|Midwifery: Meet the Midwives|
|Dr. Christina Kocis, CNM, DNP ~ Director|
Chris has been a staff midwife in the Stony Brook Midwifery practice since 1998 and it's Division Director since 2006. Chris had twenty years of nursing experience prior to graduating with the first class of midwives from the Stony Brook Pathways Midwifery Program in 1997. In 2009, Chris graduated from Stony Brook with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She also serves as president of the Long Island Midwives, Inc., and president of the Midwifery Business Network. Chris has a special interest in evidenced based practice as it relates to maternal and newborn health and access to midwifery care.
|Dr. Susan Altman, CNM, DNP|
Prior to joining The Midwifery Practice at Stony Brook, Susan practiced midwifery at Beth Israel Medical Center, and Bellevue Hospital and Birthing Center, both located in Manhattan. In addition to her midwifery experience, Susan has spent many years working as a physical therapist, registered nurse and Certified Childbirth Educator
|Dr. Heather Findletar Hines, CNM, DNP|
Heather started working as a labor and delivery nurse at SUNY Stony Brook in 1997; here she utilized her previous experience as a doula and childbirth educator. After graduating Stony Brook Pathways to Midwifery Program in 2001, she practiced the 'art of midwifery' for two years as a staff midwife at St. John's Queens Hospital. She has volunteered as a teen mentor for her local high school and was the past president of the Long Island Midwives. In 2009, Heather graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Her Doctoral project was identifying characteristics for success in women attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean section in a midwifery practice.
|Maria Fisher, CNM, MSN, MPH, IBCLC|
Joined the Stony Brook midwives in 2009. Prior to joining the group, Maria worked in private practice in Brooklyn for nine years. She completed her midwifery education at the University of Pennsylvania and also holds a BA degree from Union College, Schenectady, NY and an MPH from Columbia University. Before becoming a midwife, Maria worked for many years in hospital management. Maria is also an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and serves as a committee chairperson for the NYC chapter, and is a member of the NYS Association of Licensed Midwives which works to improve the laws and regulations governing women's access to midwifery. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University College of Nursing and Dentistry, speaks publically on women's health issues in the community, teaches childbirth classes and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
|Pamela Koch, CNM, MS, IBCLC|
Pamela joined the Stony Brook Midwives after practicing midwifery for six years at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She has cared for women in both private practice and birth center settings. She completed a fellowship at Holy Family Birth Center in southern Texas, serving women and children near the Mexican border. Before she became a midwife, Pamela worked as a nurse in Medical/Surgical units, Neurology, Postpartum, and Labor & Delivery. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and currently serves as the Secretary of the local chapter. She also enjoys teaching Childbirth Preparation and Breastfeeding classes. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Jessica Hilsenroth, CNM, NP, MS
|Kristen Marino, CM, MS|
Kristen’s initial interest in Midwifery began after a volunteer experience in a private midwifery practice. Graduating with honors from the Master’s Program at SUNY Downstate, Kristen began her career practicing full scope Midwifery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. She recently joined the Stony Brook Midwives and is looking forward to empowering women to be involved in their own care. In addition to her Master’s degree in Midwifery, Kristen’s academic career includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook.
|Goldie McBride, CM MS|
Prior to becoming a member of The Stony Brook Midwifery Practice, Goldie practiced midwifery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan , as well as at a private physician's office. She has always enjoyed being involved in helping women as evidenced by her years of work as a Lamaze Childbirth Instructor and Breastfeeding Educator. Her academic career includes an AAS in physical therapy, Bachelor's degree in Women's studies from Stony Brook and a Master's in Midwifery from SUNY Downstate.
|Amanda Sini, CNM MS|
Amanda joined the Stony Brook Midwifery Practice after working as a full scope midwife at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens. Prior to that, she completed her midwifery degree at SUNY Downstate, where she graduated with multiple honors. Amanda also worked as a labor and delivery, postpartum, and antepartum nurse for more than five years at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, while teaching private childbirth education classes in clients' homes. She is a proud new mom who loves spending time with her one year old son.
|Ann Visser, CNM MS|
After graduating from the Stony Brook Pathways Midwifery Program in 1999, Ann worked at St. John's Queens Hospital as a staff midwife and most recently was part of a private practice in Nassau County. Prior to becoming a midwife, Ann was a Bradley Method Childbirth educator, doula and assisted midwives in the homebirth and birth center settings.