About Bella Vita Healthcare

Our providers are passionate about the health of you and your family. This passion, combined with the latest medical knowledge, allows us to provide the best care possible. We look forward to building a lifelong relationship with you and your family!

Every family needs a home. Our primary care nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife, women’s health nurse practitioner strive to provide a medical home for our patients – a home where health care providers know their patients and treat them with the respect and care of a loved one. In an increasingly complex system of health care, we aim to simplify the process by treating the whole person and not just a specific disease process or body system.

Stephanie Purinton

Stephanie Purinton

Certified Nurse Midwife / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Stephanie Purinton was the first Certified Nurse Midwife in the Verde Valley beginning her practice in August of 2009. Stephanie is also a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Stephanie received her associate degree in Nursing from Yavapai College in Clarkdale. She has 10 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse at Verde Valley Medical Center. Stephanie completed her education at Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing receiving a Master’s Degree with certification in Midwifery. She is board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and is licensed by the Arizona Board of Nursing. Stephanie is a member of American College of Nurse Midwives. Stephanie has been a Lactation Consultant since 2003 assisting many families with a rewarding breast feeding relationship.

Stephanie was born and raised in the Verde Valley and is dedicated to the community. She lives in Cottonwood with her husband Travis, and two sons, Austin and Alec.

Stephanie has travelled to Haiti to assist with the earthquake recovery efforts in March of 2010. She then returned in July to work with Midwives for Haiti to train local women to serve their community as a midwife.

Fabiola Merchant

Fabiola Merchant

Certified Nurse Midwife / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Fabiola Merchant is a Certified Nurse Midwife; board certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and currently licensed to practice in the state of Arizona. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but moved to Sedona more than a decade ago after visiting the town and its beautiful surroundings. She received her nursing degree locally from Yavapai College in Clarkdale, AZ in 2012, and completed her undergraduate degree from Grand Canyon University in 2014. Led by a strong calling to serve families, she soon attended one of the top midwifery schools, Frontier Nursing University, receiving her master’s degree in the Nurse-Midwifery program. While attending Frontier University, she trained and volunteered as a doula in the Verde Valley and furthered her skills assisting women through labor and birth at the Navajo Indian Reservation. Her passion and goal have been to serve women and their families, especially during pregnancy and birth. She is very excited to be part of Bella Vita Healthcare and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a great community. She is committed to serving women throughout their lifetime, providing holistic, gentle, and compassionate care.

Fabiola is also fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Her interests include gardening, being in nature, meditation, and hosting family and friends in her home.

Kim Gould

Kim Gould

Certified Family Health Nurse Practitioner

Kim Gould is a certified Family Health Nurse Practitioner and has been providing primary care in the Verde Valley for the past 16 years. In 2001 she received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and in 2010 completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. While at ASU she received the ‘Outstanding DNP Project’ award for her doctoral work on HPV vaccination, and is currently involved in improving cervical cancer screening in a remote area of Guatemala. Kim is also a founding member and president of Manzanita Outreach and Kids Against Hunger, a non-profit organization that has packaged and distributed over one million nutritional meals to those in need. Her work in Haiti has had a direct impact on decreasing the effects of childhood nutritional deficits in that country.

She is committed to providing compassionate care of the highest quality to women of all ages. The underlying tenets of her practice are patient relationships, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.