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Meet Our Providers

Barbara Norton Geneva Woods
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.

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.

Sarah Schultz
Sarah Schultz, APRN, CNM

Sarah joined our practice in summer of 2022. She was previously a CNM in an OB-owned practice in Lansing, Michigan, attending hospital births. She graduated with her MSN/CNM degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2018. She earned her BSN/RN at Baker College, and worked as an RN for several years before attending graduate school. While working as an RN in the Labor and Delivery Unit of the hospital, she grew weary of watching the ways in which highly medicalized birth – even for low-risk women – resulted in dissatisfying and sometimes even downright traumatic birth experiences for patients, and she knew she wanted to be part of a different model of maternity care.

She is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice through Frontier Nursing University, and is thoroughly enjoying discovering Alaska and all the different outdoor activities and communities here.

Jenna Falter, CNM
Jenna Falter, CNM

Jenna joined our practice in August of 2022, after moving up to Alaska with her family from Michigan. Born in Minnesota, Jenna graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Biology and Chemistry, met her husband, and moved to MI to pursue a nursing career. While doing research for her own labor and birth, she discovered the ‘Midwifery Model of Care,’ ultimately leading her to pursue a Masters in Midwifery. She received her MSN/CNM from Frontier Nursing University in 2022, during which time she also worked as a Triage RN in an OB/midwifery practice in Lansing, MI.

Her clinical rotation concluded with her own infant son being her last “catch” of the preceptorship, which was supervised by Sarah Schultz, CNM. She loves taking care of women, girls and people through menarche, pregnancy, birth and menopause, and is passionate about empowering clients by helping align their understanding of self with evidence-based clinical knowledge. She thoroughly enjoys connecting with clients and families, and strives to provide individualized wellness. Outside of the clinic, Jenna is enjoying exploring the many outdoor Alaskan activities and opportunities with her husband and three children.

Maria Wade, PT, COMT
Maria Wade, PT, COMT

Maria Wade earned her Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Chile in 2005. Following her clinical degree, she has pursued training in treating patients with neurological conditions through the Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT) association. She moved to Alaska in 2008 and completed an advanced orthopedic certification through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM- US) in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Spine and Lower Extremities. Her interest in pelvic health developed after the birth of her first daughter, over 12 years ago. She has since completed extensive continued education in the field, alongside close to a decade of professional experience. She can treat all pregnancy and postpartum issues, including musculoskeletal pain, diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, and pelvic organ prolapse. She sees both women and men for conditions such as bowel dysfunction, outlet constipation, urinary or fecal incontinence, and pudendal neuralgia. She is highly skilled at treating conditions that women can experience across the lifespan that impact their sexual health, such as dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), vaginismus, and some genitourinary symptoms of menopause.

Outside of the clinic she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Joanna Austin, PT, DPT, OCS
Joanna Austin, PT, DPT, OCS

Bio coming soon...

Karen Cunningham, LMFT
Karen Cunningham, LMFT

Karen Cunningham is a third generation lifelong Alaskan joining the team as an LMFT (Licensed Marital and Family Therapist). This license allows her to work with Individuals, Couples and Families. Karen has been a therapist in private practice for 10 years, before which she worked in personal physical training, proudly operating the first of only two (at the time) training centers for special needs athletes. Before that, she was a stay at home mom to her 3 beautiful daughters. Having raised daughters Karen strongly believes in the power of women supporting women. She survived all three daughters through their teenage years and enjoys the relative calm of a birthing center. Karen also has training in the “Bringing Baby Home” workshop and is excited to start offering workshops and classes to expecting families.

Karen graduated from Saybrook University with her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Marital and Family Therapy. In therapy, she highlights strength and growth, and finds that many psychological and mental challenges come from outdated coping systems. She has worked with many couples from all stages of life, from pre-marital or moving in together (or any other situation that works for them) to retirement. Karen has extensive training through both the Gottman Institute and the Relational Life Institute.

She sees clients at Geneva Woods Midwifery one day per week. Her private practice is telehealth and currently full with a waitlist. Regrettably our office cannot enroll her in Medicaid or Cigna, due to their restrictions around mental health group practice requirements, but she can see clients with Blue Cross, Aetna, and Tricare here, and predominantly established clients of Geneva Woods Midwifery’s OB or well-women practice.

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.

Sarah Stevens
Sarah Stevens, IBCLC
International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant

Sarah R. Stevens was born in Seattle, raised in Northern California, and lived all over the United States and in Germany before settling in Anchorage. She has worked as a flight attendant, a childbirth educator, a parent educator and a college guidance counselor. She became an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2009.

She is happiest in or on the water, be it a pool, a puddle, or the ocean. If she were to have a second career, it might be as a chef.

Sarah has worked as a Lactation Consultant in two area hospitals and at a Midwifery practice. She also spent a few years at Elmendorf Hospital, assisting military families with lactation. She recently started a business, 'Just Call Sarah,' to provide contract lactation services to local health practices as well as individualized home lactation care to families. Appointments booked with her through Geneva Woods Midwifery and Birth Center are billed to insurance, Tricare, and Medicaid.

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.

Kalyn birth assistant
Kalyn Henderson, 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.

Neda Zeid
Neda Zeid, RN

Neda first joined our office as a Medical Assistant in early 2018. During that time she earned her Associates of Nursing through UAA, and gave birth to her daughter Mila. After graduation she joined the L&D, and then Mother-Baby Dept at ANMC as a RN. She rejoined our team in December 2021 as a RN, and is excited to be back in the birth center environment. She is also a birth assistant.


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