Meet Roxanne Barnes, MSN, CNM
Roxanne 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 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 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.
Meet Ronda Slickman, DNP, FNP, CNM
Ronda Slickman is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has completed a second certification as a Nurse Midwife. She has been working in obstetrics for over 18 years. In 2004, she graduated from Arizona State University with her BSN. After working closely with mothers and babies at a tertiary hospital, Ronda decided to further her education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with her Master of Science in Nursing and was part of Theta Sigma Tau Honor Society of Nursing. In 2020 she achieved her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University, again graduating with high distinction.
Ronda is an Arizona Native and is married to her high school sweetheart. Together they have 4 children who are the center of their world. She loves to spend her free time volunteering for non-profits through her church. Ronda enjoys working in a team approach, with her clients, to help them achieve their optimal health. Ronda finds it an amazing honor and privilege to work with each client in achieving their optimal birth story, all while providing safe passage for baby. She is excited to join the Willow team and meet all of the amazing Willow families.