Our Staff

 

Heather Struckett, B.HSc., R.M.

 

Heather is one of the founding partners of TVM having begun practice here in 1997 after graduation from the midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University. Prior to the legislation of midwifery, Heather was quite active in the midwifery Task Force of Ontario and London Home Birth Group. Heather takes a special interest in postpartum depression and serves on task teams in both Oxford and Middlesex Counties.


Kathi Wilson, B.A., B.HSc, R.M.

 

Kathi is a founding partner of and senior midwife with the Thames Valley Midwives. Kathi's educational background includes a Honours Bachelors of Art in English Language and Literature received from the University of Western Ontario in 1975, during which time she was also Helen M.B. Allison Gold Medallist.


She graduated summa cum laude with a Baccalaureate in Health Sciences (midwifery) from McMaster University in 1996, as part of the first class to complete the Ontario Universities midwifery Education Programme.

 

After completing her first year of practice with the St. Jacob's Midwives, Kathi began practice as part of Thames Valley Midwives in 1997. She has a long-standing history of involvement in midwifery and childbirth issues, serving with the Ontario midwifery Task Force, which worked toward legislation of midwifery during the 1980's and 1990's. She has been a certified childbirth educator, and lactation educator, and has been attending births since 1983.

 

In addition to clinical practice, Kathi has served on the board of the Association of Ontario Midwives from 1996 to 1999, and has recently chaired AOM task groups on hospital relations, and vaginal birth after caesarean. She is also an associate midwife member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and represents midwifery on several SOGC committees. As well, Kathi is a preceptor for the midwifery Education Programme and the International Midwives Preregistration Project. She is currently also Chief of the City-Wide Department of midwifery for St. Joseph 's Health Care, London and London Health Sciences Centre.

Monica Toth BA PMP

Joining Thames Valley Midwives in July of 2006 as Practice Administrator, Monica brings with her years of administrative and project management experience.

 

Monica manages our office and oversees the daily operations of the practice. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Jackie Droogers R.M.

 

Jackie was very excited to join the Thames Valley Midwives team in September of 2008.

 

She grew up just south of Ingersoll and has a strong sense of attachment to this region. Jackie completed her midwifery training in 2003 at the Nottingham University in England, after which she worked for three and half years providing midwifery care for low and high risk women and their babies.  Jackie left England in the spring of 2007 to pursue a three month volunteer opportunity working with locally trained midwives in a rural maternity hospital in D.R. Congo. 

 

In April of 2008 Jackie completed the International midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University in Toronto. As part of the course requirement, she worked for three months with a midwifery practice based in Guelph.

 

Jackie has cared for many women and newborn babies in a variety of settings and with a very wide range of needs.  She is delighted to finally be “back home” and to have this opportunity to be involved in your birth experience.

Hayley Ross, B.HSc, R.M

 

Hayley was thrilled to be joining the Thames Valley Midwives team in May 2009.

 

Hayley grew up near Liverpool in England; she moved to Coventry in 2004 to complete her midwifery training and earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree at Coventry University. Post qualification, Hayley worked with women from many different cultural milieus and gained extensive experience in both low and high risk pregnancy and birth. Her work extended to a small community based clinic where she worked with South Asian and African women living in poverty and homelessness.

In the summer of 2008, Hayley left England to begin the International Preregistration Program through Ryerson University in Toronto. She was placed on a three month rotation with Thames Valley Midwives.

 

Hayley is experienced in teaching childbirth education classes and has a particular interest in the field of breastfeeding. She looks forward to meeting you and your family!

Karen Ross, B.Sc Midwifery

 

Karen was educated as a midwife in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated in 1997. For over 10 years, Karen worked in both a small district general hospital and in the community in the Scottish Borders. Karen was midwife member of the Scottish Borders Forum on Domestic Abuse and a member of the Scottish Health Network on Domestic Abuse. As such, she was responsible for organising training for midwives on domestic abuse and completed maternity unit guidelines on the subject . In 2008, Karen's husband retired from the Scottish Police Force and so they moved to London, Ontario – a city they have been visiting almost every year since the 1980s. Having realised that midwifery is not something you can leave very easily, Karen decided to return to the profession and so, in September of 2011, she enrolled in the International midwifery Pre-registration Programem at Ryerson University in Toronto. Following a wonderful placement with us at Thames Valley Midwives, Karen accepted a position with us and looks forward to meeting you!

Leanne McInall, B.A., B.H.Sc., R.M.


Leanne was very excited to join the practice in July 2012.  She completed the Midwifery Education Program through McMaster University which provided a diverse and rich education in the areas of midwifery, obstetrics, genetics, labour and delivery, paediatrics, and lactation. She had the opportunity to work in a number of communities in Ontario.  Having lived in London for over 10 years now, Leanne is excited to be able to provide care to clients in the counties of Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford.


Having grown up in the small town of Hillsburgh, Leanne enjoys the rural nature of this clinic as well as the benefits that this city has to offer. Leanne’s previous education includes a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources.  She also trained as a doula in 2006 and enjoyed providing support to women while also staying home to raise her 3 children.  She decided to pursue the field of midwifery after her own births with midwives.  She is honoured to share this incredible journey with each woman she meets in care.

