Meet the OB-GYN Team

Bethany Berry

Senior Nurse Midwife

Bethany Berry, CNM, MSN, is a senior nurse midwife at Southcentral Foundation. Bethany is originally from North Carolina and Connecticut and has lived in Alaska for more than 10 years. A midwife since 1996, she received her nursing and midwifery training at Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. Bethany enjoys working with Indigenous women and families, both in Alaska and the Navajo and Lakota Nations, throughout their lifespan. Getting to know individuals and their families and supporting their reproductive health journeys and choices are her passions. Bethany enjoys sharing story while being a midwife! In addition, she enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, sailing, and berry picking with her family and friends.

Dr. Tricia Capo

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Tricia Capo, MD, FACOG, received her undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and her medical degree from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education and University of South Carolina, Greenville. Dr. Capo and her husband moved to Dena’ina land in Anchorage in 2015. Since starting at Southcentral Foundation they have had two children under the care and guidance of the departments’ doctors, midwives, and nurses. Being Native American and growing up on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota has fueled Dr. Capo passion to ensure Indigenous women are getting excellent health care. In her spare time she loves knitting, baking, and outdoor activities.

Dr. Stephanie Eklund

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Stephanie Eklund, MD, FACOG, graduated from medical school in Tucson, Arizona. She then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California. At Southcentral Foundation, Dr. Eklund sees customer-owners in the OB-GYN clinic, covers Labor and Delivery, and performs gynecological surgeries. She has worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center For 28 years. Dr. Eklund is married, has two grown children and two cats. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, crafts, and light hiking. She is active in her church in Eagle River. During the pandemic Dr. Eklund learned to sew, but not very well!

Dr. Benjamin A Garnett

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Benjamin A Garnett, MD FACOG, attended medical school at the University of Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Garnett began working at the Alaska Native Medical Center in 1992. His areas of interest include minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, female pelvic medicine, and reconstructive surgery, and urogynecology. When not at work, he enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, winter riding, skiing, hiking, and fishing.

Dr. Reinou S. Groen

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Reinou S. Groen MD, MIH, PhD, was trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She is originally from the Netherlands where she did a residency tropical medicine and worked with Doctors Without Borders in several African countries. Her master’s in International Health and her PhD were in surgical epidemiology at the University of Amsterdam. In Dr. Groen’s job as OB-GYN she does clinic, labor and delivery, and gynecological surgeries. Alaska has been her home since 2016. Dr. Groen is married, has two sons, and her household has a retired sled dog, rescue cat, and four chickens. Hobbies include outdoors activities with family and friends, and playing the harp.

Margaret Olin Hoffman David

Midwife

Margaret Olin Hoffman David is Koyukon Athabascan from Ruby. Through 15 years of working in tribal and rural community health promotion, experiencing the potential to heal ourselves and our ancestors during the transformation of childbirth, and volunteering as a birth helper, she realized her pathway to midwifery. Margaret completed midwifery school at Seattle University in 2017 and began work at the Alaska Native Medical Center to serve her community. She is also a founding member of the National Indigenous Midwifery Alliance and the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. Margaret lives on Dena’ina land in Anchorage with her partner and four children.

Dr. Neil Murphy

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Neil Murphy MD, Diplomate ABOG and ABFM, was trained in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Washington as part of the WWAMI program. He has worked in OB-GYN at the Alaska Native Medical Center for 28 years. Dr. Murphy worked for five years in family medicine in Bethel and Sitka. He provides care in clinic, labor and delivery, and gynecological surgeries. He is married and has three grown children. He has a pandemic rescue dog and occasionally works in Africa.

Dr. Leanne Komorowski

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Leanne Komorowski was born and raised in New Mexico. She attended medical school at Stanford School of Medicine and then returned to New Mexico for obstetrics and gynecology training. Dr. Komorowski moved to Anchorage in 2013 and began work at Southcentral Foundation as a full scope Obstetrician Gynecologist. She enjoys all parts of her job. Dr. Komorowski became one of the department medical directors in 2019. She is passionate about upholding the highest quality of care in the OB-GYN department. Dr. Komorowski also teaches Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics throughout Alaska. She loves the Anchorage winters and is happy this is her new home.

Dr. Sarah Truitt

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Sarah Truitt, MD, FACOG is a board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and is originally from Denver, Colorado where she completed her training at the University of Colorado. Alaska has been her home since 2011 when she moved here with her family to work at the Alaska Native Medical Center. In addition to providing OB-GYN care at ANMC, Dr. Truitt participates in quality improvement initiatives. Previously, she has served as president of the medical staff and as a medical director in the department. Dr. Truitt’s husband is from Homer, and they share two children and two rescue dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, exploring Alaska, knitting, and traveling to visit her husband’s family in Homer and her family in Denver.

Michelle Tschida

Certified Nurse Midwife

Michelle Tschida, CNM, IBCLC graduated from midwifery school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from the Seattle area she has called Anchorage home since 2010. Currently she works providing remote care to women in the rural communities and performing colposcopies. She also has experience at Southcentral Foundation as a lactation consultant and providing labor and delivery care. She has three children and a dog. Her hobbies include running, hiking, weightlifting, reading, and traveling.

Dr. Melissa Tondre

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Melissa Tondre, MD, FACOG is a board certified in obstetrics and gynecology who trained at University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Tondre was born and raised in Japan until the age of 10 with her four brothers and sisters then moved to a small town in Michigan where some of her family still resides. She has called Alaska her home since 2015 with her husband and children. Dr. Tondre enjoys homesteading activities with her family like gardening, bee keeping, and chicken raising. Since 2021, she has been the outpatient medical director for the OB-GYN department.

Valerie Unrein

Certified Nurse Midwife

Valerie Unrein, CNM, graduated from Frontier Nursing University. She has worked for Southcentral Foundation since 2013. Valerie is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with family and her parents, who live nearby. Valerie has a love for candy.

Dr. Shiloh Small

Primary Care Provider

Dr. Shiloh Small, MD, joined Southcentral Foundation in 2012. Dr. Small is an SCF customer-owner and is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation in southeast Montana. Dr. Small earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, and completed her residency in OB-GYN at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has a personal commitment to working with and advocating for native women. Dr. Small is a member of the Association of American Indian Physicians, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She resides in Anchorage with her three children: Sydney, Blaine, and Victoria.

Contact us

Southcentral Foundation
Obstetrics and Gynecology
4441 Diplomacy Drive, Suite 300
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone: (907) 729-3100
Fax: (907) 729-3170