Meet Our Midwives
As the largest nurse-midwife practice in Denver, the Certified Nurse-Midwives at Saint Joseph Hospital is home to some of the most skilled, experienced and compassionate midwives in the region. In fact, our nurse-midwives average more than 17 years of experience each and are among the top names in nurse-midwife care in Denver.
- Neko Upson, CNM, MS, CNM Coordinator
- Pam, Brunette, ND, CNM, FNP
- Ann Chevalier, CNM, MS
- Kristine Combs, CNM, MS
- Katie Danielson, CNM, WHNP
- Jennifer Fields, CNM, MS
- Connie George, CNM, MS
- Bonnie Gonzales, MSN, CNM
- Courtney Hasson, MS, CNM
- Mary Lentz, CNM, FNP
- Lauren Linden, CNM, MSN
- Noelle Logan, CNM, MS
- Erin Ross, RN, CNM, MS, DNP
- Deirdre Thompson, CNM, MS
- Alison Tinker, MSN, CNM
Neko Upson is the Program Coordinator for the Certified Nurse-Midwives at Saint Joseph Hospital. Originally from Texas and raised in the East Denver, Neko is the oldest of three children. In 1991 she graduated from The University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While she initially was interested in becoming a physical therapist, she eventually decided that women's health was where she belonged. In 1994, she went on to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 1998, received a Master's in Midwifery, finally fulfilling her dream of becoming a midwife. She joined Saint Joseph Hospital in 2004, and became the lead certified nurse-midwife in 2009. In May of 2013, she became the certified nurse-midwives program coordinator for the certified nurse-midwives clinic.
When she is away from the practice, Neko's family keeps her busy. She and her husband have two beautiful daughters.
Neko has a passion for helping the underserved communities, particularly women of childbearing years and is dedicated to empowering them to take control of their lives.
Pamela first realized she wanted to be a nurse when she was a small child, and she hasn’t looked back. Growing up with a beloved grandfather in general medicine, it was made plain how healthcare can positively change the world one person at a time. He inspired in her a sense of respect and compassion for every individual and a commitment to excellence manifested in skillful diagnosis and an unparalleled kind and attentive manner.
Since graduating with her BSN in 1993, Pamela has gained much as a nurse from working in varied settings. Intensive Care honed her assessment skills & time management. International public health deepened her conviction to care for the underserved. Her Doctorate of Nursing of 1999 from Rush University prepared Pamela to be an exceptional Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Nurse.
Midwifery became her calling late one night in a remote Honduran village. A local friend requested Pamela attend the birth of her child and in the faint candlelight of her humble home, through hours of labor and birth, her future work became crystal clear. She was meant to be with women.
Upon attaining her Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse Midwifery from Frontier University in 2003; Pamela’s midwifery career began at a free-standing birth center in southern Texas. On the Westside of Chicago, she helped found a midwifery practice and grew it until the mountains of Colorado called her away.
Since moving to Denver in 2009, Pamela has continued her rewarding work as a midwife providing full-scope women’s health care. Whether in private practice or busy academic hospitals, her convictions remain the same. Pamela’s vocation is to support women through providing accessible, evidence-based, compassionate healthcare. Particular areas of clinical interest include: group prenatal care, behavioral health and gestational diabetes.
Pamela is especially happy that joining Saint Joseph Hospital Midwives affords the opportunity to serve women and families of her own Five Points community.
Ann Chevalier, CNM, MS was an original member of the Saint Joseph Hospital's certified nurse-midwives clinic in 2003. Prior to her start at Saint Joseph Hospital, she practiced as a nurse-midwife in Wheat Ridge. She was a labor and delivery nurse at Denver Health Medical Center and a Mother-Baby Nurse at Rose Medical Center before she returned to school to get her Master's in Midwifery. She also currently works part time in caring for high-risk obstetric patients at Swedish Medical Center.
Ann's professional passions are providing exceptional care to diverse populations, nurturing the normal physiologic process of birth, and being an advocate for breastfeeding. Her personal passions include hiking, reading, knitting, and caring for her two young boys.
Ann is one of the founding partners of the Certified Nurse-Midwives program at Saint Joseph Hospital.
Kris was born and raised in California. Her love of the mountains and skiing brought her to Colorado in 1973. She lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for many years where her 3 children were born. Her personal birth experiences inspired her to return to school and she graduated in 1989 with her Bachelors in Nursing and in 1995 with her Masters in Nurse Midwifery both from the University of Colorado. She has worked at North Suburban, P/SL, Skyridge and at Swedish. When she was at Swedish her focus was the high risk pregnant patient. She worked with the Maternal Fetal Medicine group there from 2000-2017 before joining the Saint Joseph Midwifery practice in 2017. She has participated in Medical Missions to Cambodia and Haiti and enjoys teaching and providing care to these underserved populations. Kris is honored to be able to provide care to pregnant women during this amazing journey of pregnancy and birth and support them as they navigate this transformative time of their life.
