Our Team

Paid and volunteer members that serve our community with excellence

Dr. Joddi-Jay Babcock, DSL

Executive Director

Melissa Holmes

Executive Assistant/

Client Services Coordinator

Angie Force-Tulee


Tracey Baxter

Think Twice Healthy Relationships Director

Dr. Ted Palmatier, MD

Medical Director

Renee Schut, LPN

Nurse Manager

Kim Coleman, RDMS

OB Sonographer

Dr. Craig Whittlesey, MD

Ultrasound Director

Elizabeth Keke


Our History


Since 1985 Life Choices has provided free supportive services to women facing unplanned pregnancies. In 2008 Life Choices became a life-affirming pregnancy medical center operating under the license of a Washington State physician, offering medical quality pregnancy testing, early ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy, and information on pregnancy options. In an effort to address problems associated with pregnancy decisions, they established a family support program to provide mentoring, incentive-based pregnancy and parenting classes, and The Baby Boutique. Increasing our services to focus on sexual health, Life Choices started providing testing and treatment in 2013 for the most commonly occurring sexual transmitted infections in the Yakima Valley. Additionally, the Think Twice Healthy Relationships program has sought to reduce teen pregnancy since 2015 by educating students to make smart choices aimed at a better future. Our Think Twice program reaches nearly 1,000 students annually. Life Choices serves approximately 1,000 families in center each year, serving over 35,000 families to date.


We believe...

~that there is a purpose and plan for every child that is conceived.

~in the sacredness of life from conception to natural death; human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage of condition.

~that we are called to defend, protect, and value ALL human life.

~that abortion hurts women, men, and society.

~that no woman should feel pressure to abort her pre-born child.

~that women deserve a safe pregnancy medical clinic that will not profit from the reproductive choices they make.

~that waiting until marriage to have sexual intimacy and remaining sexually faithful after marriage builds strong families and communities.

~students are valuable and worth being educated about the healthiest sexual choices and given the tools for success.




Life Choices is pleased to be affiliated with CareNetHeartbeat International, Abortion Pill Reversal, and NIFLA.

Board of Directors

Charlie Ballard, Board Member

Autumn Bernier, Board Co-Chair

Rinda Darden, Board Secretary

Dr. Bill Kroner, DC, Board Member

Mike Saunders, Board Treasurer

Molly Taylor, Board Co-Chair

Helps Team

Glenda Abercrombie, ARNP,  Toni Ballard,  Theresa Blankenship, Sherry Dawson, RN, Mario Estrada, Kristen Kellett, Dr. Rev. Jeannie Lowell, Kourtney Shea, RN, Joyce Savage, Doug Smith, Janene Westbay.

Think Twice Healthy Relationships Team

Tracey Baxter, Kala Johnston, Marina Paredes, Jordan Sargent, Yazmin Zepeda. 

Medical Advisory Team

David Barlow, RN/CC, Dr. Ross Bethel, Dr. Rachelle Sanjuan Chavez, Dr. Carlin Miller, Dr. Linda Seaman, Dr. Victor Sharpe, Dr. Anita Showalter, Shereen Stocker, ARNP.

(C) 2020, Friends of Life Choices of Yakima (LCY)