June 25, 2003 – There's a relatively new face at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. Certified nurse midwife Suzanne Wertman Quetel has replaced Fran Jacobs, who left in October 2002.
Administrator Erica McDonald announced this week that Wertman Quetel has been on the job since February. She is one of two nurse midwives on the center's Women's Health Division staff; the other is Veronica O'Brien Powell.
Quetel has 16 years of experience in women's health care and has held her nurse midwife certificate for five years.
"We have someone who brings a different flavor to our stew," McDonald said.
Quetel holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
She has experience working with teens, family planning, pregnant women and their families, breast-feeding moms and women reaching menopause. She previously worked in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
McDonald said Quetel is holding five-week classes for pregnant women and that parenting classes are in the works.
Quetel lived on St. Thomas in the early 1990s. She and her husband, William Quetel, returned to the territory in November 2002.
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