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Team Willow | Meet Our Community Partner Physicians, Midwives & Birth Assistants | Willow AZ
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Our Team

Midwives,Birth Assistants
& Community Partner Physicians,

Meet Our Team

In addition to our CNM founders, Belinda Hodder and Diane Ortega, the entire team at Willow AZ Midwife Center is dedicated to delivering personalized, family-centered maternity care in our beautiful Mesa birth center. Dr. Mani Tehranchi and Dr. Blake Higley are our community partner physicians, and are available to the midwives at Willow 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our birth assistants come from varied health care backgrounds, and have all been trained in the Willow way.

Our Midwives

Meet Roxanne Barnes, MSN, CNM

Roxanne BarnesRoxanne Barnes CNM attends clients in both the Birth Center and Hospital setting.

Roxanne’s love for midwifery grew after an internship with some wonderful RNs, CNMs and OB/GYNs in her Illinois hometown. She grew to believe midwifery is not just about catching babies, but also health education and supporting women throughout their life span.

Roxanne graduated from Frontier Nursing University with her Master of Science in Nursing after working as women and children’s health nurse for several years. She has since been involved in both the out of hospital as well as hospital setting.

Roxanne is excited to have made her new home with us at Willow AZ and to move to the East Valley after living in the West Valley for several years.

When not in the clinic, you may find Roxanne out dancing salsa, mambo & kizomba in the community. She is a huge fan of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team and also is an avid crafter. Her sewing abilities include, but are not limited to: reusable menstrual products, diapers as well as quilts and handbags. Feel free to ask her about any and all of it.

Roxanne looks forward to being a partner in your healthcare needs.

Meet Emily Botsios, CNM, MSN

Emily BotsiosEmily Botsios graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; she was a Labor and Delivery nurse in downtown Phoenix for 14 years. During her nursing career, Emily always enjoyed going to conferences where she gained evidence based education that helped her to take better care of the women she served.  Emily was inspired early in her career by Penny Simkin who taught her a lot about how to support a physiologic birth. She enjoyed researching and implementing new techniques that would support these mothers and changed several policies in the Banner system that would assist these women. She researched the benefits of the Peanut Ball, and Emily and the other lead researcher had their study published. She always valued evidence based care and teaching nursing students, her clients, and new nurses about this. Emily is also a Childbirth Educator, a Neonatal Resuscitation instructor, and a Certified Lactation consultant. She is passionate about helping women and their families throughout their lifespan.

After several years of being a labor nurse and her own two births, where she felt empowered to birth how she chose, Emily decided to go back to school. She wanted to help more mothers and their families in ways that were sometimes limited as a nurse. Her goal was to help as many women feel empowered during their pregnancy, birth, post partum experience and lifespan. Emily went to Frontier Nursing University and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife. After having clinicals in both a hospital and at Willow Birth Center AZ Emily settled into a position at Willow Birth Center AZ, where she is able to provide support in whichever location is best for the family.

Emily is married to her High School sweetheart Andrew, who is a teacher and they have two children – an 8 year old son and  6 year old daughter. Andrew was Emily’s doula for both labors (after taking Penny Simkin’s training) and in both of her births she felt supported and empowered. As a family they enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, hiking, the beach, and traveling. Emily also enjoys yoga and group fitness classes.

Meet Lisa Cohen, CNM, MSN

Lisa Cohen, CNM graduated with her MSN from the State University of New York in 2008. Prior to her work as a midwife, she was a critical care nurse for many years. She received her BSN from the University of Central Missouri in 1997. As a midwife, she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, birth center, and home birth. Lisa’s passion as a midwife is for educating families so they feel empowered to make choices best suited for their individual circumstances. She is proud and excited to have joined the Willow team in 2019!

Lisa relocated to Phoenix from Kansas City in 2018. She and her family have enjoyed hiking in the mountains, the food trucks, and the warm sunny weather! Lisa has 5 children and welcomed her first granddaughter in 2019. In her free time she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and exploring Arizona with her family.

