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Our Certified Nurse Midwives

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Marni Barrs, CNM

I am excited to join Kaiser Permanente in 2014 as the Chief Nurse-Midwife. I have been a midwife since 1996, primarily in the Washington D.C. area. I love being a midwife! I feel blessed to be able to work with and care for women and their families at this important juncture. I aim to work in collaboration with each woman so that she feels respected, informed, and listened to, throughout her pregnancy and birth. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring Northern California.

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Marcy Ronneberg, CNM

I have truly enjoyed working at Kaiser Permanente since joining the midwifery practice in 2008. Prior to working here, I worked as a CNM in a private practice. I love what I do and feel privileged to be with women and families during pregnancy and birth. I strive to provide safe, compassionate, respectful, individualized care to every woman I see and desire to help women and families achieve the birth experience they want. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family including my husband and three growing boys. I am an avid reader, enjoy being active/outdoors, and have a passion for travel.

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Viktoriya Pasechnik, CNM

When still in high school, I volunteered at a local Obstetrics and Gynecology office and fell in love with Women’s Health. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, I decided to become a midwife and moved to the east coast to attend Yale University School of Nursing. After completing my degree, I worked as a midwife in private practice. Returning home to the Greater Sacramento Area and becoming part of Kaiser Permanente in 2013 has allowed me to care for women and families of this diverse community. I consider it a privilege to care for women and families during this beautiful time. My desire is to provide compassionate, evidence-based, and individualized care through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids, traveling, reading, cycling, and being outdoors.

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Stephanie Erickson, CNM

Welcome to Kaiser Permanente and our Midwifery team! I have worked at Kaiser since 1992, but as a Midwife since 1999. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, I worked as a Midwife in private practice, county facilities, and as a civilian employee at the California Naval bases. At Kaiser, I feel privileged to work with such a special group of Midwives and Ob/Gyn physicians. Together we work as a team, to teach, empower, and support women and their families. On a personal level, I am married, love animals and have two grown boys whom I am very proud of. I enjoy traveling, cooking, exercising, and working in my garden.

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Katie Towers, CNM

I joined the Kaiser Permanente midwifery team in 2015, and love getting to know the women and families we have the privilege to care for. Prior to Kaiser, I spent over ten years working with birthing families in various capacities in home and birth center midwifery practices. I also worked as a lactation consultant and childbirth educator in private practice, for Kaiser, and at WIC here in Sacramento. I love helping families create the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience they desire while sharing individualized, evidence-based information to help in decision making. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking to and swimming in our local rivers, gardening, taking dance classes, baking, and spending time with my husband and two school-age children who always keep me on my toes!

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Joanie Seacrist, CNM

It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Kaiser Permanente Midwifery group. I’ve been caring for women and children for my entire nursing career, and I especially love supporting women during this important time in their lives. Although I have done many things in my life, I still think that mothering my own four children is one of my greatest experiences, and I feel honored to be a witness to so many births. I have had the unique experience of nursing abroad and spent 2 years living and working at a hospital in Sierra Leone West Africa caring for women with birth-related injuries. During my time in Sierra Leone, I was able to lay the groundwork for a birthing center that is now training midwives. It was that experience that brought me back to California and the midwifery program at UCSF in 2009. In my spare time, I love being outdoors, camping, hiking, or being in my garden, and being a grandma is pretty cool as well.

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Kathryn Roberts, CNM

Kathryn Roberts, CNM

I have been working as a nurse-midwife since 2014. I completed my midwifery education at Vanderbilt University and had the privilege of working with Alaska Native families for 4 years in Anchorage, Alaska before coming to California. I believe that pregnant people are powerful, and should be in charge of their beautiful bodies and their healthcare decisions at every stage. I am privileged to foster relationships with families at Kaiser as they navigate the wonderfully unique time of pregnancy and postpartum. You can find me running the trails and camping around the lake in the summer, and trying not to tumble down the hillside snowboarding and skiing in the winter.

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Kaitlin Spangler, CNM

After working in a small private practice on the Central Coast of California, I am excited to join the midwife group at Kaiser Permanente! My goal is to empower women to be an active participant in their health and wellness. I strive to create individualized care plans while answering questions and providing educational resources. I feel honored to be a midwife and appreciate each opportunity to participate in a growing family’s journey. In my spare time, I enjoy competitively riding both of my horses, photography, hiking, and playing with my dogs, and all-around exploring the outdoors.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Potter, CNM

I started my career in women’s health working with lactation consultants at WIC in South Sacramento, which led me to midwifery school at the University of California San Francisco. I worked with the faculty midwifery practice at the University of Iowa for seven years before returning to California and joining the Kaiser team in 2016. I am happy to be back serving the community that inspired me. I speak Spanish and enjoy working with women and families from around the world. Outside of work, I like to explore parks and libraries with my family.

