Obstetrician-Gynecologists

Chitra Akileswaran, MD, MBA

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Dr. Akileswaran is an obstetrician and gynecologist, and the Strategy and Operations Lead for Alameda Health System’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her interests include value-based women’s health care, health care technology, innovative maternity care models, and reproductive justice and choice. She earned a BA from Brown University and an MD and MBA from Harvard University, and completed her residency training at UC San Francisco.

Jessica Beckerman, MD

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Dr. Beckerman is an obstetrician and gynecologist whose work focuses on high-risk labor and birth, patient safety, reducing health disparities, and global health equity. She earned a BA from Brown University and an MD from UC San Francisco, and completed her residency training at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.

Monica Berletti, MD

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Dr. Berletti is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in minimally invasive gynecology and substance use disorders in pregnancy. She earned a BS from UC Santa Barbara and an MD from UC Davis, and completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Heidi Chang, MD

Dr. Chang is a gynecologic oncologist with interests in ovarian cancer and hereditary cancers. She earned a BS from Duke University and an MD from the University of Virginia. She then completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Deborah Chong, MD

Dr. Chong is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She earned a BA from Columbia University and an MD from Boston University School of Medicine, and completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Joy Cooper, MD, MSc

Dr. Cooper is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in the treatment of fibroids, adolescent health, and reducing health disparities. She earned a BA from Harvard University, a master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MD from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency training at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Falik, MD, MST

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Dr. Falik is an obstetrician and gynecologist with specialized training in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery from Stanford’s Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery. Her work focuses on pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids, and infertility. She earned a BA from Yale University, a master’s degree from Pace University, and an MD from UC San Francisco, and completed her residency training at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara. Before becoming a physician, she taught elementary school in bilingual classes.

Stephanie Ho, MD, MPH

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Dr. Ho is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in family planning, health policy, and reducing health disparities. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley, a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an MD from UC San Francisco, and completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Amy Kane, MD

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Dr. Kane is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in family planning, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and caring for diverse women across their life spans. She earned a BA from UCLA and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her residency training at UC San Diego.

Kerry-Ann Kelly, MD, MPH

Dr. Kelly is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in health equity, diversity, adolescent health, and high-risk pregnancies. She earned a BA from Emory University, a Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University School of Medicine, and an MD from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and completed her residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Lan Na Lee, MD

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Dr. Lee is an obstetrician and gynecologist with a specialty in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She serves as Alameda Health System’s Chief of the Division of Gynecology. Her interests include family planning and treatment of fibroids. She earned a BA from New York University and an MD from Stony Brook University, then completed her residency and specialized fellowship training in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Stony Brook.

Dimitry Lerner, MD

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Dr. Lerner is a gynecologic oncologist and Highland Hospital’s Division Chief of Gynecologic Oncology. His interests include gynecologic cancers, fertility-sparing surgery for cervical cancer, surgically complex benign gynecologic diseases, and minimally invasive robotic surgery. He earned a BS from UC Berkeley and an MD from the Sackler School of Medicine. He then completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Lasha Pierce, MD

Dr. Pierce is an obstetrician and gynecologist, Site Director for Kaiser Oakland–Alameda Health System’s Ob/Gyn Joint Residency Program, and Director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Equity Fellowship. Her interests include health equity, managing diabetes in pregnancy, community healing and population health, holistic healing, cultural humility, and medical education. She earned a BS from San Francisco State University and an MD from the University of California, Irvine, then completed her residency training at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.

Mindy Plotkin, DO

Dr. Plotkin is an obstetrician and gynecologist with interests in cervical cancer screening, cervical dysplasia, family planning, contraception, and menopausal care. She earned a BA from UC San Diego and a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and completed her residency training at UC Davis.

Meera Sharnoff, MD

Dr. Sharnoff is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MD from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, then completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Namita Singh, MD

Dr. Singh is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She earned a BA from Union College and an MD from Albany Medical College, then completed her residency training at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Dr. Kevin Scott Smith

Kevin Smith, MD

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Dr. Smith is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon, and Chair of Alameda Health System’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His interests include reducing health disparities, mentoring others, and the treatment of fibroids and other conditions using minimally invasive surgery. He earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MD from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He then completed his residency training and specialized fellowship training in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Stanford Medical Center.

