The doors to Canyon Family Health opened in 2014 and we are thriving in the Santiam community. Owned and operated by Maria Fife, Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Family Nurse Practitioner, we are one of few independent practices in the Willamette Valley.


Whether you are coming in for a routine checkup or an urgent care matter, Canyon Family Health is dedicated to providing competent health care that is tailored to your personal health goals.

Meet The Team


Hope Forsythe

NCCT Certified Medical Assistant

I became a medical assistant to start climbing the health care career ladder, one day I would like to become a registered nurse.


My hobbies include RC cars, shopping, eating and being out in nature, especially the beach.


Maria Fife



I joined the Army Reserves and became a medic in 2006 when I was uncertain of my career path. I fell in love with caring for others and continued to pursue a path in nursing and medicine.


I have often felt that healthcare can  be too entrenched in bureaucracy and overhead, so opening Canyon Family Health has allowed me the freedom to practice in my own style and customize my care to each patient.


Crystal Prenevost 

NCCT Certified Medical Assistant:

I became a medical assistant to serve our community and help patients.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking and attending sporting events.

Maria's Background

During her free time, Maria loves spending time on her dirt bike with her husband and daughter. Other interests include gardening and working on projects around her home.

“May our crashes be few and gentle.

May our adventures be many.”


Undergraduate Education:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude
from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas



Graduate Education:

Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.


Doctor of Nursing Practice
from Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon


Board Certification:

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners​

American Nurses Credentialing Center