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 2019:  5:30pm-6:15pm

  • Monday June 17th
  • Tuesday August 20th

Meet Our Team of Care Providers

Tanya

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.  She is currently the President-Elect at the College of Midwives of BC and Adjunct professor at UBC Midwifery.   She enjoys being part of this thriving community and spending time outdoors: snowboarding, hiking, and beaching as well as traveling to new places or visiting family and friends.

Lisa

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 past 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.

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.

Jeanette

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 and her family feel blessed to have lived in Nelson since 2007.

Lauren Galbraith

Lauren was born and raised in Nelson, and is thrilled to be able to practice as a family physician in her hometown. She received her medical degree from UBC’s Northern Medical Program in Prince George, BC. Her rural family medicine residency at the UofA’s Rural Alberta North program took her to several rural and remote communities in Canada’s north. She is a passionate advocate for women’s health and maternity care in the rural setting. She is honoured to be able to join this multidisciplinary team with so much knowledge and experience, all the while living in such a wonderful community. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and in the outdoors.

Lisa Wiley (on maternity leave starting October 2019) 
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.

Michelle

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.

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

Eline

Charlotte Grant UBC 4th Year Midwifery Student

(September 2019 – April 2020)

My name is Charlotte Grant and I am a fourth year student with Apple Tree Maternity for my final year (September 2019 – April 2020). I am so grateful to experience the community, learn with you, and share with you in your journey through this life-changing time.

Prior to pursuing Midwifery, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study Archaeology and Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, with a focus on the many cultures and long archaeological history within our beautiful province. Throughout that time, my passion for Midwifery grew, as I became drawn to the unique and incredible experiences of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

I spent my second and third years in the Midwifery program on the Lower Mainland in New Westminster and Vancouver respectively, and was lucky to spend six weeks in Uganda as part of the UBC Midwifery Global Placement this past summer. These placements have solidified my passion to support families throughout their varying experiences.

In my spare time, I love to run, hike, cook, bake sourdough bread, and do puzzles. I have spent most of my life in Comox on Vancouver Island, and while I have enjoyed living in the bustling city of Vancouver, I am thrilled to get back to a small-town feel in Nelson.

Thank you for welcoming me into your space and as part of your care team this year! I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Eline

Emily MillenUBC 3rd Year Midwifery Student

(September 2019 – December 2019)

My name is Emily Millen and I am currently in my 3rd year of the Midwifery Program at UBC. It is a privilege and honour to be able to learn from the physicians and midwives at Apple Tree and all of the families in their care. I am thrilled to be building on knowledge I acquired from my recent clinical placement at South Delta Midwifery in Ladner, BC.

Five years ago, I first witnessed the power of person-centered care as a birth doula. The nurturing and attentive ways of the midwives and their ability to empower their clients to make informed decisions about their care inspired me to begin my midwifery journey. Through this work, I aim to become a supportive guide for pregnant people during their time of transformation.
After ten years of instructing yoga at large and small community based studios around Vancouver, I began teaching prenatal yoga. Teaching highlighted my passion for connecting intimately with pregnant individuals and their support systems, to hear their needs and to facilitate normal and safe birth experiences.

When I’m not on my yoga mat or learning/talking about pregnancy and birth, you can find me beekeeping with my husband, hiking with friends, or ecstatic dancing!(September 2019 – April 2020)

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.