Karen Evancic, CNM
Karen has been part of a military family for almost all of her life, a lifestyle that lent to extensive travel and vast cultural experiences. She has lived all over the United States, as well as in Germany and Japan. Karen and her family recently returned to the Phoenix area after being away for twenty years.
Karen attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1999. She was immediately commissioned into the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps and spent the next seven years on active and reserve duty as a labor and delivery RN. She attained a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2008 and worked for a few years as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, while still continuing her work in labor and delivery. Karen was drawn to midwifery after professionally and personally experiencing the midwifery model of care. She and her husband chose a midwife for the birth of their third child and they had such a positive and empowering experience that she felt inspired to further her education. She obtained her Masters of Science in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Cincinnati in 2019 in the hopes of providing other women with the same quality, respectful, compassionate care that she experienced with her midwives.
Karen’s practice philosophy centers around mindful communication, shared decision making, and individualized care that is both family and woman centered. After twenty years of working in women’s healthcare she recognizes the value and importance of partnering with women to honor their choices while meeting their reproductive healthcare needs. She feels privileged to to care for women throughout the course of their lives, and particularly honored to be able to be a special part of a woman’s care during pregnancy and childbirth.
Karen enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, writing, reading (particularly historical novels), movies, yoga, walking, and traveling. She has an insatiable cultural and spiritual curiosity and is always up for new adventures. She’s thrilled to be back in Arizona and is looking forward to working with women in the Phoenix area!