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Mat-Su Midwifery was founded at our current location in Wasilla, AK in 1992. We soon realized that there was a need in our community for holistic, individualized care to be offered for more than just pregnancy and birth care, but for the entire family. So, in 2007 we expanded our business to offer services to families throughout surrounding locations seeking a more natural approach to health care. That year, Mat-Su Midwifery was renamed Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health.

We are part of the ACNM (American College of Nurse-Midwives) Benchmarking Project, as well as accredited by The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). We have also been voted Best Midwifery in the Valley 3 years in a row!

Nurse Practitioners

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP

Aubrey Spangler, APRN, CFMP

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

I specialize in Functional Medicine and believe in using a spectrum of therapies that offer the best and most individualized care to our clients. 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 2, nature adventurer, perpetual student, and wild-food harvester.

Darcy M. Lucey, APRN, CNM

Darcy M. Lucey, APRN, CNM

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

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.

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP

Shelley Adams, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

My husband and I moved to Southeast Alaska ten years ago and quickly realized we had found a home in the astounding beauty, openness of spirit, and independence of thought of Alaska. We bought a commercial fishing business, had three children, and moved to Palmer where we found a perfect blend of my mid-western farming roots and the mountains I love. My compassionate and holistic approach to medicine is based on my deep love of science and the human experience.

Sabrina Yoder, APRN, CNM, CFMP

Sabrina Yoder, APRN, CNM, CFMP

Certified Nurse Midwife/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

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 in the midst of 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, vulvular conditions, bladder problems, and menopausal symptoms as well as many 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 in turn fulfill their purpose to the people around them. I live for the outdoors and love Alaskan adventures with my husband and children.

 

Liz Moran, APRN, CNM

Liz Moran, APRN, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Last year my husband and I moved from Colorado with our two young kiddos. We are a very adventurous, nature-loving family, and are excited to explore Alaska! I have a passion for natural healthcare, and am bent to practice women’s healthcare, through a holistic lens. My husband and I have been blessed to experience natural home-birth  and a high-risk hospital birth. We can appreciate the beauty of both. This season isn’t always easy or perfect, however I believe there’s beauty and growth no matter the outcome. I so enjoy the journey of pregnancy and birth, and view it as a sacred time. I consider it my calling to serve and empower parents in discovering and owning their unique pregnancy and birth journey.

 

Midwives

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

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

Jessica Sawyer, CPM, CDM

Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Direct Entry Midwife

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!

Hannah Brown, CPM, CDM

Hannah Brown, CPM, CDM

Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Direct Entry Midwife

I am joining Mat-Su Midwifery after working as a midwife both overseas as well as in the United States. I trained as an apprentice midwife in interior Alaska for two years, graduated from Mercy In Action College Of Midwifery and became a Certified Professional Midwife in 2017. I grew up in a family where birth was attended by midwives at home and was a normal life process. I became truly invested in Midwifery care when I learned about the global disparities that pregnant and birthing women face. It has been my great privilege to serve women of all socioeconomic statuses and walks of life. I am very excited to be joining this wonderful practice and serving Alaskan families once again! In my spare time, I enjoy fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and aerial arts.

Kluane Tozier, CPM, CDM

Kluane Tozier, CPM, CDM

Certified Professional Midwife, Certified Direct Entry Midwife

I’m a life-long Alaskan, originally from North Pole. I grew up with midwifery care being the norm, as I and all my siblings were born with midwives. After working with a chiropractor who specialized in maternity and newborn care, I knew I wanted to be involved in women centered care. I went through the Mercy in Action College of Midwifery and apprenticed in Fairbanks at the same birth center I was born at! I graduated in 2017 and immediately went to the Philippines for 5 months to work alongside local midwives in a capacity building and teaching role. I have been working at a birth center in Idaho for the past year and a half, and assistant teaching with the midwifery college I graduated from. I have fallen in love with Idaho, but am excited to be back in Alaska, serving the women from my home state! In my free time I enjoy playing the piano, drinking coffee, spending time outdoors, traveling, and aerial arts.

Liz Moran, APRN, CNM

Liz Moran, APRN, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Last year my husband and I moved from Colorado with our two young kiddos. We are a very adventurous, nature-loving family, and are excited to explore Alaska! I have a passion for natural healthcare, and am bent to practice women’s healthcare, through a holistic lens. My husband and I have been blessed to experience natural home-birth  and a high-risk hospital birth. We can appreciate the beauty of both. This season isn’t always easy or perfect, however I believe there’s beauty and growth no matter the outcome. I so enjoy the journey of pregnancy and birth, and view it as a sacred time. I consider it my calling to serve and empower parents in discovering and owning their unique pregnancy and birth journey.

 

 

Santhia Rose, DNP, APRN, CNM

Santhia Rose, DNP, APRN, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

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 Matsu 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!

 

 

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant

Midwifery Assistant/Birth Assistant

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).

 

Sami Nuxoll, Midwifery Assistant

Sami Nuxoll, Midwifery Assistant

Midwifery Assistant/Birth Assistant

I knew I wanted to be a midwife after my sister had two amazing experiences with a midwife in Montana. After attending Mercy In Action College of Midwifery and obtaining my Certified Professional Midwife credential, I worked as a licensed midwife and helped open a birth center in Twin Falls, Idaho. After this I had the opportunity to move to Alaska for a midwifery position at another clinic, and took it, looking forward to exploring this amazing state. Now I am a birth assistant at Mat-Su Midwifery, taking a break from independent practice in order to support fellow midwives in their role. I also do some administrative work in the office as well so you may see me around!
In my free time I love to read, hike, and cook. I’m also exploring film photography! Someday, I hope to move back to my home state of Montana to start my own practice.

