Our Staff

Aaron Kromhout, M.D.

OB/GYN Physician

I am so happy to welcome you to Creating Harmony Women’s Healthcare. My staff and I have worked hard to create a center for women to receive the healthcare they deserve. At Creating Harmony, we take the time to listen to you because we care about you. Our role is to help a woman understand the choices she has in her healthcare so that she can choose the option that best suits her needs.
 
I am a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. I was born in Santa Cruz and raised in the Bay Area. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, I received my medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. From the beach I moved to the desert where I completed my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. My proximity to Tucson allowed me the unique opportunity to train with Dr. Andrew Weill in the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona. It was in Arizona that I started a family of my own and began to develop ideas about what kind of practice I might create.
 
Following my residency, I worked at a community health center in South Phoenix, where I served as director of the Women’s Health Department. Seeing an opportunity for a better sense of community, my family and I moved to San Luis Obispo in September 2004. Wanting something even more special, July 1st, 2006, I fulfilled my vision by creating Creating Harmony.

Helen Cominos, C.N.M.

Certified Nurse Midwife

My name is Helen Cominos, and I was born and raised in Salinas, CA. I worked as a nurse at San Luis Obispo General Hospital before moving to San Francisco to become a nurse midwife. I graduated from University of California San Francisco in 1994. After working in Santa Cruz and Denver, I returned to San Luis Obispo in 2002. Besides, “helping babies get born” (as my son calls my work), I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Lisa Winick, C.N.M.

Certified Nurse Midwife

Hi, my name is Lisa Winick. I am thrilled to be a part of Creating Harmony Women’s Healthcare. I have been interested in midwifery since 1989, when I apprenticed in a birth center in Taos, New Mexico for two years doing birth center and home births. I graduated from the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City with a Bachelor of Science and masters in nursing in 1995. When I finished my degree, I worked at the Ryan Community Health Center in New York City for five years as a certified nurse midwife. Two days before 9/11/01, I moved to California from New York City. I came to California because I loved the hot springs, the weather, and I had family here. At that time, I took a position with another local physician. Working mostly at General Hospital we were able to offer water births. In May 2004, on Mother’s Day, I gave birth to my son, Isaiah Diego Bueno. I live in San Luis Obispo with my son, and father. My passions are my family, midwifery, yoga, going for walks on the beautiful Central Coast, farmer’s markets, and reading. Pregnancy, breast-feeding, and midwifery are some of my favorite topics of conversation. I urge you to call me if you have any questions. I would love to speak with you.

Patty Ruiz

Office Manager

Hello! My name is Patty, I was born in Mexico, and I’ve grown up on the Central Coast since 1991. I am the proud mother of Roberto, Leo, and Scarlett.  In my free time I enjoy, cooking, hiking and photography. I am lucky to call Creating Harmony Women’s Healthcare my second home since we opened our doors in 2006. I pride myself on giving our patients the attention and support I know they deserve. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions!

Audra Murphy

Medical Assistant

Hello, my name is Audra. I was born in Los Angeles but have had the privilege of growing up on the central coast. I love to hike and be outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I graduated from Cuesta College’s Medical Assisting program in 2004 and have been working as a medical assistant ever since 2005. I love working with such a great team at Creating Harmony. One of the greatest joys is getting to know so many wonderful families and watching them grow. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!

Kristi Price

Billing and Credentialing Specialist

Hello, my name is Kristi I have over 20 years of billing experience in a variety of specialties, obstetrics and gynecology are my favorite. I have a B.S. in Business, and I am currently pursing my license to become a certified procedural coder. I am married, have 4 daughters, 3 stepchildren and 5 grandkids. I recently moved to the Central Coast and love being a part of the family here at Creating Harmony.

Thelma Quiroga

Patient Access Representative

Hi, my name is Thelma, and I was born in Texas, and moved to California in 1970. I have been married for 32 yrs, have four amazing grandchildren that I love and enjoy spending time with, they mean the world to me. I have worked at Creating Harmony Women’s Healthcare since July 2006. Working in this family-oriented environment has exceeded my hopes of finding a job I love. I take pleasure knowing that I am the first and last person patients see when they come to our office. I enjoy being able to give our patients the consideration and care I know they deserve and look for in a doctor’s office. I love working with such an amazing, caring, and devoted team. I look forward to meeting you!

Aurora Valdez

Insurance Financial Counselor/Receptionist

Hi, my name is Aurora. I was born in Kermit, Texas but was raised in the Five Cities area where I met my best friend and husband, we have been married for 32 yrs. We have three wonderful grown children and six grandchildren and hoping to add more! I have been with Creating Harmony Family since 2006 and it has been a pleasure to come into work where I know that Doctor Kromhout and our Providers care so much about their patients and our staff. I am here to help with any of your insurance and financial questions. Please come and join our Creating Harmony family. Please call me if I can be of any assistance. I look forward to hearing from you soon.