.

Whether delivering babies or healing pain, I am thrilled to be a part of patient's lives. Through individualized care and attention to detail, my goal is to empower women to make the best healthcare choices for themselves, and I am thankful to be given this chance every day.

Jacqueline A. Tetreault
MD, FACOG

Jacqueline A. Tetreault, MD, FACOGJacqueline A. Tetreault, MD, FACOG

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Rd, Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Degree: MD

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Clark University
Degree: BA, Biology, 1979

Internship and Residency (1985-1989)
Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Western Reserve University

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Areas of Special Interest
Infertility, Menopausal Issues including the use of Bioidentical hormones

 

Biography
I am passionate about caring for women in all stages of their lives

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from before birth into the "golden years". I am excited to be in Arizona after a productive career in Rhode Island which spanned from 1993 to 2011. My professional interests include obstetrical and gynecological care with special emphasis in the perimenopausal and menopausal years. I also have a special interest in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. I enjoy working with women to find the right hormonal balance with both traditional and bioidentical hormones.

My surgical skills include vaginal and laparoscopic surgical techniques that promote the rapid return to normal activities. I also am skilled in the latest in-office surgical offerings including Essure permanent sterilization and cryo uterine ablations. I also offer laser surgery for treatment of certain gynecological conditions.

I have previously served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where I taught residents. I have also participated in Medical Missions to Honduras as part of Brown University's Global Health Initiative. I am very proud of the clinic I helped to start in Providence, Rhode Island and am always thrilled to see some of those patients here in Arizona!

I am the parent of two college-aged students and care for my 90+ year old live-in mother. I love to travel, especially in the Southwest. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, boating, and reading (preferably with a glass of pinot noir).

Kathryn M. Connors
MD

Kathryn M. Connors, M.D.Kathryn M. Connors, M.D.

Primary Office Location
1501 N. Gilbert Rd, Ste 180, Gilbert

Educational Background
Creighton University School of Medicine
Degree: MD

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Montana State University
Degree: BA Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Residency (2007-2011)
Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008-2012), Phoenix, Arizona

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Eligible: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
I was unsure what specialty I wanted to go into when I was in medical school. I had liked all my rotations but hadn't found that one place I loved.

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Until one night when I delivered a baby, that changed everything. I don't think I stopped smiling the rest of the day. I loved it, I knew it, I had found my place. Caring for women in all aspects of their life: from adolescence through menopause is challenging, exciting and immensely rewarding. I am priveleged to be a part of my patients lives during some of the most important events of their lifetimes.

I was raised in Montana and went to medical school in Nebraska. Residency brought me to the Valley and along with my husband and my son we have decided to stay. I am thrilled to join Valley Women for Women and to be a part of a wonderful group of providers serving the East Valley. In my free time I enjoy college football, skiing, hiking and rafting the rivers of Montana when I get a chance!

Christina M. Dave
MD

Christina M. Dave, M.D.Christina M. Dave, M.D.

Primary Office Location
485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
Temple University School of Medicine
Degree: MD

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University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
Degree: BS Radiation Sciences - Nuclear Medical Technology with highest honors

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Degree: BS Special Education

Residency (2009-2012)
Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Eligible: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
At an early age, I was driven by a strong desire to help others. Pursuing this desire, I completed my first bachelors in special education.

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Shortly thereafter, I obtained my second bachelors in radiation sciences and entered the field of medicine. Realizing that I can do more by providing direct care, I entered medical school in Philadelphia. Even as a medical student, I found ob/gyn fascinating. It allowed me an opportunity to render care at one of the most exciting times for my patients. I especially enjoy the broad spectrum of care afforded by ob/gyn – from birth to menopause – resulting in longer-term relationships with patients. After completing residency in Philadelphia, my commitment to active lifestyle brought me to Phoenix in July 2013. After a decade of living and working in Philadelphia, I am delighted to trade snowy winters for hotter summers. Outside of work I enjoy running, hiking, tennis, volleyball, yoga and traveling.

Adriana Pritchard
MD

Adriana Pritchard, M.D.Adriana Pritchard, M.D.

