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  • Dr. Owens is trained and certified in minimally-invasive Robotic Gynecologic procedures. Davinci Surgery.

Our Staff

John R. Owens, MD

Dr. John R. Owens was born in Bakersfield at Frieses Maternity Home and, except for his time in college and medical school, he has continued to reside in Bakersfield and has been in Obstetrics and Gynecology practice here since 1979. He attended Loma Linda University where he received his M.D. degree and then returned to Bakersfield, where he started an Internal Medicine Internship. He had the chance to change to Obstetrics and Gynecology after his first year, and finished his residency in December of 1978, and has continued in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been the Chair of the OB/GYN committee at Memorial Hospital and San Joaquin Hospital, and presently chairs the Surgery Supervisory Committee at San Joaquin Hospital. He is Board Certified in OB/GYN, and was recertified in 1995.


  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Kern County Medical Association

Laura Valenzuela, RN, MSN, NP-C

Laura became a Registered Nurse in 1982 when she graduated from Bakersfield College with an Associate in Science in Nursing degree. Since, then she had worked as a nurse in our office and then in Labor & Delivery and Emergency departments at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University Dominguez Hills in 1994 and went on to become a member of the first graduating class of Nurse Practitioners at California State University Bakersfield in 1998, where she also completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree. Her graduate education focus was Family Practice, but her extensive obstetric and gynecologic experience make her an ideal Nurse Practitioner for our office. Laura has a national certification as a NP through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Audrey Cochran, RN, MS
Continence Specialist

Audrey Cochran graduated from the Stanford University nursing program, and was the second person to receive a Master of Science degree in nursing from CSUB. She is nationally certified both as a continence care nurse, and as a clinical specialist in gerontological nursing. The oldest person she has helped with bladder problem was 97, but Audrey also works with children. She is vendorized by Kern Regional Center to work with caregivers of their clients on toilet training. She frequently speaks to community groups on "Who's the Boss, You or Your Bladder" and has been a presenter at national conferences. Her articles on this subject have been published in professional journals and specialty newsletters. She has been manager of the continence rehabilitation program at this office since 1995.

Our Dedicated Support Staff

Rosie Pitts, LVN

Rosa Lee Pitts, LVN has worked in the field of nursing since graduating from the Bakersfield College Vocational School of Nursing in 1978. She has worked for the practice of Dr. John Owens since 1997 and has nearly 20 years experience in OB/GYN nursing. Rosie is the proud mother of three and a new grandmother. In her spare time, Rosie enjoys traveling to tropical beaches, visiting her children, the company of her Labrador, Oden, baking shopping, most particularly for the new grand-baby. You expectant parents and grandparents may have already run into her at JM’s or Baby Me.


Rachel Gonzalez, Business Manager

Rachel was raised in Shafter. Her first job was in an Opthamology practice and from there she got her real estate license. She returned to the medical profession, specializing in OB/GYN. She has worked for Dr. Owens since 1993. She has worn many different hats in our office and since starting her original job of insurance biller, she has now been the office business manager for many years.


Amanda Castillo, Receptionist

Amanda graduated from Shafter High School and started working for Dr. Owens in February 1999. She works primarily as a receptionist but has also been cross-trained to work in the back office. Amanda enjoys working in our office and cares about each patient. She understands your concerns and will work with your schedule to accommodate your appointment needs. She looks forward to meeting you.


Angelina Wren, Medical Assistant

Angie is a graduate of Santa Barbara Business College. She did her student externship at our office and has worked for Dr. Owens since 1992. Angie is familiar with the ins and outs of the OB/GYN office on many levels. After working as Dr. Owens medical assistant for fourteen years, Angie now serves as our "Client Liaison," taking your phone calls, answering your questions, and getting answers to your questions from the doctor or nurse practitioner. Her compassionate nature and vast experience make her a valuable resource for both patients and staff. Angie has three children and can be frequently be seen racing off to after-school games at the end of the day.


Priscilla Cervantes, Medical Assistant

I really enjoy working in an OB/GYN office. Especially since I have started having children of my own, I can relate to all the new moms that I see. Originally I received my training through the Regional Occupational Program, but it has been a “learn as you go” experience at our office. I work primarily with Laura, but can be seen everywhere in the office helping in other areas. I look forward to seeing you soon.


Jenifer Abernathy, Ultrasonographer

Jenifer moved here from the coast and has been working for Dr. Owens since her student internship in 2004. She is one of two sonographers on staff who specialize in women’s health and obstetric ultrasounds. Her genuine caring and compassionate personality will help you feel relaxed and comfortable during your ultrasound scan. Jenifer has been blessed with two wonderful children, Jordan, a spirited daughter, and Tyler; 100% boy.