Our School Faculty

Glenn Cameron, A.A.

Glenn brings thirty years of experience in midwifery and education to FSTM and has worked in various administrative capacities at the school since 1997. She volunteered in the development of the midwifery practice act in Florida as well as midwifery related conferences and workshops. She enjoys assisting midwifery students during their “student midwifery journey” and graduation from the program. She has also completed an Associate’s of Arts Degree, trainings in Doula, Childbirth Educator, American Aqua Natal Instructor. Glenn is the mother of three children, all born at home and two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Christina Cates, M.S.

This is my first year teaching “Nutrition During the Childbearing Year” and I couldn’t be more excited. I am a full-time Registered Dietitian at North Florida Regional Medical Center, which an emphasis on Women’s Health and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I received my BS degree is Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida in 2005. I subsequently completed a post-bacc degree and my Masters of Science of Health in Nutrition in 2009 from the University of North Florida. I was born and raised in central Florida and have been back in Gainesville for the last four years. In my free time I am the Vice President, new skater coach, and a “retired” skater with the Gainesville Roller Rebels, the local women’s roller derby league. I also love spending time with my two welsh corgis Petra and Two-Spot, my boyfriend, reading a good book, and attempting to learn Brazilian Portuguese. 

Erin Dorman, M.S., CHES

Erin is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. Erin spent her time at UF researching and teaching courses about women’s health and reproductive health. Erin’s studies and work have taken her from Ghana to Italy and throughout Central America, finally depositing her in Gainesville. In addition to being an administrator and teaching courses at FSTM, she is also pursuing a certification in Childbirth Education. When she’s not being being a natural birth advocate, you can usually find her frolicking in her garden with her puppies, Elmer and Rupert, and her fantastic husband, Nick.

Abigail Fletcher, LM

Abigail has been practicing as a Licensed Midwife for years in the Gainesville area. She is an avid supporter of women’s health justice, and has served in many capacities promoting this cause. Among other experiences abroad, Abigail served as a midwife and childbirth educator in Haiti in Fall of 2011, working with the local Haitian communities and bringing back their crafts to Florida for fundraising and awareness. She is one of four midwives of the Midwives’ Cooperative in Gainesville, where she attends homebirths, encouraging pregnant moms to fulfill their greatest potential.

Serena Kow, B.S.N., RN, IBCLC

Serena completed her Pre-Nursing at Louisiana State University from 1991-1992, and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN in 1995. Serena has worked since 1995 in Women’s Health, including as an OB flight nurse and in the NICU.  She has enjoyed working as both a high risk L&D and Neonatal R.N. and a low risk, mother-baby centered birthing center R.N., while supporting women’s birth choices and promoting patient and baby friendly practices throughout her career.  She is an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant, and current chair of the North Central Florida Breastfeeding Coalition.

Nicole Theresa Lassiter, M.S.N., CNM, WHNP

Nicole Lassiter has been a nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse-practitioner for almost 10 years. In 2003, she graduated from Frontier Nursing University in the nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse-practitioner tracks, and from Case Western University with a MSN. She has provided full-scope, clinical care to low-risk, high-risk,  and minority populations in free-standing birth centers, in-hospital settings, and the public health system.

Juliet Michaels, B.S., DC

Juliet is originally from Connecticut, but grew up in a myriad of locales including Arizona, Florida, the Dominican Republic, and the Virgin Islands. She has always been passionate about healthcare, healing, and wellness, and due to the fact that the discipline is very multifaceted, chiropractic was a natural fit for her. Juliet has a keen interest in nutrition and was the co-founder of an organization that focuses on creating delicious food that is non-inflammatory. Juliet’s true passion though is with expectant mothers, newborns and children. In addition to her role in chiropractic, she also teaches at a midwifery school because she admires midwifery for its natural approach and philosophy as it is similar to chiropractic.

Ron Del Moro, Ph.D, Ed.S, LMHCaccupuncture class

Dr. Del Moro is a holistically minded licensed Mental Health Counselor and educator, serving the Gainesville community since 2005.  Ron holds a Master’s degree in Couple, Marriage & Family Counseling, a Specialist Degree in Education, and a Doctorate in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida.  He has studied, taught, and facilitated groups around the world.  He has a diverse background in Crisis Intervention, Gestalt, Experiential, Interpersonal, and Existential Therapy; specializing in personal growth, couple counseling, and group work.  While in the classroom and counseling, Ron focuses on empowering individuals to nurture a more connected relationship with themselves and others.

Miriam Pearson-Martinez, LM

Miriam has been licensed by the state of Florida since 2003, and has also received national certification as a professional midwife.  Miriam is a graduate of a publicly accredited college program offering a degree in direct entry midwifery, Miami Dade College. She  trained with numerous respected midwives.  Additionally, she has attended birthing mothers at a busy clinic in Honduras and worked in an emergency room in Ecuador.  Miriam has also been certified as a doula (labor coach) and childbirth educator specializing in hypnosis for labor and birth.  Her proudest professional accomplishment was working successfully in 2006 to restructure the Florida Laws and Rules, giving more women the opportunity to choose a normal birth after cesarean.  Currently she is working on a project that will bring healthcare to the underserved through the use of a mobile clinic. She considers herself lucky to be the mom of four wonderful and talented children.  Miriam is fluent in English, Spanish, and Sign Language.

Kristen Phillips, LM, CPMKristen and Angie

Kristen lives in Gainesville, FL with her husband and their four children. She has been involved in the birthing community since early 2000. She began her work as a doula, and then graduated from The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2010. She has attended over 400 births, both in and out of the hospital. She owns the Birth & Wellness Center with her business partner & mentor Sarah Baldwin, LM. She has been practicing as a midwife for 3 years. She is passionate about educating women about their birth options and she is also an instructor at the midwifery school, where she teaches & mentors the next generation of midwives.

Christina Polnyj-Pollman B.A., LMT

Christina is an Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist in private practice in Gainesville, Florida. Since 1993 she has been teaching classes to health care professionals and the public. She is passionate about Aromatherapy, offering workshops and seminars to massage therapists, health professionals and the general public. She is an educator and consultant, providing people with the skills to use essential oils at home and professionally.  Christina founded Essential Education International in 2008.

Lori Scott, RN, B.S.N., MDDr Lori Scott

Lori received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Southern Adventist University, and her MD from the University of South Carolina. She has experience in teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition at Lake City Community College and Santa Fe Community College in the Nursing and Allied Health programs, and has worked in nursing in various hospitals throughout the south. Lori has one child, a son.

Stacey Walden, LM, CPM

Stacey is the Clinical Director and a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She started her midwifery training as a student of FSTM in 1995 and graduated from Sage Femme Midwifery School in California before moving back to Florida to complete her training and obtain a FL Midwifery License. She has worked as a licensed midwife in: California, Alaska, and Florida. She has worked at FSTM for nine years, as an instructor, the Academic Director, and presently the Clinical Director since Spring of 2008. Stacey is a loving mom to her five year old daughter, who was born at home, in the water with midwives. Her enthusiasm and dedication to midwifery motivates Stacey to educate future midwives for the continuation of midwifery in Florida.