Becky Amberg, RN
I am the proud owner of Footprints in Time. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 4 beautiful children. I became interested in health care back in the early 90’s when I became an EMT. I saw a lot in that career and always thought I would be an ER nurse. I even worked as a tech in the ER while going to school to become a nurse. I became a nurse in 2004. In 2005 at the water-birth of my third child I recognized my passion for the birth process, which was attended by a midwife. Shortly after this birth, I began working in obstetrics and learned my real passion was helping women birth their babies. I also learned all the things that are done in the hospital are not always necessary. I realized that being out of the hospital, we could allow healthy low risk women to birth in their own way. So, we started offering home birth in 2010 and opened our first birth center in 2011. We moved to what is now our Black River Falls location in 2015 and opened our Greenwood location in 2017. Both are thriving as more and more women learn about out of hospital birth options. We are also very proud to currently have the only 2 accredited birth centers in all of Wisconsin. My safety certifications include Basic Life Support (BLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP). I have also attended an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) seminar training. I really do love supporting women through the birth process, and witnessing the beginning of a new family.
Patricia Jacobson, APNP FNP
Primary FNP - Black River Falls
I am very pleased to be part of Footprints as we expand our family services. My background prior to graduate school included pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, critical care, obstetrics and high-risk labor and delivery. Having always been interested in holistic care and the relationships that influence individual health, becoming a family nurse practitioner was the next natural step in my career.
As a certified family nurse practitioner for the past 19 years, I enjoy caring for families, men and women of all ages and have a special interest in hormone management. My goal is to help individuals reach their maximum health potential. Life is always better when one feels the best they can at whatever age they happen to be. My practice includes wellness care as well as management of acute and chronic illnesses with additional certifications in BLS, ACLS and Advanced Wilderness Life Support. I am a member and instructor for National Ski Patrol and the Outdoor Emergency Care course. My newest goal is to become certified in Age Management Medicine. I look forward to meeting with you at Footprints!
Heather Struensee, APNP FNP
Primary FNP - Greenwood
I graduated from Chamberlain University in 2018 with my master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioning. I previously worked as an RN for 7 years in med/surg, OB, PACU, ED, school nursing, and long term care and worked as a CNA before that. I have lived in Neillsville for 20 years where my husband and I raise our children. I enjoy keeping current with evidence-based nursing practice and look forward to helping patients achieve their health goals!
Nicole Wocelka, CPM LM
In the Spring of 2001 I was working with homeless youth in Minneapolis, MN and became aware of just how broken our medical system is, especially if you are young, poor, and pregnant. It was then that I felt called to abruptly change careers and become a community midwife. I was a grantee of the MN Dept of Health for their Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative for several years. I learned midwifery first through traditional apprenticeship within the American Indian community and later through formal education with degrees in Spirituality and Health, and Midwifery. I have been practicing in Wisconsin since 2013 and joined the Footprints midwifery team in 2017. I have received certifications in: Midwifery, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, NRP, CPR, Infant Massage, Hypnobirthing, Lactation Counseling, Childbirth Education and am a NARM approved Preceptor. I have also been a practicing Clinical Western Herbalist for nearly 20 years. I am an urban homesteader, business tycoon, teacher, and mother to one amazing, miraculous little boy, who is the great love of my life. “The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife.” Norwegian proverb
Kathleen Kett, APNP CNM
I started my educational pursuits as a pre-medicine student but changed to nursing when I saw a family member receiving care from a nurse during a medical crisis. The nurse provided for all of their needs with compassionate care, and I decided that was what I wanted to be able to provide to others. I have a husband of 48 years, two grown children and seven grandchildren. I was honored to be the first to touch four of my grandchildren as they entered this world – 3 of them birthing in the water! I received a bachelor’s degree and a master;s degree in nursing from the University of Wiusconsin Milwaukee and then a post-master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery from Marquette University. Prior to joining Footprints in Time, I provided hospital midwifery care to over 2,400 families welcoming their new little ones. I also worked with families in Kenya, Africa for a summer assisting in their births. I retired from my practice in Tomah in 2017 after having started the first hospital water birth program in Wisconsin. I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to resume helping birthing families – my life’s passion – here at the birth centers. Footprints in Time supports families who are healthy and low risk to birth their babies in a supportive, family directed environment. I fully support the families while quietly observing for any issues developing during their pregnancy and birth. Being with birthing families is a privilege I look forward to enjoying with the wonderful Footprints’ staff. I am a certified and licensed nurse midwife in Wisconsin and have prescriptive authorities, national nurse midwifery certification and neonatal resuscitation certification. I look forward to meeting many new birthing families!
Susan German, RN
I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. I became a nurse in 1979. I worked for a year in OB in Wausau where there were 1,600 babies born each year. We then moved back to our hometown of Black River Falls where I worked mostly in OB but also gained experience in emergency and medical/surgical nursing. Safety certifications include Basic Life Support and I am an instructor for Neonatal Resuscitation. After working for 34 years, I retired in 2013 to spend more time with my husband of 47 years and our grandson. My best friend, Becky, has now talked me into helping at the birth center. I have been helping as needed for this past year, but now am going to be working two days per week. My love for the birth process has only grown since coming to the birth center where birth is treated as a natural process. This is how birth should be.
Austin Voves, Office Manager
I have 8 years of management experience from small business to corporate retail and have always had an interest in health care. I started college as a pre-med student, but ended with my bachelor’s in Information Technology with a business minor. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in health care administration. My wife had two of our children with Footprints, so I can speak first hand to the excellent care that our clients receive. When the opportunity arose for me to join Footprints, I knew I would be working with a great team that is truly making a difference in birth and family care.