 

Registered Nurses

Marilyn Vink, RN

Marilyn Vink, RN

Registered Nurse

My first introduction to Mat-Su Midwifery was when I attended the birth of my niece. All of the staff were friendly and supportive. When my husband and I moved back to this area, it was an easy decision to seek prenatal care here. With the help of my husband and the Mat-Su Midwifery team, I delivered our two youngest in the green room of the birth center. After eighteen years of working in EMS I completed nursing school. I am now excited to be an RN helping to providing care to those at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health.

Amanda D'Hondt, RN

Amanda D'Hondt, RN

Registered Nurse

Born and raised in the Matanuska Valley. I graduated nursing school from Northwestern State University. I have a background in emergency medicine and I’m looking forward to working in another aspect of the nursing field. We’re an Army family who has lived stateside and internationally but we are glad to be back in Alaska. Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health is a friendly and supportive facility that values its employees and patients. I am excited to grow professionally and personally with Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health.

 

Cresence O'Brien, RN

Cresence O'Brien, RN

Registered Nurse

My husband and I moved to Alaska in 2017 from East Tennessee. We fell in love with the beauty of everything around us and the diverse culture. I have been a registered nurse for over six years with experience in medical-surgical and orthopedic nursing all within the acute care hospital setting. After visiting Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health for the first time as a patient I knew right away it was a special place. I’m excited to be able to help provide holistic care to families in the area at all stages of life. I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and our two dogs (Siberian Husky and Golden Retriever), playing and singing music (flute and piano) and exploring God’s spectacular creation in the outdoors of our one of a kind state.

Students

Vanessa Williams, AM

Vanessa Williams, AM

Student Midwife

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, AM

Laura Lemons, AM

Student Midwife

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 grand kids 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.

Office Staff

Tiffany Mouritsen

Tiffany Mouritsen

Office Manager

My passion for service is what led me to Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health. I knew from previous jobs that I wanted to spend my time doing something to better myself and our community. When Judi approached me and invited me to apply for the position I had no idea what “midwifery” was, but I trusted my gut and agreed. The moment I walked in I knew this was an environment filled with positivity, encouragement, healing and comfort. My role here is diverse and I enjoy it more and more each new day. My husband and I have 2 children and we enjoy spending time together exploring all that Alaska has to offer.

Megan

Megan

Patient Care Coordinator

I recently moved to Alaska from Texas with my Alaskan Husband, Corgi and Black Mountain Cur. I love the welcoming and relaxing atmosphere the Midwifery has to offer. I know that whenever we start our family I will be equipped with the knowledge I need for a healthy pregnancy and I hope to have my babies in the Birth Center. Outside of work you’ll find me exploring this beautiful state or cooking a delicious meal. Someday I plan to be a Physical Therapist to help injured Veterans.

Susanna Biederman

Susanna Biederman

Executive Coordinator

My journey with Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health started 13 and 11 years ago when my two daughters were born here. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have served as both a Birth Assistant and a member of the Community Advisory Board here, which has nurtured my love for natural childbirth and fostered an even greater appreciation for this amazing group of midwives and medical providers. Motherhood has been a joy and a privilege for me personally, and I love to encourage and mentor new moms. Over the last 7 years, I have enjoyed time as both a volunteer and staff member at HeartReach Center, mentoring young moms and peer-counseling women and men facing unexpected pregnancy. With my husband of 17 years, our family enjoys road-tripping in Alaska, from Deadhorse to Homer and everything in between.

Tiffany Taylor

Tiffany Taylor

Medical Receptionist

I was born and raised in Alaska and enjoy running and hiking all over the state! I’ve always wanted to be in a career field where I can make a difference. I recently started school to become a birth assistant.  I love children and look forward to the day I can have my own.

Savanna Van Diest

Savanna Van Diest

Medical Receptionist

My love for people and desire to serve the Mat-Su community is what initially lead me to become part of the Mat-Su Midwifery team. Since starting, I have discovered a family of coworkers each with a passion for what they do. Their genuine hearts to serve and care for people of all ages and stages is infectious and makes for a wonderful work environment. I feel blessed to be a part of a family of healthcare professionals who seek to better the lives of each person who walks through our doors. As a true Alaskan at heart, when I’m not helping the team, you can find me out on adventures with my husband and adorable golden retriever in the great outdoors.

Karly Robinson

Karly Robinson

Medical Receptionist

Making a difference within my community has always been important to me in both my personal and professional life. Mat Su Midwifery is such a strong, team-oriented group of women who make a huge difference in the Matanuska Valley. Being part of their team and sharing in their vision and passion for the services they offer is extremely rewarding. For the last seven years, I have been coaching competitive gymnastics and continue to do so during my spare time. Everything to do with good food and quality flavors excites me and I love sharing in the social positivity of food and drink! Biking, hiking, skiing, and any outdoor excursion that is focused on enjoying the details of nature is my favorite thing to do outside of work. I also lived in Germany for three years and am fluent in the german language, which I highly enjoy speaking whenever possible! I am so thankful to be surrounded daily by the women working here and look forward to being part of the growth that is to come.

To schedule an appointment or complementary midwife meet and greet, contact us today at 907-373-3420. Our team looks forward to meeting and working with you!

Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Contact Us

Phone
907-373-3420

Fax
907-376-7847

Hours

Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We have 24-hour on-call providers for both the midwifery and family practice.