Victoria Stenmark, MD, MPH

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Dr. Stenmark is an obstetrician and gynecologist whose interests include digital health innovation, social determinants of health, public health, and reducing health care disparities. She earned a BA from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, and an MD from Columbia University, and completed her residency training at UC San Francisco.

Denise Tukenmez, MD

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Dr. Tukenmez is an obstetrician and gynecologist and Alameda Health System’s Division Chief of Obstetrics. She is interested in high-risk obstetrics, treatment of fibroids, and assisting underserved communities. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MD from SUNY Downstate Medical School, and completed her residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Cord Valentine, MD, MS

Dr. Valentine is an obstetrician and gynecologist and the Site Director for UCSF Medical School Clerkships. His interests include minimally invasive gynecology, the treatment of fibroids, and reducing health disparities. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and an MD from UC San Francisco, and completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.

Terry White, MD, MBA

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Dr. White is a urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery specialist and Alameda Health System’s Division Chief of Urogynecology. His interests include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fistulas between pelvic organs, and mesh complications. He earned a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MD from the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed a medical residency at L.A. County+USC Medical Center and specialized fellowship training in urogynecology at Emory University.

Certified Nurse-Midwives

Laurel Bernstein, CNM, NP, MPH

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Laurel is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with special interests in health equity, patient choice, and translating research into practice. She earned a BA from the University of Miami and received CNM and nurse practitioner training at UC San Francisco.

Jennifer Braddock, CNM, MSN

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Jennifer is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and Alameda Health System’s Midwifery Manager. Her interests include traditional/herbal medicine, breastfeeding promotion, sacred birth rituals, community health, and addressing health disparities. She earned a BA from Spelman College and a BS in nursing from New York University, and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing from UC San Francisco.

Dione Coleman, CNM

Dione is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with a special interest in CenteringPregnancy. She earned a BS in nursing from Samuel Merritt University and CNM training from UC San Francisco.

Kate Delaplane, CNM, MSc

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Kate is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with special interests in reproductive justice, adolescent health, informed consent, and shared decision-making. She earned a BA/BS from American University, and completed CNM training and a master’s degree from Frontier Nursing University.

Eva Goodfriend-Reaño, CNM, WHNP, IBCLC

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Eva is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with special interests in health equity and disparities, the midwifery model of care, collaborative practice, reducing primary C-sections, and CenteringPregnancy. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, and completed CNM and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Simone Lance, CNM, WHNP

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Simone is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) who has interests in well-woman, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and completed CNM and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Katherine McKee, CNM, MSN

Katherine is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in the use of food as medicine, doula support, and reducing health disparities. She earned a BA from the California College of the Arts, and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing at Yale University.

Molly Mekjavich, CNM

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Molly is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) whose interests include normalizing breastfeeding, reducing health care disparities, and promoting family-centered maternity care. She earned a BA from UC Santa Barbara and completed CNM training at UC San Francisco.

Dalila Melkumyan, CNM, MSN

Dalila is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in reducing health disparities and global maternal health care. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing at Frontier Nursing University.

Karen Meyer, CNM, MSN, RN

Karen is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with special interests in perinatal safety, reducing health care disparities, and supporting physiologic birth. She earned a BA from Stony Brook University and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing at UC San Francisco.

Sara Minahan, CNM, MA, WHNP

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Sara is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) whose interests include structurally competent reproductive care, trauma-informed care, and providing compassionate and nonjudgmental reproductive care for incarcerated people. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, and completed CNM and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Alyssa Nevin, CNM, MSN

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Alyssa is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in women’s rights and empowerment, culturally sensitive maternity and women’s health care, obstetric-simulation training, and improving communication in health care. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing at Columbia University.

