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We care about women, about life, and about living to the fullest. We strive to create a safe and caring environment for women and their families.

Our providers and staff are passionate about women ‘s health. We believe in personalized care; we will listen to your concerns and then review the current research together. Then, with all of that in mind, we can create a plan of care that best serves your needs.

We care for teens and women of all ages.
We are now accepting new patients. Give us a call today to make an appointment.

Valley Women’s Health Providers and Staff

Neeld

Dr John Neeld (MD), studied botany in college as an undergraduate. He became interested in healthcare and began a career as a Registered Nurse. He worked primarily in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit caring for premature infants. He then decided to pursue a medical career and attended medical school at the University of Utah. He realized that his true calling was in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) and he remained at the University of Utah for his four year residency.

He served for four years in the US Air Force as a Medical Officer in Anchorage Alaska.
After completing his service, he moved to McMinnville in 1997 and has practiced here ever since. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Pediatrics since 2001. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists and is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Neeld has advanced training and expertise in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. These techniques result in less pain, shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time, and cost savings.

Dr. Neeld and his wife Nancy Manley are involved in projects bringing medical care to developing countries where the needs are great and the resources are limited. They have worked in Guatemala and Ethiopia. They are currently involved in a project in Ghana where they are working to reduce maternal deaths and introduce screening to prevent cervical cancer. They are also helping to launch a new hospital in Ghana with the help of Willamette Valley Medical Center.


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Dr. Brandi Spence (MD), was raised in Dallas, Oregon, and married her high school sweetheart, Andrew. She has a daughter named Adie and a son named Olin and they live in McMinnville. Dr. Spence graduated from Oregon State University, earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University, and then completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency in Asheville, North Carolina.

She specializes in comprehensive obstetrical care, including high risk issues and fertility counseling.

She also provides gynecological care, ranging from contraception to postmenopausal care, as well as in-office and surgical procedures.

“McMinnville is a great fit for my family,” says Dr. Spence. “This is a part of the Willamette Valley we’ve always loved. I want to take great care of my patients, develop roots here and make an impact.”

“My number one concern is the safety of mom and baby,” Dr. Spence adds. “Within this framework, I work with women to have the birth that they want.”

She’s a do-it-yourselfer who loves painting, home renovation, hiking and knitting.


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Heather Abé (DO), A fascination with Science and a desire to help people in a meaningful way led Heather Abé to follow her heart into women’s medicine. As a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology Dr. Abé helps mothers have healthy babies and women lead healthy lives. Dr. Abé possess a passion for women’s health – the feeling of knowing that she’s really helped someone is Dr. Abé’s favorite aspect of her work.

Born in the heart of New York City, Dr. Abé was awarded a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Boston University before earning a doctor of Osteopathy from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine. She practiced in Pennsylvania before moving to Oregon. Dr Abé is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Abé lives in McMinnville with her spouse and two children. When She’s not helping her patients, Dr. Abé enjoys gardening. photography, board games, travel, and cooking.


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Dr. Celina Sears (MD), A childhood injury sparked an interested in medicine for Celina Sears. After working in research, Dr. Sears decided a medical degree would allow her to incorporate her love of science and interacting with people into a fulfilling career. As a physician at Valley Women’s Health, Dr. Sears will provide outpatient care in addition to performing gynecologic surgery and delivering babies.

Raised in Southern California, Dr. Sears was awarded bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of California, Irvine before earning her medical degree from St. Louis University. Dr. Sears served in the U.S. Navy for nearly a decade. Dr. Sears loves the combination of surgery, continuity of care, and women’s health found in the obstetric/gynecologic field.

Dr. Sears lives in McMinnville with her husband and three children. When she’s not helping her patients, Dr. Sears pursues physical fitness and trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu.


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Wilder

Anne Ziemba (CNM) grew up and went to college in small towns in New England, where she first learned about midwifery. She became a doula and midwife apprentice and eventually completed a degree in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in hospitals, a birth center and with a homebirth practice.

She loves that Willamette Valley Medical Center offers unique, individualized care during labor and delivery for all kinds of births. She feels honored to be part of such transformative moments in people’s lives.

As a midwife, Anne believes in patient-centered care and aims to empower patients in their healthcare journeys. In addition to prenatal care, Anne provides annual exams, birth control services, STI screening, gynecologic visits and consults for menstrual concerns and reproductive health.

When not practicing midwifery, Anne enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. With her partner, Jonathan, she camps, hikes and skis, depending on the season. She loves cooking and is working on an ever-growing garden.


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Erica Koltenuk (CNM) is a Certified Nurse Midwife who deeply enjoys working with women and their families. She started her career supporting women during birth as a labor and delivery nurse. Knowing that she wanted to work with families throughout their whole pregnancy, she went on to become a Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, earning her degree from Vanderbilt University.

Erica enjoys working collaboratively with patients. In addition to prenatal care, she specializes in annual exams, birth control, STI screenings, gynecological problems and menopausal care. Following the midwifery model, she believes that honoring an individual’s autonomy and providing women-centered care are crucial to maintaining health and wellness.

She and her family moved to Oregon from Utah, and have fallen in love with the community. When running into patients around town, she is reminded of how special it is to work here and feels privileged to share such important moments in women’s lives. When not at work, you may find her playing on the beach with her kids or hiking through the hills!


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Glawe

For Deanna Glawe(RDMS), showing women their babies for the first time via ultrasound never gets old. And with over 20 years experience as a Registered Diagnostic Sonographer, every day brings something new in the way of a challenge or just a smile.

Born in Eureka, California, but raised in Klamath Falls, Deanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging from Oregon Institute of Technology. She continued on to the University of New Mexico where she completed the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She’s board registered in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Abdomen and Neurosonology.

She and husband Ben have three children – Clayton, Anna and Megan. They also have a German Shepherd named Krieger.

Deanna enjoys any activity having to do with the outdoors and loves living in the Yamhill Valley because of its location near Portland, the mountains and coast.


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Ray

Amanda Ray (MSW) graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work with specialized training and experience in working with survivors of trauma. She has worked in a Level 1 Trauma Center Hospital, as a therapist for survivors of domestic violence, as a case manager for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.

Through these experiences, she has developed a strong passion for protecting the health and safety of women and their families, which led her to Valley Women’s Health. As the Care Coordinator, Amanda provides emotional and social support to patients at Valley Women’s Health, as well as connections to additional community resources.

Amanda strongly believes in the therapeutic power of trauma-informed and client-centered techniques, placing great importance on the quality of relationships with clients built on emotional safety and trust. Amanda is a long-time animal lover and advocate, and she is thrilled to be living in such beautiful, rural horse country.


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