Gary Newman, D.O., FACOOG is a board certified fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His practice interests include normal and high risk obstetrics, pelvic surgery for incontinence and other disorders, and all aspects of female health maintenance and preventative care.
Dr. Newman graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Science. His medical school training was in California at the Western University of Health Sciences. He then completed his residency in Detroit at a Michigan State University affiliated program.
Heather Lesmes M.D. graduated from University of Arizona, College of Medicine in 2010. She completed her residency at Banner University Medical Center (formally Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center). She has been working at Banner Del Webb Hospital since 2014.
She enjoys all aspects of being a general OB/GYN, but has special interests in minimally invasive surgery including vaginal hysterectomies, conservative measures to control heavy periods, contraception including IUDs and Nexplanons, hormone replacement therapy, and helping women through pregnancy (normal or high risk). She strives to be someone that is easy to talk to about sensitive topics and enjoys educating women to make the best decisions about their health.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her three children, running, cooking and traveling.
Janelle Drogowski, CNM,WHNP-BC is our Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
Janelle Drogowski graduated in 1998 from the obstetrics and gynecology nurse practitioner program of the University of Phoenix. She is certified in obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal nursing through the National Certification Corporation. She also earned her certificate as a certified Nurse-Midwife form PhiladelphiaUniversity in January 2012. Janelle professional interest include preconception care and counseling, normal pregnancy and birth, well woman screenings and STD prevention. She also treats common gynecologic problems, menstrual disorders, as well as care during menopause including hormone replacement therapy. With a strong commitment to women’s health, Janelle is honored to serve her patients. She is passionate about patient education and strives to empower women to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Desiree Arias is our newly graduated Certified Nurse-Midwife with over twelve years of experience serving women and families as a labor and delivery nurse. She graduated in 2007 from Arizona State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and gained experience within the Banner system. She then began an exciting 3-year career as a travel nurse and used her nursing specialty in cities around Arizona, California, and Texas. It was during her time of travelling as she cared for birthing women in diverse settings and populations that she felt called to be a change in the birth culture. She is a proud graduate of Frontier Nursing University with her Master of Science in Nursing degree after completing her intense preceptorship and training under the guidance of Premier Care for Women Midwives and Physicians.
Desiree is a native to Arizona and lifelong Surprise resident. She is excited to give back to her hometown community and provide individualized and compassionate full-scope midwifery care to women as they transition through all stages of life. She is committed to empowering and educating women during pregnancy and childbirth, family planning, well-women care, and menopause.
Ashley Caldwell has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 2018 when she moved to Arizona with her husband and children from Oklahoma. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, she attended nursing school at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and graduated in 2011. She then completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2014.
She has always been drawn to childbirth and had worked several years as a neonatal intensive care nurse, labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, and clinical nursing instructor before pursuing her midwifery education.
She fell in love with the midwifery model of care because it centers care around the woman and views labor and birth as normal physiologic processes. Her passion is to be “with woman” by educating, empowering, and supporting women through their labor and birth experience and women’s healthcare needs. Ashley attended Frontier Nursing University’s Nurse-Midwifery program and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2018.
Ashley enjoys swimming, reading, relaxing with a cup of coffee, and spending time with her husband and children.
Jessica Olano is excited to be serving families of the west valley, as she feels deeply grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to provide care during such intimate moments. She strives to create a trusting relationship with each patient because she feels it is vital for a great birth experience. Jessica is very passionate about preventative healthcare and improving health through what she calls the five pillars of life: nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and support system. She enjoys empowering women through education to make the most informed decision about their health.
Jessica pursued her nurse midwifery degree at Frontier Nursing University and graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing in early 2021. She has worked in women’s health care since 2013 and her passion for midwifery initially sparked during her time as a nursing student working alongside midwives at a birth center. This is where she fell in love with physiologic birth and realized she was being called to provide a safe and supportive birth experience for all women. As an RN, she worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, home birth, a high-risk perinatal center, and also was a childbirth educator during her seven years as an RN. Prior to this she graduated from Truman State University with her BSN in 2010.