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Maternal Fetal Medicine Providers

Avera Maternal Fetal Medicine offers the most experienced perinatologists in the region to provide you with the best high-risk pregnancy care available.

Les HeddlestonLes Heddleston, MD

"I like to provide patient care as I would expect care for my own family."

In addition to spending time with his wife, Cherie, and children, Dr. Heddleston enjoys biking, skiing, pheasant hunting and playing guitar.


Maria Palmquist, MD
Dr. Maria Palmquist

"The best part about being a physician is the relationships I have established with my patients. Each day, patients willingly place their trust in my knowledge and abilities, bravely share their most private details and generously allow me to be a part of their families."

Dr. Palmquist has a special interest in high-risk pregnancies, prenatal ultrasound, preconception and prenatal genetic risk assessment and screening, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnostic testing.

Jason Picconi, MD, PhD

Jason Picconi“The expecting moms and dads I meet are always concerned for their child’s future. The best part of my job is when I turn those feelings of worry into hope.”

Dr. Picconi is a board-certified expert in diagnosing and managing prenatal genetic syndromes in unborn babies, as well as helping mothers manage their genetic conditions during pregnancy.

Emily Roberts, PAEmily Roberts, PA-C
Shannon Backstrom, CNPShannon Backstrom, CNP
Molly Berg, CNPMolly Berg, CNP
Kali Swift, CGC, MSKali Swift, MS, LCGC

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