Meet the Practitioners 

The Midwives of Ob/Gyn Associates have the goal of providing you the most thoughtful and innovative care possible. We feel it is a privilege to care for you. We want you to be confident that you will be getting the individualized care you deserve.

While our practice might seem large, we keep your care personal. For gynecology care you will see one practitioner for all of your needs. During your pregnancies you will be exclusively cared for by the nurse-midwife team. Our back-up physicians are outstanding, and they are just a step away if needed.

We look forward to developing a relationship with you and assisting you as you strive for your optimal health.

Elizabeth Arnett CNM

Elizabeth Arnett, ARNP, CNM

Elizabeth grew up in Saginaw, Michigan until she graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with her BSN degree. She then went on a search for warmer weather and moved to Raleigh, NC where she worked as an ICU and Labor and Delivery nurse at Duke University Medical Center.

Elizabeth knew her passion was always caring for women during pregnancy. She then went back to school to at Frontier Nursing University where she graduated with her MSN degree and became a Certified Nurse-Midwife.

Elizabeth moved to St. Augustine with her husband before she started her clinical training with OBGYN Associates. After graduation, she was hired to join the practice as a Nurse-Midwife. In 2016, she started her own family by giving birth to a daughter named Charleston. Being able to experience firsthand what pregnancy and midwifery is all about was a wonderful achievement. When Elizabeth is not working in the office or attending births, she enjoys spending time with her family traveling or on their boat. Elizabeth is very excited to continue her career in our community caring for women.

Barbara Dembek ARNP

Barbara Dembek, ARNP

I have been a nurse-midwife in St. Augustine since 1998 and with OB-Gyn Associates since we opened our doors in 2001.  Our goal then and now was to build a practice for women that provided an atmosphere of comfort, intimacy and empowerment.  Although the practice has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years, I think we have the practice we envisioned.

After working for 17 years as a labor and delivery nurse, I was beginning to feel there was something more I wanted to do with my life.  As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to work with a nurse-midwife and knew that was the direction I needed to head.  So, at the age of 38, with 2 children at home and working as a labor and delivery nurse at Flagler Hospital, I embarked on one of the most strenuous, yet rewarding journeys of my life.  At the ripe age of 40, I graduated from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing as well as obtained my Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Initially I worked in South Florida for 2 years before finding employment here in St. Augustine where my family and I had been living since 1994. It was great to come home and it has been an honor to be a part of the lives of so many women and families over the last 14 years.

My boys are now wonderful men with lives of their own.  If you asked them, they would tell you how crazy it was living with a midwife mom.  Coming and going all hours of the day and night as well as working weekends and holidays.  They would also tell you how much I love what I do.  To fill the empty nest gap I took up road cycling and it has become my passion.  I also love to cook, bake and eat…which is why I need to ride and frequent the gym.  I am also an avid reader and movie fan.

Given the many choices you have for your care in our wonderful community, I am so happy you chose us.  I hope we can provide you with the health care experience you deserve, whether it is pregnancy or gynecological care.

Alicia Jowers, APRN

Alicia Jowers, APRN

Alicia Jowers was born in North Carolina but considers herself a Florida local as she has lived here since the age of 4. As a graduate of Nease High School, Alicia has always called St. Augustine home. After graduating from nursing school in Jacksonville, Alicia worked in multiple fields of nursing including ICU, cardiac care and labor and delivery. Even as she gained experience in other aspects of care, Alicia knew women’s health care was where her heart belonged. Since the birth of her first child, Alicia has had a passion for caring for women and supporting patients in shared decision making.   In 2017 Alicia completed her midwifery training with Ob/Gyn Associates and graduated from Frontier Nursing University. Alicia is thrilled to be able to provide care to the women and families in her hometown.

Alicia is a wife and a mother of two college aged kids. When not working, Alicia likes to travel and is an avid football fan.

Amy Loughlin CNM

Amy Loughlin, ARNP, CNM

My name is Amy Loughlin and I have been practicing midwifery with OB-Gyn Associates since 2007. Midwifery has been my calling since the birth of my son Griffin. As a young mother I felt that the midwife who delivered my son not only brought him into the world but helped to transition me into parenthood. Heck, if I could give birth to a baby I could surely be a mom!

I became a certified nurse midwife in 2002 after graduating from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. My first job as a midwife was in rural South Carolina working at a federally funded community health center. It was here that I learned about “being with women” which is what midwifery is all about. I also became a National Health Service Corp Recipient, a program that encourages providers to work in underserved communities.

After five years in South Carolina my husband and son, both avid surfers, asked if we could move to the coast. Our search for a small beach town brought us to St. Augustine and we couldn’t be happier!

Working for OB-Gyn Associates is wonderful.  We serve a varied population of families thorough different stages of life.  I truly enjoy being the person to help women transition into parenthood. I also enjoy educating women who want to space out their families.  Empowering women to care for themselves is more rewarding than I ever imagined.

Elizabeth Meadows CNM

Elizabeth Meadows, ARNP, CNM

Elizabeth grew up and lived her entire life in the Atlanta area. She attended the University of Georgia for undergrad and will be a Dawg ‘til she dies! In nursing school at the Medical College of Georgia one of her first rotations was in labor and delivery. She was hooked and went straight into obstetrical nursing after graduation. After a few years she decided to continue her education and returned to school at Frontier Nursing University.

In 2003 she graduated with a Masters in Nursing and became a Certified Nurse Midwife. She knew she was going to love “catching” babies, but she was pleasantly surprised at how much she also enjoyed the office and gynecological care aspect of midwifery. Both offer great opportunities for education. Teaching women how to obtain their best possible health is very rewarding. Elizabeth has a special interest in adolescent gynecology and loves the chance to help young women embark on the healthiest path possible.

She and her family moved to St. Augustine in 2010 when CSX Railroad transferred her husband a position to their corporate office. They jumped at the chance to move to move to the beach! Once here they realized how lucky they were to live in such a great family friendly community.

Sue Chappuis

We are delighted to welcome Sue Chappuis to our practice. She will see patients in our Palm Coast office, providing care for well woman and gynecologic problem visits. Sue grew up in Ormond Beach and is a graduate of Florida State University. She received her MS from Drexel University with ARNP certification. With a wealth of experience in gynecology and obstetrics, including fifteen years as a labor and delivery nurse and ten years working in a very busy obgyn office, she provides thorough, comprehensive care.

Married 30 years, she has 3 grown sons. Her hobbies include kayaking, cooking, repurposing furniture, home decorating and pottery.