Diane discovered her passion for nursing while working as a nursing assistant during high school. Diane received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1992 from the University of Minnesota. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years before deciding to become a midwife. She completed her professional degree in Midwifery from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Before coming to Park Nicollet, Diane worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife for 6 years before coming to Park Nicollet.
"I was attracted to Park Nicollet’s reputation in the community and for the strong support and respect that was evident in the Certified Nurse Midwives’ practice." In 2004, Diane joined Park Nicollet and in 2005 became the Director of the Certified Nursing Midwives. Diane feels blessed to work with a wonderful group of midwives who work together to promote women’s health by understanding the needs of women in the community. As Director, Diane has worked with Park Nicollet to implement Centering Pregnancy Prenatal Care. Centering has brought “tremendous benefits to the women and their babies in our care. Diane is also working to integrate a Birth Center into Park Nicollet to offer women an alternative option for low intervention childbirth.
Diane enjoys caring for patients of diverse backgrounds, and always finds a common thread among women and their needs for healthcare. I feel it is important to empower women of all ages (teen through perimenopause) through education of their bodies and preventive health measures. During pregnancy and childbirth, Diane believes that it is important to support each woman and her family to strive for what is important for them in the birthing process.
Diane has written and received 2 grants from Park Nicollet Foundation for the Centering Pregnancy Prenatal Program. She has presented at the national ACNM meeting in 2009 titled “Implementing Centering Pregnancy Prenatal care in Practice from the Ground Up; An Example by Park Nicollet Clinic Nurse Midwifery Services." When not at Park Nicollet, Diane enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children whom were both delivered by Certified Nurse Midwives, and her chocolate lab. Diane also enjoys walking, snowshoeing, reading, traveling, and Yoga. Diane has run 2 marathons and has traveled to Africa, S. Korea, New Zealand, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Diane looks forward to an opportunity to be part of a medical mission trip.