Owner / CEO: Amy Tinney
Amy Tinney is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Midwife, and Certified Professional Midwife. She is mother to an awesome teenage boy. She earned her Midwifery license from the California Medical Board in 2009 and started her Midwife practice. Amy has worked with mothers and babies since 1990. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in clinics, hospital settings, and in home health all with women and pregancy. During her work as a Nurse she attended many hundreds and thousands of births both in and out of the hospital. She has also worked with clients as a Doula/Monitrice, childbirth educator. Amy’s path to midwifery included an apprenticeship in a busy home birth practice in Los Angeles, CA. Amy’s apprenticeship included attending families beginning with prenatal care through birth and postpartum. Her extensive previous clinic, homecare and birth related experience allowed her to progress faster than usual through her apprenticeship, then she took over the training of new students at the Sanctuary Family Wellness center while waiting to take her exams.
In addition to her hands on apprenticeship experience, Amy completed her Midwifery education thru many years of self guided education and the PEP evaluation process through The National Registry of Midwives (NARM) and the National Midwifery Institute’s (NMI) Challenge process. Amy currently teaches Nursing and Midwifery students from a variety of Nursing and Midwifery programs as well as other care providers, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in a non challenging way. She has also participated in international education as well traveling to China in 2/2012 to teach Advanced Midwife skills. Amy’s experience as a care provider for women combined with her love for the beauty and sacredness of birth makes her a uniquely intuitive and confident care provider.
As the owner of Art of Nursing Care Inc., which she started in 2006, she initially intended to open a home health care agency for pregnant women with complications. Since that time she expanded her education to become a midwife and now includes support for women of all ages including the childbearing years, before and beyond. Also is training to be a clinical homeopath Currently she is seeing clients in Marina Del Rey and is opening her Birth center.
Sarah Shealy is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and mother of two amazing girls, both born at home. She has served women and caught babies in both home and hospital settings since 1995. She has practiced in Connecticut, New York, Utah, and California. Sarah’s Midwifery education began at Yale University. At Yale, there were few opportunities for out of hospital birth experience and she sought out a local direct entry Midwife who was generous enough to mentor her in the art of homebirth. Another CNM with a homebirth practice offered mentorship and a CNM was her first partner in a homebirth practice in Colorado. Sarah has worked with low risk and high-risk women, in community and private practice settings, in and out of the hospital. She is an expert in normal birth and passionate about supporting women and families in their choices whatever they may be.
Recently her love of the art and science of lactation prompted her to become a Lactation Consultant. She is especially fascinated with the postpartum experience in our culture. This extensive experience she has had with women in different settings brings a quiet observant knowing to her style. She is a perceptive and seasoned care provider.
Carolyn Rodriguez is our office Manager, Carolyn has a bachelors degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach and has volunteered to pregnancy clinics in West Los Angeles. She started with the Art of Nursing Care, Inc. midwifery practice in 2010. Her background in psychology and her extensive experience with our midwives has given her a keen sense about how she can support not only the business aspect of your care but also is very good at providing emotional support as well. She currently helps with a wide variety of support both front and back office including insurance billing, appointment scheduling etc. In addition to office support she also supports our clients during birth as a doula or sibling care during birth. She also assists our childbirth education team and coordinates our volunteers and Midwifery apprentices to assist the practice. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish.
Krystel Viehmann is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in the state of California. She also serves as the California Association of Midwives (CAM) Region 8 Representative (Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties). She is very excited to join the Art of Nursing team!
Krystel graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in 2012. As a student, she completed midwifery apprenticeships all over the country in Maine, Texas, Arizona, and most recently in Los Angeles with Art of Nursing. She has also done doula work since being trained by CAPPA in 2006. She loves this work supporting the creation and expansion of families and is deeply honored to be able to support these precious and sacred moments throughout the childbearing year.
When not doing midwifery work, Krystel loves living in Long Beach, creating community through shared meals, and spending time with her partner and their scruffy rescue pup, Basil.
Apprentices (Student Midwives)
During your care with us you will meet a few different faces. We have a lot of contacts with doula’s, birth assistants, nurses and midwifery students. We ask that you be open to having our staff or students assist in your care. We have a strong belief that if you have skilled birth attendants you will be well cared for and in a safe place during birth. If you ever have any concerns about our staff please let us know. We are committed to you having the experience that you want for your family.