Hello! My name is Alanna Cellini. I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant degrees from Duquesne University. I received my certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. I am also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and spending time with my family and friends. I am new to the Butler area and look forward to meeting new people and learning about the area.
Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth Holzworth, and I am from Harmony, Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences as well as my Master of Physician Assistant from Duquesne University, and could not be more excited to begin my career at Advanced OB/GYN Associates. When I’m not working, I enjoy fishing, knitting, crocheting, participating in athletic events, and spending time with my family, and friends.
Hi! My name is Rebecca Crissman and I was born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College. I spent a year working at Butler Memorial Hospital before pursuing my Master of Physician Assistant Degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Outside of work, I enjoy playing soccer and watching Pittsburgh sporting events, especially Pitt’s basketball team.
Greetings! I am Laurie Powell, certified nurse midwife. I have been a midwife for 14+ years providing comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care for women of all ages. I can be found at our Butler office or Maternal Services Program. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in nursing from Slippery Rock University, and a Master of Nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I reside with my daughter, cats, and dog. I enjoy travel, reading, musical theater, and watching my daughter perform. I participate with my church’s singing praise team and prayer shawl ministry. Love watching the Steelers!
Hi! My name is Devon Swanson, and I am a certified nurse-midwife. I came to Butler from northern Vermont with my husband and three children. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Vermont. After 15 years as a registered nurse, I obtained my Master of Science in Midwifery degree from Philadelphia University. I spend my spare time with family and friends. I also love outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, and snow shoeing. I am honored to be part of such a wonderful group of providers. I offer full-scope midwifery care to women of all ages, in both the Butler and Cranberry offices.
Hello, my name is Ruth Crawford. I would like to share a little bit about myself and the services I provide at Advanced OB/GYN Associates. As an OB/GYN nurse practitioner, I meld the nursing skills of counseling, education, and health promotion with the medical skills of assessment and management of illness. I encourage my patients to take self responsibility and to participate in health care decisions. Following established protocols, I can perform the entire gynecological examination and order appropriate lab tests and X-rays. But since I work in collaboration within the practice, if I identify a problem requiring more expertise, my patients may be seen by any of the other physicians.
To be granted a state license as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, I first had to be a professional RN, and then complete extensive training in my specialty. I was granted a BS in Nursing from Cornell University in 1971, and was certified as a nurse practitioner through the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. In 1995, I completed a Master of Nursing through the University of Pittsburgh.
Originally, I worked for family planning clinics in the Slippery Rock-Grove City area, where I developed a nutritional approach using vitamin/mineral supplements to minimize side effects of the BCP and to alleviate PMS symptoms. Since coming here in 1997, I have expanded this approach to lessen menopausal symptoms, and am also looking into other alternative therapies to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. I also instruct patients in nutritional and lifestyle changes which are the foundation for dealing with PCOS, a very prevalent problem with sugar-insulin metabolism. For the last ten years I have also been the primary provider in our practice addressing a bladder condition called Interstitial Cystitis, which causes urinary frequency and urgency, and often results in moderate to severe pelvic pain.
My education was spread over so many years because I was also raising two sons as a single parent. That final year at Pitt, both of my sons were also enrolled at the university, so we truly are a "Pitt family". Over those years, I participated in a wide variety of church and community organizations in the Slippery Rock area as I shared activities with my sons. Now any leisure time finds me tramping through swamps and woods looking for birds, as I am an avid participant in the Bartramian Audubon Chapter.