Meet the Physicians and Midwives

We have increased our professional staff at PRIMA to include out-patient and in-patient midwifery services. Please let us know if you have any questions about choosing a physician or a midwife. You can see photos and read information about each of the Prima physicians, Certified Nurse Midwives, and OB Hospitalist physicians here:

Prima Women’s Medical—Greenbrae and Novato

Alexis Cardellini, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Cardellini was born in San Francisco and grew up in Greenbrae. She graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur before attending UCLA where she studied Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, graduating cum laude with departmental and college honors. She received her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in 2005, and then moved to Houston, Texas where she completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Following residency, Dr. Cardellini returned to the Bay Area where she practiced at California Pacific Medical Center for one year. She is now realizing her ultimate goal – to come back to Marin to establish a life-long practice. Dr. Cardellini is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her professional interests include high risk obstetrics, contraceptive management, minimally invasive surgery, adolescent gynecology, and infertility.

She lives in San Rafael with her family, and enjoys visiting art galleries, watching movies, hiking the hills of Marin, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Amber Jaeger, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Jaeger grew up in Wisconsin. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She worked on a cardiac research team at Medtronic, Inc., where she attained a U.S. Patent, before attending medical school at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Jaeger then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her husband’s job then brought them to Silicon Valley. Dr. Jaeger worked at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City for a few years before her family decided to move to Marin.

Dr. Jaeger chose Obstetrics and Gynecology because she enjoys developing long term relationships with patients while caring for them through annual exams, pregnancy and routine gynecological care. She is passionate about and has experience in high-risk obstetrics, infertility, adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive surgery. She has a warm and caring personality and is known for her excellent bedside manner.

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, painting and spending time with her husband and daughter.

 

Brian DeMuth, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. DeMuth grew up in a small town outside of Phoenix. He then moved south to Tucson, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Arizona. He went on to attend medical school and then residency at The University of Arizona. In 1987, he moved to the Bay Area and worked for Kaiser in Walnut Creek for a year before moving to Marin in 1988. It was then that he met Dr. Lois Levine, as they joined forces and shared a private practice together for more than 21 years. Dr. Levine recently announced her retirement, effective July, 2010. This move effectively opened an opportunity for Dr. DeMuth to join the Prima Medical Group, allowing him to continue to care for his own patients, as well as many patients from Dr. Levine’s old practice.

Over the years, he has served as chairman of the OB/GYN and Pediatric Multidisciplinary Committee, as well as the Perinatal Executive Committee. He has also served as Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marin General Hospital. He has maintained a busy obstetric and gynecology practice, and he keeps an interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He will soon train to become certified in the use of the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System. He also plans to expand his fetal and gynecologic ultrasound services at his new office setting.

Outside of work, his interest is mainly with his family and with music. His son currently attends Redwood High School. Dr. DeMuth also has a three-year-old granddaughter who calls him “PaPa.” He is active in a couple of bands, including the Starduster Orchestra, a 16 piece big band.

 

David B. Galland, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

David Galland is a board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist practicing in Larkspur for the past 29 years. He is a member of the American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the North American Menopause Society, the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, attended the L’Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After enduring several winters in Rochester, NY, he did his internship and residency at UCLA.

Dr. Galland grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Marin in 1982 to join his lifelong family friend, Gerald Wilner, in private practice. In January 2011, after delivering nearly 6000 babies, he decided to concentrate his practice on gynecology and his passion for minimally invasive surgery. He no longer does obstetrics.

An innovative physician, Dr. Galland was the first Ob-Gyn in Marin County to do in office ultrasound, pioneered operative hysteroscopy in Marin and was the first Marin gynecologist to be certified to use the DaVinci surgical robot for minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries.

He is a former Chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marin General Hospital (MGH), a former member of the Board of Directors of MGH, currently the Chairperson of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and a member of the Performance Improvement Committee of MGH. He is a founder and current Governing Board Member of the Marin Specialty Surgery Center in Greenbrae. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Medical School and enjoys teaching medical students. Dr. Galland has been selected three times, by his peers, as one of the Best Doctors in the Bay Area and this year was selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top doctors in America. Dr. Galland is fluent is Spanish and French. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, cultivating orchids and spending time with his family.

