Fort Collins Location


ROBB 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.
NIELSEN 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.
MCCALL CASSANDRA SELBY MCCALL, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., C.N.M.
Ms. Cassandra Selby McCall received her BS in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2004. She worked as a Labor & Delivery RN in St. Louis, MO & Portland, OR for 6 years prior to completing her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Oregon Health & Science University in 2009. She joined the practice September 2010.
PEREZ 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.



Loveland Location


BUSH SUSAN BUSH, B.S. Ed., B.S.N., M.S.,C.N.M.
I grew up in a small town in Illinois - one of four sisters born to a pharmacist dad and a mom who was a RN. My journey to becoming a midwife began after starting my professional life as a 4th grade teacher! I was very interested in nursing, moved to Colorado, discovered midwifery and pursued my nursing career at the University of Colorado graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I worked as a nurse in the OB setting for many years and then received my midwifery education at Frontier University graduating in 2000. I then earned my Master of Science in Midwifery at Philadelphia University in 2001.

I am passionate about midwifery and women's health care! I have worked full-time and full-scope for the past 16 years. I have also taught in the nursing program at UNC. I truly love working with women through all the stages of life - from first periods and birth control to menopause and everything in between! I truly love being “with woman” and helping women to achieve the birth experience they desire and learning about their bodies and their health along the way.

I'm a mom to a beautiful daughter who was born into the hands of my midwife mentor 26 years ago! I love living in Colorado with all it has to offer, and I look forward to meeting you!
TESONE MARTINE TESONE, D.N.P., M.S., C.N.M
I discovered my passion for midwifery when in nursing school. I had the privilege of working with a midwife who taught me how to support birth and I fell in love. To be there from the beginning when they are a growing fetus and then to be present to help facilitate a kind and gentle, respectful birth-beginning their life-is a joy I will never tire of.

My core philosophy about healthcare is rooted in education, teamwork, and individualization. All people need to be educated about their health and included as a crucial member on their own health team. Care needs to be individualized to be maximally useful to each person.

Prenatal care provides a wonderful opportunity to bring this philosophy to fruition. Pregnancy is a unique time in any family's life; a time that women are more motivated and thoughtful than ever before about what is going on with their body and what it needs to thrive and grow. I love being on this journey with families, as they learn and discover. Both well-woman/annual exam and prenatal care are focused on wellness and prevention. These are my passions!

After completing my Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology in 2003, I continued my education at the University of Colorado to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006. I practiced as an RN as the first step toward reaching my dream of becoming a nurse midwife. I earned my Master of Science in Midwifery in 2009 and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2011 from the University of Colorado. I have been an active member of the community, having served as a board member of the American College of Nurse Midwives Colorado Affiliate and national representative on the Government Affairs Committee.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible, exploring what Colorado has to offer. My husband and I are proud to be native to the area. We enjoy hiking, biking, camping, fishing, music and good food.