Meet Our Nurse-Midwives
Beth N. Carlson, C.N.M., M.S. grew up in the Quad Cities. She attended Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1998. After graduation, Beth practiced as a Registered Nurse in labor and delivery at Trinity Medical Center. She returned to school and earned a Masters of Science, specializing in Maternal-Child Nursing, from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Beth had been practicing as a Certified Nurse-Midwife in Rock Island until she joined Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, P.C. in August, 2002.
Beth enjoys spending time with her children, her husband Josh, and their friends and family. In her free time she loves to ski, travel, and just relax and enjoy life.
Pam A. Thorpe, C.N.M., M.S.N. lives in Dubuque, IA and commutes to her position here in the Quad Cities. She began her RN vocation in1985, and has focused virtually her entire career in family centered nursing.
She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Dubuque in 1996, and Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing through Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2004. Prior to joining the Group, she worked three years in women’s health care in Davenport.
Pam’s belief in patient education has been emphasized by teaching prepared childbirth classes for over ten years, and serving as a clinical instructor for OB nursing students.
She is married to Monte, and their blended family includes five children and a golden retriever. Time away from work is spent bicycling, cross country skiing, boating, and almost any outdoor activity. She also enjoys reading, and loves to cook, as well as eat!
She thoroughly enjoys caring for women throughout the lifespan.
Rachel O’Hanlon, CNM, ARNP attended University of Illinois, receiving a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduation, she worked for several years in public relations, and started her family. Rachel returned to school after her children were born, attending Trinity College of Nursing in Rock Island. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse while attending the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University, where she also received her Masters of Science in Midwifery. She has been practicing midwifery in the Quad Cities since 2006.
Rachel’s areas of interest include nutrition, exercise and stress management.
Jenny Atzen CNM, MSN grew up in the Quad Cities. She graduated from Scott Community College in 1998 with an Associate's degree in Nursing. Jenny worked as a labor and deliver nurse at Genesis Medical Center while continuing her education. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2002, with a BSN, and from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2007, with an MSN, specializing in women's health and midwifery. Jenny's been practicing as a Certified Nurse-Midwife since 2007; first in Ames, IA, and then in Silvis, IL. Jenny joined the Group in 2012.
Jenny is busy outside of work with her three daughters, her husband Craig and friends and family. She is an avid runner, and enjoys participating in local races. She is also the President of the Iowa SIDS foundation, and is an active volunteer for the foundation, honoring the memory of her daughter, Elizabeth, who died of SIDS in 2002.