About Us

The seeds for Apple Tree were planted in February 2013, when a group of like-minded women began a conversation about working together to further support women and their families in West Kootenay Boundary.

Our Meet the Team Nights in 2018:  5:30pm-6:15pm

  • Thursday July 12th

Meet Our Team of Care Providers


Ilene Bell

Ilene Bell began practicing midwifery in Toronto in 1978. She moved to the Kootenays in the 1980s and has been a part of the astonishing evolution of midwifery from a marginalized fringe movement to the accepted and respected member of the health care community it has become today. She has four grown children.


Michelle Cameron (on leave)

Michelle is originally from the east coast and was raised in Ontario. Although her mother tongue is English, she always attended francophone schools including Laurentian University where she completed her degree in Midwifery. She has been a Registered Midwife since 2006 – primarily in the Lower Mainland and the West Kootenay-Boundary areas. Her education in acupressure, occupational therapy and reflexology complement her approach to health and wellness. Michelle strives to empower, educate and care for women and their families during their time of growth. She welcomes parenting wisdom at any time as she raises her young children Nash and Talia. When she has a free minute you might find her skiing, biking, growing veggies or just relaxing somewhere in the mountains or lakes nearby.


Tanya Momtazian 

Tanya is thrilled to have set some roots down in the Kootenays to raise her young, and growing family and to become part of the Apple Tree team. She has been working as a midwife in Nelson since 2008 after graduating from the UBC Midwifery Program. In 2012, she completed a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and is also trained in acupuncture for pain management in labour. She enjoys being part of this thriving community and spending time outdoors: snowboarding, hiking, gardening and beaching as well as traveling to new places or visiting family and friends.


Lisa Sawyer

has been practicing as a family physician in Nelson since 2004 after receiving her medical degree from Ottawa. She is a strong advocate and supporter of women receiving a holistic and supportive approach to maternity care. Lisa is the chair of the local Perinatal Committee and works closely with the hospital to maintain excellent quality of care at Kootenay Lake Hospital. She has a young son Evan and loves to play with the Moving Mosaic Samba Band.


Jeanette Boyd

Jeanette Boyd received her medical degree at the University of Calgary in 2003 and completed her residency training in rural family medicine in 2007. She feels passionately about women’s access to safe, meaningful maternity care and she complements her maternity and family practice calling by working to support rural medicine through her roles with the Canadian College of Family Physicians, the BC College of Family Physicians and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. She works as a family physician with Lisa Sawyer at Cedar Family Medicine. She and her family feel blessed to have lived in Nelson since 2007.

Lisa-Delorme bio picLisa Delorme

Lisa became passionate about childbirth and midwifery after attending the birth of a family friend as a teenager. Over the next ten years she strengthened her love and commitment for supporting women during the childbearing cycle by working as a doula and also through the midwife attended births of her children.  Lisa graduated from Bastyr University in 2013 with a Master of Science in Midwifery. Her thesis focused on the ethics of international training for midwifery students. In 2014 she completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program in order to become registered in Canada. Since then she has been working as a Registered Midwife in Ontario. As a longtime resident of the Slocan Valley Lisa is thrilled to be returning to the Kootenays and is excited to be joining the Appletree team.

Lisa Wiley (locum) 
Lisa was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her passion to become a midwife blossomed from roots of women’s health advocacy and political activism for egalitarian, holistic, and empowering health care options for childbearing people and their communities. She earned her Master’s degree in the Science of Midwifery from Bastyr University in Seattle in 2013, transitioned into Canada through the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program in Ontario in 2015, and has helped with nurturing new families in four nations. She is new to BC, feeling gratitude for such a warm welcome to the Kootenays, and reveling in becoming familiar with the beautiful community and surroundings here.

Meet our Team of Allied Professionals

Judith PicJudith Fearing  Lactation Consultant and Breastfeeding Facilitator

I am delighted to join the Apple Tree team. My work as a registered nurse for over 30 years has led me in many fruitful directions. One of the highlights has been working with new families and supporting breastfeeding.  It is wonderful to return to this in my role as a Lactation Consultant and to be part of a team of enthusiastic, committed and skilled practitioners.  I love Nelson—this is where I raised my three now-adult children and where I continue to enjoy hiking, swimming, biking and participating in community and global events with my husband George.

Meet our Learners

Judith PicWoniya Cancilla  Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program 

June 4-Aug 30, 2018

My interest in midwifery began when I first picked up my mom’s copy of Spiritual Midwifery as a child and began reading with fervour all the amazing birth stories!

I am a Canadian who decided to go on an adventure with my family, husband, son and daughter, to begin my midwifery journey in New Zealand. I finished my degree, returned to Canada and am now very eager to begin practice!

I’m passionate about helping to empower women through birth! I am a doula, a Prenatal Educator and a midwife. One of my favourite things about midwifery is the journey I get to take with women and families. I believe strongly in informed choice and continuity of care.

My other passions are hiking, biking, camping and really anything that brings me outside in nature. Snuggling babies is pretty nice too!

Apple Tree Maternity is a teaching unit associated with the UBC School of Medicine and other universities. We consider our students and residents a member of the care team, and are thankful for the support of our clients to help train a new cadre of skilled health care providers.