Curriculum Vitae

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Cassandra L. Garcia, CNM, MSN
4356 NW Oakbrook Circle
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
(772) 692-5786 Home
[email protected]

Undergraduate: Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.
May 1984: Bachelor of Science, Nursing, with minors in Biology and Sociology.
Graduate:  University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
May 1990: Master's degree in Nursing with specialty in Nurse Midwifery
Clinical training: University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson North
Maternity Center, Miami, FL; Women's Center of Martin County, Stuart, FL;
Doctors and Midwives Group, Key West, FL.
July 2002: Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Medical Legal Consulting Institute,        
Houston, Texas

1988: U.S. Public Health Service Traineeship Grant.
March 2000: American College of Nurse Midwives/Maternal Child Health Bureau Providers Partnership Fellowship, Washington, DC; An opportunity to network with Title V and other maternal child health program staff at the national and state levels. 
May 2000: ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Miami adjunct faculty member.
June 2003: Davis Productivity Award, Nurse Midwifery Maternity Program, Martin County Health Department.  See press release 1   See press release 2

Professional Organizations
Member:  American College of Nurse Midwives.
Clinical preceptor: 1991 to present: CNEP (Community Based Nurse Midwifery Education Project), Frontier School of Nursing and Midwifery, with clinical training for CNM students, in Key West, Pahokee, and Stuart, FL.
Clinical preceptor: 1991-1994, University of Miami, Family Medicine department.
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Intrapartum Nurse Midwifery, Fall semesters 1998, 1999, 2000: University of Miami, Nurse Midwifery Program.

Patient Satisfaction at the Daystar Health Center: A Descriptive Evaluation Research Study.
Unpublished Master's thesis, University of Miami, May 1990
Advanced Practice Nursing and the Caring Component of Client Satisfaction.
Under review for publication, October 1999.

Florida RN-ARNP (CNM).
American College of Nurse Midwives. 
NACLS certified.
Florida Medicaid provider.
CLNC (Certified Legal Nurse Consultant)
Virginia RN. (Inactive)
Texas RN.  (Inactive)
Arkansas RN. (Inactive)

Related Work Experience
November 2011 to present:
University Perinatal Associates; High risk Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Ruel Stoessel, MD, FACOG

Premier Associates for the Healthcare of Women; Director of CNM Service
Bethesda Memorial Hospital
Boynton Beach, FL
Ruel Stoessel, MD, FACOG

October 2000 to January 2013:
Staff CNM, Nurse Midwifery Service, State of Florida Department of Health, Martin County Health Department, Stuart and Indiantown, FL. OB census: 500+ deliveries per year.

October 2000 to present:
Staff CNM, Nurse Midwifery Service, Martin County Health Department, Stuart and Indiantown, FL. One of four CNMs staffing three Martin County Health Department clinics weekly, serving the same population as in the previous CNM service. OB census: 400+ deliveries per year.

April 2002 to present:
Part time staff, nurse practitioner, Treasure Coast Chapter Planned Parenthood; Stuart, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, and Vero Beach, FL.

August 1998 to October 2000:
Staff CNM, Nurse Midwifery Service, Martin Memorial Health System, Stuart and Indiantown, FL.  One of five CNMs staffing three Martin County health department clinics weekly, serving a diverse patient population, including a large population of Guatemalan Mayan Indians and Mexican migrant farm workers.  Antepartum and intrapartum CNM practice including co-management of high risk obstetrics with backup obstetricians on contract with the hospital. OB census for CNM service, average. 400+ deliveries per year, approximately 30% of total OB volume in Martin County, FL.  CNM service closed due to budget constraints, October 2000.

Adjunct clinical faculty, part time, Nurse Midwifery Program, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Fall semesters 1998, 1999, 2000.

April 1999 to July 2000:
Part time CNM, Women's Center, affiliate of Martin Memorial Health Systems, Stuart, FL. Well woman office gynecology.

1998 to present:
Practice consultant for site specific, full scope midwifery protocols for collaborative MD/CNM services throughout the country. Protocols have been created for practices in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and California.

Legal nurse consultant services to law firms for medical malpractice cases.

