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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.

Dr. Erica Wright, FNP, DNP

Dr. Erica Wright, FNP, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice

My husband and I are “newbies” to Alaska, having moved here in August 2016. We came to Alaska after my husband was offered a job and (like so many others) for the love of the outdoors. I worked in various areas in hospitals prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and now love working with the whole family during all stages of life. When I’m not at work, you can find my husband and I outdoors (we have a new-found love for fishing!), traveling, watching movies or spending time with our family and friends.

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.

 

Shelley Wantaja, APRN, FNP

Shelley Wantaja, APRN, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

I moved to Alaska 6 years ago and fell in love with the mountains and the people here. I am passionate about holistic, complimentary care and believe everyone should have a chance to tell their story and be heard. I believe my real title is “supporter.” I feel so blessed that God has led me to Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health and I look forward to partnering with individuals and families on their health journeys.

 

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

Brand new to Alaska, my husband and I moved from Colorado with our two young kiddos this spring. We are a very adventurous nature-loving family, and are excited to explore Alaska! We drove our RV up the Alaska highway with hopes of trekking around the state this summer with our kids. I have a passion for natural healthcare, and am bent to practice women’s healthcare, through a holistic lense. My husband and I were blessed to experience natural home-birth and had to have a high-risk hospital birth, and can appreciate the beauty of both. I so enjoy the journey of pregnancy and birth, and consider it a sacred time. This season isn’t always easy or perfect, however it’s been beautiful and life-changing each time we brought another person into our family. I consider it my calling to serve parents and empower them in journeying their unique pregnancy and birth.

 

 

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).

 

Registered Nurses/Certified Medical Assistants

Joy Stouffer, RN

Joy Stouffer, RN

Registered Nurse
In 2010, I moved from Washington to Alaska and got married to my wonderful husband. He is my best friend, biggest supporter, and the most loving guy I could ask for. We enjoy living the Alaskan life by four wheeling, camping, fishing, etc. I would categorize myself as an outdoorsy girly girl. So far, we have one daughter and she is our most precious treasure! I love Jesus and strive to follow him with all my heart.I graduated from nursing school at UAA in 2013. I absolutely love working at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health becuase of the relaxing and supportive atmosphere. OUr holistic and natural approach to patient centered care excites me and I enjoy getting to know our patients. The thing to remember about me is that I enjoy life and look forward to the adventures God has in store for me!

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 Matsu 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.

Rachel Bethune, CMA

Rachel Bethune, CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

When I decided to go back to school to pursue an education in Medical Assisting, I knew I wanted to find a place to work that truly dedicated themselves to and cared for patients. I found all that and more at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health. I’m so grateful to be working with such wonderful people and hope to make a long career here. When not at work, I love spending time with my family and my beautiful little girl! I am very passionate about music and writing and spend a lot of time singing and writing poetry.

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 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 these doors I knew this was an environment that was 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 as a family!

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.

To schedule an appointment or a free facility tour, 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.