Janis decided to go back to university for her midwifery degree after experiencing midwifery as a client through the birth of her own children. She was impressed by, and continues to be committed to, the tenet of informed choice and client-centred care.

Janis holds degrees from both McGill and McMaster Universities. Prior to midwifery, she was a teacher and childbirth educator. Janis is an NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) instructor, Connecting Pregnancy facilitator and preceptor coordinator. She also sat on the board at SHORE (Sexual Health, Options, Resources and Education). She has practiced as a midwife in Waterloo Region since 2011.