Tressie is returning to Heartland Women’s Healthcare after working with the Department of Defense where she practiced as a certified nurse midwife in an Army Community Hospital. In 2007, Tressie earned a Master of Science Nursing degree with a concentration in midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, the birthplace of nurse midwifery in the United States. Prior to earning her MSN, she practiced as a staff nurse in the Maternal/Child/Labor & Delivery areas for over 13 years in small rural hospitals, to Level II facilities, on up to a tertiary care facility. She enjoys being with women and families and empowering them to make informed decisions in their care. Currently, she is pursuing a second undergraduate degree in women’s studies which she feels will help her better care for the women who seek her out for care. Tressie lives in Paducah, Kentucky with her husband. She has 4 children and a cat who thinks he is a dog. She enjoys reading, learning, kayaking, yoga and being a midwife.