Your Birth Team
Our experienced staff is here to serve you. We offer a variety of caregivers with different specialties and interests that suit your individual wants and needs for the birth of your baby.
Robert Betz, MD, is one of the original founders of the medical group and is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and completed his residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. He has lived and practiced in our community for more than 25 years. In addition to gynecology and pregnancy care, he treats abnormal vaginal bleeding, incontinence, vaginal prolapse, difficulties with emptying the bladder and/or bowel, pelvic tissue relaxation, abnormal periods, female hormone problems, and other womens health issues.
Dr. Betz and his wife, Mary, have three grown boys. When he is not in the office or in surgery, he enjoys water sports, skiing, hiking and bicycling. One of his favorite ways to unwind is tooling away on projects in his woodworking shop.Stephanie Nainani, MD, is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She came to Walla Walla from the Mayo Health System in Minnesota where she was a practicing physician at Albert Lea Medical Center. Dr. Nainani earned an MD degree from Loma Linda University, where she also received a Master of Science degree in biochemistry. Her residency was completed at the Medical College of Georgia, located in Augusta, Georgia, in 2006.
Embracing her alma mater's philosophy, "to make man whole," Dr. Nainani emphasizes care of the whole person. This philosophy helps her to see each patient as a unique individual and guides her in seeking a comprehensive approach to health, whether it be caring for a pregnant patient in prenatal care and delivery or taking care of gynecologic problems.Stephanie and her husband, Greg, are outdoor enthusiasts and are anticipating the beautiful Walla Walla weather. Greg Nainani has also joined the team at Adventist Health/Medical Group as an administrative resident for finance.
Ken Snider, MD, is a welcome addition to the OB/GYN department. A graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and New York Medical College, he completed his residency at the Texas Tech Health Science Center in Odessa, Texas, and has most recently been working as an OB/GYN in Colorado. Dr. Snider is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational German and Italian.
Before becoming a physician, Dr. Snider enjoyed a successful career in bioengineering. In his free time he served as an EMT and volunteered at Mission Bay Hospital in San Diego-experiences that convinced him to change career paths and go to medical school. He continued volunteering while attending medical school, traveling to the Red Cross Hospital outside of Guadalajara, Mexico on the weekends and found himself doing everything from sewing up wounds from bar fights to delivering babies. Dr. Snider and his wife, Andrea, recently welcomed their first child--a girl--and are enjoying the adventure of parenting.
Our midwives believe in creating compassionate partnerships with mothers-to-be and their families. With an emphasis on personalized care and education, a certified nurse midwife is your partner, educator and advocate through your pregnancy experience.
Susan Collins, CNM, came to Adventist Health/Medical Group in 2002 from the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland where she received her Post Master's Certificate in Midwifery. Susan is Board Certified in both Nurse Midwifery and as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner which uniquely qualifies her to care for her patients throughout pregnancy and delivery. In addition to women's healthcare and pregnancy care, Susan enjoys seeing patients for breastfeeding and nutrition issues.
Susan lives with her husband in Walla Walla, has two grown sons and enjoys swimming, good movies and books and listening to music. She has been known to occasionally tickle the ivories.
Kathryn Austin, CNM, has lived in the Walla Walla area for most of her life. After attending nursing school at Walla Walla Community College and WSU Tri-Cities, she worked at both SMMC and WWGH. In addition, Kathryn became a Certified Doula, worked as nurse for Early Head Start at Children's Home Society and ran her own business for several years, specializing in professional Doula services, infant massage classes, childbirth education classes among other services. In 2008, Kathryn achieved a life-long goal and completed the Masters and Certificate program at the Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia, becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Her passion is helping pregnant women have healthy, empowered, and enriched experiences through pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and parenting. She also enjoys ensuring a successful breast-feeding relationship and teaching parents how to care for their newborns. Kathryn and her husband have lived in our community for many years and have seven grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys photography, knitting, gardening, landscape design, bicycling, recycling and restoring their 120-year old home.Nurses
Our obstetrics nursing team is NCC certified in Inpatient Obstetrics and most nurses are bilingual. If you have questions about breast-feeding, you can call your provider for assistance at 509-529-8153. Most importantly, our nurses are also experienced in working with you and your family during this highly personal experience.