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CATHY T. LARRIMORE, MD, FACOG

Cathy T. Larrimore, M.D. is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She graduated from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors in 1988 and from Emory University School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Larrimore practiced General Medicine for four years before completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center in Virginia. After serving for three years as a faculty member and staff OB/GYN at the Naval Medical Center, Dr. Larrimore returned to the Atlanta area where she opened her private practice in January, 2004 in Covington, Georgia.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Graduate School: Emory University School of Medicine
Internship: Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Residency: Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science in Chemistry With Highest Honor

Services
Family Centered Maternity Care – Normal & High Risk
3D / 4D Ultrasounds
Pediatric to Geriatric Gynecological Care
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Office Hysteroscopy, Colposcopy, LEEP

Licensure & Certifications
Fellow American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Certified American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Member of American Institute Minimally Invasive Surgery
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

JESSIE BENDER, DO, FACOG

Dr Bender is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated Cum Laude from Juniata College with a degree in Biology. She completed her medical school at The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. During her residency she completed several additional months of training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Urogynecology. She has special interests in osteopathic manipulation, high risk pregnancies, and robotic surgery.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Residency: The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading PA
Graduate School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
Undergraduate: Juniata College, Huntingdon PA, B.S. Biology

Services
Family Centered Maternity Care – Normal – High Risk
Pediatric to Geriatric Gynecologic Care
3D / 4D ultrasound
Mirena, Paragard
Osteopathic Manipulationy
High risk pregnancies
Robotic surgery

Licensure & Certifications
Georgia Medical License
DEA License
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Neonatal Resuscitation

DR. SHERLEY SAMUELS

Dr. Sherley Samuels has a special interest in High Risk Obstetrics; she completed her training at Rutgers University, one of our country’s most rigorous programs. She is excited to join our community along with her husband and infant daughter. Her husband, Steven, is a Georgia native, and he recently completed his PhD at the Tuskegee Institute.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Graduate School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Undergraduate: St Francis College, Brooklyn, NY (cum laude)

Services
Family Centered Maternity Care – Normal & High Risk
3D / 4D Ultrasounds
Pediatric to Geriatric Gynecological Care
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Office Hysteroscopy, Colposcopy, LEEP

DR. MICHELLE WHITE

Dr. Michelle White, a Georgia native, completed her studies at Morehouse School of Medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Atlanta’s premier hospitals, Grady Memorial and Atlanta Medical Center. She looks forward to developing lasting relationships with her patients. Along with her husband and newborn son, Dr. White is enjoying participating in our community..

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Graduate School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate: Xavier University of LA, Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, magna cum laude

Services
Family Centered Maternity Care – Normal & High Risk
3D / 4D Ultrasounds
Pediatric to Geriatric Gynecological Care
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
Office Hysteroscopy, Colposcopy, LEEP

Meridith Farrow, MD, FACOG

Dr. Farrow was awarded her degree in Biology from Emory University before earning her medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine, graduating in the top 5% of her medical school class.  She selectedthe world-renowned University of Florida Health Science Center for her residency training.

     She graduated as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in 2004 and was immediately offered a teaching position at the University of Florida.  She is board certified.  She was an Assistant Professor at the University Of Florida for 11 years, where she contributed to the education and training of countless young physicians.  For most of the same time, she also served as the Medical Director of the Beaches Women’s Health Specialists.  In 2014, she joined North Florida OB GYN and enjoyed her practice in Jacksonville until the opportunity to return home to Georgia presented itself.            

     Dr. Farrow will return to her hometown and join the Covington Women’s Health Specialists Team!  She is excited to practice at Piedmont Newton Hospital, where her family has a tradition of service and volunteering.  She has special interests in diagnosing female cancers, performing minimally invasive surgeries, and helping with sexual problems.  Dr. Farrow is also active medical aid work in Haiti.

     Joining Dr. Farrow in her move back home are her husband who was able to transfer to the area and their three children.  She is excited to share her hometown with her family.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

MIDWIVES

BARBARA SUSIN, CNM, MSN, MPH,

Barb brings 23 years of midwifery experience to the practice. She earned dual degrees in Midwifery and Public Policy and Health Management from Emory University in Atlanta. Patient care is her passion. She remains in awe of the strength women exhibit during their pregnancies, while giving birth and throughout their lives. Barb is dedicated to supporting women during their lives to be healthy and strong women and mothers.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Master of Science in Nursing Emory University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Florida

Services
Normal and High Risk Pregnancies
Family Centered Prenatal Care
Preconception Care & Counseling
Personalized Women’s Services
Midwifery Care
Contraceptive Management and IUD
Advanced GYN Services & Contraceptive Counseling

Licensure & Certifications
Certified Nurse Midwife – State of Georgia
American College of Nurse Midwives

DENISE COCHRAN, CNM, MSN

Denise began her Midwifery career in 2005. Her first birth as a student was alongside Dr. Larrimore at Newton Medical Center. She has practiced in hospital and home birth settings, providing compassionate care to women and their families. Denise believes that pregnancy and birth are transformative times for women and is honored to work with families along their journey. She also enjoys teaching Midwifery students to continue the growth and development of the Midwifery profession.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Masters of Science in Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Certificate of Midwifery, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Services
Full Scope Midwifery Care
Normal and High Risk Pregnancy
Preconception Counseling
Breastfeeding Support and Education
Hands on Individualized Labor Support
Contraception Management and IUD
Annual Gynecologic Exams

