Valley Women’s Health Providers and Staff

Valley Women’s Health


Our Mission is to provide competent, compassionate care to all women. To promote the health and well-being of women by advocating for informed choice, shared decision-making, and the right to self-determination.

John Neeld, MD

  • Provider Bio
Provider Bio

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 and as Chief of Medical Staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center 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, Ethiopia, and Ghana where they were instrumental in launching a new hospital.

Brandi Spence, MD

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Provider Bio

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.

“The Willamette Valley is a great fit for my family,” says Dr. Spence. “Both my husband and I grew up nearby and are happy to call McMinnville home. I want to take great care of my patients, and make an impact.” The rural setting is great for raising my kids and growing collection of farm animals, as well as providing the time and space needed to connect with my patients and really get to know them. I get the privelege of guiding women through many stages in life, often welcoming in the next generation.

“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.

Gregory Eppard, MD

  • Provider Bio
Provider Bio

Dr. Gregory Eppard (MD), was raised in Buckley, WA, but moved to Wilmington, NC in his teens where he finished high school & college.  He worked as a paramedic before completing his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gyncology in Asheville, NC.  He was lucky enough to meet & train with our very own Dr. Spence in Asheville, and this was also where he met his husband, Branden.  He and Branden are proud parents to four spoiled French Bulldogs:  Louis, Maze, Quinn, & Ouiser.  After briefly working in private practice, he relocated to Oklahoma City where he cared for high-risk pregnancies and obstetrical emergencies as an OB Hospitalist.  Looking for a change of pace, and to be closer to family, Dr. Eppard relocated to McMinnville where he is excited to again offer full spectrum obstetrical & gynecological care.  Outside of work, Dr. Eppard enjoys travelling, cooking, exercise, and spending time with his family & friends.

Shannon Sluys, CNM

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Provider Bio

Shannon (Shani) Sluys (CNM, DNP) began her career working as a maternal-newborn and labor and delivery nurse. A love for working with families to achieve their birthing goals led her to pursue a midwifery degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2017, followed by a doctoral degree and project focused on inpatient interventions to increase breastfeeding success.

Shani enjoys working with women desiring a low-intervention birth, as well as working in collaboration with obstetricians to provide care for women with more complicated pregnancies. Her goal is to provide patient-centered and empowering care, with the woman and her family at the center of the decision-making team. She provides prenatal care, gynecological visits, annual exams, birth control counseling, STI screening, and care of perinatal mood disorders in collaboration with other care professionals.

She is married to Jeff, a firefighter and paramedic, and they have three daughters, Aili, Andie Lucie, and Avery. Shani grew up splitting her time between California and Washington, and is excited to be able to explore Oregon. A love of travel has led to trips to every continent but Australia and Antarctica. Her family stays busy with school and work, but in their free time they enjoy visiting family, travelling, going to the beach, and hiking in the cascades.

Erica Koltenuk, CNM

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Provider Bio

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 has lived in the Willamette Valley for several years, and has 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!

Andrea Humphrey, CNM

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Provider Bio

Andrea Humphrey (CNM) is a Doctorate prepared Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife who is passionate about accessible health and wellness, childbirth, and reproductive justice. She has a holistic approach to mental and physical health. Andrea studied Midwifery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Andrea is dedicated to having open conversations about womxn’s bodies and health, ensuring that her patients are supported, informed, and comfortable about their care. In addition to prenatal care, she specializes in annual exams, birth control options, STI screenings, LGBTQI health, gynecological problems, and menopausal care. She practices evidence-based care and keeps up with current policies around reproductive rights.

Andrea has served three years as a nurse in international humanitarian relief in Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Stationed in Togo and South Sudan, Andrea’s major focus was on improving outcomes for womxn’s health and midwifery care in rural and resource-limited environments.

Andrea was born in London, England, and grew up in California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Spanish Language in San Diego. She speaks Spanish and some French.

Andrea loves Oregon and enjoys being an integral part of the community in McMinnville and spends her free time with friends hiking, biking, and surfing at Pacific City. She loves music and cooking with all the local produce available in the Willamette Valley.

Andrea feels honored to be a delivery provider through the threshold of birth and welcome new life.

Deanna Glawe, RDMS

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Ultrasonographer Bio

For Deanna Glawe(RDMS), showing women their babies for the first time via ultrasound never gets old. And with 30 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 Blue Heeler named Bailey.

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

Amanda Ray, LCSW

  • Care Coordinator Bio
Care Coordinator Bio

Amanda Ray (LCSW) 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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