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 2020:  5:30pm-6:15pm

  • Cancelled at this time due to COVID

Meet Our Team of Care Providers


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 a Board member of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives 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 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 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.


Helena Czubernat 

Helena grew up in Ontario with Polish/French roots and completed her medical school at the University of Ottawa. She did her family medicine residency training in Chilliwack, during which she did a 2 month rotation in Nelson and fell in love with the people, the community and, of course, its nature. She is passionate about providing maternity care in an environment that nurtures hollistic care that supports women throughout this experience alongside a multidisciplinary team. After doing family medicine and maternity locums across BC and The Yukon she is so grateful to be able to have the opportunity to work with the Appletree team again who have beautifully made her ideals reality and to finally set roots in Nelson with her husband. She enjoys hiking, skiing, all water related activities and cares very much about sustainability and the environment.


Melinda Parenteau (locum midwife July-Sept 2020)

Melinda Parenteau is joining the team to provide locum coverage over the summer months. Melinda has moved back to her hometown of Nelson after practicing midwifery far and wide, including training in the Philippines to practicing in Haiti, the States and most recently in Manitoba. She graduated from the National College of Midwifery, Taos NM, USA in 2007. Melinda also completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University to be able to register and practice in Canada. She has been on a short haitus from midwifery to grow her own little family in the Kootenay’s. Rosie arrived in 2017 and little sister Ivy, followed in 2019. Aside from loving all things birth, Melinda’s passion is to see that women and families get care that empowers them to make the best-informed decisions for themselves during the childbearing process.

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.

Judith PicRebecca Gosney  Mental Health Nurse and Counselor

I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1999 as a registered mental health nurse, initially gaining experience in inpatient Psychiatry, but quickly moving on to work in community based mental health settings. This allowed me to spend time developing therapeutic skills, approaching mental health holistically and being client centred first. I have a natural curiosity of humans and love helping people work through challenges that may be great or small. I also have a special interest in perinatal and post natal mental health after delivering my first son at 23 weeks and 5 days.

I immigrated to Canada in 2008 and now enjoy keeping very active at Cross Fit, working as the Team Lead at McKim Cottage, spending time with my family and friends and raising awareness of mental health whenever I can in this great community.

Judith PicTara Emery  Mental Health Nurse and Counselor

Tara has been working as a social worker in the medical system since 2009 in the field of Mental Health and addictions. In 2013 while birthing her beautiful son, Tara suffered a traumatic and painful nerve injury. She sought out on the path to recovery; moving to the Kootenays and studying Somatic Therapy. Since March 2015, she has been renewing her body’s well being, reducing her pain alongside her clients at the Rise BC Wellness Clinic. Tara has learned how mindfulness and CBT therapy can decrease her pain. Her favourite tool is working somatically. Tara is excited to join the team at Apple Tree and support new mothers!

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Jocelyn Bouchard Lactation Consultant and Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer – Circle of Support

I graduated from the University of Calgary as a Registered Nurse in 2014. My passion is preventative Health, especially working with young families, moms and babies. I’ve been working as a Public Health Nurse since graduating. After several years of experience with breastfeeding support, postpartum home visits, and well child clinic, I continued to develop professionally by becoming a Lactation Consultant in 2018. I happily moved to the Kootenays in February 2019 because I wanted to be in the mountains with outdoor adventure at my fingertips. I’m so happy to join the beautiful, active and diverse community Nelson and even more thrilled to be living my passion of supporting new families at Apple Tree Maternity.

Meet our Learners

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.


Nesa Hamidi Tousi (Nurse Practitioner student in September 2020)

Hello! My name is Nesa Hamidi Tousi and I am a 2nd year Nurse Practitioner student from the University of Victoria program! I will be at Apple tree Maternity as a learner starting September 8 2020 and for the duration of the month . I have been working as a registered nurse for 7 years in a variety of clinical settings as a primary care clinic nurse. I was born in Iran and moved to Canada with my family in 1995. I come from a tight knit community that values traditions passed on through our family lines and prioritizes gathering to learn and share stories around food and fire. I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to learn from the experienced staff, clients and community connected to Apple tree Maternity. I hope to be able to offer support, learn and build meaningful relationships during our time together. I look forward to meeting you during my time with you this semester!


Christina New (4th year UBC Midwifery Student Sept’20 – April ’21)

My name is Christina and I am a midwifery student completing my final year of study at UBC. Over the past three years I have cared for families in Victoria, Chilliwack, Dawson Creek, and North Vancouver. This year, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the lovely team at Apple Tree Maternity and serve the families of the West Kootenay Boundary area.

I am originally from Ontario. Before pursuing Midwifery, I completed my bachelor of Health Science Honours at McMaster University, with a thesis in postpartum nutrition and exercise. My inspiration to become a midwife actually came to me while studying in Ireland and conducting research with the midwifery faculty at the University of Limerick. It was also in Ireland that I met my now-husband, Alex. We are looking forward to moving to Nelson together and making good use of the beautiful hiking trails of the Rockies.

To the families of West Kootenay: Thank you sincerely for the opportunity to learn from and support you during this important time in your lives, and allowing me to lend a hand (or hopefully two!) in welcoming your newest family members into this world.

Meet our Connecting Pregnancy Co-Facilitators


Lauren Andres
Lauren has been facilitating groups and group experiences for more than 13 years. She is a doula with various trainings including: DONA (2008), Wise Woman Way of Birth (2015), and The Matrona (2015). In 2012 she took a Midwife Assistant Workshop under the instruction of Pamela Hunt and Ina May Gaskin.

To better support the post partum period Lauren took another Matrona course on ‘Supporting the Postpartum Psyche and Homeopathy’ (2017). She has co-facilitated Castlegar MotherWise* groups for the past 3 years= *support for birthing parents experiencing post partum mood changes.

Her day job is as Infant Development Program Consultant where she gets to support families with 0-3 year old requiring or desiring extra developmental support. Lauren is a certified Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage and is now furthering her studies in Infant Mental Health as this, along with infant sleep support, is an area of particular interest.

She has 2 amazing kiddos at home age 4 and 6 and finds parenthood to be the biggest learning journey yet!


Lindsay Thompson

Lindsay is a new member to the Apple Tree Team and is stepping into the role of co-facilitator of our Connecting Pregnancy Program.  She is a certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula, and a member of the Kootenay Doula Group.  She also has training in Pre and Perinatal Attachment Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor.  She is passionate about supporting mothers and families in their perinatal journey and is delighted to join the team at Apple Tree.