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Meet your team

Bente Kaiser

Co-founder & Physician (MD, specialized in OBGYN)

Bente Kaiser is a board-certified OB/GYN. In 2010, she founded her private practice with the philosophy that each patient is an individual deserving a unique approach.In 2000, Bente earned her medical degree, graduating with honors from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bronx Lebanon Hospital and a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In 2008, Bente and her family moved to Los Angeles, where she holds full privileges at Huntington Hospital and CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where she served two terms as chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Born in Norway of Dutch parents and partially raised in Germany, Bente speaks Spanish, Dutch, German, French, and Norwegian. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and two children.

Sara Howard

Co-founder, Licensed Midwife & Lactation Consultant (LM, IBCLC)

Sara Howard is a Licensed Midwife (LM), Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with a previous career in nonprofit and healthcare advocacy.

Sara was licensed as a midwife in 2013, and has worked in local private practices, hospitals, and birth centers. In 2017, she started her own practice, Horizon Midwifery, to provide home birth services, well-person care, preconception, and lactation support for people and families on the eastside of LA.

Sara takes great joy in being part of people's road to radical health and parenthood. She proudly hails from the south side of Chicago and happily resides in Altadena with her partner, four kids (two sets of twins!) and two dogs.

Julia Ray

Physician (DO, specialized in OBGYN)

Julia Ray, D.O., M.S., is a holistic obstetrician and gynecologist. Trained by midwives, Julia takes into account the whole well-being of her patients. She believes that the mind, body and spirit must be in alignment for positive outcomes in birth and healing. While practicing evidence based medicine, she engages her patients in shared decision making, trusting that every individual intuitively knows what is best for their body.

Julia obtained her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Kern Medical affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is certified in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. She also speaks English, Spanish and Bengali, loves hiking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.