- Doctor of Nurse Practice, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSIT
- Master of Science in Nursing, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSIT
- Bachelor of Arts, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISO
Kimberly Garcia, DNP, CNM, FACNM, WHNP, is an associate profesor in the College of Nursing (CON) who received masters and doctorate degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, OH where she is from. Her DNP program of study involved educating Guatemalan Lay Midwives about obstetrical emergenies. She has published her results in numerous journals, and presented at various national, regional and local conferences. Dr. Garcia practicied midwifery and women's health for a decade. She was the first and only female provider specializing in women's care in Bradford, PA where she began practicing. For her pioneering work, the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) gave Dr. Garcia the Distinguished Service Award in 2018. After practicing in Appalachia, Dr. Garcia became the director of the CNM and WHNP programs at her alma mater. Later, she was director of the Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health specialty tracks at the University of Utah. The year 2022 was a big one for Dr. Garcia. She co-founded a non-profit organization, Madre y Nino, to continue supporting Guatemalan lay midwives in the remote Peten department. She received the Jeanne Raisler International Award for Midwifery from the ACNM, which came with a $3,500 grant. And, she received $45,000 in grants from the CON for four projects to support Guatemalan women throughout the lifespan. Before Dr. Garcia became a nurse, she was a bilingual journalist in Texas and Wisconsin. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Spanish literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Garcia feels fortunate to have such a broad education. Her passion is working with historically disadvantaged groups, particularly Hispanics. She currently teaches in courses related to Maternal Child Nursing, Public Health, and Professional Roles.