Ellen Howard

Ellen Howard, CNM

Overall patient rating:

Book Appointment Laurel OB/GYN

Languages Spoken By This Provider:

English, Spanish

Accepts New Patients

Telehealth Appointments Available


Undergraduate School: University of New Hampshire

Hospital Affiliations

Mission Health System, including the Memorial and St. Joseph’s campuses in Asheville, NC

Ellen Howard has over 15 years of nursing experience and has been a certified nurse midwife with Laurel OB/GYN since 2016.

Ellen was born and raised in New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire to study nursing, obtaining her B.S. in Nursing from UNH in 2004. She finished her final semester of coursework working and living on a Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, NM.

Ellen worked for the IHS, gaining valuable clinical and social experience while also exploring the beautiful southwestern United States. While in nursing school, a friend gave her a worn copy of Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery, and this writing inspired her to pursue a career in Midwifery.

Ellen moved to Asheville in 2004 as a registered nurse practicing primarily in women’s health at Mission Hospital. A few years later, she pursued her dream of becoming a midwife at East Carolina University, obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Midwifery in 2010.

Before joining the physicians at Laurel OB/GYN, Ellen practiced as a CNM at New Dawn Midwifery in Asheville from 2011 to 2016. She has also welcomed babies as a CNM in Sylva, NC, delivering with Smoky Mountain OB/GYN at Harris Regional Hospital from 2010 to 2011.

Ellen Howard has attended over 600 childbirth deliveries throughout her career and strives to honor each woman’s individual birth plan while providing safety for her and her baby.

She is very knowledgeable about gynecology and contraception options (including natural family planning), and enjoys counseling women on the topic of family planning.

Ellen has always had a passion for travel and visiting new places. While in midwifery school, Ellen studied abroad for a summer in Puebla, Mexico taking an immersion Spanish language course. While in Mexico she was afforded the special opportunity to visit labor and delivery units and meet with local midwives working at a freestanding birth center. She has found that the ability to communicate with patients in Spanish has been invaluable while working in the medical field.

Ellen enjoys spending time with her family, taking trips, and camping. When Ellen isn’t at work and spending time with family, her favorite hobby is dancing. She loves to contra, swing, and salsa, and enjoys the vibrant dance community here in Asheville. She lives on the sest side of town with her spouse and daughter.

Patient Reviews

Overall patient rating for UWH of The Carolinas:

Annual Well Woman Exam

The best experience I’ve ever had with a provider has been with Dr pak. I have referred several friends to her due to the level of care and comfort she provides her patients. Thank you so much for being so kind and compassionate and making sure your patients feel comfortable.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Katie listened intently, demonstrated empathy, and was extremely knowledgeable.

Childbirth / Labor & Delivery

Dr. Booth was wonderful!

Annual Well Woman Exam

Everyone I interacted with was very professional and kind. Dr. Hunt takes time to listen and discuss my concerns and options for care.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr B is a great listener and takes time to listen and address all concerns.

Physical Exam / Check-up

Dr is so friendly, great bedside manners

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Masciello is always professional and caring. He answers all of my questions and gives me information that is helpful.

Gynecological Problem Visit

The doctor listens to be and he is good at explaining things.

Annual Well Woman Exam

I love Dr vradalis. He makes me feel important and well cared for.

Annual Well Woman Exam

My exam was done appropriately and she answered all my questions.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Questions answered and personable.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Love Dr Scherer

Annual Well Woman Exam

Very professional. Makes you feel Heard and listens to your questions.

Pap Smear

I like Dr Buckley and his nurse Kenzie

Annual Well Woman Exam

Danielle is a wonderful provider. She listens and is very knowledgeable.

Annual Well Woman Exam

I really like N. Mann and her nurse, TJ

Annual Well Woman Exam

Dr. Smith is the most caring doctor I have ever had.

Annual Well Woman Exam

Vicki Latham is the best.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Dr. Watson is amazing. She is extremely empathetic for her patients. I had so many concerns and so many questions, but not once did she make me feel rushed. She listens and genuinely acknowledges every concern, and answers all the questions I have. I love her.

Gynecological Problem Visit

Loved Dr. Piper. Was happy that I was able to be worked in for my issue. She was very attentive and spent time with me.