About Us

Dr. Paula Pelletier-Butler

President of the Board of Directors for High Country Lactation Care Inc.

Founder, Owner, and Executive Director for FBWC

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 the Board of Directors for High Country Lactation Care Inc.

The needs of human milk feeding families stretch from pregnancy to infancy and even through toddlerhood. Maya has developed a strong understanding of successful human milk feeding through a combination of professional development and personal experience. In her 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 she watched moms struggle and fail in her attempts to breastfeed for lack of professional support.

Maya 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, Maya has experienced the many joys and benefits of human milk feeding. She has 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: fbwclactationconsultant@gmail.com

Danika Danker, BS, BA

Secretary of the Board of Directors for High Country Lactation Care Inc.

Danika Danker moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2013 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Communities at NAU.  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.  She is currently studying to be a Certified Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children, Inc.

Danika has fallen in love with the sounds, cultures, flavors, and families of Flagstaff. It is her honor to call this town both her home and the birthplace of her daughter, who was born at Flagstaff Birth and Women’s Center in 2018.  Baby E’s birth and development and the care that Danika’s family has received have so deeply impacted her that she has joined the birth to five resource net in Flagstaff and is now working as the HealthySteps Specialist at Mountain View Pediatrics. Danika remains passionate about Maternal and Child Health and community organizing as well as the knowledge of and access to community resources… y se habla Espanol! 

Her favorite odd fact about herself is that she met her husband, David, “at boy scout camp” while they were both on staff at Philmont Scout Ranch, a national high adventure base of Scouts BSA. When they’re not at home, the Danker family is 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. Danika and David have visited all 50 states and have started over with “Baby E.”

Andie Hazelton

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

Master of Public Health Intern

Sarah completed her B.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of British Columbia in 2020 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition at Northern Arizona University. Her career goal is to work at a women’s center as Registered Dietician (RD), where she can aid women with prenatal nutrition, nutrition during lactation, as well as prevention and management of gestational diabetes. Sarah’s 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. She is finding sources of grant funding over the next several months so that HCLC can better serve the underserved members of the community. Sarah is excited to be a part of the HCLC team and hopes to be able to help those in need through the work she is doing!

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