Dr. Karen Bohmke is a founding partner of Northwest Women’s Healthcare, helping to establish the practice in 1989.
Originally from Southern California, Dr. Bohmke attended the University of California, Davis for her undergraduate studies and medical school. She completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Bohmke is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
She enjoys the relationships she develops providing obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys working in her garden, cycling, trying new recipes, and spending time with her two daughters.
Dr. Tracy Johannsen is a native Montanan. She and her three siblings were raised on a wheat farm on the high plains in the northern part of the state. She attended Montana State University and graduated magna cum laude.
Dr. Johannsen was pleased to be accepted to the University of Washington School of Medicine and was able to stay in Bozeman a fifth year in the UW’s regionalized medical education program. She then relocated to Seattle to complete her medical degree followed by specialty training at the University of Washington. Dr. Johannsen has been in private practice since completing her training and is a founding partner of Northwest Women’s Healthcare. Her clinical expertise includes normal and complicated pregnancies and women’s healthcare in all stages of life. Dr. Johannsen is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
She has found the personal relationships she has been privileged to share with her patients the most fulfilling part of the practice of medicine.
Dr. Johannsen lives on Queen Anne and loves her time with her two children, her friends, and her dog. She enjoys travel and various volunteer activities. When possible, she returns to her Montana home to ski, golf, hike and spend time with family.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Wendy Lorentz graduated with a degree in Physiology from the University of Minnesota. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest brought her to Seattle after graduation, and she worked at a biotechnology start-up prior to attending medical school at the University of Washington. After completing her OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington, she continued as a faculty member for three years, providing clinical care while training residents in surgical procedures and obstetrical deliveries.
In 2012, she joined the dynamic and cohesive team at NWWHC. Her special interests include obstetrics, including VBAC, contraception, management of abnormal pap smears, and abnormal uterine bleeding. Her scope of practice encompasses both hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Lorentz enjoys developing relationships with her patients and helping them to make informed decisions so that they feel confident in their care. She loves that OB/GYN allows her be a part of life-changing events and to care for women throughout their lifespan. In her free time she enjoys baking, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Jennifer Melville is from Pennsylvania and Texas, where she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts.
She attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then moved to Seattle to complete her OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington. After residency, she remained on faculty at UW for 11 years, where she provided obstetric and gynecologic care for many women, performed extensive patient-centered research, and also trained residents in deliveries and surgical procedures at both the University and Harborview Medical Centers. In 2010, Dr. Melville was excited to bring her experience and expertise to the amazing group of providers at NWWHC.
Dr. Melville provides clinical care for the full range of women’s health, including normal and complicated pregnancies, VBAC, contraception, incontinence, and gynecologic and pelvic floor disorders. Her surgical specialization is in minimally-invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and hysteroscopic procedures for the treatment of fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and abnormal uterine bleeding. Dr. Melville is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
She loves the unique relationships that she is able to build with women throughout the many changes in their lives and enjoys assisting women in making personalized healthcare decisions. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young sons, hiking, traveling, and gardening.
Dr. Heath Miller is originally from North Carolina. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts / Sculpture from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He attended medical school at Wake Forest University and came to the Pacific Northwest to complete his OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington. After completing his training he worked for the Indian Health Service in New Mexico.
Upon his return to Seattle, he joined Northwest Women’s Healthcare where he has been in practice since 2000. Dr. Miller is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He feels lucky to be working with such a great group of people and to have such a rich professional life. The relationship that is developed with patients during prenatal care and delivery is unique and makes practicing obstetrics a very rewarding experience for him. Dr. Miller has served as the Chief of the OB/GYN department at Swedish Medical Center most of the past 15 years with the goal of maintaining excellence in healthcare.
A pioneer in advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgical procedures, he provides both laparoscopic and robotic surgical solutions. You can find more information about the types of surgical procedures he performs at www.seattlefibroid.com.
Dr. Lauren Pray is originally from the Detroit area, and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and completed her OB/GYN residency at Magee Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing her training in 2007 she joined Northwest Women’s Healthcare, and couldn’t imagine a better practice or group of partners. Dr. Pray is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Pray’s clinical interests include the full scope of obstetrics and gynecologic care. This includes, but is not limited to, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, incontinence, contraceptive issues, and obstetric care. She believes listening to patients is vital to providing excellent medical care, and enjoys building trusting and collaborative relationships with her patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, traveling, skiing, and running.
Dr. Ana Torvie grew up in Arizona before moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. She graduated with degrees in Neurobiology, Psychology and Spanish, cultivating a passion for exploration in the process. After living in Spain and Colombia, she returned to the Northwest to complete medical school and her OB/Gyn residency at the University of Washington—a true “Husky.” She is board eligible. Dr. Torvie loves the privilege of supporting women and their families in every stage of their lives. She enjoys building collaborative relationships with her patients, and works to create an environment of open communication and education to shape personalized health care decisions. Dr. Torvie provides comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care alongside exceptional colleagues, with particular interests in minimally invasive surgery, VBAC, individualized contraceptive needs, and managing abnormal Pap smears. Outside of medicine, she can be found spending time in the mountains with her husband, sharing a meal with family and friends, or relaxing with yoga and her black lab, Lucy.
Clare Christensen, ARNP was born and raised in London. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American History and Literature from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Seattle University. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has served on the Board of Directors for ARNPs United of Washington State and is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honors society. Outside of work she enjoys hiking around the Pacific Northwest, traveling, and spending time with her husband and baby boy.
Shelley D. Miksis, DNP, ARNP is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and joined NWWHC in 2002.
Shelley received her B.S. in Nursing from Clemson University, and her Master’s in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington.
She is dually board certified as an Adult and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, she is certified by the North American Menopause Society as a Menopause Practitioner.
Shelley is a fellow of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and has a special interest in the management of abnormal Pap smears.
She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing academic honor society. In her free time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her husband, rowing, running, and playing tennis.
Rachel Pelto, ARNP was born in Montana, but was raised in the Seattle area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Gonzaga University in Spokane. She received a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from Seattle University, and then moved to St. Louis where her husband went to medical school. While there, she earned a Master Degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Rachel has been working at Northwest Women’s Healthcare since 2009. Rachel enjoys her job at Northwest Women’s Healthcare because she has the opportunity to see gynecology patient’s from teenage years through menopause and provide routine as well as problem focused and minor procedural care. Outside of work she loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors and sporting events with her husband and kids.
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of our colleague and friend Dr. Robert Levine.
Dr. Levine was one of the founders of Northwest Women’s Healthcare and earned a reputation as a highly regarded physician.
His many patients and colleagues will remember his calm and reassuring competence. He was forever grateful to his patients for putting their trust in him.
We appreciate all of your condolences and share in your grief.