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Dr, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Arizona School of Medicine
Degree: MD

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Arizona State University, Tempe
Degree: BS Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Residency (2009-2012)
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Eligible: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
After completing a degree in biomedical engineering, I knew that I valued patients over patents --

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I needed to work with people. It is a gift to earn the trust of a young teen in discussing preventive healthcare, to join in the celebration of life through the process of childbirth, and to maintain a relationship with a woman into the transition of menopause. I have special interests in promotion of healthy breast feeding, as well as minimally invasive procedures. I've also volunteered abroad in Mexico, Thailand, and Nepal in medical mission work with various organizations. My roots in Arizona are deep-- I attended Deer Valley High School, Arizona State, and the University of Arizona. My husband and young son are a great support and we are excited to be a part of this vibrant East Valley community. In my free-time I love photography, hockey, and hiking.

Eericca Clegg Bickley
DO

Eericca Clegg Bickley, D.O.Eericca Clegg Bickley, D.O.

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Rd, Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
Touro University of Nevada
Degree: DO

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University of California, San Diego
Degree: MS Biology

Degree: BS Biology

Residency (2009-2012)
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Eligible: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was very young.

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Through my training I enjoyed many different fields of practice but obstetrics and gynecology had something special that eventually made my decision easy. Obstetrics and gynecology provided a wonderful opportunity to focus on all aspects of women’s health; counseling a young woman during her first visit to the gynecologist, caring for a woman during her pregnancy, and providing women relief through perimenopause and menopause. I look forward to getting to know you through these moments in your life. Through my training I have become especially interested in caring for adolescents, minimally invasive surgery, and high risk pregnancies. My husband and I enjoy spending time together cooking, cycling, playing with our dog, or just enjoying a good movie. I am honored to join Valley Women for Women in caring for the women of the East Valley.

Briana Truehill Wellington
MD, FACOG

Briana Truehill Wellington, M.D., FACOGBriana Truehill Wellington, M.D., FACOG

Primary Office Location
485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Degree: MD

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Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Degree: BS Arts and Science Medicine

Residency (1999-2003)
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Prior Work Experience
Assistant Professor of Clinical OBGYN, LSU
Residency Program Director, LSU
Practicing Obstetrician & Gynecologist for the LSU Health Sciences Center 2003-2013

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
Growing up the eldest of 5 siblings in a southern family meant I was the helper, the babysitter, and whatever else my mother needed.

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So, my life was founded on being a great helper... to my parents and my siblings. Helping and serving became part of who I was and, over time, developed into a commitment to community service. I also had a passion for science, specifically the how and why of the human body. Time and exposure helped me find my niche in medicine. Studying to become a physician allowed me to pursue my passion for science all in preparation for a life of servanthood and service to those in my community. My first exposure to OB/GYN was the summer before freshman year of college, where I shadowed a community physician who embodied all that I wanted to become; and he delivered babies!! I was beside myself with excitement and from that moment I knew what my life's work would be. Medical school, and residency solidified my decision to commit to womens' health services, however, I didn't anticipate the enjoyment I would receive from teaching those who came behind me. Medical students, nursing students, interns and my patients alike; teaching was another means of helping, serving, and bettering my community - now and in the future. I had stumbled upon another facet of health care that not only impacted my patients, but generations of women in the future. Thus, I have spent the last 10 years, caring for the needs of women in southeast Louisiana and teaching others to do the same. My family and I made the decision to relocate to Arizona in pursuit of the best place for family; which every day here has proven to be a great decision. I am committed to continuing my life's work here in Chandler and the surrounding areas by providing compassionate, competent women's health care for my community. I strive to ensure that my patients are well informed and make the best choices for their individual health. My goal is to provide the type of care I expect for my own family.

Molly Mentzer
DO, FACOG

Molly Mentzer, D.O., FACOGMolly Mentzer, D.O., FACOG

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Rd, Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Degree: DO

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The University of Chicago
Degree: BA Arts and Design with honors

Residency (2003-2007)
Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, PA

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
As the daughter of a dedicated nurse, I initially became interested in medicine as a child when my mom would come home from the hospital and share stores about her work.

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After starting medical school, I was drawn to women's health issues. I enjoy getting to know my patients as whole persons and helping to manage their unique health situations. I consider myself a committed advocate for women. I grew up in a small town in Ohio and practiced in Pennsylvania for 6 years before moving to Gilbert for my husband's job. I am the mother of three young boys. My own pregnancies and deliveries helped me acquire knowledge and empathy for mothers that I hadn't realized I was missing. I also enjoy working with adolescents and supporting women through the menopause years. I am trained to perform a sling procedure for the treatment of urinary incontinence. In addition to my work, I enjoy reading, traveling, Zumba, and spending time with my family.

