We are pleased to introduce you to our committed team of midwives. They all have their own unique approach to the practice of midwifery and are looking forward to meeting you.
Cynthia Thoren, R.M.
Cynthia graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto in 2004 with the degree of Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery. Since 1993 Cynthia has been providing labour support for women from Sarnia to London. She has organized a Midwifery consumer group, served on the midwifery provincial funding board, taught prepared childbirth classes and also worked as the office manager of Midwifery Services of Sarnia-Lambton.
As a midwifery student, she trained in London at two different midwifery practices, London Health Sciences Centre, and the Middlesex Public Health Unit. She also participated in clinical placements in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with the lactation consultants, and IV team.
Although midwifery is currently the main focus in her life, she also enjoys windsurfing, sailing, swimming, knitting and visiting with friends and family.
Susan Corchis R.M.
Susan graduated with honours from Ryerson University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Midwifery. Her midwifery education program training included clinical placements in London, St. Jacobs and Windsor allowing Susan to have served a diverse population of women. Susan completed her New Registrant’s year with the Midwives of Windsor and was a midwife in that practice until September 2014. Susan sits on the Maternal Newborn Health Committee at Windsor Regional Hospital and is a Core Team Member of MOREOB. In 2013, this MOREOB team won a national safety award. Susan enjoys her role as a midwifery preceptor for students and mentor for new midwives.Susan’s professional associations include: the Association of Ontario Midwives, the College of Midwives of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Midwives. Prior to entering the Midwifery Education Programme, Susan had been involved with birth work for over a decade. While working as an assistant at the Windsor Medical Clinic, Susan realized a passion for working in the woman’s health care field. Since 1996, she has been teaching Childbirth Education classes to the women of Essex County where she currently resides. After co-founding a midwifery consumer group for Essex County in 1993, Susan continued to work in this organization educating the public about midwifery and attempting to recruit midwives to Essex County. She is the mother of three sons all gently assisted by midwives. Susan is looking forward to working with the midwives and families of Lambton County.
Allison Virtue R.M.
I was born in Mississauga, Ontario and grew up in the Kawartha Lakes. My first experience of birth, was the birth of my little sister when I was 13 years old. Watching my mother cope and transform into a warrior woman fascinated me, and I knew then, that I wanted to pursue a career working with women. In 2005 I was accepted to Brock University where I earned an Honours Bachelors in Health Sciences. During my time at Brock, I had my first introduction into midwifery, and was inspired by the combination of feminism and health care. In 2010, I was accepted to McMaster University for midwifery and have never look backed! My midwifery education has taken me to Oshawa, Cambridge, Hamilton and Scarborough where I have been touched by many families and their stories. I am dedicated to breastfeeding support, and have volunteered in a variety of breastfeeding clinics. I truly enjoy this work.
When I am not catching babies, I am burning down my kitchen with my eccentric recipes, planning my next trip overseas, or hunting down used books to adopt.
I am eager to meet the clients and families of this community. I look forward to providing you with personalized care and fulfilling your family’s needs during your pregnancy, labour and first weeks with your new baby.
Susana KU R.M.
My name is Susana Ku, I obtained my degree as a registered midwife in Peru, where I have been practicing since 2009. I have mostly worked in public and private hospitals and health centres. I have a masters degree in Sexual and Reproductive Health, because womens health has always been one of my passions. I speak spanish, basic french and english; and I enjoy discovering new cultures. I really love the midwifery models of Ontario, so I registered and finished the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University. I completed my clinical placement at West End Midwives in the GTA area. I am more than excited at being part of Midwifery Services of Lambton-Kent and I would love to share and learn new experiences. I consider that motherhood is one of the most wonderful experiences and I am very glad to be, in a way, part of it. Thank you very much for inviting me to be part of your care and share the experience of your birth and postpartum.
Lindsay Ottens, R.M.
Lindsay completed her midwifery degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury, graduating in 2006. She completed clinical placements at Midwifery Services of Lambton-Kent, as well as placements in Stratford and London. She spent the last seven years practicing midwifery in St. Catharines. She has been a clinical preceptor and educator in the Midwifery Education program.
Lindsay grew up locally and is very excited to be practicing in her home community. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and crafting. Her and her husband, Ken, have settled in Camlachie where he runs their family business, Bonnie Doon golf course. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and crafting.
Lindsay is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her son, Daniel in July.
Jessica Core, R.M.
I grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Wyoming, Ontario. As a young woman, I obtained a drama degree at Queen’s University and travelled through Israel, England, and Ireland before returning to Wyoming with my partner, Tim. In the decade that followed, I taught music lessons out of my home studio, tended a big vegetable garden, and gave birth to three daughters. All three girls were born at home with the support of midwives. I felt so empowered by the midwifery care I received. When my youngest daughter was 5, my family moved to Toronto so that I could attend the midwifery program at Ryerson University. I graduated with honours in 2015 and worked for a year in Owen Sound, Ontario. I am delighted to be returning home to Lambton County and to serve this community as a midwife. My hope is that all women with low-risk pregnancies will have access to midwifery care in the near future.
Sandra Krall, Practice Administrator
Sandra joined the practice as practice administrator in April, 2000. She manages the Sarnia office by making client appointments and does bookkeeping among other things for the practice. She enjoys working with the midwives and has great admiration for the work they do and the amount of time and energy they have to care for their clients.