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, Conn., Long Island College Hospital, N.Y., and the Brooklyn Hospital Center, N.Y. from 2001–2005. Dr. Khawaja first joined NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center in 2013.
Before beginning her private practice with NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center 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 NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center 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.
Michigan State University
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Oakland, Calif.
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 Permanente in Oakland, California. Dr. Kachru began her private practice with NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center 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 10 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.
Obstetrics and gynecology, minimally invasive surgery, integrative medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Ariz.
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 more than 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. 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 NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center 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 more than 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 bachelor of science degree 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.
Eckert 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.