Marisa was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her bachelor’s degree. After graduating, her work coordinating women’s services at the Berkeley Free Clinic solidified her interest in midwifery as a career. She relocated to Connecticut to attend Yale University School of Nursing for her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery.
Marisa appreciates the variety offered by midwifery. She enjoys getting to know women and their families and is awed by the strength women possess. In addition to caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth, her clinical interests include helping women find the right birth control for their lifestyle and situation. She also enjoys the opportunity to use her language skills so that Spanish-speaking women have the power to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Marisa's first job as a midwife was at a birth center and she is excited to be part of the team supporting women through labor and birth at WHA's Midwifery Birth Center, in addition to Providence Portland Medical Center:
"I think every woman deserves the type of care we can provide in a birth center with extra time to get to know them and their families and how to best support them through labor and their transition to motherhood. It's the kind of care I try to offer in the hospital setting, as well."
Marisa has been an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving as president of the Idaho chapter before moving to Oregon. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding and working on bicycles, hiking, knitting and sewing. She and her partner have a young daughter.