Lori Jo Marlia-Larsen is a bilingual certified nurse midwife for La Clinica who also volunteers to serve refugees in the Middle East.
Lori Jo works with patients at La Clinica’s Family and Women’s Health Center, providing prenatal care, attending births at both Medford hospitals, and providing other women’s specialty services.
She is a former critical care nurse for Providence Medford Medical Center and worked as a nurse at La Clinica before returning to school to become a midwife.
Lori Jo studied midwifery at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope International University in Fullerton, California and a nursing degree from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. She studied massage therapy at Rogue Community College.
She volunteered with La Clinica at migrant camps, and in 2010 helped bring the innovative CenteringPregnancy program to the organization. Since 2003, she has volunteered with international mission and aid organizations in South America and the Middle East, and she has lived at times in Chile, Peru, and Iraq as part of those efforts.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, she now lives in Talent with her husband, Brian, and son Cielo and daughter Mia Jo. She is a musician who coordinates music for a local church and enjoys cooking plant-based food her children will enjoy. She also likes to snowboard and soak in natural hot springs. Her family is involved in an effort to develop a medical/dental clinic in southern Peru.
Lori Jo was drawn to La Clinica because of its “relentless pursuit” of providing care to all residents of the Rogue Valley. She is passionate as well about providing care to pregnant women through the CenteringPregnancy program, which offers a group approach to prenatal care.
“I strive to maximize each opportunity to help nurture and prepare women’s bodies, minds, and spirits during their journey toward birth and beyond!” she says.
She is bilingual in English and Spanish.