Classroom Teachers

  • Laura Bartko Laura Bartko, CNM, MN, NP completed the nurse-midwifery program at OHSU in 2007, and has been attending homebirths since 2009. She currently practices in Oregon City and Estacada at Trillium ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jesica Dolin Jesica Dolin, BSM, CPM, is a Birthingway Alumni who has returned to teach at the school she graduated from over a decade ago. She has been a midwife for the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leora Marialicia González Leora Marialicia González’s interest in midwifery and the cycles of life and death began in her late teens after attending her niece’s home birth seven months after the death of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...