Midwives and APRN’s

Certified Midwives and APRN’s are registered nurses who have completed advanced training and are qualified to function independently. They are qualified to perform physical examinations, perform and order diagnostic tests, develop and carry out treatment programs and counsel patients. They can also prescribe medications. Nurse-midwives and APRN’s offer in-office individual attention and support for ante partum, postpartum and well-woman gynecologic patients.

At the Lincoln Center we have four advanced practice registered nurses:

Certified nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses with training in obstetrics and gynecology.  They care for women throughout their lives from teen years to post menopausal years.  Their goal is to support, educate, and care for women during pregnancy, as well as, gynecological exams.  For more information about nurse midwives please go to midwife.org.

Leslie A. Arnold, CNM, MSNLeslie A. Arnold, CNM, MSN

Leslie is a certified Nurse-Midwife. She completed her BS in Nursing at Washburn University and her MS in Nursing at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and Certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. In addition to her office duties, Ms. Arnold has privileges at both The University of Kansas St. Francis Campus and Stormont Vail hospitals and attends patients during labor and delivery. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ms. Arnold worked as a charge nurse in The Birthplace at Stormont Vail. She was a Childbirth Educator from 1995-2008 and a Clinical Instructor for the Baker University School of Nursing in 2008 as well as for Neosho County Community College from 2004-2006. She was a Senior Nursing School Instructor for the Kaw Area Teaching School from 2003-2004. She began her career at Lincoln Center in 2010. When not in clinic she enjoys time with her husband and 2 children, cooking, reading, and relaxing on the beach.

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) are APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses) with special training in the area of women’s health.  We provide holistic, comprehensive care throughout a woman’s life including well woman exams, contraception, family planning, obstetrics, pre- and post-menopause, and gynecologic problems.   We have the same goals as certified nurse midwives: to support, educate, and care for women throughout their lives, not only focusing on their physical health but all aspects of their lives.  For more information about WHNPs, please visit www.npwh.org.

Shannon L. Obdyke, ARNP, WHNP-BCShannon L. Obdyke, APRN, WHNP-BC

Ms. Obdyke completed her BS in nursing at Washburn University in 2002, graduating with nursing honors and magna cum laude. She completed her MS in nursing, women’s Health nurse practitioner tract at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is board certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner through the National Certification Corporation. She worked as a registered nurse at The Birthplace at Stormont-Vail prior to joining the Lincoln Center. She also was a Childbirth Educator at Stormont-Vail from 2004-2009.