 

Elizabeth Brown, D.O.

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Elizabeth Brown, D.O., is a board eligible OBGYN with a special interest in minimally invasive procedures and high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Brown received her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine in neurobiological sciences, graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Brown combines her special interest in women’s health and office based procedures with a personalized approach to medicine. She is dedicated to her patients and seeks to develop long-term partnerships with them in order to best support their health needs through the various stages of their lives.

When not practicing, Dr. Brown is always looking for her next adventure. Her travels are inspired by her ever-evolving bucket list. She has climbed Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc Circuit, seen the wildebeest migration and Pyramids of Giza, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Although her passion for the outdoors is great, her devotion to her patients is stronger and she couldn’t be happier to be back in Northern California, living with her husband and practicing in Marin County.

 

Gerald Wilner, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Wilner is a board certified Obstetric and Gynecologic physician who has been practicing in Marin for nearly 40 years. He went to Medical School at Buffalo State University, did his Internship at Maimonides Hospital of Brooklyn, and his Residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital (where he was Chief Resident). He practiced at Griffiss Air Force Base for two years and then came to Marin to practice.

 

K. Jennifer Voss, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. K. Jennifer Voss, the current chairman of the department of OB/GYN at Marin General Hospital, is a Bay Area native. She attended UC San Diego for her undergraduate education and obtained a BS in physiology and neuroscience in 1994. After moving East to further her education at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she returned to Southern California to complete her OB/GYN residency training at UC Irvine. Following many years of education, she was excited to return to Northern California where she joined Women’s Medical Associates in 2003.

Dr. Voss is a board certified OB/GYN and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists who practices medicine with an evidence-based approach, but is open to complementary and alternative options as well. She has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and is certified to use the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Voss has a passion for medicine and is excited to be in practice with other physicians who share the same philosophy and ideals, as well as the ability to juggle both family and medicine!

Outside of the office Dr. Voss enjoys hiking, skiing, volleyball, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

Kristen Matsik, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Kristen Matsik was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. Following this, Dr. Matsik completed her residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center. In 2000, she and her husband moved to San Francisco, where she worked at California Pacific Medical Center.

As a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she specializes in high-risk obstetrics, laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation. In addition, she has significant experience in the field of adolescent gynecology. Dr. Matsik was elected a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians in 2004. In addition, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, which bestowed teaching awards on her in 2013 and 2015. Marin Magazine named her a Top Doctor in both 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Matsik has three children and lives in Marin. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking and spending time with her family.

 

Sally Boero, MD

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Sally Boero was born and raised in Marin. Dr. Boero was born at Marin General Hospital and feels it is her destiny to deliver babies at MGH. After graduating from Redwood High School, she attended U.C. Davis where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. After finishing at Davis, Dr. Boero worked at UCSF as a research assistant studying Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and applied to medical school. Dr. Boero matriculated with the class of 1996 at UCLA Medical School the following year where she hoped to specialize in women’s health care. She completed her Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California, San Diego. From there Dr. Boero spent three years in Boulder, Colorado working for Kaiser, where she became Board Certified in 2003. Later that year, Dr. Boero migrated back to Marin.

Dr. Boero worked with Obstetric and Gynecological Associates of San Francisco out of California Pacific Medical Center from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 with the help of Dr. Gerald Wilner, she opened a private practice of her own in Larkspur – a career long goal. Her practice was busy and growing, but she was dealing with fertility issues of her own, so she left her practice in February of 2008 to start a family. She is happy to have achieved her family goals and now return to practice refreshed and excited to take care of women and their families. Dr. Boero looks forward to re-uniting with former patients and meeting new ones. She feels very privileged to have landed among the dedicated group of doctors at Prima.

 

Sujatha Pathi, M.D.

