Provider Bio

About the Provider

Laura enjoys encouraging and empowering women to learn about their bodies and their health care options. She has a special interest in complementary/alternative medicine, including nutrition, herbal counseling and lifestyle support. Her experience includes full-scope pregnancy care, including individual and group prenatal education and extensive lactation support. She has seven years of home birth experience.

Laura was a teacher for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and has traveled extensively through Europe and Asia. These days, she and her husband keep busy playing with their three young children. Laura also enjoys hiking, reading and playing the cello. She serves as the pharmacology instructor at Birthingway College of Midwifery and is involved in Common Ground, a group of midwives in Portland who organize workshops and community building.

Certifications

  • American Midwifery Certification Board, Certified Nurse-Midwife, 2009

Education

  • Graduate Degree:

    Accelerated Bachelor / Master of Science Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007

  • Undergraduate Degree:

    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Biology, Duquesne University, 1995

Patient Survey Responses

  • Provider Ratings (56)
  • Patient Comments (9)

Advice given to you on ways to stay healthy?

4.75 out of 5

Amount of time spent with you?

4.77 out of 5

Explaining things in a way you could understand?

4.82 out of 5

Including you in decision-making about your treatment plan?

4.63 out of 5

Instructions regarding medication/follow-up care?

4.75 out of 5

Knowledge of healthcare received from other providers?

4.39 out of 5

Knowledge of important information about your medical history?

4.56 out of 5

Taking time to answer your questions?

4.85 out of 5

The thoroughness of the examination?

4.56 out of 5

Willingness to listen carefully to you?

4.85 out of 5
  • 03/04/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    All the midwives are amazing! With Katie Himel, Laura Bartkho, and Kate Robinson being my favorite!

  • 02/28/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Outstanding.

  • 01/30/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    My first visit with Laura, and I love her! She is friendly and sympathetic and easy to talk to about sensitive topics. Looking forward to working with her in the future!

  • 01/25/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    I was a little disappointed in how urgent it was for me to come in and then the same urgency of responding to my test results were not met the same way. I did not hear back from someone for 2 days when it was an ongoing issue that I had. Everyone was very kind but I felt a little put back on how long it took to get back to me.

  • 01/08/2019

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Unbelievably caring and personal

  • 08/21/2018

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    After listening to the provider 'shooting the breeze' in the next exam room (no health-related conversation whatsoever) for almost 30 minutes, I gave up and walked out.

  • 08/20/2018

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    She's great- very caring, very professional.

  • 08/03/2018

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    Laura was wonderful, I hadn?t seen her before...will be requesting her for next appointment

  • 08/01/2018

    Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with your provider?

    The call I received, regarding my mammogram and the need for additional testing was handled very well and was reassuring. The referral to Good Sam was done quickly and I was able to get my second appointment in a reasonable time. Thank you

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