Kris enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling. She visits her four grand-daughters as often as she can (two in Montana and two in Chicago)
Katie is originally from northern Minnesota. She earned her master’s degree in Midwifery and Women’s Health from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Following her education, she moved with her husband and four children to Colorado. Katie has worked as a practitioner in both a freestanding birth center and hospital setting.
Prior to becoming a midwife, Katie wore many hats as a registered nurse, working in home care, medical-surgical, labor, delivery and postpartum units, and as a childbirth educator. During this time, she noticed a shift in the way that she cared for people, focusing more on being with them, and helping to ensure their labor and birth experiences were what they desired. Having four children of her own, Katie understands the strong connection between birth empowerment and postpartum mental health.
Katie is passionate about bringing awareness to the importance of maternal mental health. During her downtime, Katie enjoys baking, reading, biking, and hiking with her family.
Jennifer became a nurse midwife in 2000 in order to provide personalized healthcare to women that focuses on empowerment and education. Her deep commitment to public health has led her to seek out vulnerable populations, in particular adolescents and immigrants. She also continued her education with a certificate in public health. Jennifer believes that every woman has wisdom from which she can draw and learn. It makes her day when she sees her patients confidently asking questions and trusting their instincts. That is why Centering Pregnancy is such an important part of her practice. Facilitating groups brings her great joy!
Jennifer is originally from Oregon, and although she misses the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, she loves Colorado's sun and mountains. On her days off she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog.
For patients, Jennifer says, "Even though I have been a midwife since 2000, I believe that every pregnancy is unique and that there is always something to learn. It delights me to watch as moms learn to trust their own bodies and wisdom. Facilitating Centering Pregnancy allows me to really get to know my patients. I love how the group learns and shares together."
Connie George, CNM, MS graduated from the University of Colorado School of Nursing as a Cum Laude in 1999 and earned a Master of Science in Nursing in 2004. She joined the certified nurse-midwives in January 2005. She embraced the concept of Centering Pregnancy™ care and facilitates Centering groups.
Connie took the lead role in establishing a community outreach clinic in North Denver at Clinica Tepeyac. Connie's commitment to our Spanish speaking community led her to seek a three-week Spanish immersion experience in Mexico in November 2006. Funded by the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, this focus on improving her Spanish skills has resulted in a dramatic increase in fluency and greater confidence in working with Spanish speaking women.
Connie states, "Listening to women is a hallmark for certified nurse-midwives and a critical component of my philosophy. All women deserve the experience that they desire for their pregnancy and birth. Education, family centered care and listening are valued in your care."
As a mother, Connie understands what an exciting, yet vulnerable time pregnancy can be. Connie had the benefit of being surrounded by her nurse-midwife partners during both of her pregnancies and both of her children were born at Saint Joseph Hospital – giving it a special place in her heart.
For her patients, Connie says, "Congratulations on this exciting journey of pregnancy and parenting! It is an honor to part of this special time in your life. During prenatal care, one of my favorite ways to be involved is through Centering Pregnancy care. I hope to see you in one of my groups, in OB triage or on that wonderful day of the birth of your baby."
Bonnie graduated from the University of Utah in 1996 with her BSN and then in 1999 with her Masters in Nursing. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Georgia where she began her work as a Nurse Midwife in Athens Georgia. In 2009, she moved to Alaska and took a position at Providence Alaska Medical Center; this facility saw and treated women from ethnically and medically diverse backgrounds. In addition to her time at Providence Hospital, Bonnie also taught Maternal Newborn nursing at the University of Alaska School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. She moved from Alaska to Colorado in October 2019, she and her family, and their four dogs, drove their motorhome on the world-famous Alcan Highway (Alaskan Hwy) to Colorado. Over 3000 thousand miles of which they all loved the drive, the scenery and the wildlife seen along the way.
Bonnie loves her role as a Nurse Midwife and feels it is an honor to be with women on their personal journey through pregnancy, delivery and their post-partum period. Birth is a very personal journey for each woman and her partner. Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time period are unique to each individual. Bonnie’s goal is to support each women’s unique journey by offering support, education and a patient led partnership. Bonnie also brings this philosophy of care when women need their annual exams, family planning, or health problems that may arise. Bonnie feels that “Health” is not just about a person’s physical state, but a balanced harmony of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Courtney graduated with a Master’s in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife from Frontier Nursing University in 2016. She has worked as a midwife in both local birth centers and hospital settings. She has worked in various women’s health environments such as labor and delivery, freestanding birth centers, and public health organizations like Nurse-Family Partnership.
