At Garden State Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates we have a uniquely diverse group of clinicians so that each patient can find a clinician with whom they are most comfortable. All of our physicians are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our nurse practitioners and nurse midwife have many years of experience and training with a primary focus on women's health care These individuals work as a team with our physicians to better manage all of your gynecological and obstetrical needs.
|Sarah Rosen, M.D.||Bernard J. Cortese, M.D.|
|Emily K. Ricci, M.D.||Geoffrey D. Bowers, M.D.|
|Heather M. Murphy, M.D.||Joanne Swift, M.D.|
|Kimberly Bridges-White, M.D.||Kathleen M. Steighner, M.D.|
|Ryan L. Colella, M.D.||Teemu Tha, MD|
|Marianne Ecker, MSN, APN-C||Dorothy Strikey, MSN, APN-C|
|Barbara Evangelisti, MSN, APN-C||Jill McDonald MSN, APN-C|
|Lauren Butler, MSN, CNM|
Bernard J. Cortese, M.D.
Dr. Cortese grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey. In 1968, he graduated from Camden Catholic High School. He received his B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1973. He received his M.D. in 1980 from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School.
Internship and residency were completed at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Cooper Medical Center. He joined Drs. Kay, Moors, and Salerno upon graduation in 1986. Board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed in 1988. Dr. Cortese is currently the Department Chief for the Section of Gynecology at Virtua Health System, Voorhees. He has also been recognized by Virtua as one of their outstanding physicians receiving the Award of Excellence in 2009 for demonstrating the Virtua STAR qualities by promoting a caring culture and providing excellent patient service.
Dr. Cortese and his family live in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. He travels to Guatemala each year on a medical mission together with other staff from Virtua – Voorhees. He enjoys flying and outdoor activities.
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Joanne Swift, M.D.
Dr. Swift was born and raised in Marlton and was in the first graduating class at Cherokee High School in 1982. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from LaSalle College with a B.A. in biology in the school's Honor Program. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1986 where she was the first woman president of AOA, the Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Swift completed a four-year Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at the Medical Center of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. She has been in private practice at Garden State OB/GYN Associates since 1990 and was Board Certified in OB/GYN in 1992. She was recently featured in twelve "Accent Health" episodes shown in physician waiting rooms nationwide, dealing with various obstetrical topics.
Mark Hummel, M.D., Dr. Swift's husband, is a pediatrician in private practice with Kids First Mt. Laurel; a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia affiliated practice. They keep busy with their three daughters, Katie, Maddie, and Danielle, and live in Marlton.
Kathleen M. Steighner, M.D.
Dr. Steighner was born in Lincoln Heights, a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where she grew up with her mother, a teacher, her father, a plant engineer in a small manufacturing company, and her elder brother, now a newspaper editor. She graduated first in her class from Hempfield Area High School in 1977. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the Johns Hopkins University and graduated with honors with a B.A. in biology in 1981. She was recognized as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, one of the top five students in her class, receiving her M.D. in 1985.
Dr. Steighner completed a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Abington Memorial Hospital in 1989 and received board certification in 1991. She entered private practice with Valley Forge OB/GYN Associates in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where she lived and worked until April of 1993. In 1993, Dr. Steighner relocated to Voorhees and joined with Garden State OB/GYN Associates.
Her husband, Robert, is a commercial airline pilot. She has three daughters, Heather, Marla, and Julia and 2 stepchildren, Jennifer & Robert. Dr. Steighner earned her pilot certificate in 1999, a hobby on the back burner. She spends her spare moments at the William G. Rohrer Center, with her family, and in church activities.
Ryan L. Colella, M.D.
Originally from Medford, New Jersey, Dr. Colella graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University in 1990 with a B.A. in biology. He then entered Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, graduating in 1995. In medical school, Dr. Colella earned several distinguished honors, including Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Student of the Year in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1993-1994, and the Harry H. Brenner Award for the Graduating Medical Student with the Highest Interest and Proficiency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following graduation, Dr. Colella completed the OB-GYN residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1999. During his residency, Dr. Colella was presented with the Dr. B. Frank Lovett Award for Excellence and Compassion in Women's Healthcare. As a Chief Resident, Dr. Colella was named Resident of the Year. This award is given to the resident who has best displayed the personal and professional attributes of a physician throughout resident training.
After completing resident training, he joined Garden State OB-GYN Associates. Dr. Colella continues to receive recognition in the community. In 2009, he received the Patient Choice Award as a favorite physician in New Jersey and was selected as a New Jersey Top Physician in OB-Gyn in 2010.
