My Credentials

Education and Training

  • Birth Doula Trainer – DONA International, 2016
  • Childbirth Educator Training – Seattle Midwifery School, 2008, Great Starts Certification 2008
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage – Kate Jordan Seminars, 2004, certification 2004
  • Birth Doula Training – Seattle Midwifery School, 2002, PALS Doulas certification 2006, DONA certification 2013
  • Integrative Practices Program – Leadership Institute of Seattle, 1999
  • Massage Practitioner Training – Brenneke School of Massage, 1997, licensed 1997
  • MA, Guidance and Counseling – Bowling Green State University, 1993, registered counselor WA State 1995
  • BA English & 2ndary Education – Fitchburg State University, 1991, teacher certification 1991

Work Experience

  • 2017 – Birth Doula Skills Workshop Instructor, Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations
  • 2010 to present – Childbirth Educator, Great Starts/Parent Trust for Washington Families, Seattle, WA
  • 2010 to present – Instructor of Pregnancy Massage and Cadaver Anatomy, Discovery Point School of Massage, Seattle, WA
  • 2009 to present – Guest Instructor, Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions, Kenmore, WA
  • 2011 to 2013 – Childbirth Educator Trainer, Great Starts/Parent Trust for Washington Families, Seattle, WA
  • 2009 to 2012 – Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center, Seattle, WA
  • 2003 to present – Private Practice Birth Doula, Seattle, WA & Sonoma County, CA
  • 2002 to present – Instructor of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA
  • 1998-2008 – Instructor of Prenatal Massage, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology, Professional Boundaries and Ethics and Massage, Brenneke School of Massage, Seattle, WA
  • 1997 to present – Private Practice Licensed Massage Practitioner, Seattle, WA & Sonoma County, CA

Volunteer Experience

  • DONA SPAR WA State – DONA International
  • Birth Doula Certification Reviewer – DONA International
  • Creator and Producer – The Mama-logues: a comedy about motherhood, (CAUTION – mature themes and strong language but really fun!)
  • Roots of Empathy Model Family (with my son Eben) – Lafayette Elementary School
  • Group Facilitator – PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) Seattle
  • Postpartum Support International – Warm line volunteer
  • Mom-to-Mom – Mom support volunteer, Jewish Family Services
  • Patient Educator/Advocate – Center for Choice
  • Patient Advocate – Aradia Women’s Health
  • AIDS Hotline volunteer – NW Aids Foundation

Presentations

  • Building a Better Birth Plan: Helping Clients Clarify Values in Childbirth
  • Doubter, Believers, and Choices…Oh My! Teaching Medical Decision Making, Lamaze 2012
  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Touch Techniques for Birth Professionals
  • Human Cadaver Lab for the Curious
  • Ethics and Boundaries for Touch Professionals
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Awareness Wheel as a Tool for Self-Discovery