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 Zinkovich, 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 husband and pup, Maddox. A fun fact about Kari is that her and her husband 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 Melvin, 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.
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 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
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.
Beth Bramlett, CNM, was born and raised in Odessa, Florida, just outside of Tampa. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 1999 from the University of South Florida before completing her Masters of Nursing degree with a Certification in Midwifery in 2002 from the University of Florida. Beth has been a proud midwife with Women’s Health Care for 15 years and was named the “2017 Certified Nurse Midwife of the Year” for Tampa General Hospital. She has delivered over 3,000 babies in her career and has trained and mentored more than 50 students. Beth has a true love for midwifery and her positive outlook and energy continually inspire those around her. As one recent graduate who trained with Beth explained: “The compassion, knowledge, and evidence-based care she provides grounded my faith in this profession and reminded me that midwifery-led care does positively change the culture of healthcare.” Beth is happily married with four children. When she is not working, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, boating, exercising, and cheering on her kids’ sports teams.
Christina O’Leary, CNM 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..
Melinda McRae, CNM is a Tampa native and excited to be part of the Women’s Health Care team. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2012. She was fortunate to begin her career in Labor and Delivery, a specialty she loves, and has worked in various hospitals with a wide range of patient acuity. She earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing specializing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in late 2017. She was part of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She joined the Women’s Health Care team in 2018 and provides full scope midwifery care. She enjoys skiing, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with family.
Kelly Parker is a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who joined Women’s Health Care in February 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University in 2004. She acquired her nursing experience working as a labor and delivery nurse at Tampa General Hospital for 14 years prior to joining the practice. During that time is when she decided to advance her nursing practice and she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2018. Kelly choose to specialize as a nurse practitioner in the care of women as through her nursing career she realized her passion for helping women be the best versions of themselves through their health. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). Born in Chicago, but a resident of Florida since age 5, Kelly considers herself a “Florida girl” enjoying the sunshine and beach year round. She loves experiencing different cultures and cuisines through travel as well as attending sporting events, especially gymnastics and football.
Lorraine Sullivan-Thompson has licenses as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Born in New York City, she went to the University of Delaware for undergraduate studies, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She worked in Labor and Delivery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital while she attended University of PA for her first masters degree in nursing (MSN). She then moved back to NYC and was employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator . Tired of cold winters, Lorraine moved to Tampa Bay in 1986 and worked at Tampa General Hospital as a nursing educator for 3 years. She had the opportunity to do administration as the Director of Nursing for maternal child for a couple of years but soon longed for direct patient care. She was granted an internship at TGH neonatal intensive care unit where she enjoyed caring for the little preemies. Adventure knocked and a number of NICU nurses took travel nursing positions in California for one year, where she met her soon to be husband of 25 years. The couple drove across country and started their new life back in Florida. She continued her NICU career as BRH charge nurse while she went back to school for her second masters degree. Lorraine earned her Masters in Science for Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Florida in 2000. She became part of the Women’s Health Care team in early 2002 caring for low risk antepartum, postpartum, and gynecology clients. Lorraine was full time with WHC until 2008 when she changed to part time status in order to work with the USF Physician Group for OB. She is working closely with the Maternal Fetal Medicine group of High Risk Ob at the Genesis clinic. She assists WHC APRNs and CNMs with referrals of high risk clients being expedited into the Genesis clinic. She feels privileged to work with the incredible group of Health Care Providers from Women’s Health Care. Lorraine enjoys working with both low-risk and high-risk OB clients. She is in awe of the talented and compassionate CNM founder of WHC, Mary O’Meara, and is happy to say she works with her here in Tampa. In her spare time, Lorraine enjoys traveling, cooking, and photography. Lorraine and her husband Ken care for their four growing boys!
My name is Carrie Hanson. I first learned about midwives from a friend while in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. My friend described the midwifery philosophy of birth and the support of women in labor. I decided to look into midwifery and when I returned to the States, I read everything I could about it. It complemented my desire to work in a medically-oriented profession, my dedication to women’s health, and my confidence in natural healing. I received my undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 in midwifery. The first baby I ever caught was a beautiful baby girl born in a birth center in Pennsylvania. The mother was a 40-year-old university professor who was so strong, so confident and so positive. She never let me doubt that things would go well. I was so lucky to be with her for my first experience and I will always be thankful to her. After the baby was born, I remember driving home at the crack of dawn thinking, “Wow a baby was born! Doesn’t anyone else realize what just happened? A BABY WAS JUST BORN!!!” It has been 23 years since that time and in those years; I have delivered many, many babies. I have cared for women from many different backgrounds and participated in many different labors. I am continually amazed and impressed by the birth process and the strength women have to birth their babies. I love the challenge of working with women who have high-risk pregnancies and I celebrate the normal. I am originally from Wisconsin and have spent the majority of my life in the Midwest. I am married to Sam and I have 2 sons, Nicholas and Alexander. They are an experienced midwife-family and are quite familiar with what my life passion and work entails. They are supportive and fascinated by what I do. We are all very excited to start a new chapter of our lives in Tampa.
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.
Michelle Grinnell ARNP/CNM was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from The University Of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2002. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree of Science in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2013. The Grinnell’s were a military family and moved frequently as her husband’s career mandated, this gave Michelle the opportunity to have a broad variety of experiences in nursing. Michelle has spent the majority of her career in maternal/child nursing including; WIC, pediatrics, labor and delivery, and presently full scope Midwifery. Michelle currently lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and three children.