Specialty: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Urogynecology

Dr. Pathi is board certified specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She received her BA in biology and economics from Wellesley College and earned her MD, with honors, from the University of Southern California Medical School. She completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UCLA Medical Center followed by a three-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Pathi has conducted extensive research into the causes of pelvic floor disorders. She was the recipient of the Astellas Research Grant awarded by the American Urogynecologic Society. Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the International Journal of Urogynecology. Dr. Pathi was nationally recognized for her research when she was awarded for the best basic science paper at the American Urogynecologic Society 2010 scientific meeting.

As a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Pathi’s area of focus includes surgical and non-surgical treatments for pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, defecatory dysfunction, pelvic pain, and childbirth-related pelvic floor dysfunction.

 

Sylvia Flores, MD, MSW, MPH

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr Sylvia Flores is an OB/GYN physician currently practicing in Greenbrae and Novato. She was a psychotherapist in the Bay Area for almost 5 years before pursuing her interest in medicine. Dr. Flores graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1985. She was awarded an Orinoco Foundation Scholarship while she was there and traveled extensively in Venezuela and the Amazon territory studying women’s health care as well as tropical medicine. She then did her residency in New Mexico at the University of Albuquerque Medical Center where she cared for many high risk OB patients.

Dr. Flores completed her National Health Service Corps commitment after 3 years at an inner city Milwaukee Clinic and delivered 350 babies per year while there. Her publications in the past have included studies on wound healing in addition to studies on psychiatric services to the medically underserved.

She is fluent in Spanish, oral and written, and is learning French. She enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, playing tennis, bridge and dance of all kinds (especially ballet and tango).

 

Certified Nurse Midwives

Brooke La Saulle, CNM, MSN

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In college she became a doula and spent a summer volunteering at a birth center in Mexico. While working there, alongside midwives and women in labor, Brooke realized that her dream career was to be a midwife.

In 2007 Brooke graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Since then, as a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner, Brooke has served women and families in the Bay Area at One Medical Group, St Luke’s Women’s Center, Alameda Health System and Planned Parenthood, in addition to Prima Medical Group.

Brooke is passionate about empowering women to make informed decisions about their bodies and their health care overall. She strives to build trusting relationships with her patients, and collaborates with them to develop health plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. She enjoys working with a diverse group of women and is fluent in Spanish.

Brooke has lived in San Francisco for ten years and enjoys the city almost as much as she enjoys getting out into nature. She spends most of her free time outside, hiking and camping with her husband and friends. Yosemite and Big Sur are her two favorite backpacking destinations.

 

Elizabeth Schwarting, CNM

Beth has been interested in the healthcare profession since she was a child. When she was in college, her sister gave her the women’s health book: Our Bodies, Ourselves. The book’s description of the supportive, empowering and caring role of a midwife resonated with Beth’s vision of how women’s health care should be, and she knew that her calling was to be a midwife.

After volunteering as a doula & labor coach at birth centers in Massachusetts and Guatemala, Beth attended the University of California San Francisco and received her master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery. She has practiced in rural Northern California and urban Los Angeles and is happy to have settled in the Bay Area.

Beth encourages families to actively participate in their health care and strives to provide them with evidence-based information so they can make informed decisions regarding pregnancy, birth and infant care. For her, being with families for the arrival of their new baby is an honor, and she feels lucky to be in a profession she loves.

In 2014 Beth was thrilled to welcome her own baby to the world with the help of another midwife. Her personal experience of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding has reaffirmed her commitment to providing supportive and individualized care to women.

In her free time, Beth enjoys playing with her son, hiking, traveling, eating treats from Arizmendi and rooting for the Oakland A’s.

 

Mara Fox, CNM

Mara grew up in Washington D.C. and received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Upon graduation and Wilderness EMT training, she moved to Indonesia where she worked at Bumi Sehat, a birth center in Bali and Aceh, Sumatra. Under the guidance of local and international midwives, Mara learned techniques for waterbirth as well as homebirth and birth center births.

