Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink
Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Midwife
Dr. Carlson-Rink graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Major in Health and Fitness from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She is a pioneer in that she is the first naturopathic physician in Canada to also work as a licensed midwife. Dr. Carlson Rink has been practicing since 1996 at the Family Health Clinic with a focus on pregnancy, infertility, women’s and children's health. She has completed extensive post graduate education in the areas of Gynecology, Obstetrics, Breastfeeding, Pediatrics and Physical fitness as well as being licensed with prescription authority in British Columbia. She is an instructor of Obstetrics and recently became Chair of Women's and Children's Health Programs at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Married and mother of three girls who were all born at home, she has had the opportunity to provide care for many of the babies she has delivered into their teen years. Dr. Carlson-Rink loves caring for the whole family and has had great joy in sharing life’s journey with her patients.
Zoe Broersma was born and raised in the lower mainland of British Columbia and after several stints in other towns and provinces she is eager to return to BC. Having been born at home, midwifery has always been a part of her life. She studied biology and psychology, completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria. Zoe's interest in women's health and childbirth, combined with a desire to do something tangible and hands on, brought Zoe back to midwifery. She received her midwifery training at McMaster University and grew immeasurably through her placements with different healthcare providers, but most importantly through her interactions with birthing families. Zoe feels very privileged to be a small part of such momentous transitions in the lives of women and families.
Zoe joined the Family Health Clinic midwifery group practice in October 2014 and looks forward to being involved in your midwifery care. As of November 2018 Zoe is currently on a maternity leave and will return to join her midwifery team in the Fall of 2019.
Andrea Wallace was introduced to the concept and profession of midwifery years ago when a close friend shared with her some fascinating stories of "catching babies" and being "with women" through pregnancy and childbirth in a foreign land. Andrea was completing a degree in Family Studies at UBC at the time, discovering her deep interest in supporting families through major life transitions. It was not long before Andrea realized that midwifery was exactly the field of work she had been searching for, a perfect blending of her passions, interests and personal strengths.
Some years later, Andrea achieved her dream, moving to New Zealand to pursue her midwifery training, and completing her Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2010. Shortly after, she returned to Canada, where she practiced as a midwife in Edmonton, Alberta. Over her few years in Alberta, she gained significant experience in supporting women giving birth out of hospital (at home and at a birth centre) of which many of the labour and births occurred in water.
Andrea returned to her home province in BC and joined Family Health Clinic Midwives in January 2016, where she is delighted to be providing care to families in the Langley area through their pregnancies, births and early parenting journeys.
Andrea enjoys living in rural Langley, with her adorable labradoodle, Finley, where horses and cows are their friendly neighbours! In her free time, Andrea loves to tap dance, travel, cycle, and drink tea with friends.
Megan Corbett, is so pleased to be part of the team at Family Health Midwives! Her journey supporting families through pregnancy and childbirth started as a practical nurse, a doula, a childbirth educator, and finally a midwife. Megan trained in the USA, and did international aid work before registering as a Midwife in Ontario. Coming back to her home province of BC is a long awaited dream for Megan.
She is enjoying hiking, gardening, being near family and working with the Langley midwives and maternity team at Langley Memorial Hospital. Megan joined the Family Health Clinic Midwifery Team in October 2017.
Megan very much looks forward to meeting each family in our care, and to sharing in their journey!
Kathleen Perecko is from a long line of health care professionals. Although she respects all of the professions of her family members, Kathleen knew none of them were quite the right fit. When she found out about midwifery, and everything it involves, she was hooked and never looked back. Some things Kathleen loves about midwifery include the connection she shares with families, holistically supporting families, and providing non-authoritarian health care. Kathleen also enjoys feminist politics and research.
Kathleen completed her midwifery training through Laurentian University providing care in many different settings all over Ontario - rural, urban, home, hospital. After graduation, she practiced rurally in a small village for two years. However, Kathleen and her husband felt the West calling and have moved to British Columbia to put down their roots. Kathleen joined the Family Health Clinic Midwifery Team in her Locum position in November 2018.
In addition to being a midwife, you can find Kathleen completing course work for her graduate program, drinking obscene amounts of coffee, and enjoying quality time with her husband and young son.
To ensure you receive the best standard and quality of care each of the Registered Midwives who work at the Family Health Clinic are licensed by and are in good standing with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC). In addition, each member of our Family Health Clinic midwifery group also belongs to the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC).