Faculty


CORE FACULTY

 

Lori Scott, M.D., R.N., B.S.N.

Dr. Scott received her bachelor’s in Nursing from Southern Adventist University, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina. She has experience in teaching Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition at Florida Gateway College and Santa Fe College in the Nursing and Allied Health programs. She has worked in nursing in various hospitals throughout the south. Lori has one child, a son. At FSTM she teaches the medical science courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology for Midwives and Gynecology.

Jessica Stevenson, L.M., C.P.M.

Jessica was born at home and grew up hearing her parents talk appreciatively about the care they received from midwives. It was the tenderness of their accounts that led Jessica to pursue a career in midwifery. Jessica graduated from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2003.  As a student, Jessica was able to intern in a maternity clinic in Cartagena, Colombia, which provided her with both high-risk experience and a stronger understanding, cross-culturally of the birth experience. She worked at FSTM as administrative assistant from 2000-2003. After 9 years of practicing as a midwife, Jessica gave birth to her son at home in 2012. She returned as an instructor in 2014. At FSTM, Jessica teaches the core midwifery courses: Antepartum, Intrapartum and Postpartum, as well as Diagnostic Testing and Obstetric Complications.

Amy Vaknin, MEd/EdS

Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Counselor Education program, and has lived in Gainesville for over 14 years. Currently working as a School Counselor in a high school setting, Amy is passionate about youth advocacy. Her passions also extend to women's advocacy, serving as a DONA-certified doula in the community. In 2012, Amy became a mama to her daughter, and two short years later, got pregnant with spontaneous triplets! Married to a musician, Amy now has a dynamic family of six. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, journaling, photography, wagon rides, and cloud-watching with her family. She strives to live by the motto, “Life is too important to be taken so seriously!” At FSTM, Amy teaches Interpersonal Communication, Professional Communication and Psychology for Midwives. She also provides mental health counseling services to FSTM students.

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

ABIGAIL FLETCHER, L.M.

Abigail graduated from the International School of Midwifery in 2009, and has been practicing here in Gainesville since then. Abigail has been honored to attend hundreds of births including the births of both of her beloved nieces! Abigail is passionate about Birth Justice, and strives to make midwifery care accessible to all who desire it. Abigail teaches the Midwifery Practicum courses at FSTM.

Amanda Redinger, MS, CHES

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Florida with a master's degree in Health Education & Behavior, and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her passion is for public health reform and widespread, accessible health education. Amanda currently teaches Public Health at FSTM. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and fitness, and is expecting her first child with her husband Matt in August 2017. 

Andrea (Andie) Reece, L.M., C.P.M.

Andie graduated from FSTM in January of 2016 and has been working in a busy birth center while building her own practice.  Andrea believes a solid educational foundation is a key component to being a competent midwife.  She loves teaching and is both passionate and excited about educating new midwives. At FSTM, Andie teaches Healthcare Skills I and II.

Gaia Zori, M.P.H.

Gaia Zori is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a B.H.S. from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Public Health from SUNY Albany in upstate New York.  Gaia has been a long-time advocate for women’s health, reproductive health and the elimination of health disparities with experiences ranging from teaching high school in inner-city Memphis to studying   as an epidemiology fellow in maternal and child health in New Orleans and, most recently, promoting safe and responsible sexual decision making as a health educator for Planned Parenthood. When she’s not at FSTM, Gaia enjoys surfing and spending as much time on the water as she can, spending time with her family, reading for her book club, and trying to learn to speak Danish. At FSTM, Gaia teaches Research and Public Health and Human Sexuality.

Kaleen Richards, C.N.M.

Kaleen’s midwifery journey began after reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin in college. She attended Frontier Nursing University and is now a CNM in Florida and owner of Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology Center. Her passion is divinely guided and she is grateful for the educational path she has taken, which allows her to function as a health care provider in home birth, birth center, and hospital. She believes she is a protector of women during their birth process and honors choice for all. She has three amazing sons, two of whom were born at home with a local midwife. At FSTM, Kaleen teaches Suturing for Midwives.

Kerri Audette, L.M., C.P.M.

Kerri Audette, LM, CPM, is a licensed midwife and graduate of Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. She is a co-owner and midwife with Gainesville Midwives, her home birth practice. Kerri was inspired to pursue work in women’s health as a founding member of the Gainesville Roller Rebels, a local women’s roller derby league. That experience led her to realize the power and potential that sisterhood can create, and she has been attending births in North Central Florida and instructing childbirth education for the last four years. She also holds a Bachelors of Design from the University of Florida School of Architecture. Kerri is a Gainesville native and birthed her own child at home with midwives in 2013. At FSTM, Kerri teaches Clinical Lab, Clinical Skills Practicum Lab, NARM Review and Midwifery Practicums I – IV.

Susan Marynowski, M.S.

Susan Marynowski (M.S.) grew up in north Florida. She holds degrees from UF in fine arts and wildlife ecology, with an emphasis in public education. Susan has a passionate interest in native plants and has been a perpetual student of the patterns of plants, people, and healing for over 20 years. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and has a small herbal practice in Gainesville. Susan has studied and mentored with Tieraona LowDog, Susun Weed, David Winston, Patricia Howell, Thomas Easley, and other esteemed herbalists. Susan is a land conservation and sustainability advocate and a volunteer steward at a natural burial ground. She hopes to live (and die) in a way that has less impact on the Earth that sustains us all. At FSTM, Susan teaches Nutrition for the Childbearing Year and Herb Workshop.