Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

30 Patient Ratings
19 Patient Comments

Debra S. Penney, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., C.N.M.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

30 Patient Ratings
19 Patient Comments



  • Arabic
  • English
  • Spanish

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-4014
University Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinic 4
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Dr. Debra Penney is currently seeing patients in the University of Utah OB/GYN clinic for well woman care and prenatal and postnatal visits. She brings a wide variety of experiences to her clinical care including 3 years as a nurse where she worked in all specialties and 3 years as a labor and delivery nurse both at a busy hospital and a birth center. She has extensive obstetric, primary care and public health experience gained while working in the Middle East for over a decade. She has also worked on the Navajo Nation as a midwife. She loves caring for all types of women and promotes patient-centered care to achieve the best outcome for mother and baby. She is fluent in Arabic and has working Spanish language abilities.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Nursing - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Nursing - Advanced Practice Clinician
Academic Divisions Health Systems and Community-Based Care
Board Certification American Midwifery Certification Board

Patient Ratings

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 27, 2017

I absolutely loved working with Debbie! By far the best experience I have ever had with a doctor. She took the time necessary to listen and address each of my needs and concerns. I love that she didn't seem rushed like most doctors do. I have been telling everyone I know about her and my experience. I really hope to have the privilege of working with her again. Incredible experience.

October 27, 2016

Deb is one of the best. She is very thorough and has time to really understand what is going on. She listened to my concerns, went though my labs and suggested another test. I feel like she picked up on something that other doctors have missed.

October 06, 2016

Debra has an extremely calm demeanor which put me at ease, she answered all of my questions carefully and listened to and validated my concerns.

November 23, 2015

There was a student nurse with Deb on this occasion and while I understand the importance of teaching, I felt like it very much overshadowed my patient experience on this particular occasion. I felt like I should be taking notes rather than that she was concerned about what I was saying other than a teaching opportunity.

November 10, 2015

Heather the student doctor was great, and so was Debra Penney.

July 06, 2015

Great experience. Deb was wonderful and listened very thoughtfully. She explained things to me in great detail. I appreciated her professionalism and personal touch.

May 28, 2015

I trust and respect Deb immensely. She's thorough, attentive, knowledgeable, and caring.

May 20, 2015

I love Deb. She is amazing and friendly. She makes me feel like we are friends even though I only see her once a year.

March 24, 2015

I really liked my doctor. She was amazingly easy to talk to and understand. I would definitely see her again.

March 24, 2015

I felt very comfortable with and cared for by Debra.

February 04, 2015

I felt very comfortable and confident in Deb's knowledge

October 01, 2014

I came in experiencing severe pain after C section surgery that I had been suffering through the past few days. I was very disappointed that I was sent away from the appointment after being prescribed antibiotics and having not addressed my pain management at all. When I asked about what I could do for it, the midwife told me to take ibuprofen, which I had already expressed that it wasn't working. I left the appointment in pain and since then have experienced pain. I am shocked that a professional would do such a thing and have felt like multiple midwives have brushed me off over this issue, but I feel there can be another solution, even if they refuse to prescribe narcotics (which I can understand), but it was never even addressed. I have never had an issue before. I feel like I am not appropriately being cared for.

January 20, 2014

Both the student intern and Deb were great at taking time listen to my questions and check to see how I was doing. They both went far beyond the surface answers to really check how my pregnancy was going and if I had any concerns or questions. I love this group of midwives for this reason!

December 21, 2013

I have absolute confidence in penny's care. she is so compassionate.

December 16, 2013

great experience

November 26, 2013

Debra was a brilliant delight & clearly displayed the midwifery model of care throughout the appointment.

October 18, 2013


October 11, 2013

my doctor was very personable, knowledgable, perfessional, and I will continue to see her for sure

July 29, 2013

Already have made recommendations to several friends. This was honestly the first time in my life I've seen a health professional and not felt rushed in any way. I really appreciate the time Deb Penney took to discuss our birth plan and answer our questions. She was very thoughtful, attentive, and knowledgeable.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • International Health
  • Public Health

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Nursing - Associate Professor (Clinical)
Nursing - Advanced Practice Clinician
Academic Divisions Health Systems and Community-Based Care
Board Certification American Midwifery Certification Board

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-7924 College of Nursing
BirthCare HealthCare
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Dr. Debra Penney received a BS from the University of Colorado in Nursing and an MS in nurse-midwifery from the University of Colorado in 1990. She has studied Arabic while working over a decade in the Middle East. In that region she was employed by several NGOs and trained local women in maternal-child and reproductive health. After this, she returned to Loma Linda University, CA and received an MPH in International Health and returned to the Middle East to engage in several projects to upgrade the health workforce. Since 2001 she has been employed in the Birth Care Health Care faculty practice and has been teaching clinically and didactically. Currently she teaches Global Health, Global Public Health, Normal Intrapatum Management and is chair for many DNP students. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD (College of Nursing) from the University of Utah upon completion of her dissertation entitled Iraqi Muslim Women and Primary Health Care Providers Experiences and Perceptions of the Health Encounter. This qualitative study used critical ethnographic tools and a post colonial feminism framework to explore newly arrived Iraqi women's perceptions in health access and the health enounter with their primary care providers here in the Salt Lake Valley. Debra continues to use this study to engage learners and inform clinical and refugee providers about health system barriers, and cultural adjustments needed to promote individualized care.


Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah College of Nursing
Graduate Training Loma Linda University
Public Health: International Health Specialty
Other Training Special Arabic Language Program
Arabic Studies
Graduate Training University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Other Training Special Arabic Language Program
Arabic Studies
Other Training Denver Seminary
Undergraduate University of Northern Colorado


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Penney, DS (2016). Midwifing the Student. J Midwifery Womens Health.
  2. Bettmann, JE, Penney, DS, Clarkson Freeman, PA, Lecy, N amp Parry, K (2015). Somali refugees’ perceptions of mental illness. Social Work in Health Care. Soc Work Health Care, 54(8), 738-757.
  3. Clarkson Freeman, PA, Penney, DS, Bettmann, JE amp Lecy, N (2013). The intersection of health belieft and religion among Somali refugees: A qualitive study. J Relig Spiritual Soc Work.
  4. Debra Penney and Kathleen Miller (2007). Counseling Vegetarians During Pregnancy and Lactation. J Midwifery Womens Health.

Book Chapter

  1. Penney DS, Fuller JK (2010). Gynecological and Obstetric Surgery. In J.K. Fuller (Ed.). In Surgical Technology: Principles and Practice (5th ed., Chapter 24, pp. 555-600). St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.

Case Report

  1. Penney DS (2008). The effect of vigorous exercise during pregnancy. J Midwifery Womens Health, 53(2), 155-9.


  1. Penney D S (Spring 2014). Iraqi Muslim Women's Experiences of the Health Encounter. Poster session presented at University of Utah Global Health Conference, Salt Lake.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Other Training Special Arabic Language Program
Arabic Studies
Other Training Special Arabic Language Program
Arabic Studies


Institution Description Country
Worldwide Services, Republican Hospital Nurse Yemen
Dutch Development Organization (SNV), Rada'a Primary Health Care Project Training Expert/Coordinator Yemen
Worldwide Services, Republican Hospital Trainer/Midwife Yemen
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Options for Family Care Senior Clinical Advisor Yemen
University of North Carolina, Community Midwife Training Project INTRAH/UNFPA Training Consultant Yemen

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