Dr. Colella presently lives in Medford with his wife, Tina, and their four children, Michael, Kristen, Julianna, and Nina. In his free time, Dr. Colella likes to spend time with his family, playing ice hockey and collecting wine.
Kimberly Bridges-White, M.D.
Dr. Kimberly Bridges-White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Lafayette Hill. She attended Central High School where she was a Barnwell Honor Student and received the Bennett I. Solomon Award. She graduated Cum Laude in 1994 from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. Dr. White went on to attend Temple University School of Medicine where she graduated in 1998. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein Medical Center. While in medical school, Dr. White was recognized by the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania for her leadership, achievement and community service.
Currently, Dr. White is a Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She enjoys playing competitive tennis, horseback riding and skiing.
Sarah Rosen, M. D.
Dr. Rosen was raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and graduated from Cherry Hill High School West. While attending the University of Virginia, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1999. She then returned to her home State to attend medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
After graduation from medical school in 2003, Dr. Rosen went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.In 2007, she joined the OB/Gyn faculty at Thomas Jefferson University. She served as an attending physician there for two years, where she also was a Clinical Instructor for both the Medical Students and Residents. In 2009, Dr. Rosen relocated to Cherry Hill, NJ and joined Garden State OB-Gyn Associates. She lives with her husband Jeremy, an anesthesiologist, and their kids, Max and Zoe.
Dr. Rosen is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In her spare time, Dr. Rosen relaxes by reading novels and enjoying local restaurants with friends.
Emily K. Ricci, M.D.
A native of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Dr. Emily Ricci attended undergraduate school at Boston College where she majored in English. Dr. Ricci entered the Pre-Med program at Boston College while earning The National Society of Collegiate Scholars in March, 1999, the Dean's List Highest Honors in 2001-2002, and The Golden Key International Honor Society in 2002.
As a Medical Student, Intern, and Resident at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School, Dr. Ricci continued to receive numerous awards and recognition for her outstanding academic achievements. She also pursued her personal interests in community service, leadership, and volunteerism. Despite a heavy academic load in medical school and residency, Dr. Ricci found time to volunteer with organizations such as Jeff Elect, Jeff Hope Clinics, UIH Family partners, and others where she served to educate and meet the medical needs of the underserved communities of Philadelphia. These roles required countless hours of service where she coordinated and facilitated relevant lectures in women's health and reproductive issues as well as working with teen Mothers to educate them in infant nutrition, daycare, and birth control. In 2009, Dr. Ricci received the B. Frank Lovett Memorial Fund Award for Compassion and Excellence in the Medical Care of Women and the John B. Franklin, M.D. Award for Dedication, Compassion, and Humanitarianism 2010.
Today Dr. Ricci continues to enjoy living the "city life" and culture of Philadelphia where she enjoys the many new restaurants with friends and family. Traveling, reading, and yoga are just a few of Dr. Ricci's favorite pastime pursuits.
Dr. Bowers completed his medical education at Jefferson Medical College and his residency training at Jefferson University Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition to being admitted to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical student honor society, he was the recipient of numerous academic honors including Most Outstanding Resident and the Senior Resident Gynecologic Surgeon Award of the Jefferson Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
After completing his medical training, Dr. Bowers worked as a staff physician at Abington Memorial Hospital in the Department of OB/GYN for two years and then moved to Jefferson University Hospital as an Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/GYN. He is the co-author of numerous articles in peer reviewed publications and has made presentations at many professional society meetings and seminars. He has completed Masters Level training on the DaVinci Robot and has performed over 200 robotic surgical cases. Dr. Bowers became Board certified in 2013.
Dr. Bowers resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Michele, and their daughter. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time at the Jersey Shore.
Dr. Murphy was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She went on to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and graduated in 2009. While a medical student, she served as Vice President of the Emergency Medical Student Association and was a member of the Honduras Outreach Medical Brigade Relief Effort. Dr. Murphy completed her residency training at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she was a member of the Patient Safety Committee and the Physician-Nurse Communication Committee. While a resident, she made several Grand Rounds presentations at Central Baptist Hospital on a variety of topics in obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Murphy is Board eligible in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She speaks conversational Spanish and enjoys international travel and sailing.
Teemu Tha, MD
Dr. Teemu attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke's University in Bethlehem, PA. She served as the Administrative Chief Resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology during her last year of residency.
After completing her Bachelor's degree cum laude at Bucknell University, Dr. Tha worked as a Senior Laboratory Technician at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for three years. In her position, she performed research experiments on the role of glutamate transports in epilepsy. She also assisted undergraduate students with research projects and assisted with experimental design, grant proposal writing, and lab presentations.
