Our Team
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Our Team is Here For You

The nurse practitioners and midwives at Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health offer many of the same services as doctors, physicians, and pediatricians. Our providers can diagnose, order labs, write prescriptions, order imaging, send referrals and more. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and your family for all your healthcare needs. We proudly serve the Wasilla, AK, community and beyond!
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Meet Our Team

Family Practitioners

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMPI specialize in Functional Medicine and believe in using a spectrum of therapies that offer our clients the best and most individualized care. My passions include nutrition as a lifestyle, women’s health, children’s health, and hormone balancing. I am very excited and grateful to provide families continuity of care through the spectrum of pregnancy to many years of episodic visits, well-child exams, and well-woman exams.

When I’m not at work, I am a wife, homeschooling mother of two, nature adventurer, perpetual student, and wild-food harvester.

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

I came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families.

I became a Family Nurse Practitioner and eventually a nurse-midwife, and I feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor my care to meet their specific and unique situations and needs.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP

I moved to Alaska from the midwest in my early 20s and fell in love with the astounding beauty, openness of spirit, and independence of thought in Alaska. I found a home in Palmer, where my midwest farming roots met the mountains I love. I am so grateful to be raising my three delightful children here.

I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family Medicine. My first decade in healthcare was spent as a nurse in and out of the hospital, primarily working in an intensive care setting. I was happy fixing acute problems but wanted to understand better and solve the underlying upstream causes. I believe in the complex interplay of our bodies, minds, and spirits and that healthcare should likewise be holistic and multifaceted. In my practice, I endeavor to blend western and functional medicine using commonsense and creative solutions to support the whole person’s health best.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP

I was born and raised in Montana and have served in healthcare since I was 16 years old. Helping people and making a difference in people’s lives has always been my goal. I started as a certified nursing assistant, then became an emergency medical technician. While working as an EMT, I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with my associate’s degree in nursing. I worked in the NICU and completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing through Grand Canyon University. As I was working, I knew I wanted to deepen my knowledge and serve patients in a different capacity. I had seen firsthand the difference a great provider could make in a patient’s life, and I decided to return to school again to become a nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master’s degree in nursing at Purdue University Global and became a Family Nurse practitioner.

I am thrilled to call Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health home. I am honored to provide continuity of care across the lifespan. I look forward to caring for families through episodic visits and wellness exams in all spectrums of life. Each person is unique and should be treated with a holistic and individualized approach. Outside of work, I am a wife and homeschooling mom of three. We enjoy the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Certified Nurse Midwife/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

Sabrina Yoder, APRN, CNM, CFMP

My specialty is functional women’s health from puberty through menopause and beyond. My experience as a certified nurse-midwife has revealed the incredible and intricate nature of women’s health and vitality amid childbearing. I am certified in functional medicine, which focuses on treating the cause of illness instead of treating only the symptoms. I partner with women to find relief from conditions such as PMS, abnormal periods, pelvic pain, vulvar conditions, bladder problems, PCOS, infertility, and menopausal symptoms. I also help treat other primary care concerns such as thyroid disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.

My goal is to help women be fully alive in body, soul, and spirit so they can fulfill their purpose to the people around them. I live for the outdoors and love Alaskan adventures with my husband and children.

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

See Bio
I specialize in Functional Medicine and believe in using a spectrum of therapies that offer our clients the best and most individualized care. My passions include nutrition as a lifestyle, women’s health, children’s health, and hormone balancing. I am very excited and grateful to provide families continuity of care through the spectrum of pregnancy to many years of episodic visits, well-child exams, and well-woman exams.

When I’m not at work, I am a wife, homeschooling mother of two, nature adventurer, perpetual student, and wild-food harvester.

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Darcy M. Lucey, APRN, CNM

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

See Bio
I came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families.

I became a Family Nurse Practitioner and eventually a nurse-midwife, and I feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor my care to meet their specific and unique situations and needs.

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner
See Bio
I moved to Alaska from the midwest in my early 20s and fell in love with the astounding beauty, openness of spirit, and independence of thought in Alaska. I found a home in Palmer, where my midwest farming roots met the mountains I love. I am so grateful to be raising my three delightful children here.

I am a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family Medicine. My first decade in healthcare was spent as a nurse in and out of the hospital, primarily working in an intensive care setting. I was happy fixing acute problems but wanted to understand better and solve the underlying upstream causes. I believe in the complex interplay of our bodies, minds, and spirits and that healthcare should likewise be holistic and multifaceted. In my practice, I endeavor to blend western and functional medicine using commonsense and creative solutions to support the whole person’s health best.

