Classroom Teachers

  • Rita Aparicio Rita Aparicio,  B.A., M.A., DEM, LLLL, IBCLC, CCE, CLE, CLMA, CD, has been a midwife since 1984. She studied at the Santa Fe Midwifery School, and The Maternity Center in ...
  • Lucina Armstrong Lucina Armstrong‘s, B.A., LDM, CPM, interest in midwifery began in 1998, when she worked with midwives in Costa Rica while earning her BA in public health. After graduating college, she moved ...
  • Mindy Cash Mindy Cash, N.D., M.S.O.M., L.Ac. is a holistic primary care physician with a passion for teaching. She teaches Nutrition, and the three-part Botanicals series from a dynamic perspective spanning modern ...
  • Denise O’Halloran Denise O’Halloran, B.S., EMT-P is an Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and a Paramedic Instructor, and teaches Birthingway midwifery students in the three-part Critical Care Skills series and Hematology courses. Denise also ...
  • Carrie Cohen Carrie Cohen, MA, MS, IBCLC, CLE, CD, ICCE.  Carrie has been working to support families throughout birth and the postpartum time since 2008.  She currently co-teaches the Breastfeeding Politics and ...
  • Melissa Cole Melissa Cole, BS, IBCLC, RLC is a board-certified lactation consultant and neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and wellness clinician in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation ...
  • Kathryn Constant Kathryn Constant, MLS, has been working in the library field for over 20 years. She brings a peaceful spirit to our library and is kind and compassionate towards students and ...
  • Tiffany Decker Tiffany Decker, CD(DONA), PD, CBE, has been a serving families as a postpartum and birth doula since 2011. She teaches the Postpartum Doula Workshop– and takes great pleasure in supporting doulas ...
  • Pamela Echeverio Pamela Echeverio, mother, grandmother, BSM, CPM, LDM, teaches Pharmacology. Pamela has been involved with homebirth since 1977 when her first child was born at home. She was a doula until ...
  • Megan Felling Megan Felling, BSM, CPM, LDM, co-founded Cedar Midwifery in 2013 after graduating from Birthingway. She also teaches childbirth education with Primed for Birth, and offers doula care at Birth and ...
  • Adrienne Fuson Adrienne Fuson, B.A., IBCLC, LMT, CD, teaches and supervises extensively in the Lactation Consultation program, including the Breastfeeding series, Infant Complex Breastfeeding Situations, and Lactation Consultant Practice Protocols. She has ...
  • Kathrine Greer Kathrine Greer, RN, BSN, CPM, LDM, teaches Well-Woman Gynecology and is a Birthingway preceptor for Midwifery Program clinical training. She is nationally certified midwife and is licensed in the state of Oregon, ...
  • Brandee Grider Brandee Grider, BSM, CPM, LDM, teaches Physical Assessment I & II. After graduating from Birthingway in 2009, she added midwifery to her massage practice, Sacred Birth and Bodywork. She is ...
  • Heather Hack-Sullivan Heather Hack-Sullivan, BSM, CPM, LDM has come full circle in the Birthingway community. She began teaching Infancy classes several years ago only to then become a student, a graduate, a ...
  • Ann Holland Ann Holland, N.D., M.S.O.M., L.Ac. is a Naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who practices family medicine at Health Roots Natural Medicine. She teaches Botany at Birthingway, and has also taught ...
  • Celeste Kersey Celeste Kersey, BA, CPM, LDM is passionate about living consciously, and is a perpetual student of NVC and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Midwifery and Motherhood. Celeste teaches Birthingway’s Communication series, is ...
  • Stacey Marshall Stacey Marshall, AS, IBCLC, teaches the Labor Doula Workshop, Breastfeeding Skills, Breastfeeding Education and Counseling, and co-teaches in the Childbirth Educator course. She is the first graduate of Birthingway’s Associate ...
  • Bonnie McAnnis Bonnie McAnnis, BA, MA, LMT traces her roots with Birthingway to the beginning years as a member of the founding class. Her journey with midwifery began with the homebirths of ...
  • Carrie McCormick Carrie McCormick, MPH, was with the first group of women in the living room study group which eventually evolved into Birthingway. She has had many incarnations within the Birthingway community: ...
  • Jennifer Means Jennifer Means, N.D. is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist and teaches Homeopathy I & II. Jennifer is a devoted mother who balances work and family with inspiring grace. She is ...
  • Marilyn Milestone Marilyn Milestone, CPM, LDM, teaches Suturing and supervises clinical training. She has been a dedicated preceptor of Birthingway midwifery students for many years and has gone from teaching assistant to ...
  • Susan Moray Susan Moray‘s, CPM, LDM, calling to conscious birthing began in the mid 1970’s at the homebirth of a friend. She started by teaching Bradley classes, then Birthing from Within and ...
  • Brooke Noli Brooke Noli, MA, MFT, CD, teaches Perinatal Psychology for Lactation Consultants and Perinatal Psychology for Midwives. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has a two-year ...
  • Cari Nyland Cari Nyland, ND, teaches Birthingway’s three-part Plant Medicine series, and Introduction to Healing Systems. She is a naturopath who practices in Portland, Oregon.
  • Sara Ohgushi Sara Ohgushi, ND, LM, was led to her work with families as a primary care naturopathic physician and midwife through her children, Asumi, born reluctantly but naturally in a hospital ...
  • Sarah Peyton Sarah Peyton, B.A., independent facilitator and teacher of collaborative communication from Vancouver, WA, teaches workshops and classes that integrate the heart of brain research with Nonviolent Communication (NVC). She is ...
  • Gradey Proctor Gradey Proctor is a botanist who has spent years studying the flora of Oregon’s forests and has a passion for wildcrafting medicinal and edible plants for his community. He apprenticed at the ...
  • Rhonda Ray Rhonda Ray, BA, CPM is a retired midwife who began an active practice in 1979. She teaches Prenatal Skills and is our beloved Midwifery Program Coordinator. Rhonda has been described ...
  • Nichole Reding Nichole Reding, MA, CPM, is Birthingway’s Academic Coordinator, a Childbirth Educator, and a Birthingway certified, Labor Doula. She teaches Childbirth Education, Complex Situations I, Ethics, Midwifery History and Politics, and Psychosocial ...
  • Holly Scholles Holly Scholles, MA, CPM, LDM is a midwife with a tiny practice, as well as an anthropologist specializing in human reproduction and medical anthropology. Holly is the founder and president ...
  • Kristen Werth Kristen Werth, B.S., M.S., is a medical researcher and labor doula, who has a son and a daughter. She’s a big fan of birth and realized after the birth of ...
  • Susannah Wright Susannah Wright, BSM, CPM, LDM – Susannah is a Birthingway graduate and midwife in Portland at Cedar Midwifery. She came to midwifery through a commitment to choice and respect in healthcare and ...
  • Jacqueline Zapp-Albin Jacqueline Zapp-Albin, BSM, CPM. After volunteering in the Birthingway office for a year, Jackie was a student in the third midwifery cohort (1999 4EVA!). Upon graduating and becoming a CPM ...