Licensure & Certifications
Certified Nurse Midwife – State of Georgia
Certified Professional Nurse – State of Georgia
HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator
Certified Lactation Counselor
Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider Certification
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification
Adjunct Faculty Instructor – Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
American College of Nurse Midwives
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

BRENDA BARLOWE, CNM, MSN

Brenda graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a Master’s of Science in midwifery in 1994. She has been practicing full scope Midwifery for 24 years in Georgia. She loves the challenge of managing high risk pregnancies and assisting her patients with the birth experience they desire. She also cares for women from puberty until menopause, annual physicals, birth control and preconception care.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Services
Full Scope Midwifery Care
Normal and High Risk Pregnancy
Preconception Counseling
Breastfeeding Support and Education
Contraceptive Management and IUD Placement
Annual Gynecologic Exams

Licensure & Certifications
Certified Nurse Midwife – State of Georgia
Basic and Advanced Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification

Christine Hilderbrandt, CNM, MSN

BS in Biology from Christopher Newport College of the College of William & Mary

BS in Nursing from the University of South Florida

Masters in Nurse-Midwifery from Emory University

I’m passionate about educating women and families, establishing a trust relationship with clients, and assisting them to have the very best birth experience possible. I encourage birth plans, because they require research and thinking about what is most important to the woman and her support team during the upcoming delivery and postpartum. I love questions!

CWHS has an amazing group of Physicians and Midwives who really care about the women they serve. It’s all women,  with unique personalities who work together really well.

I moved to Georgia from Paradise (Tarpon Springs, Florida) to be closer to my grandchildren, and I love participating in their lives more than I previously could. Three out of four of my children are pretty close by, which is a true blessing!

I love salt water, but my kayak and I are slowly adapting to the local rivers and lakes. I enjoy getting outdoors and paddling or just walking/hiking in the beautiful country.

And I love to read-I always have at least a couple of books in process.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Cherish Fanakos, CNM

My name is Cherish Fanakos. I am a Florida native but have called Tennessee my home for the last several years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University and my Master’s degree in midwifery from Vanderbilt University. I first discovered midwifery during my own pregnancy. I instantly fell in love with the midwifery model and felt called to provide women quality, evidence-based, and empowering care throughout their lifetime. I love being with women during all stages of their life and consider being able to do this work a great honor. I am excited to explore Georgia and be a part in this wonderful community.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

MIDWIVES

KERRY G. DEWBERRY, MSN, WHNP, ANP-BC

Kerry G. Dewberry, WHNP, MSN graduated with her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2002 from the University of Michigan. She relocated to the Atlanta area in 2005. Mrs. Dewberry specializes in Women’s Health and has interest in Urogynecology.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Post Masters of Science in Parent Child Nursing – Women’s Health Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan Masters Degree of Science in Community Health Nursing – Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Rochester, New York

Services
Preconception Care and Counseling
Contraceptive Management including Implanon
Adolescent GYN care
Personalized GYN Women’s Services
Non Invasive Prolapse Management
Contraceptive Management and IUD

Licensure & Certifications
Registered Professional Nurse
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner – State of Georgia
Certification as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner
Adult Nurse Practitioner in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Rhonda Cook, APRN, MSN

Rhonda Cook was born and raised in Opelika, AL. Rhonda is a Nurse Practitioner in Covington, Georgia at Covington’s Women’s Health Specialists. She works very closely with a group of women enthusiastically caring for women, as she does. 

Rhonda has been practicing nursing for over 15 years, and has been a board certified Nurse Practitioner since 2016. Rhonda received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University  and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Ohio University. She has an extensive background in Emergency medicine and Critical care.  Throughout her career, Rhonda has been a strong advocate for her  patients and their care. Quality care is highly important to her.

 Rhonda is truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients with every encounter. At CWHS she found an environment that was a perfect fit. The women work collaboratively as a team. The providers all share the same interest and passion and that is to empower women in every aspect.  Delivering safe, quality, and memorable care is nothing less than a priority.

Outside of work  she loves spending time with her family, exercising, gardening, adventuring and being outdoors.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

SURGICAL FIRST ASSISTANT

ASHLEY SPEARS, CSFA, SURGICAL FIRST ASSISTANT

Rhonda Cook was born and raised in Opelika, AL. Rhonda is a Nurse Practitioner in Covington, Georgia at Covington’s Women’s Health Specialists. She works very closely with a group of women enthusiastically caring for women, as she does. 

Rhonda has been practicing nursing for over 15 years, and has been a board certified Nurse Practitioner since 2016. Rhonda received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University  and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Ohio University. She has an extensive background in Emergency medicine and Critical care.  Throughout her career, Rhonda has been a strong advocate for her  patients and their care. Quality care is highly important to her.

 Rhonda is truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients with every encounter. At CWHS she found an environment that was a perfect fit. The women work collaboratively as a team. The providers all share the same interest and passion and that is to empower women in every aspect.  Delivering safe, quality, and memorable care is nothing less than a priority.

Outside of work  she loves spending time with her family, exercising, gardening, adventuring and being outdoors.

Education, Services or Licensure & Certifications

Education
Surgical First Assistant, Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting Associate’s degree in Health Science, certificate in Surgical Technology, Athens Technical College

Licensure & Certifications
First Assistant, daVinci Surgical System
NBSTA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting)
BLS/CPR certified
Member of the Association of Surgical Technology and Association of Surgical Assistants organization