Dana grew up in northwest Indiana near Chicago. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette for her bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduating, Dana was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa for two years, which inspired her to go into women’s health as a career. After her post, she returned to school under the Peace Corps Fellows program for a second bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as a nurse in various settings for nearly 10 years before returning to school for her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from OHSU.
Dana was raised by a strong, resourceful, single mom. This instilled a deep respect for the power, dedication and love women have for their families, which she brings to her midwifery practice. She feels privileged to care for women and to be a part of their experiences. She enjoys connecting with patients throughout the course of their care, and loves the continuity of working with women over time. She is passionate about empowering women and supporting their choices throughout pregnancy and birth, and also has a strong interest in family planning and contraception, as well as global health.
Dana loves traveling and has visited, lived or volunteered in 15 countries outside of the United States. She and her husband met in the Peace Corps and have two children. They enjoy biking and spending time at the Oregon Coast. Dana also loves to cook.