Cara is a women’s health nurse practitioner who cares for high-risk pregnancies in the St. Louis region. She has a dual role, caring for women who battle addiction during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as high-risk pregnancies complicated by comorbid medical conditions. She has been working in the area of obstetrics throughout most of her nursing career. She obtained her bachelor of science in nursing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and her master of science in nursing from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Cara has developed a passion for caring for women of childbearing age who are affected by substance use disorders and mental health conditions while working at WISH (women and infant substance health) center in St. Louis. WISH is a one-of-a-kind clinic serving all of Missouri and Southern Illinois, providing full prenatal and postpartum care for women with addiction. Cara is also waivered to prescribe buprenorphine as a part of the care she provides to her patients. She has identified a need for mental health providers who will treat women who are pregnant, post-partum, and breastfeeding, and has decided to pursue additional certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she will begin that post master’s certification beginning in January of 2022 with the University of Cincinnati.
“I love caring for women who need an advocate and an encourager. I also love to educate myself and hopefully break barriers that women face as professionals. I am blessed to have three children of my own and we have a lot of fun together. Our family is always up for an adventure! I believe God has provided this path for me to be a cheerleader for women who may be at their darkest moments, and to give them a light and a hope that no one else may offer. I also love advocating for professional women who are also mothers to create balance in their two worlds and how to create that space! When I am not providing prenatal care, mothering my three children, you can find me on the Peloton leaderboard!”