About Us

The Doctors Make The Difference

All our physicians at Partners in Women’s Health are Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and are Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That means they are all committed to going the extra mile to make sure our patients receive the best care. We think you’ll see the difference from your very first visit.

Meet Our Providers

The Doctors That Empower You

We believe your health is the most important asset you have. We also believe it is a privilege to help you achieve the best health possible so you can thrive at work, at play and in every way. Our patients say it’s the way our doctors listen and seek to understand not just the physical aspects of your health, but who you are as a person, that really sets us apart. Picking the right doctors for your care is incredibly important and we hope to have the chance to meet you in person soon.

VALERIE IMPERIAL, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Imperial was born in Montreal, Canada. Her family then settled in Houston, Texas. She earned her B.S. in biology and chemistry at University of Houston, then went on to Baylor College of Medicine, where she attended medical school and did her internship. She completed residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She joined PIWH in 1997. (read more)

Meet Dr. Imperial

Samantha Patwardhan, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Patwardhan joined PIWH in 2004, when she moved to Denver for a new adventure, and now calls it home. She remembers calling Dr. Aptekar on the phone one weekend to accept the offer to join the group, and he was on the chairlift in Vail. She knew then that the Colorado lifestyle sounded like the right choice! (read more)

Samantha Patwardhan

MAEVE FELLE, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Felle was born and raised in Maine, but came across the country to study environmental biology at the University of Colorado. She then received her MD from the University of Texas and returned to Colorado to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado. (read more)

Meet Dr. Felle

EMILY MAJURE P.A., C.

Emily Majure, PA-C is a Denver native who was delivered by PIWH founder, Dr. Aptekar. She studied environmental biology at the University of Colorado – Boulder then received her MMS in Physician Assistant studies at Arcadia University. She has a passion for contraceptive management, general gynecology, and preventative care. Emily spent the last nine years in family practice and is excited to return to women’s health. It is a wonderful full circle story for Emily to be joining the practice that was with her from the very beginning!

VERA W. BRINK, M.D.

(Coming soon, Sept. 1st!)
Dr. Brink (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. After completing a year of high school in Virginia as an exchange student, she returned to the US to study biology at Yale University. Drawn to the mountains, she then moved to Utah with her partner and attended the University of Utah School of Medicine for her MD. She completed her residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago and is excited to be moving back to the mountains with her family, joining PIWH in 2022. Her clinical interests include all aspects of general obstetrics and gynecology, with special focus on adolescents, contraception, and minimally invasive surgery. In her free time, Dr. Brink enjoys the outdoors with her partner and two young children. She loves canyoneering, backpacking trips, skiing and bells.

KATHLEEN WAGNER, Certified Nurse Midwife

Katie grew up in Michigan and received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from University of Michigan. She began her nursing career working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse at Children’s Hospital in Chicago. After three years, Katie found NICU nursing to be both mentally stimulating and emotionally draining, leading her to try labor and delivery nursing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and she fell in love with it! After working in labor and delivery for three years, she decided to go back to school to become a nurse-midwife. Katie and her husband moved to Washington DC, where she received her Master of Midwifery degree from Georgetown University. Upon graduating, they relocated to Denver, and Katie has been a nurse-midwife since 2005. Katie believes having a child is a life-changing experience and she considers herself very lucky to work with women and families during this pivotal time.

Meet The Staff

Your Family Away From Family

We are pleased with a very seasoned long term staff. We love our patients and want them to feel like family when they come in to see us.

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    HEATHER SELLERSPractice Manager

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    MELISSA SZYCHOWSKI RT(R), RSMS