Amber Vegh
MD, FACOG

Amber Vegh, M.D., FACOGAmber Vegh, M.D., FACOG

Primary Office Locations
3815 S. Val Vista Dr, Gilbert

485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Degree: MD

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Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Degree: BS Microbiology

Residency (2001-2005)
Tripler Army Medical Center

Licensure
State of Arizona

Board Certifications
Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages Spoken
English

Hospital Affiliations
Banner Ironwood Medical Center (coming soon)
Chandler Regional Hospital
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

 

Biography
I was born and raised right here in the Chandler/Gilbert area.

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I attended Arizona State University where I majored in Microbiology. After graduating, I joined the US Army to serve my country and to receive my medical training. After graduating, I was recognized as the best resident teacher and top resident in my graduating class from Tripler Army Medical Center in 2001. I served in multiple roles including clinic chief. I was deployed to Iraq where I served as Battalion Surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 1st Armored Calvary Division. I earned a Bronze Star for my performance during my deployment. I am board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. I am happy to offer comprehensive obstetrical and women's health care, including well women visits, acute problem visits, menopausal care, and all types of gynecologic surgical care. I have a special emphasis on abnormal bleeding, urinary incontinence management and all types of minimally invasive surgery. My interests include sports, reading, music, and spending time with my family.

 

Certified Nurse Midwives


Janice Bovee
CNM, MSN

Janice Bovee CNM, MSNJanice Bovee CNM, MSN

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Arizona
Degree: BA, Pre-Med - Magna Cum Laude

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Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing - Cleveland, Ohio
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing

Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing CNEP - Hyden, Kentucky
Degree: Nurse-Midwifery

Teaching Participant

  • 2004- current: Phoenix Firefighter Paramedics, Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • 1987, 2003: Glendale Community College, Obstetrics Review for Glendale Firefighter Paramedics

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives 1998- current
  • ACNM Chapter Chair 2006-current

Honors and Activities

  • Amigos de Salud: Surgical mission, Nicaragua: 2003
  • Yakima County Substance Abuse Coalition, Mentor: 1996-2000
  • American Association of University Women, Senior Award: 1990
  • Dean's Honor List, Magna Cum Laude, University of Arizona: 1987-1990
  • Spanish Club Officer, University of Arizona: 1988-1989
  • Field Nurse, Marine Biology, University of Arizona, Baja: 1987

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chandler Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Speical Interests

Traveled to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, England, Norway, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, France and several U.S. states including Hawaii and Alaska

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

 

Biography
Janice Bovee is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). She is an OB-Gyn Nurse-Practitioner specialist as a Nurse-Midwife.

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She graduated from Eastern Arizona College in 1977 with an associate's degree in Nursing and the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in Arts and Sciences in 1990. She received a master's degree in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, and graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky in 1998.

Janice's mother states that at the age of four, Janice was drawing pictures of doctors, nurses, pregnant women and babies! She was blessed with knowing her life's calling at a young age.

Presently, she has had the honor of delivering over 1060 babies. She has assisted physicians with over 400 cesarean births. Helping mothers and their families through the childbearing process is one of her greatest accomplishments. She delivers babies at Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and has continuous back-up as needed of the physicians of Valley Women for Women.

As a CNM, Janice also helps women of all ages through their gynecological health within the clinical setting. She is skilled in women's care including; yearly exams, family planning, contraception, STD identification and treatment, and menopausal care.

Before becoming a CNM, Janice was a RN in labor and delivery, newborn and pediatric intensive care and the emergency departments for 23 years.

Janice is an Arizona native and has also lived in Washington State. She has two adult children and seven granddaughters. She has traveled to Jordon, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Austria, England, France, Italy, Venice, Norway, Mexico, Nicaragua and several US states including Alaska and Hawaii. She is bilingual speaking Spanish.

"I am thrilled to become a new member of the Valley Women for Women team. I believe that nurse-midwifery services will be a positive and empowering compliment to excellent maternity care for the women and their families we serve."