Sabrina Yoder, APRN, CNM, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Sabrina Yoder, APRN, CNM, CFMP

Certified Nurse Midwife/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

See Bio
My specialty is functional women’s health from puberty through menopause and beyond. My experience as a certified nurse-midwife has revealed the incredible and intricate nature of women’s health and vitality amid childbearing. I am certified in functional medicine, which focuses on treating the cause of illness instead of treating only the symptoms. I partner with women to find relief from conditions such as PMS, abnormal periods, pelvic pain, vulvar conditions, bladder problems, PCOS, infertility, and menopausal symptoms. I also help treat other primary care concerns such as thyroid disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression.

My goal is to help women be fully alive in body, soul, and spirit so they can fulfill their purpose to the people around them. I live for the outdoors and love Alaskan adventures with my husband and children.

Tami Smith, APRN, FNP-C | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Tami Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

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I was born and raised in Montana and have served in healthcare since I was 16 years old. Helping people and making a difference in people’s lives has always been my goal. I started as a certified nursing assistant, then became an emergency medical technician. While working as an EMT, I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with my associate’s degree in nursing. I worked in the NICU and completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing through Grand Canyon University. As I was working, I knew I wanted to deepen my knowledge and serve patients in a different capacity. I had seen firsthand the difference a great provider could make in a patient’s life, and I decided to return to school again to become a nurse practitioner. I graduated with my master’s degree in nursing at Purdue University Global and became a Family Nurse practitioner.

I am thrilled to call Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health home. I am honored to provide continuity of care across the lifespan. I look forward to caring for families through episodic visits and wellness exams in all spectrums of life. Each person is unique and should be treated with a holistic and individualized approach. Outside of work, I am a wife and homeschooling mom of three. We enjoy the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Midwives

CNM since 2011

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNMI came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families.

I became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and eventually a Nurse-midwife, and feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor the care I provide to meet their specific and unique situation and needs.

CDM since 2005

Jessica Sawyer, CPM, CDM

Mat-Su Midwifery has been my “second home” since 2002. I trained as an apprentice here for 3 years and became a certified direct-entry midwife in Oct. 2005. I really enjoy working with our wonderful moms and babies, and with the other great midwives and staff. My husband and I have 4 children (born 1995-2003).

My own birth experiences, ranging from induced labor in a military hospital overseas to a home birth attended by midwives, have convinced me of the importance of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. I believe that in most cases this setting provides the most comfortable environment for mom as well as the gentlest and safest welcome for baby. I look forward to serving you during this special time!

CNM since 2021

Santhia Rose, DNP, APRN, CNM

The first time I witnessed a birth as a new nursing student, l knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I trained as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital and worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in midwifery, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

I am beyond elated to join the team at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health Clinic. My goal is to empower mothers with the experience of a personalized birth and the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their health.

When not at work, you will find me hiking Flat Top with our pups or in some part of the world experiencing a new culture and cuisine!

CDM since 1983

Deborah Schneider, CDM

I was born and raised in Alaska. I love everything about it, except the mosquitoes! I have been involved in midwifery since 1983. I have always believed in the strength of women to give birth and that my role as midwife is to encourage them to believe that they can. I love the families that I work with and am privileged to be a part of.

I have a large extended family of 5 sisters and 3 brothers! With that, comes many nieces, nephews and many great nieces and nephews! I have been privileged to help some of them into the world.

I enjoy the snow, reading and cooking when I am not busy.

Midwifery Assistant

Deborah Schneider, CDM

I became interested in midwifery after the birth of my first child in 2010. I was deeply impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my midwives were during that process. I trained for 3 years as an apprentice at Mat-Su Midwifery, earned my Direct Entry Midwife license, and practiced for 4 years.

In 2019, I changed my focus to more of a administrative role (you would not believe all that goes in to running a birth center) and birth assisting. I continue to be impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my co-workers are!

In my downtime, I enjoy skiing, horseback riding, cooking and reading. I help my husband run a small air taxi (you would not believe all that goes in to running a small air taxi)! We are parents of two spunky girls(8 and 6).

Midwifery Assistant

Vanessa Williams, CPM
I am a lifelong Matanuska Susitna Valley resident. I am a wife and the mother of four little blessings. My passion for evidence-based care began with my first pregnancy and birth. After a less-than-desirable experience I knew I wanted to help other mothers advocate for themselves and their babies. Teaching nutrition and birth classes is a natural fit for me as cooking and eating are hobbies of mine, and birth is a miracle that I can’t get enough of. I eagerly anticipate each new group of mamas! Finally as an aspiring midwife my goal is this: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”- Mother Teresa.

