Our Team

Lifecycle WomanCare features a professional team of Certified Nurse-Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses, all of whom are passionate about providing a midwifery model of women’s healthcare that is safe, evidence-based, satisfying, and personal.Believing that the best health outcomes result when women are supported and involved in making decisions about their care, we seek as providers to develop lasting relationships with the women we serve.


We view these relationships and the trust and openness they engender as crucial to providing exemplary healthcare through every stage of a woman’s life.

Leadership Team

Kathryn Boockvar | Executive Director

Kathy is an attorney and community leader with an extensive background in public interest law, non-profits, government, and advocacy. As Executive Director of LWC, Kathy is passionate about expanding access to and providing the highest quality of healthcare to women and families, and being a strong, forceful voice on behalf of the healthcare needs of all families.


Previously, Kathy served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Auditor General, working to ensure that our government programs across Pennsylvania were run efficiently and effectively. Her prior background also included a senior voting rights attorney position with a leading national non-profit organization, working to ensure that every eligible voter’s right to vote was secure.   Previously, she owned and managed a small business in Bucks County for over a decade, and she began her career as a legal services attorney, representing low-income, disabled, and senior clients, as well as victims of domestic violence.


Kathy has long been active in the political process and a leader and advocate for women. She was proud to be the 2012 Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress for PA’s 8th District (Bucks and Montgomery County), endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Intelligencer, President Bill Clinton, and many others. Kathy also donates considerable time to community service. She serves on the Board of Directors of A Woman’s Place, a domestic violence organization providing free support, education, and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse, their families, and the community. She also volunteers as an attorney for Wills for Heroes, providing free wills and estate documents for firefighters and police officers.


Kathy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and a minor in English, and has a law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law. She received a High Performance Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University in 2014, and was trained as a Mediator in 1996.


Kathy lives in Doylestown, PA with her husband Jordan, their daughter Colette, and their dog Zoie.   For fun, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, including hiking, RVing, reading, seeing movies, and enjoying good food and drink.

Julie Cristol, CNM | Clinical Director

Julie, a Certified Nurse-Midwife, or CNM, has been catching babies and providing care to women since 1988. In 2011, she brought her skills to LWC. Two years later, Julie became the Director of Clinical Services and now supervises the clinical operations as well as providing hands-on care to women.


Prior to LWC, she worked at Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Hahnemann University Hospital. While at Pennsylvania Hospital for 14 years, Julie and her colleagues started a midwifery practice which continues to flourish today. In 2014, she completed a three-year training in inter-personal psychotherapy for post-partum depression.   She is the Legislative Liaison for the Pennsylvania Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) and a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania on “The Business of Midwifery.” Julie received a teaching award in 2012 from ACNM. She has degrees from Brown and Yale Universities.


When not taking care of women and babies, Julie enjoys bird watching and hanging out with her two grown sons and husband of many years.

Pam Brechbiel | Finance Director

Pam has worked and supported LWC since 2006. Pam’s day-to-day responsibilities are financial, but her entire career has been focused on assisting the healthcare world. Her duties at LWC include the oversight of financial operations including client-related insurance billing, employee payroll and benefits, as well as financial statements.


Previously, Pam worked at Main Line Health as Customer Service Manager, Deaconess Hospital, and Reid Hospital & Health Care Services. Pam has a BS from Indiana State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, antiquing, and motorcycle riding.

Chakia Brown | Office Manager

LWC Birthday: 2014

LWC Overview: Chakia coordinates LWC office functions, client navigation, and clinical support.

Moment of Pride: Supporting clients and staff at LWC.

Fun Fact: Chakia assists the younger women in our community as a volunteer for The Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA. She also donates time to the Red Cross, all while maintaining her commitment to her true passions – being a Mom and cooking.

Elena Comber, RN, BSN, IBCLC | Nurse Manager

As Nurse Manager, Elena oversees our nurses team, empowering them to provide the most comprehensive care to all LWC families. She supports the Clinical Director in development of clinical procedures and policies and coordinates neonatal simulation drills for clinical staff.


Elena has been a leader at TBC/LWC since she first joined our team over a decade ago in 2005. She began as a Clinical Assistant, and her trajectory at The Birth Center has been defined by remarkable growth. In addition to achieving her RN & BSN degree from Eastern University, in order to expand her ability to help more families, Elena pursued comprehensive training and experience in lactation support, and in 2015 was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).


In May 2017 she continues in her amazing service to LWC and has accepted the role of Nurse Manager.


Elena is also a mother of three, all born at The Birth Center!


Selena Shuman | Operations Manager

Selena joined LWC in 2008, at first in a part-time capacity, and then joined the team full-time in 2012. As Operations Manager, her responsibilities include finance, human resources facility management, and other miscellaneous operations.


Previously, she worked for IONX from 2007 until joining LWC full-time in 2012 and was self-employed as business consultant from 1995 to 2003.


Selena has a BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.


She is also something of a needle arts aficionado and enjoys reading, when she’s not busy parenting her two children.

Photo credit for staff pictures: David Harwi. 

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