Meet Our Women’s Clinic Doctors


Julie King, MD, FACOG

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Julie King, MD, FACOG joined the MWC fall of 2002 and quickly gained the respect of her peers and the community. Dr. King received her BA degree from Walla Walla College and her MD degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. Dr. King returned to the Northwest where she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) at University Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. King offers patients general gynecological care, as well as surgical options for common gynecological problems, infertility care, and aesthetic services. Learn more about her Aesthetic Services at

She heads MWC's Fertility Program, which is a satellite of the OHSU Fertility Program. Dr. King was the first gynecologist in the Rogue Valley to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies. She has the most experience with in-office hysteroscopy, including hysteroscopy sterilization (Essure), novasure endometrial ablation, and many other office procedures. Her dedication, bedside manner, surgical skills, and clinical expertise make her one of our most patient-requested physicians. Her priority is to provide minimally invasive high quality care for women.

She offers aesthetic services such as Botox, laser hair removal, and spider vein reduction, all while guaranteeing a high level of quality. Whether you are in need of gynecological care, infertility, or products and services to improve your appearance, Dr. King is here to help.

In her personal life, Dr. King is an avid runner and skier who makes her home in Medford with her two daughters and son. They enjoy participating in the area's diverse indoor/outdoor activities and sharing them with family and friends.

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 priveleged 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.

Elizabeth Lynne Pethtel, FNP

Elizabeth L. Pethtel has been a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) for over 30 years. She attended Salem College near her home town of Clarksburg, West Virginia, where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Lynne Graduated in 1978 from the renowned Frontier Nursing Service School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, in Hyden, Kentucky. She continued to make her home in the hills of Appalachia for several years, providing primary health care services and prenatal care to rural communities.

Over the years as a primary care provider, Lynne has found women's health care to be at the heart of what she loves best. Lynne prides herself on being a good listener and a strong patient advocate who believes in the power of education and preventive health care. All ages are welcomed in her practice. She has a particular interest working with women who have a history of breast concerns such as abnormal mammograms, breast lumps, breast cancer, or fibrocystic breasts. Because of her experience working in a rheumatology practice, Lynne is comfortable working with women who have autoimmune health issues such as sjogren's, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis, and has a solid knowledge base to draw from.

One of Lynne’s special interests is clinical cancer risk assessment for hereditary cancer syndromes, such as those associated with BRCA mutations. She has received training to screen, counsel and facilitate genetic testing for those with a concerning family or personal history of breast, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, or colon cancers. Lynne strives to help patients understand that knowing their individual genetic predisposition to these cancers can help patients and their healthcare provider to make more informed decisions.

When Lynne has spare time she enjoys camping, playing guitar, singing, and laughing with friends and family.

Kimberly Larson, WHCNP, RN, MSN

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Kimberly Larson, WHCNP, RN, MSN is a certified and skilled nurse practitioner who is involved in all aspects of women's health care, from diagnosis to treatment. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and then moved from the sunny shores of Southern California to Colorado where she assisted in a practice focused on women's health care. This experience motivated Kim to work toward an MS degree in nursing, which she completed in 2002 at Vanderbilt University.

Kim enjoys staying current with the latest medical information and technology, and then sharing that knowledge with patients so they can make informed decisions about their own health. With over 15 years at Medford Women's Clinic, she is experienced in office gynecology including all birth control methods, cancer detection, infections, colposcopy and breast concerns. She plays an active role on the MWC's Fertility Program team, assisting patients in finding solutions to their infertility issues. She enjoys working with women across their lifespan.

She is a North American Certified Menopausal Specialist (NAMS) and specializes in treating hormonal imbalances, utilizing traditional and natural therapies. She also provides transgender hormone care. Kim's is a down to earth, caring practitioner who understands the many health issues of women and enjoys working with them to lead healthier lives.

When Kim is out of the office and not attending yet another medical conference, she is indulging in the variety of outdoor activities that the Rogue Valley has to offer with her husband and two children.

Kathryn Stringer, FNP, CNM

Kathryn Stringer, FNP, CNM earned a Master’s degree in Science and Nursing at Vanderbilt University in 2006 and is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife. She emphasizes preventive medicine, shared decision-making and patient education in her practice. After close to a decade of work in the primary care setting, Kathryn recognized that women’s health care is the area of practice she enjoys most. In 2015, she completed a post-master’s program to be a nurse-midwife to further enhance her knowledge of women’s health and gynecology.

“I believe that an effective partnership between a patient and health care provider involves respect, careful listening and clear communication. I approach each visit as a collaborative effort toward understanding my patient’s problems and working together to develop a treatment plan. I recognize that many health problems can be managed in a variety of ways, and I provide patients options based on personal health preferences and lifestyles. With an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in science of nursing, my education and life experiences enable me to perceive humans as highly adaptive and resilient through life’s many physical, mental and emotional challenges. I believe that given the knowledge and support, patients can be empowered to make intelligent decisions about their health. I enjoy spending quality time with my patients and forming lasting partnerships to help women reach an optimal state of health.”

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. In her time off she enjoys biking, yoga, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Kendall Olson-Cassidy, CNM

Kendall Olson-Cassidy
Kendall Cassidy, CNM, earned her masters degree in nursing from top ranked Oregon Health and Science University in 2012. She attended Southern Oregon University for her bachelors degree, studying Athletic Science and working abroad in the field of maternal-child healthcare. Her career as a Nurse-Midwife began on the Navajo Reservation in the remote Four Corners region of the Southwest before returning home to Southern Oregon.

Kendall has worked in many capacities as a Nurse-Midwife, including care of pregnant patients, labor and delivery, contraception management, menopause management, and gynecology care throughout the lifespan. Her practice is now exclusively gynecology based. Kendall enjoys helping patients feel informed and confident in their health care decisions. Her areas of specialty include contraceptive management for women of all ages, including young women new to the realm of contraceptive and gynecologic health. One of Kendall's special interests is in the treatment of vulvar disease and assisting patients in the accurate diagnosis and management of their bothersome symptoms. She enjoys bringing empathy and humor to her connection with patients and strives to make patients comfortable and at ease.

In her time away from work, Kendall enjoys being outside with her kids, gardening, hiking, and exploring all the beautiful places in Southern Oregon.

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