In San Francisco, Mara became a certified doula and began volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Concurrently, she worked in the Emergency Room of SFGH and as a health educator at the Women’s Community Clinic. After three years in these settings, Mara realized that the Certified Nurse Midwife role combined all of her interests. She then traveled to Guatemala to work with a local midwife while undergoing an intensive medical Spanish program. In 2014, Mara graduated from the University of California-San Francisco with a Masters of Science in Nursing from the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Mara is thrilled to be working with the Prima Medical Group at Marin General Hospital (MGH), a practice she believes to be true to midwifery. She loves the diversity of patients at MGH, as well as the team of doctors and nurses she collaborates with on a daily basis. Mara also works as a labor and delivery nurse at SFGH.

Whenever Mara is not working, you can usually find her shaking it off in a variety of dance classes in San Francisco. She also enjoys getting to the Sierras for skiing or backpacking and exploring all the nature that California has to offer.

 

Sheri Matteo, CNM, MSN

Sheri grew up on the East Coast where she underwent pre-medical training as an undergraduate at Brown University. After taking a detour to study acting in London, England during her junior year, Sheri received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and lived in New York City working as an actress and playwright. In 1993, she met a midwife and was inspired by the stories of women supporting and empowering other women through the transformational experience of childbirth. She enrolled at Columbia University School of Nursing and graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors and a Masters of Science in Nursing in 1998.
In 2005, Sheri relocated to beautiful Marin. At the end of 2012, she left her long-standing job at Kaiser Redwood City to work locally. She is honored to work with Prima’s Midwives of Marin as the Prima Director of Midwifery Services.

Sheri believes healthcare is a partnership between patients and providers and that physical health is intertwined with emotional needs and personal experiences. Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey and Sheri never forgets that every birth is personal and profound.

Outside of MGH, Sheri has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Touro University’s Physician Assistant/MPH program, a guest lecturer for Samuel Merritt University’s Physician Assistant Program and has mentored UCSF midwifery students. She has also taught childbirth education, postpartum adjustment and is a Certified Lactation Educator. Sheri speaks limited Spanish.

When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, singing, eating gourmet meals with family and friends, watching her kids play soccer and practicing yoga and meditation.

 

Brooke La Saulle, CNM, MSN

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In college she became a doula and spent a summer volunteering at a birth center in Mexico. While working there, alongside midwives and women in labor, Brooke realized that her dream career was to be a midwife.

In 2007 Brooke graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Since then, as a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner, Brooke has served women and families in the Bay Area at One Medical Group, St Luke’s Women’s Center, Alameda Health System and Planned Parenthood, in addition to Prima Medical Group.

Brooke is passionate about empowering women to make informed decisions about their bodies and their health care overall. She strives to build trusting relationships with her patients, and collaborates with them to develop health plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. She enjoys working with a diverse group of women and is fluent in Spanish.

Brooke has lived in San Francisco for ten years and enjoys the city almost as much as she enjoys getting out into nature. She spends most of her free time outside, hiking and camping with her husband and friends. Yosemite and Big Sur are her two favorite backpacking destinations.

 

Elaine Christian, CNM, NP, CLC, MSN

Elaine has been a practicing Nurse Midwife in many Bay Area clinics and hospitals since she completed her Certified Nurse Midwife/Women’s Nurse Practitioner training at UCSF in 1997 and her Master of Science Degree from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1999. She was drawn to women’s health care in 1990 after working as a human rights advocate and publicist for multi cultural events in San Francisco. The opportunity to make a positive difference for women, infants and families during a critical time in their lives made for a heart felt and logical transition into midwifery.

Elaine began her health care career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at the University of New Mexico Hospital where she worked along side highly respected midwives and obstetricians in training. The exposure to both disciplines in a high risk facility taught her how to honor and protect what is normal in birth while keeping a watch for those situations that require the best of technology. She believes that managing this delicate balance is the hallmark of nurse midwifery.

As a CNM/NP Elaine has cared for women and infants at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Petaluma Valley Hospital and Health Center and St. Luke’s Hospital and Women’s Center.

She has also studied with home birth midwives and doulas and is a skilled Lactation Counselor. She has been speaking Spanish with clients and friends for over 20 years.