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Alexa Smith-Ellison, CNM

I knew that I wanted to catch babies when I was 10 years old and saw my little brother born, but didn’t know about midwives until much later. The holistic approach focused on listening to women, supporting a normal human process, and using evidence to educate and empower women to make their own decisions completely resonated with me. Once I figured this out, I switched from pre-med to nursing and then worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 2 years while attending graduate school at Georgetown University to become a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. After graduating in 2014, I had the privilege of working in Davis, CA for 4 years and am excited to continue caring for the amazing and diverse women of Northern California at Kaiser Roseville. When I am not catching babies, I love eating good food, traveling, adventuring outdoors with my husband and two young daughters, running, hiking, biking, skiing, and baking treats.

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Lauren Nabiyev, CNM

I am thrilled to be part of the Kaiser Permanente family! I have been in the birth world for over 15 years in many evolving roles, both here in California and throughout the Midwest. Prior to becoming a nurse-midwife, I practiced as a holistic health practitioner, herbalist, massage therapist, and doula. While completing my Master’s degree, I worked as an RN on a high-risk L&D unit in Sacramento. My most rewarding accomplishment has been being a mother to three beautiful children. My own births have ranged from an unmedicated tub birth to a C-section with a preterm baby. Both my life experiences and professional training have fostered a passion to support and empower women in all phases of their lives. I believe that those I care for are the experts of their own bodies, including their physical, mental, emotional, and informational needs. Outside of work, I enjoy getting outdoors, relaxing with my husband and children, yoga, knitting, and dreaming about sleeping in.

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Matt Larsen, CNM

What a pleasure to serve the women and families here in the North Valley. I most recently served as a Nurse-Midwife in California’s High Desert, working in community health. I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It’s a privilege for me to work in this profession and I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the journey you and/or your loved ones have while in our care. I strive to provide individualized care backed by evidence and sound clinical judgment to empower and support women with making their choices. My wife and I enjoy venturing outside with our two kids, exploring our new surroundings here, and eating at local restaurants. I speak Spanish fluently and am a soccer fanatic.

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Amy Nesting, CNM

It is an honor to provide midwifery care to women during their journey through pregnancy and childbirth. After spending over a decade providing compassionate care as a trauma and emergency nurse, I pursued my passion to serve women and babies. I provided midwifery care and worked as a lactation consultant in private practices prior to joining the supportive and dedicated midwifery team at Kaiser Permanente. I enjoy connecting with and guiding women through the birthing process and empowering them to find their inner strength during one of the most emotional and vulnerable times of their life.

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Amy Payne, CNM

I feel extremely honored to be part of the Kaiser midwives! I have been practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) since 2015. Before my midwife life, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in New York and worked as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. That experience solidified my desire to start care sooner and promote healthy pregnancies so that babies and mothers would have the best outcomes possible. After earning my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, I worked in a myriad of women’s health settings, including a military facility, a private practice, and an out-of-hospital birthing center. My favorite aspect of being a CNM is the ability to form a relationship with families so that I can help them prepare for one of the most important events of their lives and help them thrive. I am originally from Texas (yeehaw!), but I have lived in California for a couple of years, and I never want to leave! When I am not working, I enjoy reading, traveling, hiking, cycling, and spending time with my family, friends, dog, and two cats.

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Mika Dymarczyk, CNM

I first discovered my love for midwifery and women’s health through working as a labor and delivery registered nurse at a small community hospital. I had a strong desire to do something more to better serve the women in the community, so I went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Midwifery and Women’s Health at Frontier Nursing University. I trained in various settings in California, including other Kaiser locations before joining the team at Kaiser Roseville. I’m thrilled to be a part of a wonderful group of midwives and providers because of our collaborative practice model and commitment to patient-centered care. Midwifery allows me to bring my heart to work every day. I’m a great listener, and I bring a steady, grounded presence to our time together in the office or on labor and delivery. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. I also really enjoy hiking, biking, and cooking with friends.

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Additional Midwives You May Meet

 

Mandana Motameni, CNM

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Samantha Smith, CNM

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