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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

I moved to Alaska from the midwest in my early 20’s and fell in love with the astounding beauty, openness of spirt, and independence of thought in Alaska. I found a home in Palmer, where my midwest farming roots met the mountains that 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, mostly working in an Intensive Care setting. I was happy fixing acute problems but wanted to better understand and solve the underlying upstream causes. I believe in the complex interplay of our bodies, minds, and spirts 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 best support the health of the whole person.

Tami Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Tami Smith, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

I was born and raised in Montana and have served in healthcare since I was 16 years old.  Serving 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 College of Southern Idaho with my associate 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 the life of a patient, and I made the decision 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, in all spectrums of life, through episodic visits and well exams.   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 3.  We enjoy the outdoors, camping, hunting and fishing. 

Amy DeLoach, APRN, FNP-C

Amy DeLoach, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

My experience in the healthcare industry is grounded in scientific and functional medicine.  I treat the patient according to an individual need.  I have worked with substance abuse, psych, infection control, and many other areas of healthcare.  I’m here for my patients; and I want them to develop a trusting relationship with me.

I’ve been a nurse almost 28 years before becoming a nurse practitioner.  I graduated from University of Texas with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  I graduated from University of Phoenix with my Master of Science as a nurse practitioner.  I’m in the process of functional medicine training as well as alternative pain treatments such as trigger point injections.  My goal is to complete my doctorate as a psychiatric provider.  I became a nurse practitioner to further my role in helping people.  With my experience, I will utilize skills to help people in any way necessary.

I came to Alaska as a travel nurse.  I’ve created a home here in Palmer, Alaska.  I have a boyfriend and two fur babies.  My hobbies include hiking, traveling, baking, sewing, and crafts.


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, PCOS, infertility 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.

 

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!

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 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

Deborah Schneider, CDM

Certified Direct Entry Midwife

I was born and raised in Alaska.  I love everything about it, except the mosquitos!  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

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

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.

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.

Stephanie Brown, RN

Stephanie Brown, RN

Registered Nurse

I was born and raised in Delta Junction and have lived most of my life in Alaska. I spent a little less than a year in Ohio and missed the mountains and wide open spaces of my home state. My husband and I moved to the Anchorage area where I went to nursing school at UAA and spent my first year of nursing primarily in the Mother/Baby and Prenatal unit at Providence. I am delighted to be joining the compassionate team here at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health and look forward to continuing to learn and serve in the health community. Outside of work I love kayaking, occasional rock climbing, skating, drawing and pretty much anything outdoors or active.

Brittany Rhodes, CMA, CDP

Brittany Rhodes, CMA, CDP

Certified Medical Assistant

I am a lifelong Alaskan, originally from Seward. I began my career in healthcare in 2011 as a non-certified Medical Assistant, specializing in emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, and dementia care. I recently went back to school to earn my Certification in Medical Assisting and had the privilege of externing here at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health. This was a very different setting from anything I have previously experienced and provided me with a great new perspective, so I was thrilled to find out I was being hired on after graduating. When I’m not working, I spend as much time as I can with my husband and two daughters enjoying all Alaska has to offer, particularly camping every weekend in the summer.

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

President

I moved to Alaska in 1999 after marrying my best friend Kyle and have been investing in the community ever since. Trained as a teacher in my undergrad, I spent many years mentoring teenage girls through high school. I treasured the early years at home with our two daughters and headed to work outside the home after they were both in school. For four years, I served as Client Services Manager at HeartReach Center and acted as the fundraising banquet coordinator for two of those years. I had the privilege of homeschooling our two girls for a year break and then settled here at Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health, the same place where both our daughters were born. I accepted the position as President in 2019, and obtained my MBA in Healthcare Management by May of 2021. I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ and strive to do everything in word and deed to the glory of God. During my time as President, Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health will be a place where employees are a team in a family-like environment, where respect for one another is priority, and where whole-person health is our essential intent.

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.