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Mychal Pilia
CNM – Owner and Director of Midwifery

Mychal has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) since 2014 and has experience in a home birth and hospital settings. She completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Nutrition, Nursing and a Master’s degree from Frontier Nursing University. After working six years in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, her new mission is to provide midwifery  services to as many families as possible. The birth center has been years in the making and she is proud to share it with her community!  

Her personal hospital and home birth experiences give her a distinct perspective of how powerful and life changing birth experiences are. She believes in respectful, individualized,  compassionate, family-oriented care in an environment that does not encourage or support intervention as freely as other settings. She wants to serve families, using evidenced based care, to improve their own unique birthing experience.  Mychal helps to guide her clients to make their own health care decisions by focusing on education throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

When she has free time she enjoys spending it with her family, traveling to Sardinia where her husband is from, she is nearly fluent in Italian, and running and cooking are her favorite pastimes. 

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Toyin Opesanmi
MD, AAHIVS – Medical Director

Dr. Opesanmi (known as Dr. O) is a family practice physician and the founder of the Gennesaret Medical Center (http://www.gennmed.com).  She has practiced in Maryland for over a decade, providing comprehensive health care services in a private practice setting, HMO, and local community health centers. She has served as the Chief of Adult Medicine, overseeing three internal medicine clinics, as well as providing clinical oversight for the HIV and addictions program. She enjoys serving underprivileged and under-served communities and works diligently to improve their health outcomes.

Dr. O is a Family Practitioner, HIV Specialist, and Addictions Specialist who treats opiates and other substance addictions. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University Of Illinois at Chicago and then attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University) in Philadelphia. She fulfilled Family Practice residency requirements at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, Texas. She is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Maryland Association of Nigerian Physicians (MANP), and the Coalition of Baltimore HIV Providers (CBHIVP) and also a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). She is a wife and mother, and she delights in serving God and others. She is caring, dedicated, compassionate, and empathetic, and she uses her skills and talents to serve people, focusing on providing patients with personalized primary care services.

 
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Courtney Buchanan
Registered Nurse

Courtney Buchanan received her Bachelors of Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 2018. She spent her final semester of school working at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit where she assisted many mothers, fathers, and family members through the birthing process. Her passion for pregnancy and birth stemmed from witnessing the birth of her niece back when she was a teenager was her inspiration to become a nurse.

After working in the hospital setting, she is eager to assist women in a relaxed, nurturing and respectful setting where every mother is empowered to give birth how in their own way. When the time is right, Courtney plans to return to obtain her masters degree in midwifery so she can continue to serve mothers and their families in her community.

During her free time, Courtney enjoys creating art, specifically painting, ceramics, and clay art. She loves to exploring different hiking trails, visiting historical sites and spending time with family watching Netflix. 

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Caitlin Benisek
Registered Nurse

Caitlin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland in 2013. Since graduating, Caitlin has worked at Frederick Memorial Hospital as a float pool nurse, where she floated to different hospital units depending on the hospital’s staffing needs. She supported the University of Maryland Medical Center as a nurse on the cardiac surgery step down unit, and she cared for patients who underwent cardio/thoracic procedures. Prior to becoming a nurse, Caitlin worked in the Emergency Department as a medical scribe. Her nursing skills complement her passion for caring for and educating others, while her years in the medical industry have given her a level head in emergency situations.

Caitlin believes pregnancy and birth are when women realize they are truly powerful. She loves helping guide mothers through their pregnancy and birthing experiences with her knowledge and support as an RN. Caitlin claims that one of the most rewarding gifts of her position is mothers allowing her to become a part of such a private and powerful moment in their lives.

A mother to two children, Caitlin herself has had two natural water births, and she says they were the most intense and empowering experiences of her life. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys traveling, visiting historical sites and botanical gardens, reading, and eating good food with friends

 
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Gemma Manino
Administrative Assistant

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Keele University in England with a double major in International History and International Relations in 2008. In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Science from Manchester Business School and University of Birmingham in Health and Public Leadership. She qualified as a doula with Childbirth International in 2016.

She has worked a number of various roles within the National Health Service in England. Gemma was Head of Spines within a hospital, and she managed three operating rooms, two outpatient clinics and two inpatient wards. She was also the Head of Offender Healthcare, where she managed all aspects of healthcare within a high-security female prison and provided maternity care, primary care, and specialist care. Gemma also worked as Public Health Commissioner, using government money to fund services throughout the community, including maternity care, primary care, drug and alcohol services, and dental care. She moved to Frederick County, Maryland in 2014, where she now brings management, organization, and additional doula skills to the Frederick Birth Center team.

She enjoys reading, sewing, learning Spanish, and spending time with her husband and two little boys, often watching Dr. Who or Star Wars.