About Us

Dr. DeAnn Kutzner graduated with honors from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia in 1988.  She spent one year on the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology prior to co-founding this practice in 1989.  Dr. Kutzner is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Medical Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Kutzner and her husband have three children.

Dr. Heidi Grabemeyer-Layman graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2007.  She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology through the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in 2011.  Dr. Grabemeyer-Layman is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Medical Association, and on the board of trustees at Southwestern Medical College (SMC).  Dr. Grabemeyer-Layman and her husband have three children.

Dr. Rachael Proctor graduated with honors from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Spectrum Health Blodgett and St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids and joined our practice in 2002. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Proctor and her husband have five children.

Dr. Michele Ashton, MD graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 2001 and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2005. She joined South Shore Women’s Health Care in January 2019. Dr. Ashton is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a member of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Ashton and her husband, Tim, have three children: Oliver, Elliott and Annabelle.

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Sandra Fichtner, NP is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who joined our team in 1996. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nazareth College in 1989. She worked in critical care as an RN for 10 years. In 1996, she received her Nurse Practitioner Certification and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses. She and her husband have six children and several grandchildren.

Gina Kruck, RT (R) (M) graduated from Lake Michigan College with an Associates’ Degree in Applied Science in May 1987. She became registered in Radiography on October 15, 1987 and in Mammography on October 17, 1991. Gina has performed mammograms at Berrien General Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital and Memorials Breast Care Center, before joining South Shore Women’s Health Center. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. Gina enjoys getting together with family and family pets (“Blitz” the German Shepard and “Mr. Charming” the cat). In her spare time, she enjoys exercising at the. YMCA, walking, occasional bicycle rides and working around the house.

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Shirley Vargo, RDMS is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer who has been with South Shore Women’s Health Care since 1990. She began her career at Lakeland, learning ultrasound on the job, later attending Grand Rapids Junior College to become certified. She passed her ultrasound boards in OB-GYN in 1988. She performs diagnostic OB and GYN ultrasounds for SSWHC. Shirley especially enjoys sharing the joy of parents as they see their babies in the womb. She enjoys gardening, baking, coaching a Bible quiz team, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Leigh Ann Hauch, MA, LMT began her career at South Shore Women’s Health Care in 1992 as a Medical Assistant. She trained through La Roche Posay and became our skin care clinician in 2001. Leigh has also been trained to provide several of our physician supervised ancillary services including laser services for spider veins, brown spots/age spots, and skin tags, as well as Light Sheer Laser Hair Removal, and 3D ultrasound. Leigh Ann is also a licensed massage therapist. She studied at Blue Heron Academy in Grand Rapids, graduating with honors. Leigh Ann and her husband live in Coloma and have two daughters.

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