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. Zoe was on a maternity leave as of November 2018, and has rejoined her midwifery team in September 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 the Family Health 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.
As a child, Jennica Rawstron was known for her love of every type of baby doll and playing nurse to her older brothers. She is now known for her passion for midwifery and caring for families at a pivotal time in their lives.
Jennica Rawstron obtained a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology Major) at Simon Fraser University, before moving to Ontario to train as a midwife. The Midwifery Education Program at Laurentian University took her to Sudbury, Ontario before her clinical placements moved her around the province, caring for families in Cornwall, Scarborough, Toronto, Moose Factory, Attawapiskat and Guelph, ultimately graduating with a Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) in Midwifery. Back in British Columbia she has since worked as a Registered Midwife in Penticton, Prince George & Langley, and as a volunteer midwife advisor overseas in rural Ethiopia.
Jennica's experience prior to midwifery included working as a Katimavik project leader in Northern BC, and in the field of mental health with at-risk youth in New Zealand. It was witnessing her first birth during a Canada World Youth exchange in Burkina Faso, West Africa that triggered Jennica's pursuit of becoming a midwife.
The meaning of midwife, “with women” is something Jennica aims to embody in her care. Jennica is enthusiastic about advocating for women and their choices, and is known for her patient and committed approach to breastfeeding. When Jennica is not busy as a midwife, you can find her playing outside with her nieces, nephews or fiancé - rain or shine! Jennica is passionate about local, healthy food, cooking and exercise-induced endorphins. Jennica joined the Family Health Midwives team in September 2019.
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).