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Trina Strang, CNM, ANP
My journey into midwifery began years ago when I became pregnant with my first son, Skylar, in 1993. My prenatal care with midwives was personal, informative and empowering. I immediately knew that I must become a midwife! I entered nursing school soon after his birth and I was fortunate to get my first job, as a nurse, in the maternity center at Providence. After spending years gaining knowledge of child birth and helping to empower women and families during their birthing experiences, I returned to school to complete my midwifery education. It was during this training, that I birthed my second son, Kai, at the birth center. I have been a part of Midwifery and Women’s Health Care at Geneva Woods ever since! Some days I can’t believe how fortunate I am to live in such an amazing place to enjoy the outdoors with my family and friends, while also being a part of such a progressive birthing community.
Laura Gore, CDM
I started my journey to midwifery after the birth of my first child in 1985. I fell in love with birth and the idea of helping families welcome their babies. I became a Childbirth Educator and Doula in 1986, a birth assistant in 1994, and an Apprentice Midwife in 1995. I then become a Direct Entry Midwife (CDM) in 1999, and went on to run an independent midwifery practice called “Moonlight Midwifery” where I attended both home and birth center births. I joined and became a partner of MWHC in the fall of 2009. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, as well as 2 sons and a granddaughter; whose birth I was lucky enough to be a part of in 2013. I continue to enjoy the privilege of helping families with their own pregnancy and birth journeys.
Felicity Smith, CDM
My journey to becoming a midwife started as a child. I was always intrigued by pregnancy and babies. My training as a nurse solidified my desire to work with women and their families during this major life event. I completed midwifery training in Australia that did not transfer to Alaska when I moved here with my husband in 2008. In my quest to find how midwifery worked in Alaska I met and started working with the wonderful midwives of MWHC. I completed state recognized training as a Direct Entry Midwife under the tutelage of Laura Gore then started work as a midwife in the clinic in 2010. I love providing care to women throughout the entirety of their pregnancy journey.
I have two wonderful boys who were both born with the expert guidance of the midwives of MWHC. My husband, a born and raised Alaskan man, and I love raising our boys in this beautiful state filled with so many opportunities for adventure.
PATRICIA YOUNG, CNM, WHNP
I joined the Midwifery and Women’s Health Care team in Fall of 2013. My own journey in midwifery began during my undergraduate education in Biology and Women’s Studies in northeastern Iowa. The more I learned about historical and current birthing practices, I found myself wholly aligning with the midwifery philosophy and approach to women’s health care. I ventured westward to Seattle gaining experience as a labor support and postpartum doula, and met my husband along the way. Our next stop was San Francisco where I received a graduate nursing education at UCSF to become both a board-certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. My time granted me opportunities to work among diverse populations and incorporate mindfulness into my practice. When I am not working, I enjoy coffee, jigsaw puzzles, and exploring Alaska.
ONICA SPROKKREEFF, CDM
Healthy living, informed choice, family and community are the foundations by which I base my values. As a staff midwife at MWHC I’ve been able to encompass all of these aspects into my practice. I am a Certified Direct Entry Midwife, licensed by the State of Alaska. I also have a Bachelors of Kinesiology which compliments my midwifery and women’s healthcare training through the scientific study of physiological, mechanical, and psychological aspects of the human body. As a midwife I am honored to help guide women in making the best choices for themselves and their families, which I am blessed to continuously witness through the power and beauty of birth. In November 2014 I welcomed my daughter, Pia, into the world, experiencing as a client the support MWHC gives every family on their journey through parenthood. As a mother, my gratitude comes from knowing Pia has wonderful illustrations of what kind, knowledgeable and strong is from my family at MWHC.
ALBI TATUM, RN
I grew up in Seward and a love of all things medical began early for me by going on ambulance and fire calls with my Mom and Dad who both were volunteer EMT’s for my entire childhood. I followed in my parents footsteps and graduated from Paramedic school in Anchorage in 2000, beginning a career that included experiences such as running a rural health clinic, high call volume primary 911 services, Emergency Room and finally flight Paramedic back here in Anchorage. After graduating from nursing school in 2014, I started working for Midwifery and Women’s Health Care and love my newest career move and all the wonderful people and patients I work with. I am passionate about patient care and advocacy and am always striving to learn new things and stay up to date with the ever evolving medical world.