April 1997 to August 1998:
Full scope nurse midwifery in Pahokee, in western Palm Beach county, with Robert L. Hatton, M.D., Everglades Regional Medical Center; management of high risk obstetrics, obstetric sonography and first assistant for C-sections.  Pahokee is a rural, agricultural community. Everglades Regional Medical Center is the oldest hospital Palm Beach county. OB census; 800 births per year.  This hospital ceased operations in March 1998.

Robert L. Hatton, M.D.
Everglades Regional Medical Center
Pahokee, FL  33467

January to March 1997:
Practice consultant, with The CNM Group, Baltimore, Maryland, providing interim, permanent and consultant nurse midwifery services for MD/CNM collaborative practice.

Barbara Fitchett, CNM, MSN
The CNM Group, Baltimore, MD

January 1994 to January 1997:
I remained on staff when this practice assumed new ownership.  Full scope CNM practice, including co-management of high risk obstetrics, with offices in Key West, Marathon and Islamorada, Florida. Hospital privileges at Lower Florida Keys Health Systems and establishment of birth center practice at Babies by the Sea; A Birth Center. Annual OB census for the practice, approx. 300 births per year.

Doctors and Midwives Group              
Frank Ferrin, MD and Edmund Boulting, MD
Helen Swallow, CNM, MSN
Key West, FL 33040

June 1990 to January 1994:
Associate in joint CNM/MD private practice.  Full scope CNM practice with offices in Key West, Marathon and Islamorada, Florida.  Hospital privileges for obstetrics at Lower Florida Keys Health Systems (formerly Florida Keys Memorial Hospital).

Doctors and Midwives Group                  
Willard J. Morse, Jr., MD
Helen Swallow, CNM, MSN
Key West, FL 33040

December 1986 to September 1988:
RN for a collaborative MD/CNM private practice with W.J. Morse, Jr., MD and Helen Swallow, CNM.  Maintained per diem status as a labor and delivery nurse at Florida Keys Memorial Hospital, Key West, FL.

December 1985 to July 1990:
Staff RN in Obstetrics department at Florida Keys Memorial Hospital. This is the only obstetrics facility in the Florida Keys with a census of approximately 800 births per year.

1986:  Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters
Adjunct faculty at Florida Keys Community College in the Associate degree program in Nursing as clinical preceptor.

May 1984 to December 1985:
Staff RN at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.  Worked in the Obstetrics department in the postpartum unit. UTMB is a regional tertiary referral center for the State of Texas with an obstetrical census of 10,000 births per year.

University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital
Galveston, TX  77550

August 1981 to March 1984:
Worked in partnership as a licensed midwife in private practice in the North Texas area, with the support and backup cooperation of  J.M. Rampoldi, MD and B. Schenck, DO. I delivered over 250 babies in a home birth setting.

Midwife Associates
Roxanne Struve, LM, Betsy Schenck, DO
Denton, TX 76201

April 1978 to December 1980:
Worked in private practice in the greater Houston area with the backup of Dr. Stogre, MD and Dr. Kondejewski, MD, Family practice.

Rosemary Stogre, MD and Richard Kondejewski, MD
Family Practice Associates
Texas City, TX 77590

January 1978:
Completed requirements to become a Licensed Midwife in Texas through the Houston Association for Midwife Education, in conjunction with the Public Health Department.

January 1976 to April 1977:
Studied and worked under the supervision of Dr. Harold Graves, MD, at a medical mission on the Mexican-Guatemalan border. Responsibilities included both classroom and clinical experiences in prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn care.

Dr. Harold Graves, MD
Clinica Valparaiso
La Mesilla, Huehuetenengo, Guatemala,
Central America

December 1975 to December 1976:
Served and studied as a lay medical worker, and emergency relief worker during the
Guatemalan earthquake of January 1976.

Instituto Naturista Adventista
Lon Cummings, director
Antigua, Guatemala, C.A

Special Skills
Full scope nurse midwifery practice, including freestanding birth center and home birth experience, gynecology and hospital experience with co-management of high risk obstetrics.

More than 5000 deliveries as a CNM.

First assistant for C-sections.

Basic obstetrical ultrasonography.

Advanced computer skills.

Fluent in both conversational and written Spanish. I have spent a total of 20 years living in South and Central America.


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