Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife
A Seattle native, Dr. Deborah Gleisner graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a minor in music. After many years in the health insurance industry, she decided that healing people was more important to her than helping them with paperwork, so she returned to school.
Dr. Gleisner earned her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University, an institution renowned for its science-based approach to natural medicine. She trained under a number of respected doctors in the area, including Dr. Molly Linton, ND, Dr. Joseph Wessels, ND, and Dr. Kimberly Kelley, ND.
Dr. Gleisner’s clinical rotations at Bastyr Center for Natural Health included working under Dr. Jane Guiltinan, ND, the dean of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr. Sheila Kingsbury, the chair of Botanical Medicine. Dr. Gleisner’s electives and clinical rotations were focused on women’s health and pediatrics. She also trained as a doula, and earned a certificate in midwifery by catching or helping to catch over 120 healthy babies.
Dr. Gleisner has served three terms on the Board of Directors for the California Naturopathic Doctors’ Association. She is also a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Midwives’ Association of Washington State, and the Midwives Alliance of North America.
Dr. Gleisner’s background in the health insurance industry stimulated her interest in naturopathic medicine, which empowers patients to participate in their own personal health and well-being through dialogue and education. She views the care of a patient’s health as a long-term, collaborative partnership between doctor and patient. She feels privileged to guide each patient on their individual path to wellness.
Maya did not know what to expect when starting midwifery school in São Paulo in 2008 but she’s been in evidence-based care ever since. As a student, doula, prenatal yoga and Shantala baby massage instructor she has learned as much about empowerment from her clients as she has learned about midwifery and maternal care from her instructors.
Maya’s education and practice in Brazil exposed her to the endemic flaws of her native healthcare system and cemented her passion for women’s advocacy and empowerment. She emigrated to the United States in 2012 for a Master’s degree in Maternal-Child Health at Bastyr University, where she conducted a workshop on microaggressions and racial disparities in midwifery care and spearheaded a gap analysis on international midwifery curricula. Her advocacy landed her a position as teaching assistant at Bastyr and a faculty position at the Birth Equity Leadership Academy.
Prior to American licensure Maya attended over 200 births and created Puget Sound Birth Assistants, a collective focused on providing high quality birth assistant care to midwives in the greater Seattle area. She spends her spare time with her friends, her husband and her rescue mutt Buddy.
Maya oferece serviços de Obstetrícia na área metropolitana de Seattle e Snohomish County e é especializada em famílias brasileiras e outras comunidades Latinas.
Ellena Karpenko is an aspiring third year student midwife at Bastyr University. After working three years as a Phlebotomist/Lab Tech at EvergreenHealth, she realized that her passion lies in Women’s Health after attending her friend’s home birth. The birth inspired her to continue her education in women’s health and after several births at the hospital she made the decision to pursue direct-entry midwifery. Before applying to Midwifery school, Ellena studied Allied Health and Natural/Social Sciences at Edmonds Community College. She believes that nature has given women what is needed in order to maintain the body’s health and well being. She is humbled and honored to be a part of this beautiful, life changing, and magical journey.
I’m a student midwife at Bastyr University, currently writing a master’s thesis about maintaining pelvic floor health through pregnancy and postpartum. I call Minnesota home and am planning to return to the midwestern cold when I finish midwifery school to establish a home birth practice in the rural southeast part of the state. My husband and our 18-month old daughter, Belle, keep me grounded and laughing. My favorite hobbies include coaching and playing soccer, re-reading my favorite fiction series, and singing Old MacDonald with my daughter. I’m excited to meet you and help in your care!
Front Desk, Midwife Assistant
Camila was born and raised in Brazil, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Campinas.
After moving to Boston, Camila trained as a Professional Medical Interpreter, providing interpreting and translation services for Harvard’s three hospital campuses and numerous health clinics. This was Camila’s introduction to working in healthcare, and the first time she learned about the Midwifery Model of Care and options in childbirth. Learning more about the harsh challenges of our current healthcare system, especially embodied in how maternity care is currently provided to many families, brought out a passion and determination to contribute to a change in health care that Camila couldn’t have anticipated.
Since then, Camila has incessantly sought out training and experience in both Brazil and the US in order to provide maternity services for diverse populations and become an agent of change. She certified as a midwife assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee and trained as a Midwife at Bastyr University in Seattle, where she is currently finishing her Master’s Degree.
Camila is a fierce advocate of health care as a means to empower people to take personal control over their health decisions and their lives. This arises from care that is individualized to each person’s needs, values, priorities, and aspirations, and when healthcare is fully understood as a relationship between person and provider that happens through sharing of knowledge and affection.
At Sprout Birth Center, you’ll find Camila wearing a number of hats, including working at the front desk and as a birth assistant.
Front Desk, Midwife Assistant
Hi There! My name is Cori! I use she/ her pronouns. I identify as a white, cis-gendered queer woman. I currently serve the King and Snohomish counties of Washington State as a Birth Doula, Midwife Assistant, Pregnancy Release Doula, Wise-Woman Herbalist, Reiki Master, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor. I have recently been gifted the opportunity to work at Sprout Birth Center part time as their front desk and as an Midwife Assistant.
A bit about me: Through all my life, I have had a strong connection and passion for reproductive health. Having family in the medical community around birth and pediatrics have helped to form this passion at a young age. As I grew older my passion for social and reproductive justice grew. I wanted to support folks by helping them advocate for what was right for them. I pursued some radical trainings and gained influential mentors, and volunteered with organizations around supporting women with a variety of pregnancy outcomes. I now serve three out-of-hospital midwifery practices as an assistant, while also maintaining a birth doula business, and working part-time as front desk for Sprout Birth Center.
As a Birth Doula and Midwife Assistant, I can’t even describe the honor it is to witness this rite of passage. It is an indescribable feeling to have found my calling. The path to the birth of one’s baby is different for all, and I feel grateful to have supported nearly 300 folks in the Puget Sound region (in 6 years as a Birth Doula, and 3 years as an Midwife Assistant) as they gave birth to their baby and themselves as parents. The birth of a baby is the birth of many things: parenthood, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It’s the birth of a family, the birth of a new citizen, the birth of potential. It can be a wonderful time for those expecting, filled with excitement, but it also comes with some distinct challenges like navigating the uniqueness of each labor and finding the tools to remain flexible during an enormously transitional time. That is where I can come in and help!
I love talking all things birth! (Feel free to bend my ear at the office.) I truly love what I do! Thank you for reading about me! I’m looking forward to learning more about you!