Michele Berkeley, MD, FACOG
I was born in Toronto, Canada, where my parents of Caribbean descent had migrated. At the age of seven, after living in Philadelphia and New York, I moved to St. Thomas for a year and then to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. At the age of nine, I began my tennis career. I went through rigorous training, which refined my skills, eventually ranking number one in Virgin Islands Junior Tennis League. I found this experience to be more than just a physical activity. It allowed me to explore different cultures through my travels and to develop a sense of independence at a very early age.
Upon completing high school at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal School, I moved to the District of Columbia where I completed my undergraduate studies at Howard University. To further my education and pursue my quest to become a doctor, I attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. I developed an interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology during my clinical years there.
Immediately after completing my residency training, I accepted a position at the District of Columbia General Hospital where I gained a vast amount of experience in High-Risk Obstetrics and Obstetrical Trauma. Equally, I gained enormous experience in Gynecologic surgery and now have refined that experience in Minimally Invasive surgical procedures including Laparoscopic and Vaginal Hysterectomy, Uterine Ablation, and Operative Hysteroscopy I also have an interest in the evaluation of Infertility.
I practiced Ob/Gyn in the DC area until 2001, when I moved back to the Virgin Islands, where my family still resides. I made the decision to move there, in part, because of the need for clinicians in the Territory. I maintained a very busy private practice for 8 years there and was the Physician Representative on the Board of Directors of the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the Virgin Islands until 2008.
I eventually returned to DC, where I worked at the Washington Hospital Center as the Medical Director of a large OB/GYN practice and at Kaiser Permanente. During that time, I was introduced to Medical Simulation, a technology geared towards improving the clinical experience and thus improving medical outcomes. I had previous experience with the new wave of Medical Technology when I implemented an Electronic Medical Record in my practice and served on a think tank committee to improve the design of Digichart, an OB/GYN-specific EHR. I decided to take this interest one step further and I am presently enrolled in Drexel University’s Healthcare Informatics program where I am pursuing a Master’s degree.
During my recent time in DC, I enjoyed the unique experience of being a member of the White House Medical Unit and took care of staff members in the Obama administration. In September 2012 I returned to the Virgin Islands and reestablished my private practice and hope to establish, along with my colleges, a minimally invasive surgical service at the Juan F Luis Hospital and Medical Center.
I am devoted to providing quality care and strongly believe in forming a strong patient-physician relationship. I reinforce with my patients that self-awareness, along with patient education and open communication, is the key to staying healthy.
Georgetown University School of Medicine,
Union Memorial Hospital,
Ob/Gyn, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Humanitarian Award, Women of Worth, Virgin Islands Democratic Party, 2006
- Fellowship, Training in Laboratory Technology and Research, National Institutes of Health, 1987-1990
- Diplomat, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Member, The Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Brittany Dawson, APRN CNM DNP-Candidate
Brittany Dawson is a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and a graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex. Brittany began her journey to midwifery and women’s health after obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree and becoming a Registered Nurse in South Florida. Through her undergraduate studies, she discovered her passion for women’s health while attending her first birth as a student. That day she was honored to bear witness to a beautiful baby brought into the world. This moment moved her to tears. While working on labor and delivery, the gross difference in treatment laboring patients of color received compared to others was evident.
The continued experiences with the effects of racial inequities in reproductive health and wellness pushed her to become engaged in community service and activism. Brittany’s career and life took her to New York, where she hosted a series of free childbirth courses to women in underserved communities in the hope of combating the disparities they faced through education. It also pushed her to pursue her Master's in Midwifery. Brittany’s focus is on providing resources and full-spectrum services to women of color, marginalized communities, and LGBTQ by empowering each person to be engaged in their treatment and care.
Brittany is an advocate and activist and firmly believes in patient-centered, woman-centered, honest care. She also is an advocate for expanding patient's access to care. She has worked with both her employers and politicians to help develop policies that support his. She promotes and practices shared decision making. She works tirelessly to support and educate women, those in and out of her care while offering all the information necessary to build a trustworthy relationship and continuity of care for her clients' safety.
Brittany is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and American Association of Nurse Practitioners, a public speaker, lobbyist, and a mentor to future BIPOC going into midwifery. She has spearheaded initiatives for diversity and inclusiveness in her community, employers and along with sitting on diversity and inclusive board for her university.
A quote she lives by; “People may not always remember your name, but they will remember how you made them feel.” – Maya A.
Frontier Nursing University, Master's of Science in Nurse-Midwifery
Elmhurst Hospital & Outpatient Clinic,
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
- 30 Under 30 People to Watch, US Virgin Islands
- Florence Nightingale Award 2013
- American College of Nurse Midwives
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Adrienne Crawford CNM, MS, MPH, IBCLC
Adrienne Crawford CNM, MS, MPH, IBCLC is the newest Certified Nurse Midwife to join the HerCare family. A native of Philadelphia, PA Adrienne has always been passionate about women's health and has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of women's health settings. Adrienne graduated from the University of California- San Francisco’s (UCSF) Nurse Midwife/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program in 2015 before moving to Washington, DC to practice.
Before moving to St. Croix Adrienne spent the first 5 years of her midwifery career supporting some of Washington, DC’s most vulnerable families. Washington, DC has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the contiguous United States, specifically in communities of color. Adrienne is passionate about reproductive justice and is working to combat the disparate maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates in our communities. In addition to her role as a nurse-midwife, Adrienne also brings over 15 years of clinical lactation expertise to the women and families she supports. Adrienne is a passionate breastfeeding advocate and believes that increasing the breastfeeding rates in the African American/Afro Caribbean community will have a profound impact on health disparities. Adrienne is also a virtual adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences where she supports nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner students during their residency.
Adrienne is thrilled to be a part of the HerCare family and a new resident of St. Croix. Adrienne strongly believes in the power of community and is committed to supporting the families of St. Croix by providing holistic, family-centered midwifery care.
University of California, Master's of Science in Nurse-Midwifery
San Francisco, CA
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
- Aspen Institute, Healthy Communities Fellow
- Johnson & Johnson, Global Health Scholar
- American College of Nurse Midwives
- International Lactation Consultant Association