Our Providers

Elmira J. Powell, PA-C

Physicians Assistant

Ms. Powell is a native of Raleigh, NC. She received her B.S. degree in health education and M.Ed. degree in counseling at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She obtained her medical education as a physician assistant at Duke University. Training as a physician assistant encompasses all of the major specialties of medicine and primary care. Her work experience includes women’s health, public health, primary care, and emergency medicine. She maintains national certification in her field and is a certified Robotic Surgical Assistant.

Ms. Powell is Past President of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

Vicki L. Latham, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Ms. Latham is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a B.S. in nursing. She began her professional career in 1983 at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and has served in clinical, educational, and management positions. In 1988, Vicki obtained her Masters Degree in Neonatal-Perinatal Nursing at Emory University and returned as Clinical Nurse Specialist in labor and delivery at Moses Cone and The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. While continuing to work at The Women’s Hospital, she obtained her certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the Frontier School of Mid-Wifery and Family Nursing. Ms. Latham began practicing at Central Carolina OB/GYN in April 1996.

Jessica Emly, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Mrs. Jessica Emly joined Central Carolina OB/GYN in January of 2015.  She started her career in psychiatry after obtaining a B.A. in psychology with a focus in developmental & behavioral sciences . Although she enjoyed helping those struggling with mental health issues, her passion was to help women throughout their lifespan.  She returned to school and obtained her B.S. in nursing with the goal of eventually becoming a Nurse Midwife.  During this time, Jessica worked in various aspects of women’s health and reproduction including Obstetrical Special Care, Mother/Baby, and Labor, Delivery, & Recovery.  In 2014, Jessica graduated from the University of Cincinnati with her Masters of Science in Nursing Specializing in Nurse Midwifery.

Jessica is married and has two beautiful daughters. She is an Ohio native who was born in Toledo and lived 12 years in Cincinnati, while completing her education.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching movies.As a midwife, Jessica has a special interest in the mental health & adolescent populations, birth control management, and health promotion & education. She is accepting new patients and looking forward to meeting and being a part of your reproductive healthcare.

Stephanie Devane-Johnson PhD, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Stephanie Devane-Johnson is a native of the Triangle Area.  She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1993.  In 1997 she received a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing and Certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University.  Currently, Stephanie is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill and expected to graduate 2016.  Stephanie’s research interest is breastfeeding in the African American community. More specifically, the impact socio-historical influences have on infant feeding decisions.

Stephanie actively practiced full scope Midwifery for 18 years, 10 years in Cary NC and 8 years at UNC Chapel Hill. She recently made a hard decision to stop delivering babies, but continues to see patients in the office due to her love for women’s health and patient care.  Stephanie has extensive experience in well woman gynecology as well as low and high- risk obstetrics.  Stephanie joined Central Carolina OB/GYN September 2015.

Stephanie is married and has one daughter whom she adores. She enjoys shopping as well as spending time with her family and friends.


Nancy Prothero, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Nancy Prothero is originally from Detroit, Michigan but has lived in many different parts of the United States. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1993.  She worked as a labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery nurse in both a community hospital and a tertiary care center.  In 1999 she received a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She graduated with honors.

Nancy has more than 18 years of diverse experiences, working with woman throughout the life span.  She has extensive experience in low risk and high risk obstetrics as well as gynecology.  She has been a preceptor for advance practice nursing students as well as OB/GYN and Family Practice residents.  Nancy loves being part of birth process and helping woman have satisfying birth experiences.

Nancy is married and has three daughters and one granddaughter.  She enjoys the outdoors, exercising and spending time with family.

Lori Clemmons, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Ms. Clemmons is a native of Jamestown, NC.  She received her BSN degree at East Tennessee State University and obtained her midwifery education through Frontier University in Hyden, Kentucky.  Her professional career started in 1992 where she was a registered nurse in labor and delivery until she obtained her Master’s Degree in Midwifery in 2008.  She joined Central Carolina OB/Gyn in June 2017