Our staff has had the opportunity to get know Kaye over the past month, but if you haven’t had a chance to meet her we hope you will soon! We’re so glad she joined us and look forward to having her experience on staff to serve our patients. Here’s a little more about her background, as with all of us, if you’d like to know more, please just ask!
Kaye received her BSN from Old Dominion University while her husband was stationed in Virginia in the Navy. With ten years’ experience as an L&D nurse in Virginia and Wisconsin, she began post-graduate studies at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and received her MSN in Women’s Health and certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She accepted a position as provider and clinic manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch rural clinics in Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur providing obstetrical/prenatal and gynecological care to low-income women in Southeast Texas for 3 ½ years.
In 1995, she left UTMB to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a nurse in the US Navy. While stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, she was deployed to the aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis, and provided acute Well Woman care to approximately 400 active duty females. She was then stationed in Rota, Spain, where she became interested in the cultural diversity of how women’s health care is viewed and provided in, not only Europe, while caring for Spanish dependent wives and daughters, but also in East Africa, while deployed to Tanzania, providing medical care to the women of the Maasai.
While stationed at Parris Island, S.C, her pregnant mothers frequently asked her if she would deliver their babies, and she had to say that WHNPs do not deliver babies. Midwifery became the culmination of her passion to provide education and empowerment to women in their health care choices. She was accepted into the Navy’s Duty Under Instruction program to attend Philadelphia University Institute of Midwifery, receiving her certification as a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2004, and began her midwifery practice at the US Marine Corps base in 29 Palms CA, and continued providing evidence-based, holistic , empowering midwifery care in Okinawa, Japan, and Bremerton, Washington.
Following her retirement from active duty, she worked as a locum tenens provider for the Indian Health Service in South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Arizona, ingraining an even greater knowledge and appreciation of the beauty, strength, and diversity of women in childbirth when they “listen to their bodies”. After a year and a half teaching the midwifery model of care to OB/GYN medical residents at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Kaye longed to return to clinical practice and is very excited to be part of the OBGNorth team of physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and CNMs who embrace “being with women and their families throughout the life span.”
She is happy to be back in Texas, closer to her family and enjoys the time she spends with her sons and grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, hiking with her dog, and world traveling.