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Meet the Birth Center Team

Healthy mother, happy baby

There is a deep-rooted importance in the way babies enter the world. It impacts their health and subsequently the health of our families, communities and the world at large. Our midwives strive to help create healthy families, empowered mothers, and respected babies.

Our team of naturopathic midwives share the goal of optimizing your health during pregnancy.  They also share the goal of creating the healthiest babies.  

Call 503-252-8125 to schedule a free consultation and meet them in person.

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Dr. Karen DeWitt

Naturopathic Physician & Midwife

drdewitt@canyonmedcenter.com | 503-252-8125

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Dr. Karen Celeste DeWitt believes strongly in our body’s innate capacity to heal, and as a physician, she feels that it is her role to guide this with minimal interventions. The therapies utilized by Dr. DeWitt support the body’s capacity to heal and include nutritional and botanical medicines, lifestyle changes and homeopathy. Dr. DeWitt also realizes that at times greater intervention is needed and also uses pharmaceutical drug therapies when necessary, and is comfortable managing patients on multiple medications.
Ultimately we each as individuals have the greatest amount of control over our health and wellbeing, and Dr. DeWitt sees herself not only as a physician but also a coach, motivating and empowering patients to make healthy choices.

A strong background in biology, chemistry and research; balanced by a firm belief in the innate wisdom of the natural world guide Dr. DeWitt in her practice of pediatrics, womens health and reproductive health, including fertility treatments, preconception health and care through pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr. Karen Celeste DeWitt is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing family medicine and midwifery at Canyon Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.


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Dr. Leslie Hamlett

Naturopathic Physician & Midwife

drHamlett@canyonmedcenter.com | 503-252-8125

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I believe a woman’s body possesses a deep, innate wisdom that can be realized in each cycle of life she passes through: from the first menstrual period to pregnancy, birth, and then menopause. As women, we have a responsibility to understand our body and make conscious choices about the care that we give ourselves and that we entrust to our providers. I strive to educate my patients about their options as they relate to every aspect of pregnancy and birth. It is important to me that my patients have all the resources and information they need to make well-informed and healthy choices for themselves and their babies. As your midwife, I promise to listen, respect your wishes and will repeatedly encourage you to trust your body. I never lose sight of the fact that I am asked to be a part of your birth experience, and that it’s not my show to run or my story to tell.

While I love pediatrics and family medicine, midwifery is my calling. I go home from every birth renewed with love for my family and filled with wonder for the process of birth. I believe mothers instinctively know how to bring their babies into this world and my mission is to protect this. I am certain that when women feel safe, cared for, and trusting of their care providers, physiologic birth happens. My job as a midwife is to hold space for the intricate dance that happens when birth is left, to a large degree, undisturbed, all the while ensuring the medical safety of mom and baby during the process.

Whether helping a first time mom realize her power and victory in the birth process or assisting a fifth-time mom with her first natural birth, I continue to be amazed at the processes of pregnancy and birth. To me, birth is a sacred, natural, and empowering experience. I have 3 sons, all born at home, and a very supportive husband who loves hearing all my birth stories! We are so fortunate to call the pacific NW our home and love exploring the mountains, the coast and the city. I also love to bake grain-free treats, read magazines on Saturday mornings with a hot cup of coffee, working out in my pajamas with my kids playing around me, and date nights with my sweetheart.


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Dr. Vanessa Lyon

Naturopathic Physician & Midwife

drlyon@canyonmedcenter.com | 503-252-8125

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Dr. Vanessa Lyon is a Naturopathic Physician & Board Certified Midwife whose practice focuses on women’s health, midwifery/natural childbirth, and pediatrics. Dr. Lyon believes in meeting each patient where they are at, tailoring treatments to their lifestyle and needs. When seeing Dr. Lyon you can expect a variety of modalities to be used including bio-identical hormones, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and pharmaceutical therapies when necessary. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine, where she completed a mentorship in women’s health, which focused on gynecology, infertility, thyroid disorders, chronic care, and autoimmune disease. While attending NCNM, Dr. Lyon also completed a three-year externship specializing in natural childbirth and pediatrics.

Dr. Lyon was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. As a child, her mother instilled the importance of a healthy-lifestyle through nutrition, natural medicine, and exercise. After discovering a love of the Northwest, Dr. Lyon moved to Portland, Oregon to attend the University of Portland. There, she obtained a degree in psychology and biology, with the intention of going to medical school. While attending UP, Dr. Lyon participated in the development of research manuals and protocols for the Helfgott Research Institute, affiliated with the National College of Natural Medicine. It was at this time the door to natural medicine was opened.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Lyon loves to spend time with her two young children and husband, backpack in the Northwest, garden, cook, read, sew, and raise backyard chickens.


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Dr. Nadia English-Williams

Naturopathic Physician & Midwife

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Dr. Nadia English-Williams is a passionate physician dedicated to educating her patients on the myriad ways in which they can achieve optimal health.  She loves to use nutrition to enhance overall wellness while guiding her patients to heal through various acute or chronic disease processes.  “My goal is to always meet my patients where they are in their individual health journeys. Whether that is square one or just a nudge away from reaching their personal goals, I will be right there to support them fully.”

Dr. Williams knew as a high school student that she would be a physician.  She went on to receive a B.A. with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA as a Spanish major with a Premedical Studies focus.  She had a unique opportunity during her undergraduate education in which she was selected to spend an entire summer in a simulated medical school experience at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.  There she completed two rotations in the Labor and Delivery and Emergency departments.  This is where she believed to have gained a competitive edge that ultimately led to her success as a medical student.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine where she received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and certificate in Natural Childbirth.  As a student she completed several clinical internships with a focus in women’s health, chronic disease management, and minor surgery to name a few. She also completed an intensive post-doctoral externship here at Canyon Medical Center.  The rigor that Dr. Williams experienced in this capacity undoubtedly prepared her to care for a large variety of patients with keen practical knowledge that can only be achieved “on-the-job”.

When she is not tending to her patients, Dr. Williams spends her leisure time with her loving husband, son and Yorkshire Terrier, Bentley. She is also a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, an international community service based organization dedicated to the scholastic advancement of women.

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Mina Wade

Birth Center Manager

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Drawn to the medical field her whole life, Mina first worked as an EMT for 8 years on an island in Maine before switching into the maternity field. She began her time at Canyon Medical Center as a postpartum caregiver and as the birth center became busier, Mina stepped into the role as the Canyon Birth Center manager. Here she ensures everything runs smoothly and that the center is ready to care for families.

To Mina, nothing has felt more fulfilling than working with new babies and their families. She continues to be inspired and awed by birth and the immediate postpartum moments.

Aside from her medical aspirations, Mina also has her 100-ton captain’s license and a Masters degree in teaching. In her non-work hours, Mina spends most of her time going on adventures, camping, hiking, walking and exploring the world with her husband and their young daughter.


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