Elaine is the single mother of a preteen daughter and enjoys nature, science, bluegrass music and casual time with friends and family.

 

Elizabeth Schwarting, CNM

Beth has been interested in the healthcare profession since she was a child. When she was in college, her sister gave her the women’s health book: Our Bodies, Ourselves. The book’s description of the supportive, empowering and caring role of a midwife resonated with Beth’s vision of how women’s health care should be, and she knew that her calling was to be a midwife.

After volunteering as a doula & labor coach at birth centers in Massachusetts and Guatemala, Beth attended the University of California San Francisco and received her master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery. She has practiced in rural Northern California and urban Los Angeles and is happy to have settled in the Bay Area.

Beth encourages families to actively participate in their health care and strives to provide them with evidence-based information so they can make informed decisions regarding pregnancy, birth and infant care. For her, being with families for the arrival of their new baby is an honor, and she feels lucky to be in a profession she loves.

In 2014 Beth was thrilled to welcome her own baby to the world with the help of another midwife. Her personal experience of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding has reaffirmed her commitment to providing supportive and individualized care to women.

In her free time, Beth enjoys playing with her son, hiking, traveling, eating treats from Arizmendi and rooting for the Oakland A’s.

 

Erinn Burke Lance, CNM

Erin has been a nurse-midwife practicing in the Bay Area since 1998. Originally from New York City, Erinn began her career as an assistant midwife at The Childbearing Center, one of the nation’s first out of hospital birth centers. She moved to California and received her Masters degree in Nurse-Midwifery at UCSF School of Nursing. She has worked in Bay Area clinics such as Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Community Clinic as well as attended births at home and at Marin General and San Francisco General Hospitals. She started working for Marin Maternity Services in 2004 and help found their CenteringPregnancy program in 2005. CenteringPregnancy is a group prenatal program. She continued to be the administrator for the CenteringPregnancy program for the county until January 2010 when she accepted a position with San Francisco General Hospital. At SFGH, she began work as a preceptor of student nurse-midwives in addition to her regular clinical work. She returned to Marin in April 2010 to join the Prima Medical Group and she is the lead clinician for the nurse-midwives working at Marin Community Clinic. In this position, Erinn will be starting and administrating a CenteringPregnancy program for Marin Community Clinic. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Erinn philosophy of care is family-centered and she has a deep interest in alternative modalities, including herbs, homeopathy and Chinese medicine. She lives in Fairfax with her husband, daughter and son, their dog, their rabbit and two pet geckos. She’s hoping to add backyard chickens to the menagerie. She enjoys the beach, reading, knitting, skiing and eating.

 

Heather Renz, CNM, NP, MS

Heather first began working as a midwives’ assistant in 1996 in Santa Cruz, CA. The philosophies of midwifery care resonated with her beliefs in the importance of education and support of women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum periods. After completion of her B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, Heather traveled and studied Spanish in several Latin American schools including the University of Havana, Cuba.

Upon return to the US, Heather started a doula practice and worked as a labor support for women and for pregnant teens at Florence Crittendon Services, a group home in San Francisco. She earned her Masters of Science degree in the nurse-midwifery program at UC San Francisco and graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors for academic excellence. Heather has worked as a nurse-midwife in Marin County since 2005.

In addition to her enthusiasm for nurse-midwifery, she enjoys hiking, cooking, knitting, yoga, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

 

Jane Gehring, CNM, MPH

Jane Gehring has been a midwife for over 20 years and has taken care of moms and babies in Marin for the past 17. She received her nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania and studied midwifery at USC-LA County Hospital where she became a staff member and clinical instructor. She returned to her roots in the bay area to study at UC Berkeley and obtained her MPH in 1994. Jane was born and raised in San Francisco before moving with her family to Central America at age 12. That experience awakened a lifelong interest in travel and exploring new cultures. She is fluent in Spanish and when not traveling, she enjoys spending her free time in the garden.

