At Northern Sun Family Healthcare, we provide comprehensive medical care for all ages. We offer regular check ups for the whole family, and incorporate conventional testing and treatment options with naturopathic medical care. We also provide complete midwifery care and continued medical care for mother and baby.
Families are increasingly choosing to have their babies in the safety and privacy of their own home, or in a home-like setting such as the Birth Center. At Northern Sun, we offer a unique blend of midwifery services and naturopathic medical care for the whole family that can continue after the birth, much like an old-time general family practice.
Birth at a birth center provides a familiar, warm environment where women can give birth and find healthcare that respects their desires and nourishes their dreams. Both the intimate, home-like quality of the setting and the welcoming, reassuring, professional nature of the staff embody the fundamental idea that birth is an essentially normal and powerful event.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at Northern Sun, please call us at (207)798-3993 or email us.
Dr. Sarah Ackerly specializes in both naturopathic medicine and midwifery. She combines naturopathic therapies and nutrition with a traditional check up, much like old-time family practice doctors. Dr. Ackerly enjoys getting to know people and being a part of a families’ healthcare. She also provides annual exams, well baby/child visits, sports physicals and integrates diagnostic lab work as needed.
Dr. Ackerly is committed to offering individualized education and counseling during prenatal care and continuous hands on care during labor, birth and postpartum. She continues to see babies for their well-baby care and throughout their childhood. They enjoy seeing the little ones grow and thrive, and are happy to offer continuity of care for our families.
Dr. Sarah Ackerly - Naturopathic Doctor and Midwife
Sarah is a Naturopathic doctor and Certified Professional Midwife. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and went to college in Boulder, Colorado. Sarah spent time in the Appalachian region of rural Kentucky and decided to go to Naturopathic medical school as a way to integrate her interest in medicine with her love of herbs and natural therapies for healing.
She completed her medical training and did a two year residency in Naturopathic Family practice at the Portland Naturopathic Clinic in Portland, Oregon. As part of her midwifery education, Sarah spent time in El Paso Texas, learning much from the midwives and Mexican women. She believes in education and gives her patients lots of information and tools to make the best choices for them. Sarah has been on the faculty of Birthwise Midwifery School since 1996.
She is a member of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors (MAND), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM), and International Lyme and Associated Diseases (ILADS).
Sarah lives with her husband, Jay and their two children, Aidan and EmaRae in Topsham. She enjoys gardening, tennis and playing in the outdoors in her spare time.
Vanessa Betancourt - Office Manager
Vanessa is our lovely office manager here at Northern Sun. She hails from Waldoboro and Washington, Maine. She spent 10 years living in Indianapolis and currently resides in beautiful Bowdoinham, Maine with her husband Miguel and their adorable dog Rudy. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, kayaking, hiking and spending time with her family.
Jessica (Jess) Lessard - Phlebotomist
Jessica (Jess) is our fabulous Phlebotomist and hails from Sabattus, Maine. With over 9 years of experience, she is a whiz at drawing blood and heads up our in-house lab. In her spare time she enjoys weeding and tending to her garden. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul and their 3 beautiful children, Zach, Anthony and Shelby.
Jamiena Shah - Midwife Apprentice
Jamiena hails from Toronto and is pursuing her midwifery education through Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgon, Maine. As part of her learning she is apprenticing as a senior student with Northern Sun. Prior to midwifery, Jamiena worked in the non-profit/ngo sector for 15 years. She has lived and worked in 5 countries and considers herself a global citizen. She currently resides in Portland, Maine. In her spare time she enjoys playing with spices in the kitchen, doing hot yoga, riding her bicycle and spending time in bookstores.
Alycia Fox - Office Assistant