Midwifery Assistant

Laura LemonsI am a wife, a mom and grammy to two amazing grandsons. I just finished my first year of Midwifery College through Mercy in Action School of Midwifery and am looking forward to graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery in May 2023. As long as I can remember I have had a passion for birth work and knew I would be a midwife one day! I waited patiently until my kids and grandkids were ready for me to pursue my dream and then I went for it! I am a certified doula, I officiate high school volleyball and youth basketball, I have a passion for serving women of all ages and am interested in learning more about the traditional healing of my native ancestors and the historical practice of indigenous birth. I love to pick berries, garden, hike and spend time camping with my friends and family. Most of all I love to learn and can not wait to serve the women in my community.

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

CNM since 2011
See Bio
I came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families.

I became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and eventually a Nurse-midwife, and feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor the care I provide to meet their specific and unique situation and needs.

Jessica Sawyer, CPM, CDM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Jessica Sawyer, CPM, CDM

CDM since 2005
See Bio
Mat-Su Midwifery has been my “second home” since 2002. I trained as an apprentice here for 3 years and became a certified direct-entry midwife in Oct. 2005. I really enjoy working with our wonderful moms and babies, and with the other great midwives and staff. My husband and I have 4 children (born 1995-2003).

My own birth experiences, ranging from induced labor in a military hospital overseas to a home birth attended by midwives, have convinced me of the importance of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. I believe that in most cases this setting provides the most comfortable environment for mom as well as the gentlest and safest welcome for baby. I look forward to serving you during this special time!

Santhia Rose, DNP, APRN, CNM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Santhia Rose, DNP, APRN, CNM

CNM since 2021
See Bio
The first time I witnessed a birth as a new nursing student, l knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I trained as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital and worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in midwifery, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

I am beyond elated to join the team at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health Clinic. My goal is to empower mothers with the experience of a personalized birth and the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their health.

When not at work, you will find me hiking Flat Top with our pups or in some part of the world experiencing a new culture and cuisine!

Deborah Schneider, CDM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Deborah Schneider, CDM

CDM since 1983
See Bio
I was born and raised in Alaska. I love everything about it, except the mosquitoes! I have been involved in midwifery since 1983. I have always believed in the strength of women to give birth and that my role as midwife is to encourage them to believe that they can. I love the families that I work with and am privileged to be a part of.

I have a large extended family of 5 sisters and 3 brothers! With that, comes many nieces, nephews and many great nieces and nephews! I have been privileged to help some of them into the world.

I enjoy the snow, reading and cooking when I am not busy.

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant

See Bio
I became interested in midwifery after the birth of my first child in 2010. I was deeply impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my midwives were during that process. I trained for 3 years as an apprentice at Mat-Su Midwifery, earned my Direct Entry Midwife license, and practiced for 4 years.

In 2019, I changed my focus to more of a administrative role (you would not believe all that goes in to running a birth center) and birth assisting. I continue to be impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my co-workers are!

In my downtime, I enjoy skiing, horseback riding, cooking and reading. I help my husband run a small air taxi (you would not believe all that goes in to running a small air taxi)! We are parents of two spunky girls(8 and 6).

Vanessa Williams, AM | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Vanessa Williams, CPM

Midwifery Assistant

See Bio
I am a lifelong Matanuska Susitna Valley resident. I am a wife and the mother of four little blessings. My passion for evidence-based care began with my first pregnancy and birth. After a less-than-desirable experience I knew I wanted to help other mothers advocate for themselves and their babies. Teaching nutrition and birth classes is a natural fit for me as cooking and eating are hobbies of mine, and birth is a miracle that I can’t get enough of. I eagerly anticipate each new group of mamas! Finally as an aspiring midwife my goal is this: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

– Mother Teresa.

Laura Lemons | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Laura Lemons, CPM

Midwifery Assistant
See Bio

I am a wife, a mom and grammy to two amazing grandsons. I just finished my first year of Midwifery College through Mercy in Action School of Midwifery and am looking forward to graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery in May 2023. As long as I can remember I have had a passion for birth work and knew I would be a midwife one day! I waited patiently until my kids and grandkids were ready for me to pursue my dream and then I went for it! I am a certified doula, I officiate high school volleyball and youth basketball, I have a passion for serving women of all ages and am interested in learning more about the traditional healing of my native ancestors and the historical practice of indigenous birth. I love to pick berries, garden, hike and spend time camping with my friends and family. Most of all I love to learn and can not wait to serve the women in my community.

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Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP | Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

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