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Megan McGraw, CNM, ANP

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Megan McGraw joined Geneva Woods from Madison, WI, in January 2020. She spent 12 years working as a labor & delivery nurse at Meriter hospital, the busiest hospital birth center in Wisconsin. At Meriter, she supported families in low-intervention, normal physiologic birth to high risk, medically complex births. While she enjoyed being a labor nurse, attending her sister’s birth and catching her niece, inspired her to continue on her path to midwifery. She attended Frontier Nursing University, completing her clinical work at a Federally qualified health center in Milwaukee and a rural hospital in Reedsburg, WI. In her words: “I truly enjoy the work of midwifery-offering clients the time and space to provide informed, collaborative care. I am honored to be invited into birthing spaces, safeguarding physiologic birth.” When not working, she loves growing plants and gardening, and looks forward to hiking and exploring Alaska.


Caroline Booth
Caroline Booth, CNM, APRN

Caroline joined the Geneva Woods team in July 2020 after her family moved to Alaska. Her journey to midwifery started as she became a mother, experiencing the less-desirable aspects of impersonal obstetric care which lead to unnecessary interventions and hard outcomes. Seeking alternative options, she stumbled upon the midwifery model of care, prompting a career change out of Army engineering and into nursing in order to serve in a new capacity, with the goal of empowering women and providing evidence-based and personalized care. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with her Masters in Midwifery in 2019 after varied clinical experiences in high-risk OB-GYN, low-risk community settings and a busy military hospital. She loves building relationships with the amazing clients at Geneva Woods and feels honored to be here. When not in the clinic, she loves to explore outdoors and play games and watch soccer with her husband, kids, mother-in-law and dog.


Camille CNM
Camille Clements, CNM, APRN

Camille will be joining the Geneva Woods team in July 2021. She obtained her MSN at Frontier Nursing University and completed her clinical work in a midwifery lead hospital system in Idaho. Growing up in northwest Georgia, she earned her BSN and nurse training at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Camille is coming to us from Cheyenne, WY, where she has lived for 8 years, working as a nurse in case management, Med/Surg, and hospice. Called to midwifery by a less than traditional route, Camille does not lack passion when it pertains to birth and family care. Per her words, “I want to support birthing people in a way that empowers them. I feel passionate about the importance of supporting physiologic birth and providing inclusive reproductive care.”

In her spare time, Camille enjoys reading, knitting, gardening, and baking. She and her spouse have two dogs and a cat and are excited to explore the beautiful nature of Alaska while hiking and camping.


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Barbara Norton, CNM, WHCNP, MSN, CNS

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Barbara has been a nurse since 1978, a 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. 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. She opened her own private midwifery and women's health care practice in Anchorage in 1995, but left that practice in 2015 to start a smaller, more cozy and intimate practice. She was a recipient of the 2016 YWCA Women of Achievement award and in 2017 she won the Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award for her business acumen and for mentoring other women to be successful in business.

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 two daughters who both live in Anchorage, and three grandchildren, all born at Geneva Woods Birth Center

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


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Bethany Neubarthm PMHNP, SNM

Bethany Neubarth is a PHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) who has specialized training in Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD's) from Postpartum International. Her areas of interest and passion are PMDs, as well as grief, and a variety of family issues and stressors that women experience, particularly around childbearing and child-rearing. After earning her MSN as a PMHNP from Walden University she saw clients for counseling and medication management at Full Spectrum Health for over two years. She also currently works at Matsu Regional Hospital, providing emergency psychiatric services. She is pursuing post graduate certification as a CNM at Frontier Nursing University, and looks forward to graduating before the end of 2021, where she hopes to work as a CNM as well as continuing her work in mental health care. She has one daughter.


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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, 2 children and their labrodoodle.


Alli Karlik
Allison (“Alli”) Karlik, PT, DPT, OCS

Alli Karlik earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. She attended the same university for her undergraduate degree, Bachelors of Science in Applied Health. After PT school, she went on to complete a residency program in Orthopedics with Kaiser Permanente, which earned her an advanced board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Orthopedics. A passion for working with pre- and post-natal women emerged after going through her own pregnancy aches and pains and pelvic floor issues after delivering her son, in 2018. She loves helping women get back to exercising postpartum in a safe way, and helping pregnant women physically prepare for birth while decreasing those pregnancy aches and pains. She was born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska and loves hiking, fishing, kayaking, and taking her son and husband on all the Alaskan adventures she grew up with as well.


Jen Allison
Jennifer Allison, LPN, IBCLC
International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant


Jennifer Allison is our lactation consultant, and is also a childbirth class instructor, teaching our “Fourth Trimester” class, which focuses largely on breastfeeding but touches on many other postpartum and newborn topics, as well as her own “Hypnosis for Birthwork” curriculum for natural childbirth preparation. She is passionate about breasfeeding (as well as 'chestfeeding') and loves to help families navigate their infant-feeding journey. When not in a pandemic, she looks forward to resuming home visits for lactation, between Anchorage and the Valley. She has 4 children and lives in Eagle River.


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Kalyn Henderon, RN
Birth Assistant


Raised in Alaska Kalyn has been an RN since 2017. She has a deep love of maternal child health nursing. She has previous experience in assisted living, NICU, and inpatient pediatrics. She joined the team following the birth of her first baby in 2020 after experiencing and falling in love with our midwifery model of care first hand. In her free time she enjoys knitting, photography, painting, and hiking with her family.




