for all women



Laura Danz

Laura Danz,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Danz earned her bachelor of science degree from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo. She then attended Wayne State University’s School of Medicine, receiving her medical degree in 1988. Following a four-year OB/GYN residency at Wayne State, Dr. Danz moved to Traverse City in 1992 and has practiced as OB/GYN here ever since. She and her husband, Tom, have two children – Maddy and Gus. A native of River Rouge, Michigan, Dr. Danz loves the opportunities Northern Michigan offers outdoor enthusiasts; she enjoys jogging, swimming, water skiing, rollerblading, beach volleyball and Bikram yoga.

Timothy P. Madion

Timothy P. Madion,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G., MBA

Dr. Madion is a graduate of Traverse City Central High School. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his medical degree from U of M Medical School. After completing his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, he returned to Traverse City in 1999. He earned an MBA from Michigan State in 2006. He and his wife, Charity, have six children, Camille, Aimee, Anne-Marie, Carl, Nora and the newest addition to their family, John, born in December of 2008. In his free time Dr. Madion enjoys spending time with his family, reading, guitar playing and running.

Douglas L. McKay

Douglas L. McKay,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. McKay, originally from Decatur, Illinois, received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. Following his residency with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Dr. McKay continued on staff at St. Joseph’s and the University of Michigan Medical Center before moving to Marquette General Hospital. He relocated to Traverse City in 2001 as one of the original members of the Grand Traverse Women’s Clinic. He has also held clinical appointments with both U-M and Michigan State University and has served on the Advisory Council for the Michigan section of the ACOG. Dr. McKay enjoys golfing, fishing and spending family time with wife Libby and sons, Jack and Teddy.

Alissa O’Hagan

Alissa O’Hagan,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. O’Hagan is a Michigan native and earned her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College, after which she attended medical school at New York Medical College, where she graduated with honors and gained an interest in women’s health. Dr. O’Hagan trained at the University of Chicago—a high-risk center for obstetrics and gynecology—and was awarded an Alpha Omega Alpha teaching award. Dr. O’Hagan has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology since 2011 and enjoys taking care of women and their families during some of their most precious moments as related to pregnancy and delivery. She also loves to help with routine or problem-related gynecologic care. Dr. O’Hagan has done medical volunteer work in Ethiopia, India, and Bolivia. She is married with three young children and loves an active lifestyle with her family. She played basketball in college and loves to run and bike and chase around her kids and yellow lab.

Julia Riddle

Julia Riddle,


Dr. Riddle A native of Traverse City, Dr. Julia Riddle attended Michigan State University for both her undergraduate and medical school studies. She received her doctorate from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and served her residency at Munson Medical Center. With a diverse medical background, Dr. Riddle has previously served as a medical lab tech and as a doula to help with natural childbirths. She is the proud mother to 5 children: Asher, Miles, Maya, Stella and Gio. In her spare time Dr. Riddle enjoys running, yoga and biking.

Marcy D. Verplanck-Kanitz

Marcy D. Verplanck-Kanitz,

D.O., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Verplanck-Kanitz is a native of midwestern Michigan. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University. She completed her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids in 1992. That same year, she began her practice in Traverse City. She and her husband, Michael, have three grown children: Arielle, Marc and Delin. They enjoy living in northwestern Michigan with all it has to offer in every season. Dr. Verplanck-Kanitz enjoys the variety of opportunities and challenges that her specialty has to offer. It is a privilege to be involved in all the stages of a woman’s life.

Kurt Wright

Kurt Wright,

M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Wright, was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the Ohio State University. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was then on staff for 12 years. He helped found the gynecologic DaVinci Robotic Surgery Program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 2006 and has a special interest in robotic surgery. Dr. Wright is married to Kamala, and they have two active sons, Caelan and Griffin. He enjoys boating, flying, snowmobiling and skiing in his spare time.

Stephanie Morreale

Stephanie Morreale,

D.O., F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Morreale is a Michigan native. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her medical degree from Michigan State University. She completed her residency at Wayne State University/DMC. She has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology since 2004. She enjoys all aspects of women’s care from routine to complex pregnancies as well as office and surgical aspects of gynecology. She is married and has two children (Nathalie and Luke) as well as a delightful Bernedoodle named Gus.

Carter Anderson

Carter Anderson,


Dr. Anderson has called Michigan home since 2000. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and spent nearly six years working as a paramedic. Dr. Anderson then began his medical studies at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine where he was honored with membership in both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Anderson then completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor where he served as the program’s Education Chief. When not at work, he and his wife Kaitlin are kept busy by their three daughters – Iyla, Edie, and Remy. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, reading, alpine skiing, and spending time on the water with his girls.

Kristen Scholten

Kristen Scholten,


Dr. Scholten is originally from the Upper Peninsula. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and returned to Ann Arbor for her residency program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, which was completed in 2020. She initially worked in Kalamazoo, MI, after residency and moved to Traverse City in 2022 to continue her practice in OB/GYN. She and her husband, Carl, have two children and two golden retrievers.  As a Yooper, she loves all Northern Michigan activities including hiking, skiing, and spending time on the water.

Melissa Bibicoff

Melissa Bibicoff,


Dr. Bibicoff is a proud Michigander having grown up in Southwest Michigan. She is a CODA and is fluent in ASL. She completed her undergraduate education at Central Michigan University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program. She graduated medical school from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She then completed her residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital where she was a Chief Resident.  Dr. Bibicoff is married to Dr. Lee Bibicoff who also practices in Traverse City. They have been in TC since 2016 and together they have a son Viktor (4). While enjoying running, fishing, and trapshooting, she is also a passionate F1 motorsports fan.