Meet Pam Moran

Pam MoranPam has been involved with mamas and babies her entire career. Starting out as a Bradley Childbirth educator for 4 years, working with home birth midwives for 3 ½ years as a birth assistant, and then became a registered nurse spending 20 years supporting woman birthing in the hospital.

Still feeling the call to be a Certified Nurse Midwife she received her master’s degree in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

The majority of her midwifery training was at WillowAZ birth center. She is thrilled to be a part of the WillowAZ team of midwives. Teaches prenatal yoga at WillowAZ on Thursday evenings.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and spending time with her family in the white mountains of Pinetop, AZ.

 

Marianna “Lana” Holland, CNM, DNP

Lana HollandLana graduated from Frontier Nursing University, with a Master’s in midwifery and a doctorate in nursing practice. Prior to midwifery, she had experience as a labor and delivery nurse with a certification in inpatient obstetrics. She is excited to practice full scope midwifery and women’s health and hopes to work in community outreach. She 2 children and enjoys baking.

 

 

 

Kim Flanders, CNM

Kim FlandersKim is an advocate for empowering moms and women to make informed decisions for and about their bodies and pregnancies. Childbirth is her passion and it’s evident in her infectious laughter, gentle touch, and the respect in which she treats each patient with. In fact, genuine care and concern have helped her build a reputation as a leader in midwifery.

Kim has achieved a number of accomplishments; she is a recipient of the Advanced Practice Nurses Excellence Award, Best Practice Award from The Centering Health Institute and is an experienced speaker, having made several national presentations for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Kim believes in serving her community and has contributed countless volunteer hours to meeting the needs of underserved populations.

 

 

 

 

Meet Roxanne Barnes, MSN, CNM

Roxanne BarnesRoxanne Barnes CNM attends clients in both the Birth Center and Hospital setting.

Roxanne’s love for midwifery grew after an internship with some wonderful RNs, CNMs and OB/GYNs in her Illinois hometown. She grew to believe midwifery is not just about catching babies, but also health education and supporting women throughout their life span.

Roxanne graduated from Frontier Nursing University with her Master of Science in Nursing after working as women and children’s health nurse for several years. She has since been involved in both the out of hospital as well as hospital setting.

Roxanne is excited to have made her new home here at Willow AZ and to move to the East Valley after living in the West Valley for several years.

When not in the clinic, you may find Roxanne out dancing salsa, mambo & kizomba in the community. She is a huge fan of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team and also is an avid crafter. Her sewing abilities include, but are not limited to: reusable menstrual products, diapers as well as quilts and handbags. Feel free to ask her about any and all of it.

Roxanne looks forward to being a partner in your healthcare needs.

Meet Lisa Cohen, CNM, MSN

Lisa Cohen, CNM graduated with her MSN from the State University of New York in 2008. Prior to her work as a midwife, she was a critical care nurse for many years. She received her BSN from the University of Central Missouri in 1997. As a midwife, she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, birth center, and home birth. Lisa’s passion as a midwife is for educating families so they feel empowered to make choices best suited for their individual circumstances. She is proud and excited to have joined the Willow team in 2019!

Lisa relocated to Phoenix from Kansas City in 2018. She and her family have enjoyed hiking in the mountains, the food trucks, and the warm sunny weather! Lisa has 5 children and welcomed her first granddaughter in 2019. In her free time she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and exploring Arizona with her family.

Meet Caitlyn Laney, CPM LM

Caitlyn LaneyCaitlyn is a native Phoenician. She attended Arizona State University on a full-ride academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise & Wellness with a concentration in Health Promotion in 2009.

In 2011 she trained birth as a birth doula and began assisting women and families in both the home and hospital setting. Later that same year Caitlyn welcomed her first daughter who was born at home under the watchful guidance of Certified Professional Midwives. In 2012 her second daughter was born at home again with the loving support of midwives.

With those experiences she became impassioned with the Midwifery Model of Care and felt compelled to pursue her own path to serving women.

In 2013 she became a lactation educator and in 2014 after a rigorous apprenticeship Caitlyn achieved her Certified Professional Midwife and AZ Licensed Midwife credentials.

 

 

Meet Crystal Pena, CPM LM

Crystal PenaCrystal is a Certified Professional Midwife, licensed in the State of Arizona to provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for families who chose to birth at home. She has spent time attending births in the birth center setting and at home.

As a member of the Home Birth Team for Willow Midwife Center AZ, Crystal focuses on fully involving the clients in all aspects of their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery. She utilizes evidence-based practices while providing considerate, individualized care. She respects her client’s choices and acknowledge that every pregnancy and birth is unique.

Crystal has been a licensed midwife since 2014. After the birth of her second child her interest in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting grew to a new level. It was then she realized the interest was truly a calling to midwifery and began training in 2010. During that time she had the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best midwives in Arizona and in 2014 she was credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) by NARM and licensed by the Arizona Department of Health. Crystal is active in our local home birth and midwifery communities and serves on the board of the Arizona Association of Midwives.

In her free time Crystal enjoys spending time with her four energetic boys and husband, playing board games, reading, and catching up on her favorite podcasts.

Meet Our Birth Assistants


Your Willow AZ Midwife Center birth assistant is a vital part of your birth team; a professional midwife’s assistant with labor support, birth, and postpartum care skills. A birth assistant helps to keep out-of-hospital births safe and more satisfying for the family.

Willow Trained

All our birth assistants have received special training and a detailed skills assessment to qualify them to perform in the role at Willow AZ Midwife Center. They have fulfilled all requirements, and meet our strict standards as birth assistants. Each is currently certified in CPR and neonatal resuscitation. They are competent, compassionate and have demonstrated the ability to work cohesively with our philosophy, midwives, and clients.

Our Birth Center Staff

Starla Corn
Starla Corn - Medical Assistant
Jori Brown
Jori Brown – Assistant/Client Concierge
Jessica Poppe
Jessica Poppe – Educator/Car Seat Technician
Perla Barron
Perla Barron – Office Manager/Willow Central

Community Partners

Dr. Mani TehranchiDr. Mani Tehranchi

Dr. Mani Tehranchi, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified physician specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, and the da Vinci® Surgical System at Bella Women’s Care in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Tehranchi began his career after graduating with his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1990 and completing his residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He was also a fellow at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Tehranchi’s long-standing desire to be at the forefront of modern medicine influenced his choice to become proficient with the minimally invasive robotic surgery known as the da Vinci Surgical System. Having practiced medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Tehranchi has been fortunate to know and care for many families, often delivering multiple generations of children.

Dr. Jeffrey Blake Higley

Dr. Jeffrey Blake HigleyDr. Jeffrey Blake Higley, MD, is an OB/GYN specializing in the comprehensive practice of obstetrics and gynecology at Bella Women’s Care in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Higley is a native-born Texan who graduated medical school at Texas A&M University and made his way to the the Phoenix area to complete his residency at Banner University Medical Center where he focused on minimally invasive procedures, including the da Vinci® Surgical System, and general obstetrics with a focus in preventing the first cesarean section and integrative medicine. Dr. Higley is affiliated with Banner University Medical Center (Good Samaritan) and Dignity Health (St. Joseph’s Hospital).

Dr. Higley treats patients in all areas of reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth. He speaks English and is known by his patients for his kind, gentle demeanor whether they are in for a routine exam or the miracle of childbirth. When not working with patients, Dr. Higley enjoys exploring all that Phoenix has to offer.

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Contact Willow AZ Midwife Center Today

If you would like to schedule a consultation, meet our team and tour the Willow AZ Midwife Center, use our contact form or call us at 480-565-5990 today.