About Us

 

Abigail Butler CNM, Women's Health NP-BC

 

Master of Science, Nursing: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Bachelor of Science, Nursing: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Bachelor of Arts, History: Wheaton College, Norton MA

 

NCC Certification: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

AMCB: Certified Nurse Midwife

 

Guiding principles:

 

Gail views health as a matter of mind-body-spirit balance, a belief based on the knowledge that the human body is not just a series of independent organ systems; health and wellness have their foundation in the healthful function and interaction of the physical body system with that of the soul and the spirit. Whereas conventional medicine focuses on "fixing" the part of the physical body that is "broken," Gail believes in treatment for the whole being through conventional methods in combination with complementary alternatives to optimize holistic wellness.

Background:

 

Gail became interested in Women's Health while pursuing her first degree in History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, a school with a long history of commitment to Women's Studies and scholarship. She became a nurse in 2004 and earned her certifications as a Nurse Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 2010. Gail worked as a staff nurse in a variety of hospital settings including labor and delivery and critical care before moving on to practice as a nurse midwife with Steward Medical Group and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, with delivery privileges at the world-renowned Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

 

Through her experience in these settings, Gail has learned that women's health care frequently suffers from a “one-size-fits-all” illness-oriented mentality. Her goal is to offer a fully holistic approach to care which honors and respects the unique and individual needs of each woman and empowers her to take charge of her physical, mental, and spiritual wellness in a meaningful and lasting way.

 

When not providing healthcare to women, Gail is a volunteer for her local fire department.  In her free time, Gail finds peace in nature and spends much of her free time hiking, fishing,, and gardening. She also enjoys creative expression in the form of photography, painting, drawing, and writing. She lives with her husband and three children on a small farm where they raise dairy goats and chickens in the company of several rescued dogs and cats and one very large Saint Bernard.

 

Memberships:

 

  • Institute for Functional Medicine

  • Maine Nurse Practitioners Association

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives

  • North American Menopause Society

  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

 

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