Meet Our Women’s Clinic Doctors

New Group Photo — Medford, OR — Medford Women's Clinic


Carissa Ross, MD, FACOG

Carissa Ross, MD, FACOG is recognized for her enthusiasm and dedication to women and their health care needs. Dr. Ross graduated from medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and completed her residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at the Dallas Methodist Medical Center. Dr. Ross is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Ross has a strong passion for sharing in the pregnancy and birthing process with her patients. She uses her expertise and skills to help the patient have a smooth transition from pregnancy to parent.

She is also specially trained to perform minimally invasive gynecological surgeries and procedures. She performs in-office Novasure endometrial ablations, cervical procedures, and hysteroscopies. With quicker recovery times and less cost, these types of procedures are popular among her patients. Dr. Ross also performs total abdominal hysterectomies and vaginal hysterectomies, and is one of a handful of Rogue Valley physicians who perform total laparoscopic hysterectomies.

When not delivering babies or performing operations, Dr. Ross provides women with a full range of general gynecological services. Patients see her for our Well Women exams, cancer screenings, and family planning services.

When out of the office, Dr. Ross enjoys traveling, white water rafting, and spending time with her husband and children.

Mary Strizzi , DO, FACOOG

Dr. Mary Strizzi was born and raised in Walnut Grove, a rural farming community in Central California. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Nutrition from the Berkeley University of California. She attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, where she graduated in the top 5% of her class. She was also named to the Sigma Sigma Phi osteopathic medical honorary society.

While in medical school, she developed a passion for obstetrics and gynecology. She felt that this specialty allowed her to enjoy the best of medicine and surgical experience. More importantly, in this field she had the privilege of getting to know her patients and their families on a long-term basis.

Dr. Strizzi completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Doctor's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, in affiliation with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

As a women's physician, Dr. Strizzi is a big proponent of health education and preventative health. She likes to get to know her patients as a friend, not just as a physician, and encourage them to take part in deciding their own treatment, which creates a unique level of comfort and trust between doctor and patient.

Beyond medicine, Dr. Strizzi enjoys any kind of physical challenge, be it running, yoga, P90X on a daily basis, or hiking national parks and forests while on vacation. She also loves knitting. She feels that her husband and family are what define her and gives credit and thanks to her husband for the direction of her career.

Jonathan Freeman, MD, FACOG

Jonathan Freeman, MD

Dr. Jon Freeman, MD, FACOG is known for his compassionate approach and dedication to women and their unique healthcare needs. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and completed his residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Freeman is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Freeman is routinely described by his patients as a warm, welcoming physician who listens to his patients and addresses their questions and concerns in a manner that leaves them comfortable and confident in his care. He is committed to providing comprehensive care for each pregnancy and he thoroughly enjoys getting to know his patients and being part of their birth process. Dr. Freeman is passionate about his patients understanding each phase of pregnancy and experiencing a safe, joyful birth.

Once, an expectant father, also a minister, apologized for his baby deciding to arrive in the middle of the night and he remarked, “It’s like what I tell my congregation - people make plans and God laughs,” Dr. Freeman responded, “that’s just like what I tell my patients – OB’s make plans and babies laugh!” Dr. Freeman genuinely loves the field of obstetrics and gynecology and considers himself blessed to treat and care for the women of the Rogue Valley.

In addition to obstetrics, Dr. Freeman also provides an extensive array of gynecological services. He provides well women exams, cancer screenings, family planning services as wells as a wide variety of gynecological surgeries and procedures. He performs both laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies. Dr. Freeman also performs in office procedures including hysteroscopies, endometrial ablations and cervical procedures.

Outside of his office, Dr. Freeman’s favorite activity is anything that involves his wife and three daughters. His two school age daughters keep him busy with their many activities. He also loves exploring the Oregon coast, fishing, traveling and playing golf in his free time.

Emily Steinbis, MD, FACOG

Emily Steinbis
Emily Steinbis, MD, FACOG, is passionate about women’s health. Dr. Steinbis provides comprehensive general obstetrics and gynecologic care, and feels privileged to take care of patients and families, developing a long-lasting and impactful relationship.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Dr. Steinbis completed her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at Rice University. She then completed medical school, and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was chief resident. She is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

After completing training, Dr. Steinbis served on faculty at the University of Kansas Medical School for six years as an assistant professor, where she had the opportunity to teach medical students and residents, remain active in academics, and continue a high-risk clinical and hospital practice.