Yuefang Liu


I am very excited to join Thames Valley Midwives and to start a new life with my family here in London.
I completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program at Ryerson University in 2009. I have worked with the Midwives of Grey Bruce in Owen Sound and Diversity Midwives in Toronto.  Having the opportunity of working in both rural and urban practices provided me with valuable experience.

 

I am an immigrant from China. Before coming to Canada 10 years ago, I finished a University medical degree in 1998.  Following this, I worked for six years in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


I have a young daughter and son who were both born with the support of Midwives. I think it is a privilege to care for childbearing women and I find the process of pregnancy and childbirth amazing. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this process and to share your joy as you welcome a new family member. I look forward to meeting you!

Rebecca Thompson


Rebecca is excited to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in 2015.  She graduated from McMaster University’s Midwifery Education Program and during that experience, she completed placements in Guelph, Haliburton-Bancroft, Alliston, Stratford, Cambridge and Hamilton. 

 

Rebecca decided to pursue Midwifery as a way of promoting a holistic model of health.  She looks forward to being a guide in helping clients and their families navigate through the development of personalized care.

Erika Maaskant 


Erika is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University, and is thrilled to be joining Thames Valley Midwives to work with families in the London area. Before attending midwifery school, Erika studied Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Toronto where she had the opportunity to learn about gendered, economic, and cultural dimensions of healthcare provision. She became passionate about midwifery through supporting her family and friends in their birth process, and has since completed midwifery placements in Waterloo and Toronto, as well as gaining experience with a Lactation consultant in the Toronto area. She looks forward to supporting clients in their journey through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.

Alison Bekendam, B.Sc, B.H.Sc., RM


Alison is delighted to join Thames Valley Midwives in November 2016. 

Alison graduated from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2015 and starting working in Hamilton. There, Alison developed a passion for working with low resourced clients. She has a special interest in improving access to midwifery care for teenage women and their families. 

 

Prior to pursing midwifery Alison obtained a degree in biology and worked for environmental groups across Canada and in Cambodia. She's looking forward to settling down in her husband's home town of London and getting to know clients there. 

Christine Geiger, B.A., B.Sc., R.M.,


Christine is graduate of the Midwifery Education Program from Laurentian University and is very excited to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in September 2016. She previously worked with Midwifery Care of Peel and Halton Hills - Brampton.

Christine grew up in a small town north of London and is excited to be returning close to home. Before completing her degree in Midwifery, Christine graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Medical and Cultural Anthropology. During that time, her passion to become a midwife grew when she travelled to Malawi to volunteer with
midwives. Before entering the program she worked as an English teacher in Busan, South Korea. Christine has always had a passion for women and children's health and is honoured to support the women and families of London and the surrounding area.

Jessica Raison, B.H.Sc., RM


Jessica is thrilled to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in December 2016.

Jessica is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. She completed midwifery, nursing and obstetric placements throughout Hamilton, Brockville and Woodstock. She enjoys the mix of urban and rural practice.

Jessica has spent the better part of six years furthering her education in Hamilton. Prior to midwifery, she studied Biology at McMaster University. Jessica is excited to explore a new city and provide individualized care throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. She looks forward to meeting new clients and their families!

Esther Baah-Frimpong


I am very excited to be rejoining the Thames Valley Midwives team. Originally from Ghana, I moved to England in 1998 as a student nurse. After graduating in 2001, I worked as a Registered Nurse in an acute respiratory unit at The Hillingdon Hospital in the county of Middlesex. During that period, I developed a strong desire to become a Midwife after my own birthing experience. In March 2003, embarked upon my Midwifery education at Thames Valley University in London, England. Upon obtaining my Bsc(Hons) Midwifery in August 2004, I enjoyed practicing Midwifery in the diverse community of Hillingdon in England, caring for both high and low risk women and their families for 8 years. In September 2012, I moved to Canada to pursue the International Midwifery Preregistration Program, during which I had a wonderful experience as a Midwifery clerk with Thames Valley Midwives. I was overjoyed when I was offered the opportunity to work at the practice 4 years ago. It has truly been a blessing to be part of this amazing team and I look forward to being part of your special journey.

Loraina Birch, BMus, BHSc, RM

 

Loraina is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University, and is delighted to be joining Thames Valley Midwives in September of 2017.

 

Loraina grew up in nearby Perth County and is very happy to now be making a home in London. Before becoming a midwife, she completed a degree in music in Toronto. Her path to midwifery began while supporting a close friend through a difficult pregnancy. Realizing she wanted to serve families during the transformations of pregnancy and birth, she worked first as a doula, volunteering with local women in need of labour support, then completed her degree in midwifery. She is excited for the opportunity to provide care to people in the London area and looks forward to meeting you!

Theressa Grech

 

Theressa is excited to join the Thames Valley Midwives Team in November 2017. Theressa grew up in Brampton, Ontario. She moved to Malta, Europe where she completed her midwifery training and earned a B.Sc. with Honours in Midwifery at the University of Malta in 2007. After working several years in Malta, Theressa moved to Leicester, England where she gained further experience working with women of many different cultures in both low and high risk settings. In 2016, Theressa returned home to Canada and completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program through Ryerson University; completing course requirements of a three month work placement with a practice in Guelph. She looks forward to meeting and supporting new clients, and their families, as they navigate through pregnancy, birth and parenthood.