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Advanced Women's Health's experienced, all-female staff is led by board-certified nurse practitioners with advanced education and training in assessing, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic medical conditions. They will help make your visit to Advanced Women's Health a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We look forward to providing the citizens of Gig Harbor, Tacoma and surrounding Puget Sound areas with the individualized and all-encompassing health care they deserve.

Lydia Miller, ARNP Family Practice / Primary Care

Lydia has been working in healthcare since 2000 when she became a licensed midwife. She enjoyed helping new families throughout the childbearing year. Wanting to expand her scope of practice, she decided to return to school, attending Pacific Lutheran University's Nurse Practitioner program. She became Board Certified in Family Practice in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of areas, including Family Practice, Emergency Care and Walk-in Clinic services.

As a partner in patient care, Lydia values an open, respectful and nonjudgmental relationship and looks forward to working with the patients at Advanced Women's Health to achieve their health goals. She believes in the connection of mind, body and spirit, understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle to promote well-being and con... Read More


Carmela Perez, MSN, ARNP Family Practice / Primary Care

Carmela has worked in the medical field since 2007. Her career thus far has ranged from work within medical and surgical units in Las Vegas to ensuring the safety and education of patients in a local gastroenterology clinic.

By attaining her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from University of South Alabama, Carmela feels she has an increased opportunity to help her community by promoting health and wellness and alleviating patient suffering associated with ailment.

Carmela is excited to join Advanced Women's Health. Her goal is to treat every patient with respect while working to improve their quality of life. She individualizes patient care to encourage holistic health that encompasses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Outside of her career, Carmela is a wife and mot... Read More


Darla Smedley, MSN ARNP, Women's Health

Darla has been a registered nurse since 1979. She attended the University of Washington Nursing School and received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University. She became Board Certified as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 1998.

Darla's professional experience includes all aspects of adolescent and female health care. With 20 years experience in inpatient labor and delivery, mother-newborn and gynecologic surgery, Darla brings a special compassion and knowledge base to her patients. Her professional interests include adolescent health, menopausal midlife changes, and preventative care throughout the life span of women.

As co-owner of Advanced Women's Health, Darla strives to assure that each patient's individual needs are addressed and expectations are met.... Read More


Michelle Dosa, MSN ARNP - Women's Health

Michelle has been a registered nurse since 1991. She graduated from the University of Washington School of nursing, and gained valuable experience in pediatrics, high-risk labor and delivery, mother-newborn care and gynecologic surgery prior to pursuing a new career path more suitable to her family life.

With a desire to provide compassionate care for women throughout the lifespan, Michelle pursued her master's degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and became board certified as a women's health nurse practitioner in 1998. Her professional interests include adolescent health promotion, infertility and menopausal mid-life changes. As co-owner of Advanced Women's Health, Michelle takes pride in the Company's unique approach to Women's Healthcare.

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Katie Davenport, LMP Massage Therapist

Katie achieved her massage certification at Ashmead and expanded her skills with advanced courses in Hot Stone Massage, Quick Release, and Spa Applications.

She is passionate about massage as a part of self-care and strives to use her versatile technique and gentle touch to invoke a sense of total wellness.

Katie treasures spending time with her family and her two dogs, and enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and fishing.


Natalie King - EAMP Acupuncturist & East Asian Medicine Practitioner M.Ac.O.M.

Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine
(Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine)

Natalie is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist. She received her Master's degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Natalie has also completed training in the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System.

She believes the body has an innate intelligence and capacity for healing, and that acupuncture powerfully stimulates the body's own healing mechanisms, leading to increased vitality, resistance to disease, and freedom from pain. She is passionate about helping people achieve better health through the techniques of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, cycling, kayaking, and hiking.

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