I graduated cum laude from Wabash College in 1991, with a B.A. in Biology and then earned my M.D. from Indiana University in 1997. I completed my residency at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, and after completing my residency, spent six years in the United States Air Force. I have been in private practice since 2007 and one of my greatest interests in practice is promoting, caring for, and assisting women with having successful VBAC's.
I began my journey into birth work with my own personal journey into motherhood- the birth of my first baby. I emerged from the experience as a mother, but with little feelings of positivity and empowerment. I took a look back at the events and my experience as a whole and realized that I had not been an educated, active participant in the birth of my baby. I thought to myself, “That was not the way it could have been or SHOULD have been. There has to be a better way!” I vowed that I would do things differently the next time around.
I began my journey that has led me to midwifery with the birth of my third son. Having another baby who was sick after a seemingly normal and healthy pregnancy I dove into research. I lost myself in PubMed, Evidence Based Birth, NCBI, and medical journal articles. I felt disenfranchised, uneducated and misinformed.
I was born in raised in the Florida panhandle, where I met my wonderful husband of 7 years. We have two beautiful kids, a son and daughter and two dogs who think they are people. I attended Florida A&M university in Tallahassee, graduated cum laude and became a registered nurse in 2010. I spent the next 7 years working as an RN in the Medical Surgical field and doing travel nursing. After my daughter was born, the seed that had been planted about midwifery grew. I wanted better for myself and for the women around me who had no other birth options.
I am a Hoosier who moved to Alaska in 2019 with my family. After High School, I lived in Uruguay and Argentina for 2 years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and still speak Spanish fluently. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and married my wife in 2016. We have 3 small children. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Exercise Science, I continued my education at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse, as well as get a Master's of Science in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner.
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