 

Jody Branham, CNM, MSN, NP

Jody Branham grew up with her 5 sisters in Malibu, California, playing on the beaches and riding horses. Years later, after she experienced the birth of her son at home with a PA midwife, she immersed herself in learning about and pursuing midwifery as a career. She attended Humboldt State University for her undergraduate education, obtaining a BS in Nursing 1988. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a year’s advanced nursing internship program in Perinatal Health Care at USC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where she continued on as a staff nurse on the very busy High Risk Labor and Delivery Unit. In 1992 she graduated from the USC Nurse Midwifery Program and continued to work and teach as a Nurse Midwife at USC’s Normal Birth Center and Nurse Midwifery Program. While earning her Master’s degree in nursing in 1997 from USC, she met her future husband, and moved with him to Mill Valley, where she currently lives and has worked as a Nurse Midwife with Marin County Women’s Health Services for the past 15 years. She has also worked at Stanford Medical Center and has been on clinical faculty at USF Nursing School.

Jody has a passion for both the technical aspect of obstetrics and the “natural” birth process, advocating for women attempting to negotiate the hospital experience with their own desires to proceed in a family centered, baby friendly direction. Attended by two of the midwives she works with, Jody had her second child at home as well, in Mill Valley. She likes to bring what was special about that experience into the hospital setting.

Jody spends her “off days” in ballet class, volunteering with local youth theatre, sewing, camping, catching an occasional BBC comedy…. and spending time with her daughter and husband.

 

Linda Rouda, CNM

Linda’s experience in maternal child healthcare spans over thirty five years. Prior to attending midwifery school, she worked as a maternity nurse at Kona Hospital in Kealakekua, Hawaii. It was in this small community that she had the privilege of witnessing the profound and lasting significance that the birth experience has on couples and families. Providing a positive and supportive environment in which a new being can enter the world is why she has chosen this profession. In 1981, after graduating from UCSF, Linda worked in a private practice where her patients had the choice of delivering at home or at the Alternative Birth Center at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. For nineteen years prior to joining Prima Medical Group, Linda worked as a midwife for Women’s Health Services County of Marin. While at Women’s Health Services, she was actively involved in the Centering Pregnancy model of group pre-natal care and she enjoyed mentoring many midwifery and medical students from UCSF while acting as a clinical preceptor. She draws upon her experiences as a yoga and meditation teacher to create a peaceful environment for her patients, helping to decrease their anxiety and empower them in the moment. She is also trained in hypno-birthing. Linda and her husband had the pleasure of raising their two daughters in Mill Valley, where they currently reside with their dogs, cats, and parrots.

 

Mara Fox, CNM

Mara grew up in Washington D.C. and received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Upon graduation and Wilderness EMT training, she moved to Indonesia where she worked at Bumi Sehat, a birth center in Bali and Aceh, Sumatra. Under the guidance of local and international midwives, Mara learned techniques for waterbirth as well as homebirth and birth center births.

In San Francisco, Mara became a certified doula and began volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Concurrently, she worked in the Emergency Room of SFGH and as a health educator at the Women’s Community Clinic. After three years in these settings, Mara realized that the Certified Nurse Midwife role combined all of her interests. She then traveled to Guatemala to work with a local midwife while undergoing an intensive medical Spanish program. In 2014, Mara graduated from the University of California-San Francisco with a Masters of Science in Nursing from the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Mara is thrilled to be working with the Prima Medical Group at Marin General Hospital (MGH), a practice she believes to be true to midwifery. She loves the diversity of patients at MGH, as well as the team of doctors and nurses she collaborates with on a daily basis. Mara also works as a labor and delivery nurse at SFGH.

Whenever Mara is not working, you can usually find her shaking it off in a variety of dance classes in San Francisco. She also enjoys getting to the Sierras for skiing or backpacking and exploring all the nature that California has to offer.

 

Mary Newberry, CNM

Mary Newberry received her Masters degree from University of California, San Francisco in 2001 and has been working full time as a midwife in the Bay Area since. Mary has assisted nearly one thousand babies, and never forgets that each that each birth is a unique and life transforming experience for a woman and her family. Mary also provides well-woman gynecological care to women across their lifespan, and aims to empower all her clients with knowledge so they can make educated decisions regarding their health. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of nutrition and self-care practices to help women both return to health as well as remain healthy, and has most recently completed training in the Functional Medicine approach to strengthen this goal.

