Marisa was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her bachelor’s degree. After graduating, her work coordinating women’s services at the Berkeley Free Clinic solidified her interest in midwifery as a career. She relocated to Connecticut to attend Yale University School of Nursing for her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery.
Marisa appreciates the variety offered by midwifery. She enjoys getting to know women and their families and is awed by the strength women possess. In addition to caring for women during pregnancy and childbirth, her clinical interests include helping women find the right birth control for their lifestyle and situation. She also enjoys the opportunity to use her language skills so that Spanish-speaking women have the power to make informed decisions about their healthcare.
Marisa has been an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving as president of the Idaho chapter before moving to Oregon. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding and working on bicycles, hiking, knitting and sewing. She and her partner have a young daughter.