American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Geraldine earned her bachelor’s degree in dance from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. She received her master’s degree in nursing from Seattle University. She received her certificate in midwifery from Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University) and practiced as a midwife in Seattle for 10 years before joining The Polyclinic.
“Ever since I was a child, I knew that I wanted to care for people. In college, I became an EMT and worked as a doula before moving to Seattle for a midwifery program. As I cared for families and attended births in the community, a deeper dream came to the fore: I wanted to serve people across the lifespan, from prenatal care, pediatrics, all the way through older adulthood. Leaving midwifery was difficult as I miss the caring relationships that were built through the profound experiences of birth. These years as a midwife provided me with the solid foundation that I have as a healthcare provider today. As a family nurse practitioner, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a widely diverse patient population in age and breadth of life experiences.”
Geraldine provides preventative care throughout the lifespan, with special interests in managing acute and chronic conditions, health disparities, prenatal and postpartum care, healing after cesarean delivery, and reproductive health.
Outside of work, Geraldine enjoys Crossfit, circus arts, trying out new cookbooks, traveling, and spending time with her family.
“My best mentors and teachers all had the same qualities in common when approaching people: listening carefully, being inquisitive yet respectful, acting deliberately with the appropriate amount of effort, and being comfortable with stillness. I aspire to follow in their footsteps to become a more empathetic and effective partner in my patients’ healthcare decisions. I feel that it is vitally important to take into account the life experiences of my patients as a guide for how they perceive, and deal with illness and health.”
Phenomenology of healing after cesarean
Conversational Spanish and Korean
FamilyWorks Food Bank
Midwives Association of Washington State
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing