Nurse-Midwives

Karen B. King, CNM

Karen is a native of New York. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Boston University over 30 years ago and has spent almost her entire career working in Maternal Child Health. After her youngest son was out of elementary school she returned to school in pursuit of her degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife.

Karen joined Dr. Rossi and Dr. Crowther in practice over 13 years ago. She has helped guide 1000 babies into the world. One of the things she enjoys most is getting to know well the families she takes care of and being present at the birth of many of their children.

Karen has a special interest in adolescent health care, breastfeeding problems and helping couples who are interested in non-medicated birth and midwifery attended births.

Karen is very active in The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) serving as the Chair for the HIT section, past member of the government affairs section, and she has presented at multiple meetings. She is past president of the Virginia Chapter of ACNM. She has volunteered at the Arlington free clinic. Often Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner students will be at the office under her guidance.

In addition to her work she enjoys knitting, cooking and traveling. Her sons are grown and working. Bob is her very supportive husband of over 30 years.

Deborah Smith, CNM

Debbie will be working for Arlington Women’s Center part time in the office beginning September 9th, 2014.

Debbie grew up on the Gulf Beaches in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 1991. She worked as a maternity nurse in Melbourne, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia until her graduation from Emory University in 1997.

Debbie practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife delivering babies at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia until 2003 at which time she decided to spend more time with her husband and children. Since then she has been teaching nursing students through lecture, hospital clinical education, and simulation laboratories at George Mason University and Marymount University.

Debbie married her college sweetheart in 1991 and they have two sons aged 11 & 13. She loves to travel, sew and spend time with her boys.

Michelle P. Powers, CNM

Michelle Powers, CNM began her education at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, she headed to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN to begin her education to become a Certified Nurse Midwife. It was at Vanderbilt University that Michelle earned her Master of Science in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Certified Nurse Midwifery. Nashville is also where she met her husband, Danny, who is currently earning his Master of Science in Nursing degree at The George Washington University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Michelle’s education at Vanderbilt included clinical rotations all over rural Alabama, Tennessee, as well as internationally. Michelle’s final clinical experiences took place in Germany at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center where she had the honor of caring for military women and their families for four months. Upon graduating in December 2013, a career opportunity as a full-scope Certified Nurse Midwife presented itself in Upstate New York. There she had the privilege to work alongside two physicians and another Certified Nurse Midwife providing comprehensive women’s health and obstetrical care.

During her time in Upstate New York, she recognized her professional aspirations had changed. While searching for opportunities that would include working with families that embraced midwifery care on a deeper level, Arlington Women’s Center stood out among the rest. Here her passion for women’s health and pregnancy will be enriched with patients who seek out midwifery care. Michelle has a special passion for young women’s reproductive education and collaborating with pregnant families to achieve a healthy birth outcome.

Michelle is looking forward to living closer to her sister and cousins, as well as the milder winter season. She loves researching and trying new restaurants around the area and looks forward to exploring all that the Virginia and DC areas have to offer. Most of all, she looks forward to caring for her new patients who value what Midwives are able to offer at Arlington Women’s Center.

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