||ALYSSA STARKSON, B.S.N., M.S., C.N.M.
My educational path began with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado in 2001. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center in 2006. I then completed my Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Nurse Midwifery at the University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center in 2009. I began practicing midwifery with Indian Health Services in South Dakota. I continued practicing Midwifery after moving back to Colorado in 2010 and joined the Women’s Clinic in 2012.
I love working with women but especially enjoy helping families navigate the birthing process. When I am not at work, I also enjoy hiking & horseback riding in Wyoming with my husband Dan & our two border collies, Ella & Jake.
||LANI D. NIELSEN, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado, in 1976. I then completed her Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Nurse Midwifery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, in 2003.
I have worked at the Women's clinic of Northern Colorado since 2004. I worked for many years as a labor and delivery nurse, and also as a prenatal care coordinator, teaching women to care for themselves during pregnancy. Midwifery seemed like a natural culmination of these two roles. I love providing care for women in all stages of their lives. I am a good listener, and try to get a complete picture of what my patients are experiencing. I come along side as helpful guide as women face life's challenges and strive to be healthy, whether it is helping young women comfortable with their first exam, or older women navigate the road to menopause. Employing both medical knowledge and holistic concepts of care, I am able to provide wisdom and treatment for a multitude of health problems common to women of all ages.
Of course, I love being present as women and their partners welcome a new little person into their lives, helping support them as they give birth in the way they desire. Prenatal care, and labor and delivery are what I consider the "chocolate frosting" of my sweet job.
When not at work, I enjoy my family. My 3 grown sons, their wives and my 5 grandchildren can always make me smile. Good friendships and my faith keep my heart happy. I like to garden, kayak, hike, bike, and dance. I also speaks Spanish and enjoy conversing. I love being a midwife and consider my role a blessing.
||CASSANDRA SELBY MCCALL, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., C.N.M.
As a child, I became obsessed with birth due to The Miracle of Life documentary. As in my Mom saying, "Honey, you need to stop making all of your friends watch that again!" I was in awe of what a woman's body could do and I needed everyone to know about it!
This fascination evolved over the years and led me to pursue a career in nurse midwifery. I earned my BSN at St. Louis University in 2004, then worked as a labor & delivery nurse for 3 years in St. Louis, MO. I continued labor & delivery nursing for 3 years in Portland, OR while I completed my MS at Oregon Health & Science University in 2009.
I joined the Women's Clinic in September 2010
where I enjoy supporting women and families as they navigate pregnancy, birth, & postpartum. I have a renewed (humbled) passion for the complexities of breastfeeding, pumping, and postpartum challenges since becoming a Mama in 2015. I was fortunate to have my midwife partners care for me throughout pregnancy, and Lani helped my husband Kyle catch our son Vaughn!
I am continuously astounded by the wild power and sacred beauty of each birth. I love supporting our families as they are born and grow!
Beyond perinatal care, I am especially passionate about female sexual fulfillment & dysfunction, and hereditary cancer syndromes.
I enjoy baking, singing, and making people laugh. I love spending time with my family and seeing the world anew thru Vaughn's eyes
||KIMBERLY PEREZ, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M.
My journey to midwifery came about through a long and winding path. In 1998 I completed my training as a massage therapist and opened a private practice in Westport Connecticut. After a few years, I developed a strong desire to work more holistically with patients. I closed my practice and moved to New Mexico to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Botanical Medicine. It was during this time that I was introduced to midwifery and I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!
I completed my BSN at PACE University in 2007. In my nursing career I have worked as a pediatric bone-marrow transplant nurse, a post-partum nurse, a newborn transition nurse and as a labor & delivery nurse. During that time, I completed my certificate as a Certified Lactation Counselor and made the push to start graduate school. In 2015, I graduated from the Frontier Nursing University with my MSN in Midwifery and was soon thereafter hired at The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado where I am thrilled to finally practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife.
I believe in the transformative power of birth. I love teaching women about their bodies and I feel privileged to care for women and their families in the capacity that only a healthcare provider can.
When not catching babies, I can be found hiking, camping, rock-climbing, listening to country and bluegrass and plotting my next visit to a hot spring.