How I got here...

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I started my journey in the healthcare field in 2010 when I began training as a Massage Therapist in NYC. Since then I have become a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and since moving to LA in 2017, I have turned my focus more specifically to equity for marginalized people in health and wellness. I am now a DONA International Certified Doula, California Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor, trained in the use of Essential Oils for Birth and Postpartum, and most recently became a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit.

 

I am now:

  • President of the Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC)
  • California Ambassador for DONA International
  • Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit
  • Reiki Master
  • Certified Meditation Instructor
  • Essential Oils for the Birth Kit Certified
  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • New York State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  • California Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)
  • 500RYT Certified Yoga Teacher
  • NextStep National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification
  • Member - DONA International

I have completed trainings for/with:

  • DONA International (Birth and Postpartum)
  • ICEA (Childbirth Education)
  • Trauma Informed Care (Lumos Transforms with Nkem Ndefo)
  • Hypnobirthing (Alisha Tamburri)
  • Rebozo (trained by traditional Mexican midwife Naoli Vinaver)
  • Spinning Babies (Nicole Morales)
  • 500 HR Yoga Instructor (My Vinyasa Practice)
  • Reiki I, II, III (Mitra Sessions)
  • Psychological First Aid (NCTSN)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Advocate (PAIL Advocate)
  • Grandma's Hands Pregnancy & Postpartum Herbs & Nutrition in the Southern Tradition
  • Essential Oils for Birth
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I am currently working on completing:

  • Peristeam Hydrotherapist Certification
  • PAIL Advocate for Full Spectrum work 
  • StillBirthday Certification
  • Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings (BADT) Childbirth Education Certification
  • DTI Slow Doula Method
  • Yoga Therapy Training
  • Rocket Yoga Teacher Training
  • Birth Becomes Her Birth Photography Certification
  • Coaching & Training Women Academy’s Pre and Postnatal Coaching Certification
  • Coaching & Training Women Academy’s GGS-1 Certification

I am very excited to continue in this field, as I am fiercely passionate about improving the healthcare equity for women and femmes - specifically Black, trans, and nonbinary folks.

My entire life I have been surrounded by children and families — I was born and raised in Colorado in a blended family (the youngest of seven) so my experience navigating family dynamics and caring for children started from a young age. At this point I have fifteen nieces and nephews, four great nieces and nephews, two children of my heart, and an ever growing circle of adopted nieces and nephews!

 

I have spent many years of my life working with children and families - babysitting when I was younger, and working as a nanny for children of all ages during college and grad schoool. I even worked as a Resident Assistant while in college and Grad school! I have spent much of my life holding space for and supporting people as they learn, grow, and transition into new periods of their lives.

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I completed my undergraduate studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa studying Theatre, Music, and Dance — then spring-boarded out of the midwest to NYC where I earned my Master’s Degree in Acting. I spent many a year then as a nanny after grad school.  About five years ago I started coming to LA regularly to work in a children's theatre company, spending the summer of 2014 as the Music Director. I served as a founding officer and board member when we turned it into a nonprofit in 2015.

I have worked in customer care and service for over twenty years. From food service to high end catering, from theatre to personal training, teaching and advising to major production coordination, etc and I have found that there is a commonality among them all — I am a people person. Throughout these many careers some consistent feedback I hear from clients and customers is that I am able to provide a fun and engaging environment, and also provide a calm presence during tribulation.

When not working, I am an artist through and through! From two advanced degrees in talking and playing pretend, to learning to make jewelry, pottery, and websites ... I spend most of my free time creating things!

My superpower is the energy I bring into a room. This feedback remains constant whether I'm waiting tables or attending a birth. I love to laugh and be goofy, and I am cool and calm under pressure. Humans and pets alike seem to flock to my side! I have over twenty years experience working with people in challenging situations, and I know I can assist you and your family as you navigate your reproductive and perinatal transitions.

I am excited and eager to support you as you navigate your life transitions!