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Ankita Desai, M.D.


Dr. Ankita Desai grew up in Orlando, Florida. She attended both college and medical school at the University of Miami. Dr. Desai did her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in OB/Gyn, and she has a special interest in international health and family planning. She also speaks Spanish.

Dr. Desai and her husband, Sarat Ganga, moved to the Raleigh-Durham area for new job opportunities and look forward to a change from the fast pace of Miami to the feasible pace of Raleigh-Durham. Both Dr. Desai and her husband love to get outside and go hiking, and engage in any water activities.

Frank A. Frenduto, M.D.


Dr. Frenduto was born and raised in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor of science and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Frenduto joined Women's Health Alliance, Durham (PKA Durham Women's Clinic) in July 1998.

Dr. Frenduto is a managing partner and a board member for the Women's Health Alliance. His special interests are high-risk pregnancies, laparoscopic surgery, and gynecologic ultrasound.

One of the most rewarding aspects of his work is building relationships with his patients and their families over the years. He truly enjoys his job. Words to describe Dr. Frenduto include happy, genuine, caring, compassionate, dedicated, hardworking, outdoorsman, and family-centered.

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Barrett Gunter, M.D.


Barrett Gunter has been with Women’s Health Alliance Durham (previously known as Durham Women’s Clinic) since 1986. He likes the triple win and combined benefits of working for an independent private medical practice, having admission privileges at a community hospital (Duke Regional), and interacting with/teaching OB/Gyn residents from Duke University Medical Center. His dedication to women’s health has been unwavering for this tenure. Now, 30 years later, his vital contributions continue to invigorate the practice.

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Denise M. Olson, M.D.


Dr. Denise Olson was born and raised in the greater Grand Rapids area of Michigan. She received a B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Medicine, where she was elected to membership of AOA honor medical society.

Dr. Olson completed her residency years at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL, where she served as Administrative Chief Resident. She was introduced to North Carolina in the spring of 1993 when the azaleas were in full bloom.

She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Olson has practiced at Durham Women's Clinic since 1993. Her special interests are primary care and office based treatments in gynecology. She lives in Durham and has two sons. When Dr. Olson is away from the office, she enjoys playing the piano, tennis, reading, gardening, yoga, bicycling and traveling the world.

Toby A. Ritterhoff, M.D.


Dr. Ritterhoff was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her bachelor's degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland. She earned her medical degree from the U. of Maryland School of Medicine. After an internship at Boston City Hospital, she returned to the U. of Maryland system to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She was in private practice for 17 years in the Baltimore area. There she trained in minimally invasive surgery. She was also an award-winning instructor of interns and residents of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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Nicolette Schreiber, M.D.


Dr. Schreiber was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, home of the Florida Gators. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and moved to Miami for medical school. While in medical school, she developed a love for obstetrics and gynecology and the opportunities provided by the field to form lasting relationships with women in all stages of life. She has a special interest in minimally invasive gynecology, contraception and family planning, and caring for women throughout all stages of pregnancy.

She spent a year in residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and completed her residency at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was elected administrative chief resident. While in residency she also received The Excellence in Teaching Resident Award, was named Outstanding Chief Resident, and won a Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award. Dr. Schreiber also holds a degree in Spanish, and after ten years in Miami she speaks the language fluently.

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Physician’s Assistant

Michele B. Kessler, PA-C

Physician Assistant

A native of Rochester, NY, Michele received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She graduated cum laude as a physician's assistant from The George Washington School of Medicine in 1995. She practiced in New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia before settling in Durham. She has been with Women’s Health Alliance, Durham since 2005. Her special interests are adolescent medicine, obstetrics, and weight management. Michele is an expert in colposcopy (care and treatment of the abnormal pap smear), and she speaks Spanish.

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Cheryl Carroll, CNM, PHPNP, MSN


Cheryl Carroll’s midwifery experience could easily fill an entire book. She has decades of remarkable accomplishments in the field of midwifery, labor, delivery and patient care. She has touched and enhanced hundreds of women’s birth experiences in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area.

Her life’s work was foreshadowed when Cheryl was in the second grade. She had a dream that she was delivering a baby. Decades later, at the community hospital that would soon become a second home to her, Cheryl realized that the very first room at Duke Regional Hospital in which she began her new career, life, and passion was the same room she had dreamed about in second grade.

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Sue Holliday, CNM, MSN


Sue is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and the Thomason University of Health Sciences.

A native of the upper peninsula of Michigan, she became a world traveler while completing a career in the United States Army Nurse Corps. Her team building attributes include an acumen of flexibility, love of the scientific process, and diversity of thought.