Janice Bovee

Belinda Hodder
CNM, MSN

Belinda Hodder, CNM, MSNBelinda Hodder, CNM, MSN

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hyden, Kentucky
Degree: Certified Nurse Midwife/Master of Science in Nursing

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University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Degree: Pg Dip PD (Professional Development)

University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Degree: Registered Midwife

East Dyfed School of Nursing, Llanelli General Hospital, Wales, UK
Degree: Registered Nurse

Professional Organizations

  • Royal College Of Nursing Board Member (2000 - 2006)
  • American College of Nurse Midwifery – student representative committee.

Honors and Activities

  • Gulf War Medal - 1991

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chandler Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Speical Interests

Traveled to Israel, Egypt, Mexico, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, France, Caribbean and several U.S. States.

Languages Spoken

  • English

 

Biography
I have a nursing and midwifery career that spans 23 years. In 1988 I began my military career in the British Army.

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I have a nursing and midwifery career that reaches back the late Eighties. In 1988 I began my military career in the British Army joining the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and serving for 9 years. During this time I was decorated with the Gulf War Medal. The birth of my first son was to see the end of my military career and the start of my career in Midwifery. I have assisted thousands of women and their families in making health care choices, my passion being women's healthcare and advocacy. I am skilled in ante partum, intra partum and post partum care, women's care including; yearly examinations, family planning, contraception, STD identification and treatment, and menopausal care. It is my belief that during pregnancy and childbirth women can feel vulnerable advocacy at this time is essential.

I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and an OB-Gyn Nurse-Practitioner specialist as a Nurse-Midwife. I graduated from Llanelli School of Nursing (Wales, UK) in 1988 as a Registered Nurse. In 1998 I undertook further training to qualify as a Registered Nurse Midwife. In 2006 I relocated to Arizona with my husband and three boys and attended Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing graduating in 2010 as a Certified Nurse-Midwife/Master of Science in Nursing.

I enjoy family life with my husband Jeremy and their three young boys.

"Women should be empowered to make well-informed decisions about their own healthcare, making the best possible choices for their personal journeys I believe this best achieved by a collaborative approach with the medical expertise of our obstetrician/gynecologist physicians blended with the holistic health focus of our certified nurse midwives"

Diane Ortega
CNM, MSN

Diane Ortega, CNM, MSNDiane Ortega, CNM, MSN

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois
Degree: Masters of Science with a concentration in Nurse Midwifery

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Northern Illinois University
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Waubonsee Community College
Degree: Associate of Science, Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • American Nurses Association

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chandler Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Speical Interests

Early Mother-Infant Skin-to-Skin Contact

Languages Spoken

  • English

 

Biography
My journey into midwifery began after the birth of my second daughter with a midwife. With my own midwife as a mentor, I became passionate about pregnancy and women’s health and dedicated myself to pursing a career in this field.

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My goals are to empower and educate women and their families in their healthcare and childbearing experiences. I believe that a healthy pregnancy, a powerful birth experience and the early initiation of bonding and breastfeeding can contribute to strong and loving family ties. My professional experience includes four years as Labor & Delivery nurse. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Northern Illinois University. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Nurse-Midwifery program. My family and I relocated to Phoenix from Illinois in 2009. I have been married for 14 years. I am the proud mother of four children, three daughters and a son. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my family, reading and traveling.

Laura Hanna-Bergen
CNM, MSN

Laura Hanna-Bergen, CNM, MSNLaura Hanna-Bergen, CNM, MSN

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Washington, Seattle
Certification: Certified Nurse Midwife

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University of Phoenix
Degree: Masters of Science in Nursing

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota
Certification: Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (WHCNP)

Coe College
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Certified Nurse Midwife in AZ, VA, DC, MD, and WA
  • La Leche League Leader
  • Birthworks childbirth educator
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, 1998-2007

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chandler Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Languages Spoken

  • English

 

Biography
I started my nursing career as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps. After completing my commitment as a Captain, I pursued my passion for working with women and families.

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I worked as a women's health nurse practitioner for several years. Along the way, I met several midwives who inspired me to seek out midwifery care for the births of my two daughters. Birth is a time of great transformation and I've always been humbled and amazed by the strength of women. I feel very privileged to be able to participate and guide families on this journey through parenthood. In my free time, I enjoy distance running. I ran in the Boston Marathon in 2011, and I am currently training for a fall marathon.

