Keisha Burfoot, MD
Dr. Keisha Burfoot was born and raised in New York City, where she attended the Macy Medical Professions Program at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School In Harlem. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1991. She received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1996. While in medical school, she was honored to serve as a medical missionary at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya -- an experience that helped shape her life and devotion to healing. She then completed a 4-year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, where she received acknowledgment for special excellence in endoscopic procedures.
For the next 8 years, Dr. Burfoot practiced OB-GYN in Chesapeake, Virginia in a group practice setting. Eager to follow her own spiritual, personal and professional values, she left the security of an established practice and started Elite Women's Care in August 2008. Her intuition about how to best meet the healthcare needs of women in Tidewater was well-founded and has established Elite Women's Care as a premier OB-GYN practice in the region.
Dr. Burfoot is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a member of the American Medical Association. She is married with four daughters and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church. She spends her leisure time with her family and is active in community service.
Malena Sample, MD
Dr. MaLena Sample was born to military parents at Fort Bragg, NC. During her last 2 years of high school, she attended the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC where she completed her high school education with honors. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, she traveled to Budapest, Hungary and pursued her interest in medical research where she performed preliminary clinical research on the trasmission of viruses beteween animals and humans. She then returned to the states and attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and received her Doctorate of Medicine in 2002. Afterwards, she completed a 4 year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center of Medicine in El Paso, Texas where she developed a special medical interest in urogynecology and female incontinence.
Since 2006, Dr. Sample has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Hampton Roads. She joined her dear friend, Dr. Keisha Burfoot and Elite Women's Care in 2010. Dr. Sample is Board certified, and a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, active in the community, and spends her leisure time with family and friends, watching science fiction movies, reading and traveling.
Wendy Graefe, CNM
My name is Wendy Graefe and I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife. I have been married for 33 years to and am blessed to have two amazing grown children that are productive members of society (a pediatric nurse, currently studying to become a Nurse Practitioner and a mechanical engineer, married). The Lord hasn’t blessed me with grandchildren yet, but there’s a new day coming and I can’t wait! In the mean-time, I have two grand-dogs, Fritz (German Shepherd), Leia (Chihuahua) and grand-cat (Gimli). My best friend is a French Bulldog named Marvin.
In 1991, I received a BA in psychology from California State University at Fullerton. In 2000, I received a BS in Nursing from Old Dominion University Summa Cum Laude. In 2004, I received an MS in Midwifery Summa Cum Laude from Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University and in that same year I received my board certification to practice midwifery from the American Midwifery Certification Board. My initiation into practice was in private practice with three physicians where I worked for three years. I left in 2007 and began working at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where I provided full-scope midwifery care to women associated with the military. In 2013, I transferred to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where I managed triage in the labor and delivery unit. With God’s anointing, I will be joining the amazing team at Elite Women’s Care 2021.
In my heart beats the same love for God and His people that the midwives of old were found to display:
Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. Exodus 1:8
I am excited to be a part of this family. Because of God’s grace, great things will happen and I ask you to join us in this mission…to bring the love of God to women and their families as we deliver the future of Hampton Roads.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18
May God bless you richly.