She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Health and Behavioral Sciences department at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests surround the importance of people of color in positions of leadership as a way to improve structural factors contributing to the racial gap in maternal and infant health in the U.S.
When not at work, Courtney enjoys traveling, camping, and canyoneering throughout Utah with her husband, her two kids and their dog. She also has a passion for activism surrounding improving women’s health both locally and internationally.
Mary found her way to midwifery in a large lecture hall as a confused undergraduate college student. The first midwife that she ever met was a women’s health professor who emphasized individualized, person-centered healthcare while discussing women’s health not solely by anatomy but in the context of women’s lives. This philosophy resonated with Mary and after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Women’s Studies, she then continued to nursing school. After nursing school, Mary relocated to Nashville, TN and worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital before attending midwifery school at Vanderbilt University. Mary strongly believes in the strength and power of women and the beauty of birth. She is passionate about caring for women during all stages of their lives.
For the past three years, Mary has worked as a midwife at a community hospital in Chicago, IL caring for a diverse population of women. She and her family have happily relocated to Colorado. Outside of attending births (one of her greatest privileges), you can find Mary spending time with her young son, running, hiking, or skiing.
Lauren is thrilled to be joining the amazing group of nurse midwives at Saint Joseph Hospital. She moved to Denver four years ago from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Lauren completed her nursing degree at Michigan State University, and her Master’s in Midwifery at the University of Michigan. She has been helping deliver babies for 5 years and feels it really is the perfect career for her. Lauren’s first job in Denver was at Saint Joseph Hospital as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She has worked at Swedish Medical Center for the last 3 years and learned a lot in a small practice, but she felt it was time to come back to St. Joe's - a place she knew and loved. In her free time you can find Lauren hiking, snowboarding, practicing yoga, at concerts, and playing with her dog. “I can’t wait to get to know you all and help you through this life changing experience.”
Noelle is originally from Southern California, she is the youngest of four girls, and has lived in Colorado for 23 years. She comes to the Saint Joseph Hospital Certified Nurse-Midwifery Program in a PRN role with 20 years of midwifery experience. Noelle graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Missouri-St. Louis, and received her Master's Degree and Midwifery Certificate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Noelle's experience includes antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, as well as well-woman care. Noelle believes that every woman should receive evidence-based care and informed choices to promote a healthy pregnancy and birth experience. She is committed to quality nurse-midwifery care, and has been a member of quality review committees.
When not working with women, Noelle spends quality time with her family. They enjoy camping, rock climbing, skiing, and playing tennis. She and her husband have two awesome children.
Erin has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2008. She obtained her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate of Nursing degrees at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She began nursing school to become a lactation nurse but found her heart's true calling when she learned about the midwifery model of care. She is a Colorado native who is passionate about caring for women and providing individualized care to each patient, helping them find the path through their pregnancy that is right for them. She believes that empowerment and education are the keys to taking control of one's healthcare and believes strongly in helping her patients to accomplish this goal. She has tremendous excitement about offering prenatal care through the Centering Pregnancy model, particularly loving the additional information, empowerment, bonding and evidence based benefits of this form of group learning.
When she is not working as a midwife, she is married to an amazing man with whom she runs a local Sport and Social Club. They have a new son (who was born at St. Joe's with the midwife team!) and two kitties to keep them entertained at home. She loves being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, playing poker, travelling and doing crafts in her free time.
Deirdre has been a board-Certified Nurse Midwife since 2006, and prior to that as a RN 10 years working in oncology and Labor & Delivery. She has worked in multiple care settings: from a small, rural hospital setting, to a birth center connected to a hospital, to four additional large, community hospitals with high volume Labor & Delivery units. Through her experiences professionally and personally, Deirdre has gleaned some wisdom about women and the transitions of their lives. She likes to get to know the individual woman and her family and empower, educate and assist them through one of the most prolific transitions of life -- becoming a mother. And she is grateful that her years of experience and expertise can benefit women at such a wonderful time in life.
Ali is returning to Denver from the University of Missouri midwife team. She grew up all over the world, but spent 18 years in Colorado before moving to Missouri. Her areas of special interest are working with women who have a history of trauma as well as teaching and presenting on providing Trauma Informed Care.
In her spare time, Ali spends time with her 2 children and enjoys camping, hiking, live music and anything on or near water.
To learn more about any of the nurse-midwives or to schedule an appointment, call 303-318-BABY (2229).