Our Students

TMC is a practice which supports students from the Midwifery Education Program and the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP).  Our students come from McMaster University, Ryerson University, Laurentian University.

Depending on their level of study they may be with us for 1 month to 1 year. Our midwifery students are assigned to one midwife or a grouping of midwives and their clients. They learn their midwifery clinical skills by attending Michael Garron Hospital rounds, clinic, births and postpartum visits. These are our current students!


Mary Dirmeitis

Mary Dirmeitis student midwife

My name is Mary Dirmeitis and I am a fourth year midwifery student at Laurentian University. I am both humbled and excited to do my final clinical placement at the Midwives’ Clinic of East York – Don Mills and I am thankful to all of the parents and families for the privilege of being involved in your care.  I will be following Christie Lockheart and Jennifer Gardiner’s clients.

My interest in pregnancy and birth began in my previous degree in International Development and Political Studies. Prior to midwifery school, I worked and volunteered as a doula in Toronto and GTA. When I’m not studying, I love to garden, travel, read, and drink coffee. I look forward to getting to know you and your families in the coming months!





 Jenny Knoll

 Hey! My name is Jenny Knoll and I am a senior midwifery student doing my final year placement at Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills. I was born in Toronto and I currently attend McMaster University, and I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from McGill University.

My passion for midwifery grew out of an interest in global health and women’s reproductive issues, and a desire for a more practical career. Through my time in clinical placements I have come to love sharing information in prenatal and postpartum visits, learning about different cultures and family approaches to pregnancy and birth, and attending deliveries at home and in hospital. I have done midwifery placements in Rwanda and South Africa and I hope to split my time between working in Canada and internationally once I am a registered midwife.

In my spare time I also work in obstetrics research, and I love cooking, running, and exploring the outdoors. I look forward to working with you! I will be starting at the beginning of May and will be following Sarah Leslie, Tracy Gerster, Kirsten Taylor’s clients.


Kandace Price Lyston

Hello! Sekoh! Wah gwaan!

My name is Kandace Price Lyston and I am currently pursuing a degree at Ryerson University in the Midwifery Education Program while working part time as a Birth Centre Aide at the Indigenous led Toronto Birth Centre. I identify as a non-binary, Queer, Two Spirit, sister, daughter, aunty, partner and artist. I was born in Brantford, Ontario Haldimand Treaty Territory and currently live, love and create in Tkaronto Dish One Spoon Territory. As a mixed race person I embody experiences rooted in my Jamaican, Mohawk First Nations and Polish ancestry. I see the value and dire need for culturally safe and culturally relevant maternity care for all, but especially for Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. In an effort to support the growth of strong, healthy families and in solidarity with the movement for respectful maternity care globally it has been a true honour to participate with families and mentors in this microcosm called birth work.

I gratefully accept the opportunity to learn more from the Midwives, birth workers, life carriers and wider birth community who access The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills. I am hopeful the experiences I will gain will positively impact and shape my career as a future Midwife. I anticipate sharing birth work and relationship building knowledges with future generations for decades to come. I will be working with Kirsten Taylor, Simone Rosenberg and Sophia Kelher from January 2 to May 31st.

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 Rebecca Mills

My name is Rebecca Mills and I am currently completing the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University. I am so thankful to be doing my clinical placement here at Midwives’ Clinic of East York-Don Mills from November 16, 2018 to March 6, 2019. I will be following Stella Capisciolto, Sarah Davies and Sarah Wilson’s clients.

I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I recently moved to Niagara Falls in July, 2016 when I married a handsome Canadian! I graduated from a midwifery college program in the USA with a Bachelors degree in the Science of Midwifery. The majority of my primary experience consists of home-births. I also worked as an independent Certified DONA doula for 3 years. My experience at births has been in the USA, Uganda, and the Philippines as a new graduate.

I’m honoured that you would consider me to be a small part in your beautiful journey, as you add to my journey in becoming a registered midwife here in Ontario.


 Martha Naime

My name is Martha Naime, I was born and raised in Venezuela, and I am currently in the International Midwifery Preregistration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University. I am thankful and excited to join Midwives’ Clinic of East York, and even more, I am thankful for all the clients for letting me be part of their care.
My passion for pregnancy and birth began in my previous degree in Medicine back home where I worked for five years. I was fortunate to work exclusively as a general practitioner in a maternity labor room for almost a year where I discovered my passion to help expectant mothers and their babies. I moved to Canada four years ago; I have been volunteering and working in health-related positions. After learning about the midwifery model of care in Canada, I fell in love with the philosophy of providing families a demedicalized approach, empowering them to reclaim pregnancy and birth, and be amazed by all the wonders our bodies are capable of.
I will be following Esther Willms, Sarah Fallis and Nabal Kanaan’s clients from Oct 15th to Jan 21. I look forward to meeting you!


Linnea Rudachyk

Linnea RudachykMy name is Linnea Rudachyk and I am a second year midwifery student at Ryerson University doing my placement at Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills. I was born in northern Ontario and I have been living in the Yukon Territory for the past ten years. I have an undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Political Science, and a graduate degree in Education and Multidisciplinary Leadership. Prior to attending midwifery school I worked in rural HIV/HCV health promotion, women’s health research, and gender inclusive policy analysis. My interest in midwifery stems from my commitment to reproductive justice. Outside of midwifery I enjoy biking, skiing, yoga, paddling, cooking, harvesting wild edibles, and backcountry adventures in the Yukon.
I will be following Vanessa Dixon and Kristen Campbell from January 2nd to April 25th 2019. Thank you for allowing me to be involved in your care – I look forward to meeting you!


Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood student midwife

My name is Sarah Wood and I am in my final year of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. I am excited to join The Midwives’ Clinic of East York-Don Mills for my senior year and feel privileged to be part of your care! I will be following Mehran Bordbar, Simone Rosenberg and Melinda Levy’s clients starting in the beginning of May.

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, which led me to complete my Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at Queen’s University. I’ve always been most interested in obstetrics and women’s health, and after learning more about midwifery on a trip to Australia, I felt drawn to the profession. I am excited to be part of a profession that empowers pregnant individuals to make informed choices throughout their pregnancy and birth experience, and I believe all individuals deserve compassionate and patient-centred care.

Outside of midwifery, I am interested in education and have been working in online education and with internationally educated health professionals in Toronto for the past 6 years. I also enjoy spinning, yoga, traveling, and trying new restaurants and coffee shops.

Thank you for allowing me to be involved in your care – I look forward to meeting you!