Meet the Midwives

Christina Kocis, CNM, DNP Dr. Christina Kocis, CNM, DNP ~ Director  - North Team
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.
Kristen Marino

Kristen Clemens, CM, MS - North Team
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.

Evangelia Falkner, CNM, MSN

Evangelia Falkner, CNM, MSN - South Team
Eva completed her midwifery degree at Frontier Nursing University, where she graduated with honors. Before becoming a nurse-midwife, Eva worked as a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital, and as a Labor and Delivery nurse at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Prior to joining the Stony Brook midwives, Eva practiced midwifery in a private practice in Queens, NY.  Eva’s academic background also includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Eva is passionate about supporting women and their families during pregnancy and birth. Eva is married and the proud mother and stepmother to two wonderful girls.

Heather Findletar Hines, CNM, DNP Dr. Heather Findletar Hines, CNM, DNP - South Team
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, MPH, IBCLC Maria Fisher, CNM, MSN, MPH, IBCLC - South Team
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.
Amy Mia Hall, CNM, MS, IBCLC Amy Mia Hall, CNM, MS, IBCLC - South Team
Amy graduated with her BSN from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992 and went on to serve women and their families as a Labor and Delivery and Nursery RN in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, California and finally in New York.  She graduated from Stony Brook University Pathways to Midwifery in 2012, becoming a CNM and OB/GYN NP.  Amy taught Stony Brook BSN students OB clinical skills, and became an IBCLC Lactation Consultant, teaching Breastfeeding classes at Southampton Hospital.  Most recently, she worked as a CNM and NP for a year at Hudson River HealthCare in Amityville, Shirley, and Southampton.  Having lived and worked as a nurse in California at 8,000 feet elevation, her research interests include the effects of altitude on pregnancy and newborns.
Jessica Hilsenroth, CNM, NP, MS Jessica Hilsenroth, CNM, NP, MS - North Team
After graduating from the Stony Brook Pathways Midwifery Program in 2005, Jessica's experience includes working as a labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery nurse in Massachusetts, Arkansas and New York from 1995-2005.
Goldie McBride, CM MS Goldie McBride, CM MS - South Team
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.
Pamela Koch, CNM, MS, IBCLC Pamela Koch, CNM, MS, IBCLC - South Team
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.
Michelle Salas, CNM, MSN

Michelle Salz, CNM, MSN - North Team

Upon completing her Master's Degree in Midwifery at Downstate Medical Center, Michelle began practicing full-scope midwifery at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y. She continued her career at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England. Since returning to the United States, Michelle has joined the Stony Brook Midwives, and is thrilled to care for the women and families on Long Island. Michelle has a heartfelt passion for helping women who are experiencing the difficulties of anxiety and depression. In addition, she keeps busy raising her two young children.

Kathleen Boudreau

Kathleen Sharrott, CNM, MSN -North Team
Katie completed her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from New York University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Prior to joining the Stony Brook Midwifery Practice, Katie worked as a pediatric nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Congenital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. In addition to her Master's degree, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University in Boston. Katie has always been passionate about promoting normal physiologic birth and empowering women and families to play an active role in their health care. Katie is thrilled to be joining the Stony Brook Midwives and caring for women on Long Island.

Amanda Sini, CNM MS Amanda Sini, CNM MS - South Team
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.
Christina Soreele, CNM Christina Sorelle, CNM - North Team

Christina recently joined the Stony Brook Midwifery Practice after completing both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery at New York University.  Prior to Stony Brook, she worked as a nurse on the labor and delivery unit at North Shore University Hospital and as an adjunct clinical professor at NYU, where she taught maternity clinical for undergraduate nursing students. Christina’s academic career also includes a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Fordham University.

Ann Visser, CNM MS Ann Visser, CNM MS  - North Team
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.