Centering Pregnancy Facilitators

Our facilitators are committed to helping you have the best pregnancy possible in an empowering and supportive community of Centering families.

Your facilitators will be with you throughout your pregnancy journey and are excited to support you as you grow your family. You'll have plenty of time to get to know each other in the coming months, but you can learn a little more in our short introductions below.

Facilitators A – G


Ruth Aungst, RN, has been a nurse for 20 years and a mom for even longer to a daughter and son who are both in their early 20s. Originally from Minnesota, Ruth moved to Asheville 8 years ago and loves MAHEC’s patient-centered values. She is grateful for the opportunity to support families in having healthy pregnancies and babies and a positive experience through Centering Pregnancy. She loves to go on weekend waterfall adventures and spend time with her family, including her fiancé and chiweenie Maggie, a Chihuahua Dachshund mix.


Debby Chen, MD, is excited to be facilitating Centering groups. As one of MAHEC Ob/Gyn's residents, she cherishes the opportunity to foster community between women and thinks this is one of the best ways to get to know her patients in a holistic manner. When she isn't with patients, she enjoys hiking and traveling and is always looking to experience something new.


Rongrong Fan, MD. The first thing you notice about the way Rongrong cares for her patients is her compassion. She views caring for women much like a marriage: “in sickness and in health.” Her primary goal is to provide education.  She truly enjoys breaking down barriers that prevent patients from feeling like a human being. Her two favorite movies are the Sound of Music and Princess Bride, and she loves reading fiction about girls who grow up to save the world.


Aimee Feste, CNM, has been a nurse-midwife for 15 years now, and she still gets inspired and moved by women and families becoming mothers and parents. Amy has a lot of fun in her Centering groups and believes they are wonderful ways to connect women with each other and their inner mother strength as they move through the normal and transformative experiences of pregnancy and birth. Aimee has worked in a variety of settings including supporting births in a variety of settings and has also taught nursing at AB-Tech. Originally from Hendersonville, her favorite things are her two elementary age kids, family, sunshine, eating yummy food, reading a good book, and being outside with dear friends.


Erin Gonzalez, WHNP-BC, APRN, MSN, is originally from northeast Tennessee and moved to Asheville last year after spending nine years living in Boston. She knew early during her nursing schooling that she only wanted to work in ob/gyn and has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for four years. She is excited to be involved in Centering because she loves the relationships and community it creates. She enjoys that Centering approaches pregnancy as a normal and healthy event in women’s lives and allows for group-led discussions. Outside of work, Erin enjoys hiking, spending time with her dog Cooper, exploring Asheville with friends and family, trying out new restaurants, and spending hours making things from her excessive collection of craft supplies.


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