Mina Huff
CNM, MSN

Mina Huff CNM, MSNMina Huff CNM, MSN

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH
Degree: Master of Science: Nursing

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Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
Post-MSN in Midwifery

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Nursing

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Degree: Master of Science, Nursing

Registered Nurse
Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana

Certified Nurse Midwife
Certification

Nurse Practitioner
Certification

Memberships, Societies and Certifications
CNM
WHNP-BC
Colposcopy
BLS
ACLS
NRP

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I knew I wanted a career in Women's Health as soon as I started working as a Labor and Delivery nurse several years ago.

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I have deep experience as a Charge nurse within Labor and Delivery departments both here in the Valley and also in Illinois. From those experiences, I knew I wanted to further my ability to help women through the childbirth process. Having recently received my certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife, I greatly enjoy serving needs of patients with prenatal and postpartum care, routine gyn, annual exams, diagnostic procedures, and colposcopy. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my son, husband, and dogs - a poodle and a pug. I also have an interest in photography, working out, and hiking. I am an Arizona native and I love all that this wonderful state has to offer!

 

Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants


Lori Stapley Driggs
MSN, WHNP-BC

Lori Stapley Driggs RNC, MSN, WHCNPLori Stapley Driggs MSN, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Drexel University: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degree: Master of Science: Nursing

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Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
Degree or Certification: Surgical Technology: Certification

Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana
Degree: Associate of Science: Nursing

University of Texas @ Arlington
Degree: Bachelor of Science: Nursing

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Degree or Certification: Women's Healthcare

Nurse Practitioner
Certification

Drexel University: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Degree: Master of Science: Nursing

Preceptorship
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Obstetrics and Gynecology of Lewisville: Dr. Allen: Preceptor

Memberships and Societies
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
NPWH - National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I am a native Arizonan but have lived in many parts of the United States. I had the opportunity to receive my education at many different schools and universities.

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I have a love for many people and cultures because of my diverse educational experiences. My love of caring for women developed while working as a surgical technologist in labor and delivery. Being a part of the miracle of birth was a great experience and I knew I had found my niche. Being caring and compassionate is one of my goals as I serve the community as a women's healthcare nurse practitioner. I reside in Gilbert with my husband, Stuart. I have six children and nine grandchildren. My children and grandchildren are the light of my life and take up most of my extra time. I enjoy camping, biking, swimming, jogging, and doing sprint triathlons.

Jennifer T. Murphy
MS, PA-C

Jennifer T. Murphy, PA-CJennifer T. Murphy, PA-C

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Central Michical University
Master of Science Physician Assistant

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Washtenaw Community College
Certified Nursing Assistant

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Patient Care Technician Certification

Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Science Degrees in Child Development and Biology

Central Michical University
Master of Science Physician Assistant

Preceptorship
Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI

Memberships and Societies
American Academy of Physician Assistants

Licensure/Certification
State of Arizona
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I was born and raised in Michigan, and lived there my entire life until my move to Arizona in 2005. I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but didn't know in what capacity.

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While doing college prep courses in high school, I learned of the Physician Assistant role and was very intrigued. This would give me the autonomy and challenge I was looking for, along with the freedom and flexibility to one day raise my own family. I attended Central Michigan University (Go Chips!) for my Bachelors and Masters degrees. The Masters program included 15 months of didactic and 12 months of clinical rotations. Initially going into this program, my ambition was towards pediatrics, but after the women’s health courses and my rotation within an excellent OB/GYN practice, I believed that I had found my niche. My career goal is to provide the best compassionate care for my patients and their families as possible. I enjoy traveling, working out, and playing soccer in a recreational league. Most of my travel is now spent returning to Michigan where the rest of my family still resides. I have a niece and two nephews whom I enjoy spoiling.

Denise Craig
MSN, WHNP-BC

Denise Craig, RNC, MSN, WHNP-BCDenise Craig, MSN, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
1501 N. Gilbert Rd Ste 180, Gilbert

Educational Background
Arizona State University
Degree: Master’s Degree in Nursing/ Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

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Northern Arizona University
Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Arizona State University
Degree: Master’s Degree in Nursing/ Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

Professional Affiliations
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AHWONN)

Certification
RN Certification, 2007
NP Certification, 2008

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I am originally from a small town in New York where I spent endless hours outdoors and developed my love for nature and outdoor activities.

