About Us

© High Country Lactation Care Inc.

We provide a broad spectrum of lactation services to expecting and new parents and their babies in the Northern Arizona region. While partnering with the Flagstaff Birth, Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding, and Women’s Center (FBWC), we apply a holistic approach to prenatal and postnatal care.

We hope to provide a safe and educational space for everyone, free of judgment. Thank you for participating in our inclusive practice here at High Country Lactaction Care Inc.

Our Team/Board

We are a close-knit family of professionals who aim for best patient care.

Learn more about our team below!

Dr. Paula Pelletier-Butler

Founder, Owner, and Executive Director of FBWC

President of High Country Lactation Care Inc.

Paula’s love and passion for pregnancy and birth began with the births of her 3 children, who were all born with the loving assistance of a midwife. Paula has a background in nursing and massage therapy and has been working in the women’s health field since 1986. She received her Master of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University and has her Doctorate in Midwifery from Thomas Jefferson University.  She has been attending births for over 11 years and her clinical midwifery experience includes both community and hospital settings including homebirth practices, Seattle area birth centers, Victoria Hospital in the Caribbean, and Tuba City Hospital (TCRHCC). She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). In her spare time, she loves hiking, dancing, cooking, listening to music, reading, playing cribbage, and being with her husband, kids, and extended family. 

Email me: info@flagstaffbirthcenter.com

Maya Radoccia-Kennen, BSW, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Vice President and Treasurer of High Country Lactation Care Inc.

The needs of human milk feeding families stretch from pregnancy to infancy and even through toddlerhood. I have developed a strong understanding of successful human milk feeding through a combination of professional development and personal experience. My clinical experience first began as a social worker for at-risk new families in rural Arizona. This soon sparked an interest in the field of lactation as I watched moms struggle and fail in her attempts to breastfeed for lack of professional support.

I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010 and began working as such at Flagstaff Medical Center. As a mother of 3 breastfed children, I have experienced the many joys and benefits of human milk feeding. I have also experienced many of the real-life challenges like sleep deprivation, breast infections, breast/chest feeding an NICU baby, postpartum depression and pumping and working to name a few. 

  • Member International Lactation Consultant Association
  • Member United States Lactation Consultant Association
  • Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

Email me: info@flagstaffbirthcenter.com

Danika Danker, BS, BA

Secretary of High Country Lactation Care Inc.

Danika Danker moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2013 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University.  She had previously studied at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.  Some of her favorite experiences of her undergraduate career include a three-week travel course she took in New Zealand called, “Ecological Anthropology of the Maori World,” where she attended class on “the gates of Mordor” and hiked on “Mount Doom;” an alternative spring break trip she took to El Salvador, which resulted in a trip to the United Nations to participate in the “Committee on Sustainable Development;” and a six-month study abroad semester in Valparaiso, Chile. Ms. Danika came to BASIS Flagstaff after four years of teaching in adult education (GED) and at NAU as a graduate assistant, but her connection with students extends outside the classroom. She has previously worked as a backpacking guide and a logistics coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America at Philmont Scout Ranch in Northeastern New Mexico.  Ms. Danika also enjoys coordinating events and activities and making connections in her community as well as teaching her out-of-town visitors about the ecological and sociological significance of our Colorado Plateau landscape. Ms. Danika’s favorite odd fact about herself is that she met her husband, David, “at Boy Scout Camp” while they were both on staff at Philmont. When they’re not at home, they are usually hiking and exploring with their two golden retrievers, “Cimarron” and “Taos” or riding historic trains and eating way too much green chile in New Mexico. Ms. Danika and David have visited all 50 states and are starting over with their daughter, baby E.


Front Office Manager

Andie was born and raised here in Flagstaff. Her childhood home is right around the corner from the Birth Center! She is an alumni from Coconino High School and NAU. Andie spends her time outside of the Birth Center with her husband and their black lab. She loves living in Flagstaff and having the opportunity to help growing families in her mountain town.

Email me: info@flagstaffbirthcenter.com

Paola San Martin, RN, ICCE

Registered Nurse & Certified Childbirth Educator

Paola is a Registered Nurse & a Certified Childbirth Educator for The Flagstaff Birth & Women’s Center. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Paola’s love for child & maternal health began right after graduating from nursing school in Tucson Arizona.

She has two sons, her oldest was born at a birth center in Tucson & her youngest was born at home here in Flagstaff. Both births were assisted by amazing midwives. Her pregnancies & deliveries were an extraordinarily beautiful & very different  experiences. These experiences plus her love of teaching have helped her guide and teach other expectant parents.

After moving to Flagstaff in 2006, Paola has had the opportunity of creating her own classes in English & Spanish & has been providing Natural Childbirth Education in Flagstaff since 2007

She’s currently studying to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) She understands that every woman’s breastfeeding journey is unique & the importance to get professional advice & support when challenges arise. This is why she’s very excited to be able to expand her knowledge to be able to support breastfeeding parents in the future.

She’s very excited to be a part of the team as an student at High country lactation care.

She has a background in ballet & modern dance but her true passion is Latin dance. She taught Zumba Fitness for 10 years at NAU. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, dancing in the kitchen, puzzles & family time. Her family also includes 2 cats & a 3-legged dog.

Sarah Thisted

I completed my B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of British Columbia in 2020 and am currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition at Northern Arizona University. My career goal is to work at a women’s center as Registered Dietician (RD), where I can aid women with prenatal nutrition, nutrition during lactation, as well as prevention and management of gestational diabetes. My role with HCLC consists of grant writing with the goal of acquiring funding towards lactation support for low-income members of the community. Those on Medicaid or without insurance have zero financial coverage when it comes to lactation support, yet they are in great need of support in this area. I will be working to find sources of grant funding over the next several months so that HCLC can better serve the underserved members of the community. I am excited to be a part of the HCLC team and hope I will be able to help those in need through the work I am doing!

Location and Map

We are located on the corner of Aspen and Sitgreaves. We are the large purple two-story house with purple fencing around. Please park on Aspen street unless you have a permanent parking pass for the cross streets.

Our consultations are located on the second floor of the Flagstaff Birth, Breast/chest feeding, and Women’s Center in the first room on the left. Our classes and groups are held in The Loft @FBWC on the second floor or virtually. If you are attending a class, group, or consult please enter through the back door of the building and head up the spiral stairs.

Flagstaff Birth, Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding, and Women’s Center

Located at: 401 West Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Call: (928) 556-0000

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