Meet our new baby! Alma’s ultrasound machine.

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Alma Midwifery is now able to offer in-house ultrasound services at our Ankeny site. With the addition of Shantell and Dennis Dejesus to our Alma family (please see below), and also the purchase of a brand new Doppler ultrasound unit, we can now offer ultrasounds at Alma. Our ultrasound “menu” will give clients many choices and as always, in the absence of any complications, it is still perfectly fine to have an “ultrasound-free pregnancy”. Here is a partial list of ultrasounds available to Alma Clients:

First trimester ultrasound including nuchal translucency, number of babies, size & dates

Mid-pregnancy anatomy scans

Follow-up scans as needed

Biophysical profile (a check-in recommended for babies cooking longer than 41 weeks and 3 days).

At this point we will be doing ultrasounds on Fridays, but will expand to other days as needed.

Dennis DeJesus MD

Dr. Dejesus earned his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, Mass. After completing a year in a general surgery internship, he completed his diagnostic radiology residency at SUNY Buffalo and completed a fellowship program in interventional radiology at University of Miami and University of Florida Gainesville. Dr. DeJesus is double board certified in Diagnostic and Interventional radiology and has been in practice since 1993.

Dr. DeJesus is known for taking a special interest in his patients, spending extra time to make his patients feel comfortable, listening to their needs, explaining procedures and results thoroughly, which in turn ensures that the best care possible is provided.

Dr. DeJesus is a proud sponsor of Doctors without Borders and OX-FAM, both are pro-patient organizations providing healthcare to poverty stricken areas in the world. He is also a member of the following organizations:

* American College of Radiology / American Board of Radiology

* Society of Interventional Radiologists

* Radiologic Society of North America

* American Institute Ultrasound in Medicine

Dr. DeJesus is an avid cyclist and frequently does century rides. If he’s not out riding his bike, then he’s usually found at home with his wife and 4 children (21, 16, 4, and 1). Dr. DeJesus and his wife had a home birth made possible by two midwives in Oklahoma in 2009 and found it incredible. He is very supportive of midwives and the precious work that you do, but also understands the struggles of working in today’s medical climate. He is excited to join Alma and work together with providers to provide an excellent experience and outcome for your patients.

Shantell DeJesus BS RVT RDMS

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and to thank you for trusting me with your patients care. I am an Oregonian through and through. I grew up in the suburbs of Portland. I went to Tigard High school and then on to the University of Oregon where I received my bachelors of science in Psychology. I graduated from high school, and subsequently college very young and went on to sonography school in southern California. I was fortunate to have excellent training at UCLA and Huntington Memorial Hospital for diagnostic medical sonography.

I have been a sonographer since 2003, and am registered by the ultrasound governing board ARDMS in OB/GYN and Vascular ultrasound. I am boarded by the state of Oregon to practice sonography as well. In recent years, I have been in a changing role from staff sonographer to teacher/mentor. I have taught sonography to both new and seasoned individuals, developed protocols and achieved accreditation standards for major medical centers.

So, enough of that…Bottom line, I really enjoy sonography and love working with your very special pregnant population. I am usually described as approachable, but shy, and meticulous. My husband and I had the pleasure of having our now four year old at home with two excellent midwives. The experience was unforgettable. They were the most patient, calm women I’ve ever met. Now that I have worked in medicine and have been a patient on both sides of this (both hospital and home birth) I bring a special, empathetic compassion to your patients that they wouldn’t receive elsewhere.

Thank you again,

Shantell DeJesus BD RVT RDMS