Women's Excellence | ObGyn Midwives | MI

Midwives- Advanced Practice Clinicians

Renee Sokolowski, CNM

Renee is a certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, as a nurse midwife. Renee cares for women across the life span, with special interest in pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum period, health promotion, adolescent health, gynecology, family planning, birth control, and menopause.  Renee received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003, with a major in Psychology from Michigan State University and also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2008, from the University of Detroit Mercy. Renee proceeded to earn her Master of Science in Nursing degree, with a major in Advanced Practice Nursing with Women, Neonates and Children and concentration in nurse-midwifery, in 2014 from Wayne State University. Her nursing experience includes cardiac step down, medical/surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Labor and Delivery.

Amanda Varva, CNM

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her MSN in Midwifery. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Prior to beginning her career as a nurse midwife, she worked at the Family Birth Center and Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont as an RN. She has special interests in vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), natural childbirth, LGBTQ health, contraception, and natural family planning.

Cristina Galvan, CNM

Cristina is a graduate of Wayne State University where she received her MSN in Midwifery. She has been a Labor & Delivery Nurse for nine plus years at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital prior to joining Women’s Excellence. Cristina is passionate about Women’s health promotion, pregnancy, birth control and helping women achieve the kind of birth they desire. Cristina resides in Northville with her husband where they enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants and foods, summers on their boat and Detroit Sports!

Devon Welling, CNM

Devon grew up in Flushing, Michigan and enjoyed being very active in her younger years by playing basketball and softball. She moved to Grand Rapids for college and received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from Grand Valley State University. In addition, she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University.  Devon is passionate about being a certified Nurse Midwife and loves taking care of women throughout their pregnancies and helping them to achieve their life goals. Her other interests include family planning, adolescent health, and natural childbirth.  Now, Devon currently lives in Farmington Hills with her husband and rescue pup named Iggy. Her and her husband enjoy traveling and are both huge Detroit sports advocates, especially for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers!

Sydney Wergin, CNM

Sydney graduated from the University of Michigan with her MSN in Nurse Midwifery. She became passionate about midwifery after an internship in the Philippines at a birthing center. She worked under the local midwives and fell in love with the profession. She continued to pursue her love of global health during an internship to Uganda during her program. Sydney is interested in mental health across the lifespan, labor and lactation support, and health promotion.

Jessie Tinglan, CNM

Jessie was born and raised in the beautiful state of Michigan and loves spending time at her cabin in the UP. Jessie started as an OB tech and progressed to a Labor & Delivery RN, Certified Lactation Specialist, and then a Birth Center Nurse Manager. Jessie completed her Associates in Nursing at Delta College, Bachelors Degree in Nursing at Saginaw Valley State University, Masters in the Science of Nurse-Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University, and is currently finishing her Doctorate of Nursing at Frontier Nursing University.

Jennifer Daly, CNM

Jen completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Toledo, and her Masters in Midwifery at the University of Michigan. Jen is also currently working towards her Doctor of Nursing Practice at University of Michigan. Go Blue! Prior to beginning her career as a midwife, Jen worked as a pediatric psychiatric nurse and a medical surgical nurse at Michigan Medicine. Jen is passionate about respectful language in obstetrics, shared decision making, and physiologic birth. She also has special interests in reproductive and sexual health, health promotion, contraception, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and natural childbirth. Jen enjoys spending her days off outside being active with her adorable Pomeranian Moose, watching hockey, crafting, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Melissa Laing, CNM

I became interested in women’s health after I finished my first degree in psychology at Western Michigan University. I started working as a nurse assistant while in nursing school, attending Cleveland State University in Ohio. Shortly after graduating, I attended Wayne State university for my MSN in Nurse-Midwifery. I have over 5 years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse, and I love prenatal care. When I am not thinking about the journey to birth, I am enjoying spending time with my husband, son (1 year old), and our French bulldog.

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