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Our town had a volunteer ambulance corps, and I joined their youth program when I was 11 years old. There I received my very first medical training, receiving certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Water Rescue. This experience helped me to realize my love of caring for others.

My family moved to Tempe when I was in high school. I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and received my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in 1997. Maternal/Child nursing has been my passion for the past ten years, as I have specialized in Nursery Intensive Care and Labor and Delivery at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn. I feel that caring for women and their family members during the amazing moment of childbirth is truly a gift. For the past five years, I have also been a Nursing Supervisor in the Family Birthing Suites at Osborn. Although I have enjoyed my job immensely, I always had a vision of furthering my education and focusing more on preventative medicine in a primary care setting for women. I attended Arizona State University and received my Master's Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner studies in May 2008. I am excited to be at Valley Women For Women to provide exceptional healthcare to women throughout their lifespan and to promote health and well being.

My husband and I have lived in Gilbert for seven years. We have two daughters, ages 2 and 4. It has been rewarding watching them learn and grow. I also enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, and reading.

Kellea T. Danuser
MSN, WHNP-BC

Kellea T. Danuser MSN, WHNP-BCKellea T. Danuser MSN, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
22711 S. Ellsworth Rd, Ste 104, Queen Creek

Educational Background
Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing
Degree: Master’s Degree in Nursing

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California State University, Bakersfield
Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Samuel Merritt University
Degree: Master’s Degree in Nursing/ Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

Certification
RN Certification, 1989-current
NP Certification, 1996-current

Licensure
State of Arizona

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
My love of nursing began on my 8th birthday when my aunt presented me with my first stethoscope.

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I knew from that day, that my calling was in the art of nursing and I have been practicing in women's health since becoming a nurse in 1986. I have been actively involved in community and nursing education, research and continue to support nursing education teaching through the University of Phoenix in the College of Nursing. I am a California native and recently relocated to Gilbert in 2008, where I now reside with my husband Paul. We have three wonderful children and they are indeed the joy of our lives. My hobbies are music, playing the piano, NASCAR and Porsche, swimming and everything Titanic; the ship, not the movie. I love watching my son play football and daughter play volleyball and yes, I am one of those mothers yelling from the stands. I am very privileged to be working with such a wonderful group of talented women here at Valley Women for Women and look forward to caring for and serving the women of this community.

Cindy Romney
WHNP-BC

Cindy Romney, WHNP-BCCindy Romney, RNC, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
3815 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert

Educational Background
Nursing Degree from Scottsdale Community College
NP Certification in Women's Health from the University of Wyoming

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Intermountain Planned Parenthood Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Billings, MT
Degree or Certification: Articulated with University of Wyoming

Scottsdale Community College
Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

Preceptorship
Baker & Erickson OB/GYN, Idaho Falls, ID

Licensure
State of Arizona
Nurse Practitioner, Certification, 1997 - Current
Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, 1996 - Current
Registered Nurse, 1989 - Current

Memberships and Societies
AWHONN; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
After having my first child I knew I wanted to be a nurse and help others. I started my nursing career as a labor & delivery, post-partum and newborn nursery nurse.

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Several years later I accepted an offer from a physician to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner. After 16 years I have never looked back and enjoy working with women of all ages to jointly help them address and resolve the female health challenges they encounter as they journey thru the stages of their life.

I am a native Arizonan, growing up in the Valley. I enjoy traveling or spending time with my children and beautiful grandchildren. I also like to cook, read, go for walks and just about any activity that involves being outside in the sunshine.

I am very excited to be part of the team at Valley Women for Women and look forward to establishing a close partnership with the patients whom I will serve.

Rebecca Ortiz
WHNP-BC

Rebecca Ortiz, WHNP-BCRebecca Ortiz, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
NP Certification in Women's Health from the University of Phoenix

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Central Arizona College, Casa Grande, AZ
Degree or Certification: Associate Degree in Nursing

Mesa Community College
Degree: Licensed Practical Nursing

Instructional
Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students at University of Phoenix, Arizona State University, and University of Cincinnati

Licensure/Certification
State of Arizona
Nurse Practitioner, Certification, 1994 - Current
Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, 1996 - Current
Registered Nurse, 1994 - Current

Memberships and Societies
AWHONN; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Arizona Family Planning Council National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

Honors/Awards
Arizona State University Preceptor of The Year 2008

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
As a third generation native of Arizona I grew up loving the outdoors. Raised in a small mining town, I had the Superstition Mountains as my backyard.

