Born and raised in the beautiful green state of Wisconsin, Kathryn Shakal transplanted to Arizona for the opportunity to live in a warm climate and pursue work in the women’s holistic healthcare sector. After college, she studied midwifery through a distance program, earned her certificate as a Birth Assistant Doula with the Midwest Maternal Child Institute, received charting and fertility training from Fertility Education and Medical Management, and trained with a midwife in Wisconsin for a year.
Kathryn took some time away from healthcare work to live in and travel around Europe for two years while earning a Master’s in Marriage and Family Studies from the International Theological Institute. After graduation, she couldn’t resist the pull to again work with women and families as they prepare and give birth to their children. She is thrilled to be able to use her studies and passions at Blossom Birth Center as she helps create a warm, personalized experience of authentic care.
Nichelle Whitehead, MD, OBGYN, IBCLC, FACOG
Mary Langlois, LM, CPM, CrMs Midwife, NaPro Medical Consultant
Gabriela Reza, Apprentice Midwife, Birth Assistant
Kathryn Shakal, Birth Assistant