NAOMI ARDJOMAN-KARMANI, M.S.
Naomi has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Florida. She also has work experience with HIV/AIDS education and testing options, which is something she includes as a part the Public Health course she teaches at FSTM.
CANDY BROWN, B.S., L.M.
Candy is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River. She received her BS in Medical Technology in 1981 from the University of Colorado, and later that year gave birth to her daughter, Melanie, with the assistance of a Midwife. Candy is a 1997 graduate of FSTM and operated her own homebirth practice until 2002. She enjoys traveling, genealogy and her two grandsons, Hayden and Tristan. Candy currently teaches Diagnostic Testing at FSTM
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. Glenn was a lay midwife in Florida in the late 70’s and 80’s and 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 AA from Broward Community College, trainings in Doula, Childbirth Educator, American Aqua Natal Instructor and Certified Lactation Counselor. Glenn is the mother of threechildren, all born at home, two granddaughters and two grandsons. She has been an instructor for many courses at FSTM and currently teaches the History of Midwifery course to new students
Christina Cates, M.S.
Christina is a full-time Registered Dietitian at North Florida Regional Medical Center, which an emphasis on Women’s Health and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She received her BS degree is Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida in 2005. She subsequently completed a post-bac degree and her Masters of Science of Health in Nutrition in 2009 from the University of North Florida. She was born and raised in central Florida and has been back in Gainesville for the last four years. In her free time she works with the Gainesville Roller Rebels, the local women’s roller derby league. She also loves spending time with her two welsh corgis, her boyfriend, reading a good book, and learning Brazilian Portuguese. She teaches Nutrition.
CLARICE CONNELLY, B.S., R.N.
Clarice (Recee) received her BS in Nursing from the University of North Florida. She has extensive experience as a Registered Nurse and has also been the Director of an LPN Program in Marion County. She has a deep passion for women’s health and childbirth, and teaches our Healthcare Skills courses.
RON DEL MORO, PH.D, ED.S, L.M.H.C.
Dr. Del Moro is a holistically minded licensed Mental Health Counselor and educator, serving the Gainesville community since 2005. Ron holds a Specialist degree in Education, Master’s degree in Couple, Marriage & Family Counseling and a Doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. He has studied, taught, and facilitated groups around the world, 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. At FSTM she teaches Fetal Monitoring.
MIRIAM PEARSON-MARTINEZ, A.S., L.M., C.P.M.
Miriam has been licensed by the state of Florida since 2003, and has also received national certification as a professional midwife. Miriam has an AS in Midwifery from Miami Dade College. Additionally, she has attended birthing mothers at a busy clinic in Honduras and worked in an emergency room in Ecuador. Miriam is certified as a Doula and Childbirth Educator specializing in hypnosis for labor and birth. Her proudest professional accomplishment was working successfully in 2006 to restructure Florida Midwifery Law. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Sign Language. Miriam teaches Florida Law and Rule at FSTM.
KRISTEN PHILLIPS, L.M., C.P.M.
Kristen graduated from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in the Fall of 2010. She has worked in the Administrative offices at FSTM since then, and is a midwife at the Birth & Wellness Center of Gainesville. She is married and has four amazing children all born into the hands of midwives. Kristen is dedicated to furthering midwifery and passing on to the next generation of midwives the traditional values and experiences that she has acquired throughout her journey. She teaches Collaborative Management and Establishing & Maintaining a Practice.
DONNA RAREY, B.S.N., R.N., L.M.
Donna Rarey has been working in the health care field for over thirty years, beginning with her BSN from S. Leo College. In 1998, Donna’s first grandchild was born in a hospital setting and she realized while nursing had been a career, midwifery was to be her calling. After graduating from the Florida Traditional School of Midwifery, she worked for a brief time at a birth center. Home birth is her favorite setting and she enjoyed working with two other midwives in the Gainesville community until a year ago. Semi-retired, Donna now brings her life, nursing and midwifery experience to teaching. At FSTM, she teaches Midwifery Practicums. Donna and her husband of 38 years raised four children and enjoy twelve grandchildren, three of whom she caught.
Alex is a Certified Lactation Counselor, was trained by DONA International as a Doula, and CAPPA as a Childbirth Educator. She is a WIC Breastfeeding Counselor for the tri-county region, as well as a Birth Doula. She has experience with birth practice both in and out of the hospital setting. She enjoys working with women; supporting them through breastfeeding challenges and helping them achieve an optimal breastfeeding relationship with their child. She has two sons, one of whom she birthed at home with a local midwife.
