OUR PHYSICIAN & NURSE MIDWIVES
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RADHA BURTCH

MD, OB/GYN

Dr. Burtch comes to Advent with a history rich in cultural integration. She practiced in 2 different continents and learned/acclimatized to many different cultures; making this a strength offered in her practice. Dr. Burtch believes the continuity of care and building the patient-provider trust is the essence to a good practice.

Residency: John H. Stroger Hospital.  

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal India

Dr. Burtch speaks Hindi, Spanish, and Telugu

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KELLY ATEN

Certified Nurse Midwife

Kelly graduated from Frontier Nursing University Midwifery program in 2016. Prior to becoming a nurse midwife, she worked in labor and delivery for 12 years. She draws from her wide variety of experiences having worked in home birth practices, a small community hospital, and large tertiary care hospitals.

Kelly is committed to empowering her clients to take ownership of their healthcare decisions. She is a strong advocate in shared decision-making, which occurs in the context of building relationships. She is dedicated to evidence-based practice. Kelly has a clinical interest in caring for teens & young adults, as well as perinatal mood disorders.  She received her Perinatal Mental Health Certification in 2021.

She lives in the western suburbs with her husband and 3 daughters. Kelly is involved in supporting the various activities of her girls. In her spare time, she does enjoy reading, gardening, baking, camping, and traveling.

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MEGAN BELLEAVIA

Certified Nurse Midwife

Megan graduated from Univeristy of Illinois in Chicago Midwifery program in 2014. Prior to becoming a midwife, she had nearly 10 years of experience in women’s health, and brings a wide range of knowledge and skills in reproductive health to our midwifery team.

Megan is passionate about teaching all of her clients about their body and helping them to achieve their health goals. Contraception and vaginal health are two areas she is especially passionate about. She is strong advocate for evidence-based care and always applying the best recommendations and guidelines for care.

She lives in the Northwest suburbs with her husband and 2 children, as well as  two cats. She enjoys traveling, reading, scrap booking, and gardening in her free time.

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TARA DETHMERS

Certified Nurse Midwife

Tara graduated from University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) with a Master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery in 2016. Prior to attending UIC she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Rush University in 2011.  Tara worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at Northwestern Medicine (Prentice Women’s Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital) for nearly 6 years.

 

Tara is passionate about empowering people in birth as well as caring for their bodies.  She is certified as a Breastfeeding Counselor and enjoys helping mother/infant dyads to have the feeding journey that works best for them. Tara is well educated on Fertility Awareness Method (also known as Natural Family Planning) and how to effectively use it as a contraceptive method as well as for aiding in conception. Tara believes in keeping up to date to provide evidenced-based care and support people in their decisions. 

 

She lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband and her four children. Her children were all delivered by midwives. She loves traveling, running, crafting, and enjoying nature. 

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KINSEY JACKSON-FORD

Certified Nurse Midwife

Kinsey graduated from Frontier Nursing University's Nurse Midwifery program in 2017. She brings with her two decades of nursing experience. She has worked in labor and delivery since 1999, and joined Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in 2010, working along side the OMG Midwives ever since.

Kinsey’s goal is to partner with women and empower them so they can make the best healthcare choices for themselves and their families. She lives in North Riverside with her husband and three daughters. She uses humor to get through life raising teenage daughters and finds it works well in providing support to women in labor as well!

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JACLYN NOTO

Certified Nurse Midwife

Jaci graduated from Froniter Nursing University Midwifery Program in 2019. Prior to becoming a midwife, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery, antepartum, and postpartum for 10 years at a large tertiary care hospital. She also taught nursing students for their OB and Women's Health clinical rotations. 

 

Jaci is passionate about teaching and making meaningful connections with clients. She believes that sharing evidence, knowledge, resources and support with women empowers them to take ownership in their care and helps to facilitate shared decision making. Jaci prioritizes preserving the normalcy of birth, and has a heart for teen clients in particular. 

She lives in Des Plaines with her husband, Jon and their four children. She has no spare time! 

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TIPHNE SHARPE

Certified Nurse Midwife

Tiphne graduated from Frontier Nursing University Midwifery Program in 2019. After graduation she jumped right into midwifery in the south suburbs of Chicago. Prior to attending Frontier, she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of Cincinnati in 2013.  She worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Olympia Fields for over 4 years. Foundationally, Tiphne carries over 2 decades of nursing experience in Labor and Delivery at Palos Community and later at South Suburban Hospital.

 

Tiphne is devoted to empowering women. She is a firm believer in shared and well informed decision making and providing patients the best care possible.Tiphne has a special interest in eliminating health disparities, ensuring that all mothers have impeccable care. Tiphne wants to be a resource and advocate for families during every step of the birthing journey. 

 

She lives in the South suburbs with her beautiful, tenacious daughter, Tiana, and 2 cats, Onyx and Luna. Tiphne enjoys word search puzzles, basic gardening, and spending time with family.

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GERRI STAGNER 

Certified Nurse Midwife

Gerri Stagner graduated from Frontier Nursing University Midwifery Program in 2019. Gerri was a labor and delivery nurse for 22 years, most recently at Mercyhealth in Rockford, one of Northwest Illinois’ Level 3 Perinatal Centers. Gerri is passionate about empowering women to take ownership of their health through shared decision-making, evidence-based knowledge, and resources. She specializes in prenatal, delivery, and post-natal care. She strives to support her patients in labor and delivery to achieve the birth story they desire. Gerri has a special place in her heart for teenage women, helping to educate them on contraception and preventative care and being a resource for the teenage mom.


Gerri lives in the Rockford area with her significant other, Mark, and has four grown children, three in different parts of the United States, all busy with their careers. She loves to travel to see them when she can. Gerri is attending Frontier Nursing University again to complete her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). In between her busy schedules, her form of relaxation and enjoyment are traveling and scuba diving to other states and countries as much as possible.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I had all five of my children with this group and have loved it. Everyone is so friendly and so open and willing to listen to my questions and concerns. I love that the office staff always knows me by name. I love the services they provide and feel like they truly stand by the "your birth, your way" motto.”

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