Other Providers

Kathryn O. Rose

Kathryn O. Rose,


Katie received a bachelor of arts degree from Albion College before attending Case Western Reserve University where she completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She worked at Munson Medical center for several years as a labor and delivery nurse and certified childbirth educator. In 2005, she completed a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program through Drexel University and is certified through the National Certification Corporation. She and her husband, Jim have lived in Traverse City since 1995. They and their two children, Mary Kathryn and Carson, enjoy traveling, entertaining and skiing.

Jan McAllister

Jan McAllister,


Jan is an accomplished nurse midwife with 20 years of experience. Jan obtained her undergraduate education in psychology and masters degree in education at Michigan State University. She received her nursing degree at Michigan Tech and the University of the State of New York. Jan then established her midwifery career through Baylor College of Medicine where she received her certification in Nurse Midwifery. Since 1975, Jan has considered Traverse City as her home. Before becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife in 1990, Jan worked as a nurse in labor and delivery for 10 years in hospitals throughout Michigan, Texas and Ohio. Returning to the area in 1992, she was a founding member of Munson Nurse Midwifery Service for 6 years and then had a private practice for 10 years, Women First Nurse Midwifery Service, before joining Grand Traverse Women’s Clinic in September of 2008. Jan has one son, Andy, a senior at Kalamazoo College. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and reading.

Christina Plamondon

Christina Plamondon,


Tina is a Certified Nurse Midwife, who practiced at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, MI. from 2012 to 2015. She also practiced as a Registered Nurse for 20 years in a neonatal intensive care unit and for 3 years on a labor and delivery unit at Henry Ford Hospital. She earned her Diploma in Nursing in 1987 at Fanshawe College London, Ontario, Canada and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery in 2011 at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Tina is originally from LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. She is married, has four children and lives in Lake Leelanau. In 2011, she completed her clinical training in Traverse City and quickly fell in love with the area and the Northern Michigan way of life. She enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, live music and Karaoke.

Stacey Steeno

Stacey Steeno,


Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Grand Valley State University in 2003. After working as a registered nurse in Grand Rapids, Chinle, Arizona, and Traverse City, Stacey attended Frontier Nursing University. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing – Midwifery degree in 2012. She taught in the nursing program at Northwestern Michigan College and practiced as a CNM at Hackley Community Care Center in Muskegon, MI prior to joining Grand Traverse Women’s Clinic in 2016. Stacey and her husband, Tony, have three sons, Evan, Colin, and Nicholas. She enjoys biking, skiing, and hiking with her family, as well as knitting and reading.

Emily Bicknell

Emily Bicknell,


Emily received a Bachelor of Science at Seattle Pacific University and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Seattle University. Prior to becoming a nurse-midwife, she worked as a school nurse with junior and senior high school students and as a doula for several years. She is passionate about providing evidence-based midwifery care and ensuring that people are supported, informed, and empowered throughout their reproductive journeys. Emily was born and raised in Seattle, WA but she’s excited to now call Traverse City home. She lives in TC with her husband Nick and enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, and trying all the amazing food that this area has to offer.

Bianca Avolio

Bianca Avolio,


Bianca is passionate about supporting women and including their family in the journey of pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Always interested in women’s health, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Tuscaloosa Alabama over a four-year period before becoming a certified nurse midwife.  Bianca received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Marquette University in 2017 and completed her Advanced Practice Midwifery degree in 2023 at Frontier Nursing University. Born and raised in Detroit, MI she is looking forward to experiencing the tranquil beauty of northern Michigan. She loves exploring Michigan lakes and local markets. In her spare time, you will often find Bianca reading, gardening, making cards, organizing, and enjoying outdoor activities. 

Shawn Ruiz

Shawn Ruiz,


Shawn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Kenyon College, fostering a passion for reproductive healthcare. He subsequently pursued Nurse-Midwifery at Vanderbilt University. His dedication revolves around building empowering, patient-centered experiences in reproductive health, pregnancy, and birth. Shawn is excited to begin his midwifery career in Traverse City. He resides in Traverse City with his partner and their two cats. During his free time, he finds joy in reading, cooking, baking, and exploring the outdoors.

Tammy LaFaive

Tammy LaFaive,


Tammy is a Traverse City Native born right here at Munson. She is very excited to be a CNM in her community and looking forward to educating, empowering, and building strong relationships with patients and their families. Tammy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998 at Lake Superior State University and her Master of Science in Nursing with Advanced Midwifery at Frontier Nursing University in 2022. She has worked as a Nurse for 26 years and the majority of those have been caring for women in pregnancy, and birth here at Munson. She started her nursing career at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and in her early years was a travel nurse. She started her midwifery career at MyMichigan Health in Midland, MI. She truly has a passion for her work in caring for women. She lives downtown with her husband Don, two children and two cats Millie and Hazel. Her son Drew is a high schooler at TC West and her daughter Lily will be a Freshman at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2024. She enjoys beaches, nature, yoga, traveling, and loves a good adventure with her family and friends.

Melinda Eng

Melinda Eng,


Melinda, a Washington native received a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies & Justice from the University of Washington, a Master’s of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Seattle University. Prior to pursuing Nursing, Melinda worked in management with multiple large banks and with Starbucks. She strived for a career change where she knew she could create a lasting and impactful impression on a person. She is passionate about empowering individuals through equitable, accessible, and supportive reproductive healthcare through joint-decision making. She is looking forward to working with a caring group of healthcare providers to promote trust, respect, and patient autonomy.

Outside of work Melinda teaches Scottish drumming, she enjoys all things outdoors, travelling, visiting breweries, cooking, baking and spending quality time with her husband Alex. She can’t wait to see all things that Michigan has to offer.