Facilitators

Melissa C. French, CNM, N.P

FacilitatorsMelissa received a Master’s degree from UCSF’s Midwifery/ Nurse Practitioner program and has been employed with Women Caring for Women in Burlingame, CA, since 2002. She likes to ask questions and to work together with patients to ensure that their health concerns are addressed in a holistic fulfilling manner. Melissa came to midwifery from a background in community mental health. Originally from Maryland, Melissa lives with her husband in Burlingame and is a devoted aunt to her nephews and niece. Melissa seeks to connect with her patients and to create a warm inviting environment for all women.

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Dr. Debra Ruben, Ph.D., LCSW

FacilitatorsDr. Ruben is passionate about the transition to motherhood and all that it entails for women. She is honored to support women as they experience this exciting and often challenging time of life. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical social work at Smith College, in Northampton, MA where she received extensive training in psychodynamic theory and practice and researched the well being of women as it relates to work and family life. Prior to that training, she earned her BS in Psychology at Washington University and her MSW at Loyola in Chicago. She has experience working with clients including children, adolescents, and families, as well as several years teaching at the graduate level.  Dr. Ruben currently works with adult clients at her private practice in Burlingame.  To learn more please visit, www.drdebraruben.com