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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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, 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.