In addition to her work in both the hospital Labor and Delivery department and her office-based practice, Mary enjoys teaching. She is a Clinical Instructor for UCSF nursing students and guest lectures at Bay Area colleges on midwifery and the politics of women’s healthcare. In addition, she is regularly published in The Clinical Advisor, where she is the Women’s Health Consultant.

Mary is an avid traveler, yoga practitioner, backpacker, cook and want-to-be surfer. She lives in West Marin with her partner, his two children, and Yuba, their black furry friend who accompanies her on hikes.

 

Melanie Wice, CNM, MPH

Melanie is one of the CNMs who sees patients in the Greenbrae and Novato OB/GYN Prima offices. Melanie has been a Bay Area resident for over 16 years. She credits her experience having eye surgery as a ten year old for her inspiration to go into health care. Originally from New York, she attended Adelphi University where she obtained a BS in Nursing in 1983 and was recognized with the Mildred Montag Senior Award for outstanding clinical performance and academic excellence.

Working for many years helping women through their childbirth experience as a labor and delivery nurse, she moved to Southern California and attended the LAC-USC School of Medicine’s midwifery program. Drawn to the natural beauty of Northern California, she completed her education by obtaining a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley in 1995.

As a Certified Nurse Midwife for nearly 20 years, Melanie has had the honor of supporting thousands of women from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds throughout their pregnancies and childbirth experiences. Fluent in English and Spanish, she continually marvels at the courage of women during childbirth and strives to continually support each and every person she works with to discover their own inner strength. Working in women’s health has been a lifelong passion and she feels privileged to work with practitioners who share her commitment to compassionate, high quality patient care.

When she is not busy at the hospital or office, Melanie enjoys the amazing beauty of Marin County, long distance cycling, running, hiking on Mt. Tam, photography, and spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.

 

Sheri Matteo, CNM, MSN

Sheri grew up on the East Coast where she underwent pre-medical training as an undergraduate at Brown University. After taking a detour to study acting in London, England during her junior year, Sheri received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and lived in New York City working as an actress and playwright. In 1993, she met a midwife and was inspired by the stories of women supporting and empowering other women through the transformational experience of childbirth. She enrolled at Columbia University School of Nursing and graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors and a Masters of Science in Nursing in 1998.
In 2005, Sheri relocated to beautiful Marin. At the end of 2012, she left her long-standing job at Kaiser Redwood City to work locally. She is honored to work with Prima’s Midwives of Marin as the Prima Director of Midwifery Services.

Sheri believes healthcare is a partnership between patients and providers and that physical health is intertwined with emotional needs and personal experiences. Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey and Sheri never forgets that every birth is personal and profound.

Outside of MGH, Sheri has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Touro University’s Physician Assistant/MPH program, a guest lecturer for Samuel Merritt University’s Physician Assistant Program and has mentored UCSF midwifery students. She has also taught childbirth education, postpartum adjustment and is a Certified Lactation Educator. Sheri speaks limited Spanish.

When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, singing, eating gourmet meals with family and friends, watching her kids play soccer and practicing yoga and meditation.

 

Suzette Burrous, CNM, FNP

Suzette was born in San Francisco and brought up in Berkeley, CA and Switzerland. She has a BA in French from University of Minnesota. Suzette started her midwifery career as an apprentice trained midwife working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Her goal was to provide family centered birthing experiences and to empower women in their birthing process and choices. She proceeded to train as a Physician Assistant-Midwife at the Stanford Primary Care Program and later became a RN, then Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. For years she worked in private practice providing home and hospital options to her clients. The last 20 years she has been working for the County of Marin Midwifery Services at Marin General Hospital. Suzette speaks French and Spanish.

Suzette has done international trainings and volunteer aid in Thailand, Tibet and Haiti. She is a married mother of two grown boys and two step children. She is an avid traveler and loves yoga and gardening at her home in Sebastopol.

