The OB/GYN attending staff is comprehensive, with approximately 50 staff members playing essential roles in resident education and experience. There is full-time attending staff in gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. Other attending staff members have interests in genetics, diagnostic and operative laparoscopy, laser surgery and obstetrical ultrasound. A unique feature of our program is our ongoing effort to foster a sense of cooperation, teamwork and support among our OB/GYN staff.
Jennifer is a proud native of Colorado. She started out in the pre-op department of Saint Joseph Hospital in 1991 before moving over to the Urogynecology clinic in 2000. She wore many hats at the clinic: front desk, surgery scheduler and practice supervisor/manager. Before moving over to program administrator in 2018, she was the surgery scheduler for the Ob/Gyn and Urogynecology practices. Jennifer is married, and has one son, an avid baseball player. Jennifer enjoys watching all sports, especially football, college basketball and Rockies baseball. She has a love for playing tennis, and has recently discovered how much she truly enjoys working out (even running!) and playing golf. Jennifer spends the majority of her time watching her son pitch, training her two big dogs, reading and spending time in the gym.
Marshall Gottesfeld, MD, FACOG
Program Director OB/GYN, Clinical Assistant Professor, UCDenver
Dr. Marshall Gottesfeld grew up in Denver, and attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. He returned to Denver for medical school and residency at the University of Colorado. After 11 years in private practice, he joined the faculty at the Saint Joseph Hospital in 2006, and has been the program director since 2014. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Women and Infant’s Department at Saint Joseph Hospital.
He is very involved with the Colorado section of ACOG, and is on their education and executive committee.
His wife Joyce is also an Ob/Gyn working with Kaiser, and they have three daughters. They enjoy skiing and running marathons together, and Marshall has a fondness for golf, movies, and trivia.
Rachel Gaffney, MD, FACOG
Director - Seton Women's Center
Dr. Rachel Gaffney, attended college and medical school at University of North Carolina, and moved to Denver for residency training at University of Colorado. She enjoyed several years of private practice before joining the Saint Joseph Hospital Faculty in 2003.
Serving as medical director of the Seton Women’s Center, she assists the team in delivering obstetric and gynecologic care, paying special attention to the medically underserved women in our community. She educates the residents about medical coding and billing, referrals and consultation, and ensures that the clinic experience prepares graduating residents to provide ambulatory care. The clinic is an ideal location for quality improvement projects; past projects have included improving the postpartum follow up for women with gestational diabetes, and ensuring timely follow up of abnormal pap results. She enjoys explaining complicated concepts to patients and has special interest in pelvic pain evaluation and treatment, and in high risk obstetrics.
When she’s not at the clinic, look for her hiking a trail, soaking in a natural hot spring, or motorcycling to a remote fishing stream.
Robin Fennimore, MD
Associate Program Director OB/GYN
Dr. Robin Fennimore is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and math from Colby College in Maine, where she played lacrosse. After graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, she spent the next four years at the University of Colorado Ob/Gyn residency program.
After finishing residency, Dr. Fennimore joined a large private practice in Denver where she worked for over four years. Her passion for teaching and working closely with residents led her to Saint Joseph’s program in 2014. She recently graduated from the APGO Scholars and Leaders Program in 2017. She is co-director of the Ryan Program and in charge of scheduling the residents’ didactic sessions on Friday afternoons. She is on the steering committee for the CDC-funded SOAR Project to reduce primary c-section rates in Colorado.
Away from the hospital, Dr. Fennimore enjoys spending time with her husband, Blair, and their twin boys. They often visit her twin sister who lives in Beaver Creek to enjoy skiing in the winter and camping, hiking and fishing in the summer.
Christine Giesing, MD, FACOG
Dr. Christine Giesing is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She received her undergraduate education at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. After graduating from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine she completed her residency training at Kaiser Santa Clara in Northern California. Prior to joining the faculty she was in private practice in the Denver area but she has enjoyed her return to academic medicine. She has a special interest in vulvovaginal disease and is developing a curriculum for resident education as well as a clinic focusing on vulvar complaints.
In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, road biking, playing the guitar and spending time with her three boys.
Elaine Landry, MD, FACOG
Dr. Elaine Landry grew up in Texas but feels much more at home in Colorado! She did her undergraduate (Rice University) and medical (UT Southwestern) school training in Texas before coming to Denver for residency (UCHSC). One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is watching the transformation of interns into full-fledged, highly competent physicians.
Elaine is interested in the development of professionalism, communication, and leadership skills in resident trainees, and she organizes the yearly leadership conference training for upcoming chief residents. Outside of women’s health, her academic interests include procedural simulation, global medicine, care for underserved populations, and public health issues like disparities. She currently coordinates quarterly simulation labs for residents to practice OB and GYN procedural skills. She has participated in the education of health care workers and care of patients globally, most recently at a hospital in Tanzania that is affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital.
Elaine is a wife and mom of three young kids. She enjoys reading, travel, and good food and wine (although her current diet consists predominantly of pizza crusts, congealed macaroni and cheese, and stale Cheerios). She especially enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking and exploring the natural beauty of our state with family and friends.
Karin Wollschlaeger, MD, FACOG, FRCPC
Faculty OB/GYN, Clinical Associate Professor, UCDenver
Dr. Karin Wollschlaeger did her undergraduate studies at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada where she played water polo and a rotating internship at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Following this she and her husband spent a year in Cambodia working with the NGO “World Relief”, prior to her Ob/Gyn residency at the University of Chicago. This was followed by several years in private practice in Toronto and NY. She then moved into academic medicine at Mt. Sinai in NYC, then Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY followed by Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver where she has been for 5 years.
International mission work is a continued passion and she has done several trips to Ecuador, Peru, India, Nepal, Zimbabwe, and South Sudan. Working with and teaching residents and medical students is also a passion and she is now the medical student clerkship site director.
She recently graduated from the APGO SES (surgical education scholars) program (2016). Her project was developing a “Contraception Simulation Lab for Ob/Gyn Residents at a Catholic Hospital” and designed and built a low fidelity abdominal PPTL model. A video on how to build and use the model can be found on the ACOG toolkit website. She is presently building up the “Resident Research Program” with research lectures and a set schedule with deadlines for each year. The plan is to have all residents submit abstracts, posters by the 3rd year and present at national conferences.
She is married with two children, loves the outdoors, backcountry skiing with her dog, hut trips and IM triathlons and ultras.