A native of Myanmar (formerly Burma), Dr. Tha enjoys cooking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Barbara Evangelisti, MSN, APN-C
After graduating from Gloucester County College in 1983, Barbara Evangelisti worked as an R.N. in Labor and Delivery. In 1987, the Nurse's Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology certified her as a Women's Health Care Practitioner. Barbara Evangelisti continued her education, earning a B.S. in Nursing at Widener University. While attending Widener, she was elected to Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing. Barbara Evangelisti graduated in 1993 with a 4.0 G.P.A. The following year, she earned a Master's degree in Women's Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Barbara Evangelisti has been in private practice since 1987 and joined Garden State OB-GYN Associates in 1998. She is certified in colposcopy and is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in OB/GYN.
Marianne Ecker, MSN, APN-C
Marianne Ecker brings more than 20 years of health care experience to Garden State OB/GYN. She received her BSN in nursing from Thomas Jefferson, her MSN from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certification through Planned Parenthood Federation of America in conjunction with Drexel University. She has concentrated her work in the care of women and children her entire career, with experience in Labor and Delivery, Newborn ICU, Postpartum, and Childbirth Education. She served as Clinical Coordinator for Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson for 13 years working with high-risk pregnancy before joining our practice in 2003. Marianne serves as preceptor/clinical instructor for NP students lectures on high-risk obstetrics.
Marianne brings her role as High Risk OB Coordinator to our practice. She follows patients with pregnancies complicated by chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension or those who have experienced premature delivery or other complications of pregnancy. She is also proud to serve our obstetrical and gynecological patients, and enjoys the diversity of her position.
Marianne lives in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. She has two sons who make her proud to be a mom every day. In her leisure time she enjoys family, friends, and travel.
Dorothy Strikey, MSN, APN-C
After graduating from Holy Family University in 1987, Dorothy R. Strikey worked as a staff nurse at Albert Einstein Medical Center in the department of maternal child health. From 1989-1993 she worked as an office nurse with Drs. Sonder & Bossard in their private OB/GYN practice in Philadelphia. After graduating from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program with her MSN degree, she joined Vanguard OB/GYN Services at Episcopal Hospital providing comprehensive women's health care to impoverished women in North Philadelphia.
In 1996, Dorothy joined the faculty of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program as a full time faculty member and Program Coordinator of the PPFA Advance Practice Clinician Colposcopy Program, a position she held until 2009 when the colposcopy program was transitioned to Drexel University. In addition to her academic career, she continued clinical practice as a nurse practitioner and nurse colposcopist with Dr. Neil Isdaner at Jeane's Hospital for twelve years. From 2007 through 2009, she practiced at the OB/GYN Clinic at Our Lady of Lourdes Women's Health Clinic in Willingboro, NJ before coming to Garden State OB/GYN.
Dorothy was born and raised in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia of which she takes great pride and enjoyment in her cultural heritage. She now lives in Voorhees with her husband Rob, a Mechanical Engineer for the Navy Department, their son Robert and their cat Bella. As a family they enjoy boating, the shore, and gatherings with family and friends.
Jill McDonald was born, raised and educated in Philadelphia. Jill received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Widener University. Upon graduation Jill accepted a position as a Registered Nurse on Labor & Delivery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. There she specialized in obstetrics, providing high quality care to both low and high risk obstetrical patients. While at Jefferson, Jill also received extensive training in nursing informatics, working as the Perinatal System Manager.
Her dedication to the growth and promotion of healthcare led her back to the classroom to pursue a Masters degree. In June of 2011, Jill graduated with honors from Drexel University; awarded a Masters of Science in Nursing. She is Board Certified as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Cooperation. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health. Jill is committed to the care and education of women.
Jill resides in Haddon Heights with her husband Kevin and their son. Family fills her life with love and laughter. Together they enjoy the good conversation, good food, traveling and summers at the shore.
Lauren Butler, MSN, CNM
Lauren Butler was born and raised in South Jersey. After graduating from University of Delaware with her Bachelor of Science in nursing, she was a nurse on labor and delivery at Virtua in Voorhees for six years. While at Virtua, Lauren taught childbirth education classes including Labor Basics and Multiples classes. She has been certified as an Inpatient Obstetric Nurse by the National Certification Corporation since 2008. In April 2011, Lauren was honored to receive the Virtua Health Nurse of the Year Nurse Scholar Award.
Because of her passion for women's health and childbirth, Lauren decided to advance her profession by becoming a nurse midwife. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing in June 2012. She is board certified as a Nurse Midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Lauren is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. She has certifications in basis life support, advanced cardiac life support, and newborn resuscitation.
Lauren resides in Sewell with her husband, Shaun, and their daughters, Alayna and Emery. In her spare time Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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