 

OB Hospitalist Physicians

Mark Matthew Jacobs, MD

Dr. Mark Jacobs graduated from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Medical School where he was President of the student body. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St Louis and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Jacobs has practiced in Marin County almost 20 years and his specialty is the care of women with medical and obstetrical complications during pregnancy including; diabetes, asthma, preterm labor, multiple gestations, hypertension and many others. Currently he is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSF where he was honored in 2007 as the Clinical Faculty Member of the Year for the UCSF Medical School. Dr. Jacobs understands that there are many ways to deal with medical issues during pregnancy and works closely with his patients to find solutions that best meet their medical and emotional needs.

Dr. Jacobs enjoys the outdoors and can be frequently seen on his bike commuting to Marin General; he is the grey-bearded fellow on the black bike, feel free to honk and wave!

Malini Nijagal, MD

Dr. Malini Nijagal is the Medical Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Marin Community Clinics (MCC). Prior to joining MCC and the Prima OB Hospitalist group, she worked for the County of Marin Health and Human Services OB/GYN program. She attended UC Davis for her undergraduate education where she obtained her B.S. in biochemistry in 1996. She then attended medical school at UC San Francisco before continuing further south for her OB/GYN residency training at UC Los Angeles Medical Center. She moved back to the Bay Area and joined the Marin OB/GYN community in 2006.

Dr. Nijagal is a board certified OB/GYN, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists, and an Assistant Clinical Professor on the UCSF Department of OB/GYN Volunteer Clinical Faculty. She has a passion for promoting systems of OB care that are high quality, patient centered, and support the different preferences, philosophies and expectations among women around their birthing experiences. Based on these ideas, Dr. Nijagal has been a strong advocate of Prima incorporating the option of midwifery care both during the prenatal period and 24/7 on the Labor and Delivery Unit at Marin General Hospital.

Outside of practicing clinical obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Nijagal is the Director of Women’s Health Research for the Prima Medical Foundation, serves as a member of the American College of OB/GYN Committee on Healthcare for Underserved Women, and provides free GYN surgical care to the uninsured as a volunteer for Operation Access. She loves to travel internationally and enjoys spending her time away from work with her husband and two children.

Nancy Reynolds, MD

Dr. Nancy Reynolds travels from Fort Bragg several times a month to cover call for the Prima Medical group. She has worked at Marin General since 2004. Since 1988, she has worked in Northern California, as a hospitalist and vacation-coverage Ob/Gyn. She grew up in Joliet, Illinois, attended high school in Wellesley, Mass. and finally discovered California for college, receiving a BA in cultural anthropology from Stanford in 1971. Pre-clinical medical studies were in New Hampshire, at Dartmouth. In 1978, she gratefully returned to sunny California to complete her M.D. at Stanford. She remained at Stanford for her OB/GYN residency, finishing in 1982. She then joined Rockridge, a small HMO in Oakland, where she had the opportunity to work collaboratively with an excellent and innovative midwifery/physician team. Since 1989 she has worked as a “traveling OB/GYN”, mostly in Northern California, providing vacation coverage for private and group practices, working as a hospitalist for high risk perinatal services, and providing backup coverage for midwifery groups. She loves working with diverse patient populations, medical practitioners, and hospital cultures.

Dr. Reynolds is a board certified OB/GYN and Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and incorporates gifts learned from her midwifery sisters, as well as hypnosis, visualization, and mind-body practices. She speaks English and Spanish, was once comfortable in German, and knows “push, pain and 20 other words” in Cantonese, Vietnamese, Swedish, French, Turkish, & Indonesian. She loves the challenge of communicating, from the heart, in any language. In Fort Bragg, she lives in the redwoods with her husband, her daughter, and her daughterʼs horse, dog, cat, rabbit, and chickens. She loves water sports-kayaking, swimming, sculling, & sailing, reading-especially historical fiction, and (could you guess) traveling. Every year the family picks a country and disappears for a month to explore another world and see life from a different perspective.

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