MICHELE RUFFALO, B.A., L.M., C.P.M.
Michelle knew she wanted to be a midwife at age 17, but first pursued a B.A. in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She gave birth to her son without medication in a hospital, which transformed her life and solidified her passion for birth practice. She became a childbirth educator with The Florida Outreach Birth Project and a Certified Doula with DONA. Michelle enrolled at The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and became a Florida Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife in 2010. She lives with her very supportive husband of 20 years and enjoys watching their son continue to grow into a young adult.
ERIN DORMAN, M.S., CHES
Erin a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. Erin spent her time at the University researching and teaching courses about women’s health and reproductive health. The mother of two small children, Erin enjoys outdoor activities and gardening with her family. She is a natural birth advocate, administrator at FSTM, and teaches Female Sexuality and Student Success.
ABIGAIL FLETCHER, L.M., C.P.M.
Abigail received her Diploma from the International School of Midwifery in Miami and has been practicing as a Licensed Midwife since 2009, mostly 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. She teaches core midwifery courses and midwifery practicums.
TRACIE GRIFFITH, R.N., B.S.N., R.N.C.-N.I.C.
Tracie is a Gainesville area native who was the second in her family to be born into the arms of a midwife at the Birth Place of Gainesville. She graduated from Santa Fe College with an ASN and obtained her BSN from Grand Canyon University in 2013. She has worked as an NICU nurse at UF Health for the last 11 years. Tracie and her husband of 10 years have four children, all born at the Birth Center of Gainesville. She joined the FSTM team in 2014 and is excited to continue to bring her knowledge and experiences to the program, teaching the Newborn class.
CORRIE J. GROSS, M.S., LMHC
Corrie earned her MS in Psychology with a specialization in the areas of School Testing, Guidance & Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has over 13 years of combined teaching and therapy experience. Her clientele ranges from severely abused children and adolescents to at-risk teens and their families. She is experienced in facilitating in-home therapy and with outpatient clinics and private counseling agencies throughout the state. She provides holistic therapies through workshops on life transitions, women’s empowerment, stress reduction, parenting obstacles, and compassion fatigue. Additionally, Corrie emphasizes positive living with mindfulness meditations. She teaches Communications courses at FSTM.
VIKTORIYA KASHIN, B.S.N.
Viktoriya received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, and is currently working as a Registered Nurse at UF Health as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She has a specialization in Fetal Monitoring and Assessment, which she integrates into our Fetal Monitoring course.
SERENA KOW, B.S.N., R.N., I.B.C.L.C.
Serena completed her Pre-Nursing at Louisiana State University and received BS in Nursing at Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN in 1995. Serena has worked since then in Women’s Health, including as an OB flight nurse and in the NICU.
LORI SCOTT, M.D., R.N., B.S.N.
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. At FSTM she teaches the medical science courses, Anatomy and Physiology, Reproductive Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Gynecology.
JESSICA STEVENSON, L.M., C.P.M.
Jessica was born at home and grew up hearing her parents talk appreciatively about the care they received from midwives; it was the tenderness of their account that led Jessica to pursue a career in midwifery. Jessica graduated from The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2003. As a student, Jessica was able to intern in a maternity clinic in Cartagena, Colombia, which provided her with both high-risk experience and a stronger understating of birth cross-culturally. She also worked at FSTM as administrative assistant from 2000-2003. After 9 years of practicing as a Midwife, Jessica gave birth to her son at home in 2012. She returned as an instructor in 2014 and is currently teaching core midwifery courses.
STACEY WALDEN, L.M.
Stacey Walden, L.M., is a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She started her midwifery training at FSTM and graduated from Sage Femme Midwifery School in California. She moved back to complete her training at FSTM and obtain her Florida Midwifery License. She has worked as a licensed midwife in California, Alaska, and Florida in birth centers and home birth practices. She has worked at FSTM for ten years, as an instructor, the Academic Director, and presently the Clinical Director since spring of 2008. Stacey is a loving mom to her six year old daughter, who was born at home, in the water with midwives. She teaches Clinical Lab, Traditional Healing Modalities, GYN Trainings including breast exam training, and facilitates the Clinical Skills Exam for seniors.