Edessa O. Diaz, MSN, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Edessa Diaz is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) with over 12 years of experience providing OB-GYN care to women in various settings including private practice, hospital-based outpatient clinics and community clinics. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology and society from Cornell University before earning her Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
Edessa began her medical career in California where she gained experience as a triage nurse before accepting the role of nurse practitioner (NP) in 2007. For more than a decade Edessa has honed her skills as an NP by managing healthy and high-risk prenatal and postpartum patients, conducting infertility evaluations, and performing ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
After providing care for general women’s health, she chose to specialize in infertility. She was invited by management to train and assist an REI physician with infertility evaluations at a county clinic, and was brought in as an advanced practice provider to help reduce the one-year patient wait time for an infertility evaluation appointment. As soon as Edessa began training, she felt like it was the right fit because it combined her experience in women’s health with her background in clinical research, along with her desire to learn a new specialized skill set.
Edessa loves all aspects of her job but what she finds most satisfying is providing education and knowledge to her patients about their bodies and the infertility treatment process. Edessa says infertility treatments can involve complex science and medicine, so providing that information to patients in a way that is understandable empowers them to make decisions about their care along with relieving anxiety about a stressful process.
Her areas of focus consist of ultrasounds and procedures, saline sonograms and endometrial biopsies. She also follows up with her own patients. Currently, she assists patients undergoing IUI. She truly enjoys working with same sex female couples seeking donor sperm to create a family, along with women who have a history of polycystic ovary syndrome. Her fluency in Spanish allows her to provide better care to such patients by communicating in their native language, which she enjoys.
Approach to care
Edessa’s extensive skills and experience allow her to connect with patients on a personal level while aiding them in their fertility journey. Edessa is most proud of the time and energy that she spends learning about each patient, not only addressing their medical concerns related to infertility, but evaluating and addressing their mental, spiritual and emotional health. As a nurse practitioner, she was trained to care for patients as a “whole” and she believes that is what her patients appreciate most about the care she provides at RSC. She enjoys guiding patients in their search for health and wellness as well as helping build families through fertility treatments and services.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she still has a strong connection to her desert upbringing despite living outside the state for over 20 years. She studied in New York as an undergraduate at Cornell University and upon graduation she worked in biotechnology conducting preclinical research trials on medications.
Edessa volunteered extensively in Latin America as an undergraduate and during her training as a nurse. She was able to pursue her strong interest in women’s health by attending an accelerated RN/NP program at UCSF and she’s remained in the Bay Area since, providing healthcare to women in various clinical settings.
She enjoys all outdoor activities, practicing yoga and Brazilian dance, and loves traveling the globe with her family. Recently she has taken up paddleboarding and she plans to paddle the entirety of Alameda Island where she currently resides.
My greatest strength is listening to my patients, especially when they may be upset about an outcome such as a low response to treatment or a miscarriage. These can be incredibly stressful and emotionally trying situations, but I believe that my compassion and empathy allows me to listen and provide supportive care in difficult situations.
An introduction to Edessa Diaz
- Bachelor of Arts in biology and society: Cornell University
- Master of Entry Program in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing: University of California San Francisco