Meet Our Providers
Leonard Aamodt, MD, FACOG
Dr. Aamodt came to the Valley in 1994. He attended the University of Maryland from 1975-76 before going to Boliva from 1977-1978 for mission work with his church. He became fluent in Spanish during this time. Upon his return, he finished his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1982, then obtained his medical degree from Baylor College in Houston, TX in 1986. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Takoma, Washington at Madigan Army base from 1986-1990 before serving a four year tour of duty at Fort Riley to fulfill his obligation to the US military.
Dr Aamodt’s passion is developing long-term relationships with his patients and becoming a part of their life and the lives of their families. His ultimate goal is to provide excellent obstetrical and gynecological care.
Jennifer Visger, MD, FACOG
Dr Visger is originally from Richmond, but lived in Charlottesville from 1994-2006. She is a “triple Hoo”—she went to UVA for her undergraduate degree, medical degree, and her residency in OB/GYN. She has lived in Harrisonburg since 2006.
Dr Visger likes working in an environment that provides well-rounded care—preventive, obstetrical, and surgical care. She particularly enjoys having time to educate patients about their diagnosis and treatment options.
Stephanie Scheidt, MD, FACOG
Stephanie graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, VA and completed both medical school and residency at the University of Virginia. She enjoys caring for women of all ages and stages of life. She also appreciates normal and natural obstetrical care.
Stephanie was proud to recieve the Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures Award in 2009 from the American Society of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She hopes to continue her training in the area as she enjoys laparoscopic surgery.
Justin Deaton, DO
Dr. Deaton is originally from Mucie, Indiana and attended Ball State University for his undergraduate degree. He earned his medical degree at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky. He then completed residency in Muskegon, Michigan.
Dr. Deaton enjoys providing obstetrical care as well as care of pelvic floor disorders. His specific interests are urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. He is passionate about improving the quality of life for his patients.
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Midwives do more than care for pregnant women; they are experts in women’s health and provide care for women from adolescence through menopause and beyond.
Midwives trust patients to make good decisions, are passionate about helping women understand their choices, and respect the power of women’s bodies and births.
For pregnant women, midwives offer comprehensive prenatal care and a skilled continuous presence during labor, maximizing the likelihood of a healthy baby, healthy mother, and a satisfying birth experience.
Marty Jones, MS, CNM
Marty is originally from Harrisonburg. She came back to the Valley in 1994, bringing nurse-midwifery care to this community. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a MS degree and was certified as a CNM that year.
Marty places a high value building relationships with women over a long period of time.
Barbara Kirkland, MS, CNM
Barbara Kirkland grew up in White Plains, NY. She came to Harrisonburg in 1997 from Woodstock, VA. She introduced nurse-midwifery care to the Valley in 1988 and practiced in Shenandoah County for 8 years. Barbara received her MS degree from Georgetown University in 1988. She enjoys travelling to visit her 4 children and 8 grandchildren who live in Montana, Georgia, Michigan and New York.
Barbara especially enjoys adolescent gynecological care and care of the perimenopausal woman.
Donna Schminkey, PhD, MPH, CNM
Donna Schminkey, a native of Virginia joined our practice in 2000. She obtained Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Nurse-Midwifery from Emory University in 1993. She practiced Nurse-Midwifery in North Carolina and Georgia until 1999. In 2014, she received a PhD in Nursing from University of Virginia, and is currently on faculty there involved in research in women’s health, intimate partner violence, epigenetics and pregnancy. In her spare time, Donna attends rock concerts, the ballet, and occasionally has been seen performing with street bands.
Donna is particularly interested in infertility evaluation and treatment, sexual health issues, evaluating recurrent gynecological infections, bleeding changes and other gynecological problems. Donna is committed to providing quality nurse-midwifery care for all women in our community.
Ann Schaeffer, MSN, MEd, CNM
Ann Schaeffer is a JMU alumnus and native Virginian, who joined SWHC in 2003. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling form the University of Illinois, before completing her training in Nursing and Midwifery through UVA and Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Ann’s work in women’s health has taken her to university health centers, health departments, community hospitals, birth center and homebirth settings.
Ann is especially interested in birth, healthy sexuality, and treatment of gynecological infections. Ann loves that midwifery takes a holistic approach to healthcare, and believes that every woman deserves a midwife. When she isn’t busy with work and family, she enjoys gardening, reading and running.
Melody Mast, MSN, CNM, WHCNP
Melody Mast was born in Argentina, the daughter of missionaries, where she grew up speaking Spanish. She settled in Harrisonburg and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. She worked as a nurse at Rockingham Memorial Hospital as well as on staff at SWHC. Melody received her MSN in 2007 from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, based out of Hyden, KY. She is licensed as both a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WNCNP). She enjoys playing music, travelling, running and other outdoor activities.
Melody is dedicated to caring for women of all backgrounds and walks of life, and looks forward to providing care that is both compassionate and comprehensive.
Tammie McDonald-Brouwer, MSN, CNM, WHCNP
Tammie McDonald-Brouwer grew up in the Netherlands and became a US Citizen after living her in the Valley since 1997. Prior to receiving her MSN in 2009 from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in both Midwifery and Women’s Health, Tammie worked for many years as a nurse. She brings 22 years of nursing experience with the last 16 years in labor and delivery, eleven of those at RMH. She enjoys spending time with her 4 children, as well as knitting, travelling to the Netherlands, running and biking.
Tammie is passionate about spending time with women developing long term relationships and assisting them in achieving holistic health through all stages of life.
AlexAnn Westlake, MN, CNM
AlexAnn Westlake grew up in Oregon. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Oregon in 2010. She then went on to complete her nursing (BSN) and midwifery (MN) degrees at Oregon Health & Sciences University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. As a student nurse-midwife, AlexAnn completed clinical rotations in both hospital and birth center settings in Oregon and Washington D.C. She moved to Virginia and joined our practice in July 2014. She is actively involved on committees of the Virginia Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
AlexAnn loves working with women and families across the lifespan. She especially enjoys caring for adolescents, facilitating Centering prenatal care, and supporting natural childbirth.
When she is not busy caring for women in our clinic or in labor, she spends her free time trail running, hiking and cooking with her fiancé Jon and their dog Abby.