Ariel grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. Her understanding of the strength and courage of women and the nature of physiologic birth began early when she witnessed her first home birth at age nine. Her mother, an inner city teacher, also instilled strong values of service and social justice, which have become the foundation of Ariel’s life and work. She moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend Evergreen State College in Washington State for her bachelor’s degree in public health. She worked for several years as a doula, and in various social policy positions before returning to school for her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s in nurse-midwifery from OHSU. Ariel loves partnering with women as they discover the depth of their own strength. She studied nutrition and herbal medicine before becoming a midwife and enjoys incorporating aspects of these preventative health modalities into the care she provides her patients, especially women who are struggling with anxiety and depression. She has a special interest in assisting adolescents to navigate their sexual and reproductive health choices and enjoys collaborating with women of all ages to achieve their goals of healthier and happier lives. She is also very committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental place for pregnant women with substance abuse histories to receive care. Ariel maintains a mindfulness meditation practice and enjoys cooking, yoga and all types of dance. She spends as much time in Oregon's beautiful wilderness as possible.