Hillside Health Center Welcomes New Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Laili Falatoonzadeh
As part of its continual effort to meet the healthcare needs of local women, Hillside Health Center’s women’s health department, Care for Her, has recruited UCSF-trained Laili Falatoonzadeh, who is both a certified nurse-midwife and a women’s health nurse practitioner. She will provide gynecological and prenatal care at Hillside Health Center.
Falatoonzadeh is passionate about reproductive health care and wants to support people in making informed choices about their health. She was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare after encountering providers who prioritized issues of equity, diversity and inclusion with their patients and in the broader healthcare system. Falatoonzadeh believes that alongside clinical care, it is her role to serve as an advocate for her patients.
After graduating with a B.A. from UC Berkeley, Falatoonzadeh worked at Planned Parenthood and later became a doula. She provided doula services through the Birth Justice Project for four years, caring for pregnant women incarcerated at San Francisco County Jail throughout their pregnancies and births. As part of her nursing and midwifery training, Falatoonzadeh provided reproductive healthcare to patients in community clinics and hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has assisted in the care of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming patients.
In addition to an intensive clinical education, Falatoonzadeh has broadened her healthcare knowledge with elements of alternative medicine, such as the use of herbs and considering how diet impacts her patients’ health. She speaks conversational Spanish and looks forward to supporting Latinx patients.
“I hope to provide a listening ear for patients, to validate their experience, facilitate their care and help them navigate the healthcare system. I hope to create a welcoming space and be a trusted partner in their healthcare journey,” she said. “I am fortunate to work under the mentorship of [women’s health nurse practitioner] Carolyn Wyatt at Care for Her. Carolyn has a wealth of experience and is really generous in how she shares it.”
When Falatoonzadeh isn’t busy caring for patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and cats, gardening, doing building projects and hiking. Falatoonzadeh also meditates regularly and loves to spend time with friends.
MCHC Health Centers provides comprehensive health services including primary medical care, pediatrics, dentistry, women’s health, obstetrical care, counseling, psychiatry, and specialty care, and looks forward to growing to meet the ever-expanding needs of the communities it serves. MCHC Health Centers includes Hillside Health Center and Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport.