Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson, DNP

Assistant Professor Certified Nurse Midwife


Lynn Tomlinson Anderson, DNP, CNM, APRN has been caring for women and families in northern Nevada for over thirty five years. A native of Canada, she was raised and educated in New England and moved to Reno in the early 1980's upon completion of her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire. Lynn met her husband, Dennis, a few years later, quickly married and birthed two amazing children. Lynn enjoyed a satisfying career as a clinical nurse in labor and delivery, birthing center, prenatal education, home care and medical sales, all while raising her young children. It was this vast clinical experience that led her to follow her passion for midwifery and normalizing pregnancy, labor and birth. Lynn completed her Master's degree in Midwifery at Stony Brook University in 2001 and began her midwifery career providing care to underserved women at the Washoe Pregnancy Center for over seven years. She credits the documentary " The Business of Being Born" for increasing awareness and demand for midwifery care in northern Nevada and responded by creating the first private practice nurse-midwifery service within Women's Health Specialists of Nevada (formerly the Medical Group of Northern Nevada). With the support of her collaborating OB/GYN physicians, Lynn grew the practice to include three Certified Nurse-Midwives before moving to Saint Mary's Women's Health Center from 2014 to 2017.

Lynn has provided care to women throughout the lifespan and developed an interest in menopause care as she personally navigated the transition. As her own children were earning multiple graduate degrees, she embraced midlife by also returning to school earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in 2017. Lynn recognized deficiencies in menopause care and developed a quality improvement project for her doctoral program. The project and paper are titled, "Implementation of the Menopause Map Toolkit for the improvement of Patient Centeredness of Menopause care." She has future plans to publish her work.

Dr. Anderson has served as a clinical mentor to countless students throughout her career. She is excited to continue her full-scope midwifery practice at the University's new UNR Med Women's Health Center and honored to contribute to the interdisciplinary education of medical students and resident physicians. Her professional goal is to continue providing quality, evidence-based, equitable, and patient-centered, midwifery care while contributing to the education of future generations. Additionally, she enjoys a healthy, balanced life with her husband, children, grandchildren, horse, dog and good friends. She also makes time for walking, skiing, music, in addition to numerous church and professional activities.