Dr. Deborah Gleisner

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 Johnson

Licensed Midwife

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.

Alexandria St. Claire

Naturopathic Doctor

Alexandria St. Claire wanted to be a pediatric neurologist until she discovered Naturopathic Medicine. She took her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience to Bastyr University and earned a Doctorate.

Dr. St. Claire has spent the past several years as a primary care provider, treating patients of all ages and backgrounds with issues as diverse as women’s health, pediatrics, chronic illness, mental health, digestion, dermatology, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune conditions.

Pediatrics, primary care and women’s health will be Dr. St. Claire’s focus at Sprout. See her for your child’s vaccine administration and counseling, well-child visits, newborn screening and acute care. See her yourself if you want to find and treat the true cause of illness in a collaborative and safe environment. She is a professional member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. St. Claire enjoys playing with her two children, reading nearly anything and sweating with Kayla. She tries to enjoy running Greenlake with her husband and kids.

Rani Cuevas

Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Massage Therapist

Dr. Cuevas hails from Slidell, Louisiana (a bayou suburb of New Orleans), and has inherited a love of food, music, and hospitality from her southern upbringing. She graduated from Bastyr University wth her degree in Naturopathic Medicine and is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Dr. Cuevas’ passion for healing is rooted in her ability to truly connect with her patients. She believes in meeting people with compassion wherever they are in their journey toward health, empowering patients to find practical solutions to help them live their best lives. Currently Dr. Cuevas is working to deepen her practice with various healing modalities, including Mind Body, Botanicals, and Physical medicine. She is an avid forager of wild plant and mushroom medicines. She loves to play in the woods with her geriatric dogs.

Camila Hellmeister

Licensed Midwife

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.

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.

Saoirse Douthat

Medical Receptionist

Saoirse (She/her pronouns) was born and raised in Southern California, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. It was here she found her lifelong passion for the midwifery model of care, health administration, and LGBTQ+ health in communities of color.
Saoirse has a wide variety of healthcare experience, including research, direct patient care, and health education. Her favorites so far are where she gets to work with children and pregnant/parenting individuals.
Saoirse is very involved in her community as a volunteer for the blood bank. She also serves as a community advisory board member for HIV research and works part-time as a math teacher. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, painting, and unsuccessfully attempting to swaddle her feline companion, Lacey.

At Sprout Birth Center, you’ll find Saoirse working the front desk as well as maintaining social media accounts, performing phlebotomy, planning events, and organizing diabetes education.

Cori Hartunian

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 as a 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!


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