Meet the Staff

Allen Birthing Center is fortunate to have an experienced and highly-educated staff—with four Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), as well as talented and supportive birthing assistants, nurses, and caring administrative staff.

Our nurse-midwives have many years of experience and extensive graduate-level education ranging from Masters to Post-Masters degrees, and even a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in midwifery.

We care
about you,
your family,
your baby.

Dr. Amy Giles, CNM, DNP

Certified Nurse Midwife & Doctor of Nursing Practice

Amy holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. She obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Midwifery from the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery/UT Southwestern Medical School. She also has a Post-Graduate certification as a women’s health care nurse practitioner.

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Kristen Conroy, CNM, MS

Certified Nurse Midwife

Kristen graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1994. She has been serving families at Allen Birthing Center since 2009. In 2014, Kristen earned her Master of Science in Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and joined Allen Birthing Center as a Certified Nurse-Midwife.

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Rebekah Bhansali, CNM, MSN

Certified Nurse Midwife

Rebekah grew up in southern Oklahoma and currently resides in Dallas with her husband and son. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Human Development and Family Services. She continued her education with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baylor University, and a Masters of Science in Nursing (Certified Nurse Midwife) at Frontier Nursing University.

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Dr. Lauren Olvera, CNM, DNP

Certified Nurse Midwife & Doctor of Nursing Practice

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Baylor University and practiced as a labor and delivery nurse for several years before returning to Baylor for her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Nurse-Midwifery. Lauren practiced in the hospital environment with a large, high-volume OB/GYN group during her first year of practice. In addition to clinical practice, Lauren advocates for women and midwives by serving on various national committees of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

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Our Supportive Administrative Staff

Josephine Merkle

Office Manager

Josephine joined our team in December 2016 as our office manager. She is a native Dallasite and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Social Work. She currently lives in McKinney with her husband. She has two married sons and one daughter who is in college.

"I am privileged to work in a setting that supports women’s health in such a personal and professional manner. I am passionate about people and enjoy providing a comfortable, safe, and friendly atmosphere at the birthing center. Many clients say the birth center feels just like home.”

Janice Perrill

Accounts Manager

Janice has been with ABC since 2004 and quickly became an irreplaceable asset to the team. She is our insurance guru and an expert with finances. She makes up our entire financial management department which means you always talk to the same person and don’t have to worry with jumping through hoops to find out information on your account. Janice also has the unique perspective of being an employee and client. Her third child was welcomed at home with the love and support of our birth center CNMs.

Jeff Giles

Owner and General Manager

Jeff has the honor of being married to our clinical director Amy Giles and managing all the behind the scenes operations that make ABC run smoothly. From supplies, to maintenance, and sometimes even gardening, Jeff has us covered.