Mary O’Meara is president of Women’s Health Care and has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years. Mary is originally from County Clare, Ireland, but has called Florida her home since the early 1980’s. When she is not busy with the practice, Mary enjoys traveling, gardening and yoga. Mary O’Mear>>>>>>>>>>>>a is president of Women’s Health Care and has been a practicing Certified Nurse Midwife in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years. Mary is originally…………………………………………………………..
Susan Waid was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a nursing degree and joined the United States Air Force in 1991. She furthered her education and earned a degree as a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner from Frontier Nursing University and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. She has practiced midwifery since 1997 and has delivered over 1700 babies! She has worked in private practice and as a contractor for both the Air Force and Navy and is relocating here from Virginia where she worked for 7 years as a midwife at Langley Air Force Base. Susan enjoys spending time with her family which includes 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Kari L Walsh, Certified Nurse-Midwife and board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, joined Women’s Health Care in January of 2016. Kari comes to the practice with 5 years of nursing experience from Bayfront Baby Place as a Labor and Delivery RN. She was born and raised in Florida, and has lived in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area for the past 10 years. Kari received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tampa where she was a four year varsity softball player. She continued her education at Georgetown University where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing. While in school, Kari completed her clinical hours with the Women’s Health Care group and when asked, the other midwives described Kari as, “kind, compassionate, eager, and fun loving.” Kari currently lives in St. Petersburg with her fiancé and pup Maddox. A fun fact about Kari is that her and her fiancé were both left handed pitchers in college. In her free time Kari enjoys attending Rays Baseball games, playing sports, country music concerts, and kayaking. As a nurse she developed her love for helping women and had the desire to learn more. Kari’s passion is to care for women throughout the lifespan and when asked what her favorite midwifery quote was she replied, “My life as a midwife is about being an ordinary woman who witnesses everyday miracles.”
Rose Heide, CNM grew up in Virginia and became a RN in 2005, and started working in Labor and Delivery shortly after. In 2014, she graduated from Frontier Nursing University with her Masters Degree in Nursing and became a Certified Nurse Midwife. She escaped the snow and cold to move to Florida in late 2014 and has been working as a full scope CNM since then, most recently in Brooksville, FL before joining Women’s Health Center in November 2016. Rose provides gynecologic and obstetric care, including pap smears, contraception, STI screening and prenatal care including labor and delivery. Her professional interests include patient education, contraception, and providing a family centered birth experience. When not at work spends her free time knitting, playing board games, and enjoying all that Tampa Bay has to offer.
Samantha S. Ramkhelawan is licensed as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and board certified as a family nurse practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2010, then continued her education at USF where she achieved a Master of Science degree in 2014. Samantha joined Women’s Health Care in February of 2015. She came with 5 years of labor and delivery nursing experience at Florida Hospital Tampa where she found her love and passion for women’s health. “I feel that as a nurse practitioner, I have the unique opportunity to educate and empower women by improving their health awareness in a compassionate and personalized manner. I consider it both an honor and a privilege to provide quality healthcare to women.” Born in Long Island, NY, Samantha has been a longtime resident of the Tampa Bay community since 1998. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crafting, photography, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Samantha is excited to be a part of Women’s Health Care and looks forward to serving our wonderful community for the years to come.
Michelle Williams received her Associates of Science in Nursing at Luzerne County College and worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 7 years before completing her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in 2015. Michelle has been practicing full-scope midwifery and women’s health services for the past year in Pasco County and joined Women’s Health Care in 2016. Michelle has experienced both in and out of hospital birth and she enjoys helping women to achieve their goal of a satisfying birth experience. She is a member of American College of Nurse Midwives and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse-Midwives. Michelle is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida for 6 years. She is married and together she and her husband have 5 children, 4 teenagers and an infant son. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.
Syed Abbas-Rodriguez is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certifying in Nurse-Midwifery. She has been in nursing since 2009, and specializing in women’s health since 2011. She graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Master’s of Science Degree and has been with Women’s Health Care since 2017. Her background includes almost 7 years in a high-acuity, busy obstetrical unit. In addition to bringing well-rounded skill and experience to the table, she also adores her patients. Her passion has always been to empower women to birth the way they want to birth. “I am humbled by the strength of these ladies. Strength they didn’t even know they had.” Syed relocated from Miami, FL in 2016. She is part Middle-Eastern, part Trinidadian and fluent in Spanish. Happily married, she and her husband have 4 beautiful children and an English Bulldog – Lola. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and exploring new places. Syed provides gynecologic and obstetrical services, including labor and delivery.
My name is Judy Whipple, CNM. I graduated from Frontier Nursing University and I have been a midwife in Warwick, Rhode Island and Tampa, Florida. I am married and have 3 children. My hobbies include swimming, boating and hiking the US National Parks. My name is Judy Whipple, CNM. I graduated from Frontier Nursing University and I have been a midwife in Warwick, Rhode Island and Tampa, Florida. I am married and have 3 children. My hobbies include swimming, boating and hiking the US National Parks……………………………………………………..
Krista Bennett is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2002. After working for 5 years in Labor & Delivery, she then graduated Magna Cum Laude from USF in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Krista has worked as a Nurse Practitioner for over 10 years in a variety of settings including private practice, college health and community health. She provides caring and compassionate obstetrical and gynecological health care to women of all ages. Krista is a Tampa native and is married with three children.
Katie E Peterson, CNM was born and raised in Chicago. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University in 2002 becoming a Labor and Delivery nurse in 2005. Katie attended the University of Illinois Chicago and graduated in 2013 with her Masters of Science in Nursing. She practiced for 4 years as a full scope Certified Nurse Midwife in the northern suburbs of Chicago before relocating to Florida for its endless summer and joining Women’s Health Care in the fall of 2017. Katie is passionate about providing care to women throughout their life span, most especially during their reproductive years, and helping women achieve the birth experience they desire. Katie is the proud mom of 3 boys, in her free time she enjoys dinners out with her hubby, working out at Orangetheory Fitness, and reading a good book.
Hshkeni Richemond joined Women’s Health Care in July 2017. Hshkeni earned a dual degree in Women’s Health and Nurse-Midwifery from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Miami, and a secondary bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State Univeristy. Hshkeni is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is fluent in Haitian-Creole. Hshskeni enjoys educating women and families; she is a contributor to the Women’s Health Care Blog.
Christina O’Leary is a certified nurse midwife. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Florida in 2001. She then worked and gained experience, as a labor and delivery nurse, on a high volume/high acuity unit for 13 years. During that time, Christina went back to school and gained her Masters of Science and Certified Nurse Midwifery degree from the University of Cincinnati. Christina graduated in December 2013 and joined the Women’s Health Care team in March of 2014. “I am so lucky to work with such an amazing group of women and be able to provide care to women in the Tampa Bay Area. I love working in the only midwifery owned practice in the area and in a practice that has been well established for over 20 years. I look forward to growing as a midwife and a person in this practice.” In her free time, Christina enjoys going to the USF football games, Go Bulls!!! She also enjoys visiting Disney with her annual pass, running, crossfit and spending time with her two pups, family and friends.
Karla Smith earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wichita State University in 1980. She joined the US Air Force in 1981. In 1991, Karla graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in nurse midwifery. She retired from the Air Force in 1997 as a Major and joined Women’s Health Care. Karla practices full scope midwifery and has participated in over 3,000 births. Karla’s additional skills include colposcopy, cryotherapy, and newborn circumcision.