Rabalais and Santangelo Ponder Join Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology
[HAMMOND, La.] — Julie Santangelo Ponder of Independence and Diane Rabalais of Ponchatoula have joined Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology’s team of providers as certified women’s health nurse practitioners. To schedule an appointment, visit www.northoaks.org/realtalk.
Located in Hammond, Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology provides care for women of all ages in all stages of life.
Rabalais comes to Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology with five years of experience as a women’s health nurse practitioner based in Hammond and seven years of overall experience gained at obstetrics and gynecology clinics and hospitals on the Northshore and New Orleans. She is no stranger to North Oaks, having worked as a staff registered nurse on the Labor & Delivery Unit at North Oaks Medical Center for ten years before becoming a nurse practitioner.
Rabalais graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She earned a master’s degree in Nursing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner through the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is certified by the National Certification Corporation.
Santangelo Ponder has practiced as a women’s health nurse practitioner on the Northshore for 15 years. Like Rabalais, she began her nursing career as a labor and delivery staff registered nurse at North Oaks Medical Center twenty years ago.
Her career also encompasses stints as a clinical nurse educator for Southeastern Louisiana University and as a health care provider educator for Warner Chilcott and Ther-Rx Pharmaceuticals.
Santangelo Ponder solidified her interest in pursuing a nursing career as a junior volunteer at North Oaks Medical Center while in high school. She subsequently earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated from the University of South Alabama with a master’s degree in Nursing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She also is certified by the National Certification Corporation.
Other Magnolia providers include: Drs. Jaime M. Edwards, Kimberly N. Guillory and April A. Sandifer.
Magnolia’s Hammond clinic is located at 15813 Paul Vega, M.D., Drive in Suite 200 of the North Oaks Clinic Building on the North Oaks Medical Center campus.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Nurse Practitioners are nationally certified, state-licensed medical professionals who practice independently. Nurse practitioners are credentialed to manage the overall care of their patients, diagnose and treat medical conditions, prescribe medications and provide education to their patients on disease prevention and management.