I currently call Eagle River home with my husband, 2 stepsons and a crazy daughter born in 2010 with the loving care of the midwives here at Midwifery and Women’s Health Care. When I’m not working I enjoy gardening, spending time with family, teaching EMT classes and being a birth assistant.
Medical Assistant, Birth Assistant
I have enjoyed working with the midwives of MWHC since 2000. I have 3 children and 1 grandchild. I love being a part of a woman’s pregnancy and birth into motherhood. I attend births at Anchorage Birth Center as a birth assistant, and work in the office as a medical assistant. Working with the staff, midwives and patients of MWHC has and continues to be such a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Suzanne Smerjac, PhD
MEDICAL ASSISTANT, Birth Assistant
I started at MWHC in September 2014 as a medical assistant. My background is in Biomedical Science research and I have taught biology courses at Boise State and UAA. When I decided in mid-2014 to make a career shift, I couldn't imagine a better place than MWHC to learn about patient-centered care. My second child was born in 2011 in the birth center with Laura; the partnership with the midwives for prenatal care, labor support, and well-women care was superb. I'm thrilled to now be part of the team at MWHC helping support women and their growing families. Around the clinic, you'll find me in the lab, performing hearing screens, and helping the nursing staff. When I'm not at work, I dabble in various hobbies like running, hiking, nordic skiing, gardening, and playing cards. Mostly, I spend my time my husband and two exuberant children trying to prevent life from spiraling into total chaos while still having lots of fun.
I started working at Midwifery and Women's Health Care in September of 2016. I am a life long Alaskan and have no intentions of leaving this state. I am the youngest of 3 girls. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do. I have a beautiful daughter Jillian who was born in June 2016. I love that I am able to spend my days working around expecting mothers and infants. I hope to one day become a birthing assistant for Anchorage Birth Center.
I started working at Midwifery & Women’s Health Care in February of 2012 as a billing assistant. I transitioned into the role of Business Manager in May of 2015. I have 3 children- a 9 year old girl, a 6 (almost 7) year old boy and a little girl born in September! As a born and raised Alaskan, and married to one as well, our family likes to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Alaska: hiking, camping, 4 wheeling, snow machining, boating, flying and everything in between! Prior to working for MWHC I owned and managed an eco-friendly children’s store called “Sugar and Spice, A Children’s Ecotique” that was located in the University Center. This is a team of amazing women and I am grateful to be a part of it!
Sarah Stevens, IBCLC
Staff Lactation Consultant & Breastfeeding 101 Class Instructor
I moved to Alaska in 2005 with my husband and two children. We wanted to be closer to my brother and his wife, who were expecting their first child. We wanted our kids to grow up seeing their cousins often, something that neither of us had had as children. I had been both a flight attendant and a childbirth educator in the years preceding our move to Alaska, and have found ways to use both skill sets in Alaska. I worked for Conoco Phillips Aviation, then at Providence Hospital. At Providence, I was fortunate to work with a mentor who taught me a lot about breastfeeding, and about what women really need in the postpartum period. I learned more from her than I did from DONA postpartum doula training! In 2009, Karin Braun (a previous partner of MWHC) called me and asked me to apply for a position at MWHC. My initial job description was “medical assistant”, but it quickly became clear that lactation support would be my primary function. I love working here because I am surrounded by smart, generous people – co-workers and clients – and I get to develop relationships that last long after the need for breastfeeding help has been met.
Sarah Buechler, CPC
Coding, Compliance and Credentialing Coordinator
I joined Midwifery and Women’s Health Care in February of 2015.Though my time here hasn’t been long, I am enjoying every minute of it. I have been immersed in the coding and billing profession for 10 years, in varying specialties. A Georgia transplant, I spend my summer camping, hiking and having fun with friends, and my winters with a fire and good book. I especially enjoy using American Sign Language in the deaf community.