Lori Scott, M.D., R.N., B.S.N.
Lori received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Southern Adventist University, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina. She has experience in teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition at Florida Gateway College and Santa Fe College in the Nursing and Allied Health programs. She 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 I and II, Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology for Midwives 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 accounts 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 understanding, cross-culturally of the birth experience. She 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. At FSTM, Jessica teaches the core midwifery courses: Antepartum, Intrapartum, and Postpartum, as well as Diagnostic Testing, Midwifery History, Law and Rule, and Obstetric Complications.
Alex Rawson, C.L.C.
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. At FSTM, Alex teaches Breastfeeding.
Amy Vankin, MEd/EdS
Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Counselor Education program, and has lived in Gainesville for over 14 years. Currently working as a School Counselor in a high school setting, Amy is passionate about youth advocacy. Her passions also extend to women advocacy, serving as a DONA-certified doula in the community. In 2012, Amy became a mama to her daughter, and two short years later, got pregnant with spontaneous triplets! Married to a musician, Amy now has a dynamic family of six. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, journaling, photography, wagon rides, and cloud-watching with her family. She strives to live by the motto, “Life is too important to be taken so seriously!” At FSTM, Amy teaches Interpersonal Communication, Professional Communication, Psychology for Midwives and Human Sexuality for Midwives.
Andrea (Andie) Reece, L.M., C.P.M.
Andie graduated from FSTM in January of 2016 and has been working in a busy birth center while building her own practice. Andrea believes a solid educational foundation is a key component to being a competent midwife. She loves teaching and is both passionate and excited about educating new midwives. At FSTM, Andie teaches Healthcare Skills I and II.
Bree Moses, R.N., L.M., C.P.M.
Bree was introduced to midwifery in 2001 while finishing up her degree in Sociology at Salem College in North Carolina. Through an internship at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, where she later graduated, she found her calling to educate, empower and assist women having normal, low-intervention births. Bree delivered her own son, a water birth, in a local birth center in 2007. Before becoming a midwife, Bree obtained her nursing degree and worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings, including labor and delivery until 2014. She has attended hundreds of births in homes, birth centers and hospitals in Florida. She truly believes that no matter the setting, women should have the tools to make informed decisions regarding their births and feel supported throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Midwifery isn’t only a career for Bree, it’s her calling and her life’s work. At FSTM, Bree teaches Healthcare Skills I and II and Midwifery Practicums I – IV.
Charlie Rae Young, L.M., C.P.M., C.L.C
A Florida native, Charlie Rae was called to Midwifery after her own experience with the overmedicalized model of childbirth. She began her service as a doula by founding Barefoot Birth, and has worked as a strong advocate for better care for families alongside the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, The Birth Survey, The Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery, and others. She has attended hundreds of births over the last 7 years, filling a niche with naturally-minded families as well as those who are often marginalized from conventional medical care due to social stigma. She has written for and been featured in SQUAT Birth Journal, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Tribune, FOCUS Magazine, Radical Doula Blog, and been interviewed for the Tampa NBC Affiliate for her community project The Barefoot Bus–a fully mobile prenatal care unit operating under the easy access model of care. Charlie’s belief is that every family deserves safe and quality care, and hopes to continue to build stronger communities through beautiful births. At FSTM, Charlie Rae teaches Collaborative Management and Issues in Professional Midwifery.
Gaia Zori M.P.H.
Gaia Zori is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a B.H.S. from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Public Health from SUNY Albany in upstate New York. Gaia has been a long-time advocate for women’s health, reproductive health and the elimination of health disparities with experiences ranging from teaching high school in inner-city Memphis to studying as an epidemiology fellow in maternal and child health in New Orleans and, most recently, promoting safe and responsible sexual decision making as a health educator for Planned Parenthood. When she’s not at FSTM, Gaia enjoys surfing and spending as much time on the water as she can, spending time with her family, reading for her book club, and trying to learn to speak Danish. At FSTM, Gaia teaches Research and Public Health.
Kaleen Richards, C.N.M.
Kaleen’s midwifery journey began after reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin in college. She attended Frontier Nursing University and is now a CNM in Florida and owner of Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology Center. She feels my passion is divinely guided and is grateful for the educational path she has taken, which allows me to function as a health care provider in home birth, birth center, and hospital. She believes she is a protector of women during their birth process and honor choice for all. She has three amazing sons, two of whom were born at home with a local midwife. At FSTM, Kaleen teaches Suturing for Midwives.
Kerri Audette, L.M., C.P.M.
Kerri Audette, LM, CPM, is a licensed midwife and graduate of Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She is a co-owner and midwife with Gainesville Midwives, her home birth practice. Kerri was inspired to pursue work in women’s health as a founding member of the Gainesville Roller Rebels, a local women’s roller derby league. That experience led her to realize the power and potential that sisterhood can create, and she has been attending births in North Central Florida and instructing childbirth education for the last four years. She also holds a Bachelors of Design from the University of Florida School of Architecture. Kerri is a Gainesville native and birthed her own child at home with midwives in 2013. At FSTM, Kerri teaches Clinical Lab, Clinical Skills Practicum Lab, NARM Review and Midwifery Practicums I – IV.
Kristen Phillips, L.M., C.P.M.
Kristen Phillips 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. AT FSTM, Kristen teaches Midwifery Practicums I – IV.
Marianne Power, R.N., L.M.
Marianne is a Florida Licensed Midwife and Registered nurse with 35 years experience combined in Nursing and Midwifery. Marianne has dedicated the past 17 years to her midwifery career caring for the families in her community as well as preparing the next generation of Midwives for the journey ahead. At FSTM, Marianne teaches Fetal Monitoring and Midwifery Practicums I – IV.
Susan Marynowski, M.S.
Susan Marynowski (M.S.) grew up in north Florida. She holds degrees from UF in fine arts and wildlife ecology, with an emphasis in public education. Susan has a passionate interest in native plants and has been a perpetual student of the patterns of plants, people, and healing for over 20 years. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and has a small herbal practice in Gainesville. Susan has studied and mentored with Tieraona LowDog, Susun Weed, David Winston, Patricia Howell, Thomas Easley, and other esteemed herbalists. Susan is a land conservation and sustainability advocate and a volunteer steward at a natural burial ground. She hopes to live (and die) in a way that has less impact on the Earth that sustains us all. At FSTM, Susan teaches Nutrition for the Childbearing Year and Herb Workshop.