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Riding horseback and swimming in mountain creeks are part of my earliest memories. My love of the outdoors continues and has expanded to include golfing, hiking and sking. I also love to travel and am an avid reader. My life has been blessed with four wonderful sons who have presented me with seven beautiful grandchildren. From an early age I wanted to be a nurse. There were always animals around my house that needed to be cared for. Comforting and mending came as second nature. I entered nursing school at age eighteen and was working as a nurse within a year. I have always loved women's health working as a labor and delivery RN for many years prior to returning to school to become a Nurse Practitioner in 1993. My passion is caring for women throughout their life span, including teen issues, pregnancy, contraception and hormonal questions in relation to menopause.

Venessa Thompson
WHNP-BC

Venessa Thompson, WHNP-BCVenessa Thompson, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
485 S. Dobson Rd, Ste 200, Chandler

Educational Background
Master of Science in Nursing with Certification as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Arizona State University, May 2003

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Grand View University, Des Moines, IA
Degree or Certification: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, May 1999

Licensure/Certification
State of Arizona
Nurse Practitioner, Certification, 2003 - Current
Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, 2004 - Current
Registered Nurse, 2003 - Current

Memberships and Societies
Arizona Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I am originally from Iowa and all my family resides in the midwest. After having my daughter, I decided I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery nurse.

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I moved to Phoenix right after I graduated college in 1999. I worked at Banner Good Samaritan in labor and delivery with high-risk antepartum patients. I wanted to take care of patients long-term and decided to become a nurse practitioner. I enjoy taking care of women across the life span.

My daughter is currently attending the University of Kansas and studying architectural engineering. I spend the majority of my time training for long distance triathlons. I will never be a top finisher, but do it for the challenge. I also enjoy tackling home improvement projects and attempting to grow vegetables in the Arizona heat. I love living in Arizona and enjoying all it has to offer.

Roxanne Lane-Brink
MSN, WHNP-BC

Roxanne Lane-Brink, MSN, WHNP-BCRoxanne Lane-Brink, MSN, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
1501 N. Gilbert Rd, Ste 180, Gilbert

Educational Background
Master of Science in Nursing with Certification as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Phoenix, July 1999

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Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Degree or Certification: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Minor in Biology, May 1967

Licensure/Certification
State of Arizona
Nurse Practitioner, Certification, 1995 - Current
Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, 1996 - Current
Registered Nurse, Current

Preceptorship
Bethany Women's Healthcare and Birthing Center with Debi Murphy, CNM, MSN

Languages Spoken
English, Some Medical Spanish

 

Biography
I knew I wanted to be a nurse in the 4th grade when I read all the “nurse” books in the school library.

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I worked in labor and delivery for 22 years and then decided I wanted to be a nurse practitioner in Women’s Health. I like educating women about their bodies so they can take an active role in making decisions regarding their care. I grew up in Texas, California, and Oklahoma. My dad and husband were both in the Air Force and we lived in Louisiana, Germany, Kansas, and Arizona. I have been married 30 years to my husband Fred and we have 2 grown children. I love to read when I have spare time.

Kristen Branche
MSN, WHNP-BC

Kristen Branche, MSN, WHNP-BCKristen Branche, MSN, WHNP-BC

Primary Office Location
1501 N. Gilbert Rd, Ste 180, Gilbert

Educational Background
Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

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University of Pennsylvania
Degree or Certification: Health Care of Women Nurse Practitioner Certification, 1997

University of Pennsylvania
Degree or Certification: Master of Science in Nursing, 1989

York College of Pennsylvania
Degree or Certification: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982

Licensure/Certification
State of Arizona
Nurse Practitioner, Certification, Current
Board Certified, National Certification Corporation, Current
Registered Nurse, Current

Languages Spoken
English

 

Biography
I was exposed to the role of a registered nurse at young age because my Mom is a registered nurse.

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I loved babysitting when I was young and thought I could merge the care of babies with a professional career which I succeeded in doing – I have worked in term, transitional and intensive care nurseries. I then wanted to broaden my scope of practice so I returned to school for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. I enjoy providing care to women through their reproductive years and past menopause with a special interest in vulvovaginal diseases. I enjoying antiquing, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with my chocolate lab, Hops.