Debra Roisman, CNM, MSc, WHNP

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Debra is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) whose interests include CenteringPregnancy, integrative/functional medicine, mindfulness, reducing health disparities, and using food as medicine. She earned a BA from UCLA and completed a master’s degree, CNM training, and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Beth Schwarting, CNM, MSN

Beth is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in CenteringPregnancy, family-centered care, and physiologic birth. She earned a BA from Colorado College and completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing at UC San Francisco.

Jasmine Swinson, CNM, WHNP

Jasmine is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) whose interests include improving health equity and providing access to methods that support natural labor. She earned a BS from the University of La Verne and completed CNM and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Laura Todaro, CNM

Laura is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in perinatal mental health, CenteringPregnancy, and reducing racial disparities. She earned a BS from California State University, East Bay and completed CNM training at UC San Francisco.

Ann Tuttie, CNM

Ann is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM).

Doris Untalan, CNM

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Doris is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with special interests in maternal mental health, health disparities, supporting vaginal birth, addressing costs of care, TeamSTEPPS communication, and patient safety. She earned a BS from Samuel Merritt University and completed CNM training at UC San Francisco.

Sonia Van Braden, CNM, WHNP

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Sonia is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) whose interests include CenteringPregnancy, holistic medicine, breastfeeding, and reducing health care disparities,. She earned a BA from Barnard College and a BS in nursing from Johns Hopkins, and completed CNM and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP) training at UC San Francisco.

Jyesha Wren, CNM

Jyesha is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) with interests in Black Centering, shared decision-making with patients and providers, eliminating racial disparities, and promoting normal physiologic birth. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and completed CNM training at UC San Francisco.

Advanced Practice Clinicians

Mindy Brown-Lechner, FNP, CNM, MSN

Mindy is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) who has interests in long-acting reversible contraception, adolescent health, and gentle gynecologic care. She earned a BA from Earlham College, completed CNM training and a master’s degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University, and completed FNP training at the University of San Francisco.

Michele Bunker-Alberts, FNP, DNP, IBCLC

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Dr. Bunker-Alberts is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and international board-certified lactation consultant. Her special interests include health justice, interprofessional practice, lactation integration in primary care, and caring for unhoused residents. She earned a BA from San Francisco State University, a BS in nursing from Samuel Merritt University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Western University of Health Sciences, and completed FNP training at UC San Francisco.

Reena Cho, NP, MSN

Reena Cho is a nurse practitioner (NP) with special interests in preventative care, diversity in health care, nutrition, and exercise. She earned a BA from Pacific Union College and completed NP training at Misericordia University.

Renee Coleman, PA

Renee is a physician assistant (PA) with interests in family planning, reproductive health, nonsurgical gynecology, and health education. She completed PA training at the Stanford Foothill Primary Care Associate program.

Edessa Diaz, NP, MS

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Edessa is a nurse practitioner (NP) with a special interest in infertility management. She earned a BA from Cornell University, and earned a master’s degree and completed NP training at UC San Francisco.

Afishetu Ikharo-Okhomina, NP, MSc

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Afishetu is a nurse practitioner (NP). She has interests in office gynecology procedures, adolescent health, pelvic pain, and abnormal uterine bleeding. She earned a BS and a master’s degree at California State University, Hayward, and completed NP training at UC San Francisco.

Jesahel Madfes, NP

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Jesahel is a nurse practitioner (NP) with interests in reducing gender and racial disparities, use of complex long-acting reversible contraceptive procedures, and colposcopy procedures to examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva. She earned a BS from UC Berkeley and completed NP training at UC San Francisco.

Theresa McCleary, FNP, MSN

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Theresa is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) with a special interest in the impact of substance use on women’s health. She earned a BA and BS in nursing from UCLA and completed a master’s degree and FNP training at UC San Francisco.

Emily Tatel, NP, MA, RN

Emily is a nurse practitioner with interests in human rights evaluations, contraception, and abortion care. She earned a BA from Colorado College, and earned a master’s degree and completed NP training at Samuel Merritt University.

Regina Tolbert, PA, MPH

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Regina is a physician assistant (PA) who focuses on gynecological oncology, gynecology patient education, and postoperative inpatient management. She earned a BA and completed PA training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley.