Meet our Providers
SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of California – Davis, CA
RESIDENCY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California – Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Dr. Lela Emad is a compassionate, experienced OB/GYN certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Emad specializes in general women’s health as well as the diagnosis and treatment (surgical and non-surgical) of a full-spectrum of gynecological disorders. Before medical school, Dr. Emad studied biology as an undergraduate at Sonoma State University, graduating with high honors in 1982. She obtained her Medical Doctorate from the University of California at Davis in 1986, and began her internship and residency the same year in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Dr. Emad finished her residency in 1989. A true fan of northern California, Dr. Emad opened her private practice in 1990 at Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group in Santa Rosa, where she has devotedly served Sonoma County women ever since.
While Dr. Emad loves her Sonoma County home, she took advantage of every opportunity to study abroad during her education. In her second year of medical school, Dr. Emad traveled to Nicaragua as a member of a health study task force with the American Medical Student Association. In her final year of medical school, Dr. Emad traveled to Calcutta, India as a part of the Sidewalk Clinic for the Homeless. She went abroad again during the second year of her residency to study at University Kabansegaan, Department of OB/GYN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Emad stayed in Sacramento during the final year of her residency to serve as an Assistant Instructor of Operative Hysterectomy, Resection, and Ablation courses.
In her free time, Dr. Emad enjoys scuba diving, bicycling, underwater photography, hiking and traveling. After 25 years of experience, Dr. Emad continues to receive great satisfaction from helping her patients overcome their gynecologic health problems and meet their long-term lifestyle and healthcare goals. Dr. Emad is fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Emad, please call our office: (707)-579-1102.
SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Antepartum Testing
MEDICAL SCHOOL: USC School of Medicine
RESIDENCY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC School of Medicine
Dr. Susan C. Logan is a respected, caring OB/GYN certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Logan attended University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, graduating in 1985. Dr. Logan went on to medical school the same year at University of Southern California, School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctorate in 1989. She then completed her internship and residency at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Women’s Hospital in Los Angeles through the University of Southern California. In the final year of her residency, Dr. Logan was honored with the USC Best Resident Teacher Award in OB/GYN.
Dr. Logan has been a part of Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group since 1993, and has played an integral role in building the practice with Dr. Emad. At Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a close affiliate of Women’s OB/GYN, Dr. Logan serves as the OB/GYN Department Chair, the Antepartum Testing Medical Director, as well as the Medical Director of the Sweet Success Program. Dr. Logan’s deeply involved professional activity in the community demonstrates her resolute commitment to improving the overall healthcare available for Sonoma County women.
When Dr. Logan gets a break from all of her hard work, she enjoys spending her time traveling, kayaking, hiking, and taking photos. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Logan, please call our office: (707)-579-1102.
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Michigan State University
RESIDENCY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaiser Hospital, Oakland, CA
Dr. Amita Kachru is an OB/GYN with specialty interest in Adolescent Gynecology and Teen Pregnancy. She obtained her undergraduate and master’s degree in Speech and Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1990. Dr. Kachru returned to Urbana Champaign five years later to complete a PhD program in Human and Community Development. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Kachru attended Bryn Mawr College’s Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program in Pennsylvania, and went on to attend medical school at Michigan State University, graduating in 2004. She then completed a four-year Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in 2008 at Kaiser in Oakland, California. Dr. Kachru began her private practice with Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group in 2008, and has become an invaluable member of our care team since then.
Dr. Kachru’s diverse educational and professional backgrounds have played a vital role in shaping her interest and expertise in general women’s health, adolescent gynecology, and teen pregnancy. For ten years at Urbana Champaign, Dr. Kachru taught undergraduate courses in Rhetoric, Speech Communications, English, Feminist Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies. In her PhD program, Dr. Kachru conducted research and presented her finding with a colleague on the topic of “Short-term Behavioral Life-Skills Training for Children in Women’s Shelters, a Qualitative Analysis.” Dr. Kachru has demonstrated her impressive capacity for empathy through the accumulation of thousands of volunteer hours in the 1990s working in emotionally challenging environments. Dr. Kachru’s volunteer efforts include working as a Hospice Volunteer, an educational conference coordinator for the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, a Medical Advocate for a women’s shelter, an ER volunteer, a Berkeley Needle Exchange Outreach volunteer, an elementary and high school health educator, and more.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kachru, please call our office: (707)-579-1102.
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Ross University
RESIDENCY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brooklyn Hospital Center
Dr. Shazah Khawaja is a conscientious OB/GYN certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Khawaja completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the Sophie-Davis School of Biomedical Education in 1994. She then went on to obtain her Medical Doctorate from Ross University, graduating in 1999. Dr. Khawaja’s internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology took place at Stamford Hospital, CT, Long Island College Hospital, NY, and the Brooklyn Hospital Center, NY from 2001-2005. Dr. Khawaja first joined with Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group in 2013.
Prior to beginning her private practice with Women’s OB/GYN in Santa Rosa, Dr. Khawaja gathered invaluable professional and research experience in providing women’s healthcare. She worked as the Faculty Attending Physician for The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s OB/GYN department, a research assistant to the director of reproductive endocrinology at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a volunteer in a Pakistani community outreach program to provide health education for women, the president of an OB/GYN private practice in New Jersey, an OB/GYN healthcare provider for mentally challenged women in New York, and more. Throughout her career, Dr. Khawaja has focused her energy on developing strong skills in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, uro-gynecological procedures, as well as educating women on nutrition, exercise and general health awareness.
Dr. Khawaja’s care philosophy perfectly realizes the whole-body approach to women’s healthcare, and Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group is proud to have her on our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Khawaja, please call our office: (707)-579-1102.
SPECIALTY: Obstetrics, Gynecology
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Western University of Health Sciences, CA
RESIDENCY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Michigan
Dr. Tara C. Bartlett, D.O., is a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles as a Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Global Studies. Dr. Bartlett obtained her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. She completed her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Dr. Bartlett holds numerous awards and certifications including Da Vinci robotic surgery certification. She is trained in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopic surgery, myosure device, novasure endometrial ablation, nexplanon insertion, and intrauterine device placement. She has participated in a number of research projects pertaining to her specialty including HPV genotyping research.
Dr. Bartlett has a special interest in international medicine and was awarded the Rafi Younoszai International/Cross-Cultural Health Scholarship Award in 2013. She has participated in medical outreach providing OB/GYN services for areas with minimal healthcare access in Peru, the Dominican Republic, and northern Spain. Her interests outside of medicine include Spanish language, travel, cooking, basketball, volleyball, hiking and yoga.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bartlett, please call our office: (707)-579-1102.
SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Integrative Medicine
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
RESIDENCY: The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona
Dr. Melissa A. Seeker is an alumnus of Saint Louis University where she graduated as a member of Alpha Sigma Nu with honors prior to receiving her MD at Creighton University School of Medicine. She served as Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, formerly Banner University Medical Center, where she underwent her residency training.
Dr. Seeker holds many awards and honors in her specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology including the Award for Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. During her medical training, she spent six weeks in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia providing care to over 3,500 patients with a small medical team. Her resident research project in minimally invasive surgery was selected for presentation at the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting. Furthermore, she received advanced certification in integrative medicine after completing an elective course from the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Seeker has special interest in pregnancy education and has volunteered her services to worthy organizations and outreaches specializing in gynecologic care. Dr. Seeker is happily married and the proud owner of two boxer dogs and one cat. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, camping, hiking, cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Seeker, please call: (707) 579-1102.
Cecelia Rondou is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) providing exceptional midwifery care to Women’s OB/GYN patients since 1996. Ms. Rondou began working in hospitals in 1981 while in school, graduating nursing school from College of the Redwoods in 1985. She went on to obtain her MSN and FNP from Sonoma State University, and then her Certified Nurse Midwife Degree from San Jose State University in 1998.
An experienced provider vital to the quality of midwifery care offered in our practice, Ms. Rondou provides comprehensive midwife services including diagnostic women’s health screening tests, care throughout the child bearing cycle, management of common perinatal problems, education to promote and maintain health, specimen collection and interpretation of laboratory data, and contraception counseling. She has volunteered for over 14 years in a Pregnancy Counseling Center, and has delivered over 4,000 children over her career. In her free time, Ms. Rondou enjoys gardening as well as training and competing in Ironman Triathlons.
Suzanne Saunders is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) specializing in a full-scope of midwifery services, including prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care, family planning, and well-woman gynecologic care in a supportive practice setting. Ms. Saunders obtained her bachelor of nursing from Samuel Merritt-St. Mary’s College of California and then went on to complete the MSN/MPH dual degree program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In her free time, Ms. Saunders enjoys scrapbooking, running, knitting, and volunteering.
Kirsten Eckert is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). She graduated in 2010 from UCLA with a BS in paleo biology and geology. While at UCLA, she taught sex education with the Los Angeles Unified School District and decided to pursue her interests in women’s health care and education.
Kirsten then received her MSN from Yale University in 2014 with a specialty in midwifery. She is excited to be back in her home state providing full scope midwifery care with this group of outstanding women and providers. She is honored and blessed to be able to help women be active and empowered decision-makers during their pregnancies and confidently give birth.
In her free time, Kirsten enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and throwing pottery.
Lisa Niess is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) with a Master of Science in Nursing. She received her nursing degree in Women’s Health from San Francisco University in 2012 and went on to complete her MSN in midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in 2017.
Lisa provides a full range of midwifery services to women and families of Sonoma County. She is an advocate for women, encouraging shared decision making to empower women to be active participants in their own care. She is also passionate about supporting women through the process of labor, birth, and the postpartum period. As a lactation specialist, she loves providing counseling and resources to the nursing mother.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, knitting, running, hiking, and baking.