Leigh Ann Joel, BSN, CNM


Leigh Ann joined Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance in March 2012, as yet another certified nurse midwife who describes her career as a calling. Leigh Ann knew when she was nine years old that she wanted to deliver babies when she grew up. She went to nursing school with the goal of becoming a nurse midwife.

After completing her BSN at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Leigh Ann worked in Boston for two years in surgical oncology and gynecology. She then worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, newborn nursery, and as a childbirth educator for eight years. Midwifery school was the next logical step because of Leigh Ann’s passion for birth. With the midwifery model of care, she could provide presence and support for her patients, in addition to helping them stay safe and healthy.

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Mary Ellen Lowry, CNM, CLC, MSN


Mary Ellen Lowry’s awareness of midwifery happened entirely by chance. When she was having the first of her four children, she was seeing a physician group that included midwives. One day, her physician was out unexpectedly and Mary Ellen was given the choice of rescheduling her appointment or seeing one of the midwives. Her experience with the midwife was so delightful that it became the last time she ever scheduled an appointment with a physician. It was also a turning point in her career.

Though Mary Ellen was nervous about going to the hospital, when she arrived, her nurse midwife was, to quote Mary Ellen, “absolutely wonderful.” She felt that the midwife was genuinely interested in her as a person, and what she had to say. Mary Ellen also found that the midwife did far more than just focus on a belly.

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Cara Wolf, CNM, MSN


Cara joined Midwifery at WHA in January 2015 and practices at all three of our locations: Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, NC. She is a nursing graduate of Carolinas College of Health Sciences and completed her BSN at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She completed her Nurse-Midwifery education at the University of Cincinnati while training under midwives in her community of Anchorage.

Cara is excited to be back in North Carolina after spending the last eight years as a labor and delivery nurse in Anchorage, Alaska. She attributes her inspiration for becoming a CNM to the nurses, nurse-midwives, physicians, and patients she worked with while there. She loves the uniqueness of midwifery care, including educating and supporting women throughout their lives. Her special interests include family planning, breastfeeding, and the transition to motherhood.

In her time off, you can find Cara, her husband Dan, and their “wolfpack” exploring Durham, camping in their RV, or visiting family. Cara is thrilled to now call Durham home with her husband and three children, Greta, Susanna, and Henry.


Patient Education Coordinator

Anne Brand, CNM, MSN

Patient Education Coordinator

Anne knew when she was six years old that she would be a midwife. When her mom was pregnant with Anne's younger sister, Anne accompanied her to prenatal visits and Lamaze classes. She also watched a video called “The Miracle of Life” and was on the edge of her seat the entire time. She attended the births of many friends and family members, and ultimately decided to make midwifery her career. Currently, Anne is working exclusively in the area of community outreach as our Project Coordinator and Childbirth Educator.

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Practice Manager

Cindy Womble

Practice Manager

Cindy Womble has been a part of the Women’s Health Alliance since 1998 and has been with the Durham Women’s Clinic since March 2003. She has gained extensive experience in the medical profession since 1994. Cindy obtained her certification as a Certified Professional Coder in April 2002, and attends annual conferences to maintain her credentials. Cindy graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College where she earned a double major in Business Administration and Accounting.

When Cindy's away from the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends and fur babies. She also enjoys shopping, reading, and exercising during her down time.


Administrative Personnel

Breana Burgess

Team member since 2015

Destiny Coble

Team member since 2016

Tina Evans

Administrative, Front Desk Coordinator
Team member since 2002

Anita Jones

Administrative, Team Member Since 2015

Ginny Oswald

Administrative, Insurance Liaison
Team member since 2004

Ruth Vega Gee

Administrative, Insurance Coordinator


Clinical Personnel

Helen Britton, LPN


Marion Carden, LPN

Clinical, Nurse Manager

Marion Carden has been serving our patients at Durham Women's Clinic since 1984 and currently holds the title of Nurse Manager. Marion takes pride in her work performance and seeks to give every patient the care that will go above and beyond their expectations.

Marion attended Brevard College, Durham Technical Community College and completed a pharmacology course at the University of Chapel Hill. Marion enjoys spending time with her family, fur babies and of course, her horses during her down time.

Team member since 1984

Whitney Hamlet, CNA

Clinical, CNA
Team member since 2010

Cheri Mitchiner, CMA

Clinical, Certified Medical Assistant

Cheri is our CMA (Certified Medical Assistant). She travels along with us to the location(s) we are serving on any given day. Cheri joined us in February 2015, and we find we cannot operate without her. She is always smiling, very friendly, and ever calm. Cheri has a wonderful singing voice and a darling daughter named Saniya.

Anna Oakley, CMA


Rachael Waldvogel

Clinical, OB Nurse Manager Triage
Team member since 2016

Joanie Williamson

Clinical, Ultrasonographer
Team member since 2008

Deborah Yeargan, LPN