Our Team

Lillian Dunn

Lillian was certified as a midwife in Scotland in 1980, as there were no educational opportunities in Canada prior to the legislation of Ontario midwifery in 1994. In addition, she has completed a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree at Lakehead University. Her healthcare career encompasses a variety of settings and population groups including remote, fly-in nursing stations in N. Ontario and British Columbia, public health and prenatal education with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, and homecare nursing and staff supervision with the Victorian Order of Nurses.  The desire to pursue midwifery as a profession led her to New Zealand. Lillian returned to Thunder Bay in 1995 with her Kiwi partner and 3 children - all born with midwifery assistance :) and has continued to practice midwifery since that time.

Alex Sieswerda

Alex was born and raised in Thunder Bay. After graduating from Lakehead University with a Bachelor's Degree of Science, she went on to attain a Bachelor's Degree of Health Sciences in Midwifery from McMaster University in Hamilton. Since 2001, she has worked as a Registered Midwife in Thunder Bay. Alex is also a mother of two energetic little girls who keep her very busy when she is not working.


Sandra Shymko

Sandra is a graduate from the Midwifery Education Programme at McMaster University, having completed her training in April 2002. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Sandra pursued her training in a variety of Southern Ontario placements and in Thunder Bay. Sandra is excited to be at home again in the north, working within her own community. Sandra’s prior work experience includes working as a historic farmer/interpreter at Old Fort William in both a union and managerial level, and as a qualified Health and Safety instructor.


Amy Larson

Amy graduated from Laurentian University receiving a degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences – midwifery in the spring of 2007. During her midwifery training she completed clinical placements with obstetricians, pediatricians, labour & delivery/NICU nurses, lactation consultants, as well as midwives across Northern Ontario. Prior to becoming involved with midwifery, Amy completed a Bachelor of Science – Biology degree from Lakehead University. It is thanks to her three wonderful children (two of whom were born into the hands of midwives) that Amy has found herself working in her chosen profession. Amy is thrilled to participate in maternity care in her own hometown of Thunder Bay!  Amy is pleased to offer Midwivery care in both English and French.

Rebecca Hautala

Rebecca graduated from the Ontario Midwifery Education Programme (MEP) at Laurentian University in April 2007, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree of Health Sciences in Midwifery. Prior to returning to school to become a midwife, Rebecca achieved a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University (1999), certified as a deep-tissue massage/Structural Integration practitioner in Boulder, Colorado (2002), and practiced at a holistic health clinic here in Thunder Bay. Rebecca’s midwifery experience includes midwifery, nursing, neonatal intensive care, and obstetric placements in Sudbury, Kenora, Guelph, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. In her free time, she enjoys running, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and making things from scratch with her husband, Keith, and sons, Kai, Eli and Ari.

Nathalie Quevillon-Dussault

Nathalie is from Fauquier-Strickland, a French speaking area in Northeastern Ontario. Nathalie entered the Programme de formation des Sage-Femme (Midwifery Education Programme) at Laurentian University in Sudbury in 2001.  During the programme, Nathalie completed placements in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Kenora, and Moose Factory.  She then worked in Kenora as a registered midwife for three years and did locum positions in Hearst and Puvirnituq.  Nathalie is very pleased to join the Community Midwives of Thunder Bay in order to provide comprehensive prenatal care to women and help them achieve a positive birth experience. Nathalie is happy to offer Midwifery care in both English and French.

Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson is a graduate of the Midwifery Education Program, Class of 2011, with a Bachelor of Health Science-Midwifery degree, from Laurentian University.  Amy was born in Uxbridge Ontario and relocated to Thunder Bay with her family in 2002. During her Midwifery training, Amy completed clinical placements with Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Nurses, Lactation Consultations, and Midwives all in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Moose Factory, and Muskoka. Prior to entering Midwifery, Amy completed a Bachelor of Science-Biology & Psychology degree from Lakehead University. Additionally, Amy enjoys travelling, camping, canoeing, and spending time with her family in Thunder Bay. In her times of travel, Amy was able to participate and support women through labor and birth in Africa and India with local Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians. Amy is now extremely happy, and excited, to be practicing within our Thunder Bay Community.

Shannon Halvorsen

Shannon recently graduated from the Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University (2015) and is thrilled to be joining such an amazing group of midwives in Thunder Bay.

Midwifery has already enriched Shannon’s life in countless ways - she now feels so blessed to have been given the opportunity to offer comprehensive care to women navigating through such a joyful and memorable time in their life! Shannon was born and raised right here in Thunder Bay and loves calling Northern Ontario home.  In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband as well as her yorkie. Prior to studying midwifery, Shannon went to Lakehead University and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree.  She taught English as a Second Language at the Adult Education Centre for almost one year before discovering her true calling – midwifery. Shannon looks forward to meeting women and their families in this area, and passing along an amazing midwifery experience to all of them!

Kirsty Bourret

Kirsty graduated from Laurentian University Cum laude in 2006.  Kirsty’s midwifery career has led her to work in Sudbury, Nunavut and then Haiti.  During this time Kirsty has maintained faculty status at Laurentian University, teaching both on and off campus.  She has completed her Master in Health Sciences from University of Toronto.  Her drive to improve maternal and child health globally led her to move her life to Haiti in 2010 where she met her husband and began her family.  Her work included capacity building of midwives and other health care professional in order to improve infrastructure for women seeking health care during the pregnancy birth and postpartum.  She is happy to introduce her family to her hometown of Thunder Bay and blessed to be working amongst familiar colleagues and friends.

Janice Schooler

After having 2 babies born into the hands of midwives, Janice decided to join our team as a part-time receptionist.  Within 6 months she began working full-time and soon became Office Administrator.  As well as working in the office, Janice was a member of The Advocates for Northern Midwifery Care from May 2000-March 2008. Today Janice is extremely pleased to be working with each of the midwives and the clients of Community Midwives of Thunder Bay.