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Barbara Norton, APRN, CNM

Barbara has been a nurse since 1978, a women’s health nurse practitioner since 1985, and a midwife since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of California, San Francisco. She opened her own private practice in Anchorage in 1995, incorporated it as Midwifery & Women’s Health Care in 2000 when Karin Braun, CNM joined her, and left that practice in 2015. She is currently helping train the newer midwives in the practice, and looks forward to transitioning to mainly women’s health care, with a focus on menopause and sexual health.

Barbara worked as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner for 9 years (1985-1994) before becoming a midwife. During that time she worked in a variety of settings honing her skills in contraceptive management, menopausal counseling, and irregular menstrual bleeding.

Barbara has been affiliated with the University of Alaska, teaching nurse practitioner students, and has served on many community boards, including the Board of Certified Direct Entry Midwives and the Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon. She currently serves on the American Association of Birth Center board as Secretary. She has been married to Bradley Cruz since 1979 and has 2 daughters who both live in Anchorage, and 3 grandchildren, all of whom were born at Geneva Woods Birth Center.

Barbara enjoys traveling, hiking, trail running, triathlon, reading, cooking, and spending time with her kids and their families.

haley yerxa
Haley Yerxa, APRN, CNM, WHNP

Haley’s path to midwifery and to Alaska was rather circuitous. Born and raised between Switzerland, Belgium and the U.S., Haley spent the last 10 years living and working in Minnesota, California, Nicaragua, Oregon and Connecticut. She originally studied Biology with a focus on Environmental Science. However, she gravitated towards midwifery for the opportunity to safeguard normal physiologic birth, and to provide the type of reproductive care that allows people to make informed choices on their own health. She completed her nursing and midwifery studies at Yale School of Nursing, finishing her clinical rotations at an Indian Health Service hospital in Arizona. In her time off you can find her in the woods and mountains, usually with her husband Marshall and their dogs. She is excited to finally set down roots in a place as amazing as Alaska.

kimberly Spence-Jensen
Kimberly Spence-Jensen, APRN, CNM, IBCLC

Kimberly will be joining our practice in mid-February, 2019. She received her MSN degree from Emory University in December 2018. Kimberly is originally from North Carolina where she studied human biology and lactation consulting. She worked at UNC Womens’ Hospital for several years supporting women as they met their breastfeeding goals and working with infants in NICU as they grew and learned to eat. In order to expand her ability to serve women at this unique time in their lives she moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University for nurse midwifery. In Georgia, she was able to work as a nurse at the Atlanta Birth Center and there learned what it means to be “with women”. She also spent time working as a labor and birth nurse at Emory Decatur Hospital, which provided wonderful balance and equipped her to work in diverse settings.

She moved to Alaska in February with her husband Lee, and together they enjoy hosting game nights with friends, exploring and finding ways to serve their community.

Dana Deane, APRN, CNM

Dana Deane comes to us from the Austin Area Birthing Center where she worked for 5 years as a doula, birth assistant, and registered nurse. She is originally from Amarillo, Texas but only has a slight Texas twang rather than the full accent. Dana began her road to midwifery when she worked at a women's health clinic for two years in Oregon. Dana enjoys being a midwife because it combines the art of midwifery with the science of Nursing and medicine. Getting to know clients and families throughout the (almost) year that they come to the clinic as well as the uniqueness and excitement of each birth are what she likes best about the job. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University.

Dana loves adventure and enjoys traveling, yoga, and almost any outdoor sport Alaska has to offer. She is also nearly fluent in Spanish and conversational in Russian and enjoys working with our patients who speak these languages.

Melissa Sundberg Physical Therapist
Melissa Sundberg, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Melissa Sundberg, graduated with honors from Pacific University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2001, after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She obtained advanced board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Orthopedics and is certified through the IAOM in orthopedic manual therapy. Melissa's interest in pelvic health peaked after the delivery of her daughter over 10 years ago. With extensive training in pelvic health, Melissa has become passionate about pelvic health and postpartum education. Melissa maintains a special interest in treating women seeking pre- and post-natal physical therapy, female athletes, men and women with pelvic pain, and bowel dysfunction. She has been teaching a postpartum Pilates class for over 5 years, and loves to help moms return to daily activities and exercise with less pain and leaking. Through a combination of skilled manual therapy techniques and specialized training in movement re-education,

Melissa is passionate about helping patients achieve their individual goals. She enjoys spending her free time running, hiking, cross country skiing, kayaking, fishing and camping with her husband, two children and their labrodoodle.

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