Dr. Steinbis moved to the Rogue Valley in 2016 with her family. She continues to provide excellent, compassionate patient care, and uses her background in education to teach patients about disease processes and treatment options. Dr. Steinbis feels blessed to have such a special role in women's healthcare.

In addition to general obstetrics, her other interests include minimally invasive surgery, family planning, preventative health care, cancer screening, evaluation and management of abnormal pap smears, and treating conditions such as uterine fibroids. Her goal is to provide excellent care for every woman. Dr. Steinbis strives to recognize her patients as an individuals and to support them each step of the way while they make their medical decisions.

She is married to her college sweetheart, and has two children. In her free time, enjoys spending time with family, traveling, art and photography, and exploring the outdoors.

Kathryn Stringer, FNP, CNM

Kathryn Stringer — Medford, OR — Medford Women's Clinic
Kathryn Stringer, FNP, CNM earned a Master’s degree in Science and Nursing in 2006 at Vanderbilt University. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife. She prioritizes preventive medicine, evidence-based care, shared decision-making and patient education in her clinical practice. Kathryn joined Medford Women’s Clinic in 2014 after close to a decade in practice as a primary care provider.

“I believe that an effective partnership between a patient and health care provider involves active listening, mutual respect and clear communication. I approach each visit as a collaborative effort toward understanding my patient’s main concerns and working together to develop a treatment plan. I recognize that most health problems can be managed in a variety of ways, and I aim to provide patients options based on their personal health preferences and goals. With an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in Science and Nursing, my education and life experiences enable me to perceive humans as highly adaptive and resilient through life’s many physical and emotional challenges. I believe that when patients are given adequate support and accurate information they can be empowered to make smart, rewarding choices about their health. I enjoy spending quality time with my patients and forming lasting partnerships to help women reach an optimal state of health throughout the lifespan.”

Kathryn aims to be a role model for her patients by practicing good physical and emotional self-care and being actively engaged in her community. Outside the office she spends as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and two children. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, rafting and cooking.

Hannah Hayes, MPH, MHS, PA-C

Hannah Hayes — Medford, OR — Medford Women's ClinicHannah Hayes, MPH,MHS, PA-C joined Medford Women’s Clinic in early 2024 after over a decade working in maternal-child public health and rural primary care. Hannah has a passion for person-centered healthcare, prevention, and patient education. She is thrilled to be practicing with dedicated colleagues in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology.

Hannah started her public health career working for maternal-child health programs such as WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) and Head Start. She obtained her Master of Public Health degree from Oregon Health and Science University with a focus on health disparities. After working for several years in public health management, Hannah returned to school to pursue her dream of becoming a PA and practicing clinical medicine - graduating from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program in 2019.

Hannah’s clinical practice has always focused heavily on women’s health and preventative medicine. She believes that the most effective medical care occurs when patients and providers come together collaboratively and when patients feel informed and empowered to make decisions about their own health. Hannah views health through a broad lens including physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing. She supports her patients in seeking wellness and balance in their lives. Hannah provides a wide array of gynecological services including well women exams, cancer screenings, acute care visits, and family planning services.

When not in the office, Hannah enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children; hiking, camping, and exploring all Southern Oregon has to offer. She is an avid reader, occasional yogi, and loves swimming in any river, lake or ocean she can find.

She looks forward to meeting you and partnering in your healthcare.

Ireli Hernandez DNP, CNM

Ireli Hernandez DNP, CNM (she/her) is a certified nurse midwife who joined Medford Women’s Clinic in 2024. Ireli completed her graduate training in 2019 at Oregon Health & Science University receiving both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in nursing. She holds undergraduate degrees in nursing and biology. As a lifelong learner, she is continually seeking learning opportunities to expand her knowledge and care she provides. She is currently completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in primary care.

Ireli offers personalized and comprehensive health care for individuals throughout their lives, from puberty to menopause. She focuses on providing safe, evidence-based and inclusive care. She believes in being a collaborative partner in health-care decision making and believes patients are the true experts of their health. She offers a wide spectrum of services including family planning services, reproductive health, affirming and inclusive care for LGBTQIA individuals, trauma-informed exams, cancer screenings and preventative health care.

Originally from Michoacan Mexico, Ireli moved to the United States as a child and grew up in the Rogue Valley. She is a native Spanish speaker and welcomes all patients. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, exploring the outdoors and is an avid concert goer.


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