Meet Our Staff


Claire Norton-Cruz
Claire Norton-Cruz, MBA

Claire began working for her mother, Barbara, in the early days of her practice, while still in high school in the mid-‘90’s, when the practice was called “Barbara Norton, CNM,” located in the Geneva Woods Medical Center, sometimes for pay and sometimes while grounded. After attending undergraduate and graduate school at Mills College in Oakland, CA – with one year spent in France for study-abroad – she returned home to Alaska with a BA in Economics & French Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration. She formally joined Barbara’s practice as office manager in 2004 when it had become “Midwifery & Women’s Health Care at Geneva Woods” after Karin Braun, CNM joined the practice in 2001. Along with Barbara & Karin, she left that practice in spring of 2015. She helped establish Geneva Woods Midwifery as a new practice out of Geneva Woods Birth Center, and oversees all business aspects of both the clinic and the birth center. She is self-taught in medical coding and billing, but has amassed quite a knowledge of the ins and outs of insurance companies over the last 17 years overseeing the billing. She also worked in the birth center as a birth assistant in 2015 and 2016, until she reached the third trimester, and still fills in occasionally here and there since early 2021. She gave birth to her daughter, Fiona, at Geneva Woods Birth Center, in February of 2017.When not working she enjoys cooking & baking, reading, and lots of outdoor sports such as running, triathlon, mountain and fat tire biking, XC skiing, & hiking with her dog Cherie.


Lolitta Lapriel
Lolitta Lapriel, RN: Office Nurse and Birth Assistant

Lolitta serves Geneva Woods Midwifery as Office Nurse and The Nest as a Birth Assistant. Lolitta grew up in Fairbanks and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks for two years before moving to the big city (Anchorage) to finish her Bachelor's in Biology. After spending many fun and dirty hours in the field and lab doing research, she decided to take on a decade of adventure by joining the military as a medic, leading her to pursue a degree in Nursing. Lolitta first came to Geneva Woods Midwifery as a physical therapy client, but was quickly inspired by the care, compassion, and autonomy that permeated the staff and clinic, and joined our team in August of 2019.


Krista Whitlock
Krista Whitlock

After growing up in Alaska and graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication, Krista and her husband James decided that their hometown of Anchorage would be the best place to raise a family. Returning to Alaska in 2004 they started their family, becoming the parents of two wonderful children. Krista spent several years as a doula, until it became too much to juggle with being a full-time mom of two and maintaining a snow-plowing business. She also now works for Geneva Woods Birth Center as a birth assistant, which fulfills her love of birth work without the unpredictability of doula call. Retiring as a doula, she spent two years learning the basics of medical billing and insurance, which she now does part time here at Geneva Woods Midwifery, enjoying the opportunity to work with pregnant women and new mothers in both capacities, while keeping up with her own quickly-growing children.


Erica Roy
Erica Roy, Front Desk

Erica joined our office in August, 2018. Fourth generation Alaskan, Erica was born and raised in Anchorage. She graduated from UAF with a BA in Elementary Education while pregnant with her first baby. She delivered her first two babies in a birthing center in Fairbanks, and her second two at home in Anchorage, with midwives. Shortly after graduating, she decided to stay home to focus on raising her family. Erica recently closed her small in-home daycare after 7 years, deciding to join the team here at Geneva Woods Birth Center. She is also passionate about her advocacy work with Beautycounter, educating consumers about safer personal care products for the whole family. She has been married for 20 years and her family loves to spend time hiking to their remote cabin, traveling in and out of the state via their motorhome, and doing all the fun things that are part of living in Alaska.


Aimee White
Aimee White, PT Admin and Billing Assistant

Aimee was born and raised here in Alaska. She married her high school sweetheart in 2014 and they had their amazing daughter in 2017. After only working in childcare since she was 17, she decided to take a step into the medical field. She was given the opportunity to work at local physical therapy office where she found a passion for patient care and administrative work. Aimee worked there for 5 years before joining the Geneva Woods Midwifery team in 2019 to help with the physical therapy administrative tasks that came with adding Melissa Sundberg, DPT to their team. She has also been added to the billing team with Krista. Aimee quickly found a passion for caring for pregnant and birthing mothers and trained to be a birth assistant to help families welcome their sweet babies to their lives. She recently completed the formal Birth Assistant training program through the American Association of Birth Centers.


Jennifer Erickson
Jennifer Erickson

Jen grew up in the Midwest and has had the opportunity to live in various states in the country, but Alaska is home in all senses of the word. After graduating with a degree in organizational communications from Western Michigan University, she has enjoyed careers in management, Human Resources and as an administrative coordinator for a non-profit in Alaska. After the birth of her son in 2014, life took on a new trajectory. Jen had a doula attend the birth of her son and she credits her doula's comfort and care to be the inspiration to become a doula herself. She also used her personal journey through postpartum depression to support women's mental and physical health by offering postpartum doula services as well. Jen began attending births at Geneva Woods Birth Center as a birth assistant in 2017 and enjoys assisting the midwives and families through the birth experience. When not attending births or supporting postpartum mothers, she is more than likely hiking or skiing in and around this great state with her husband, son and two pups. But only after a cup of strong black coffee.

 

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