I received my MPH in Maternal and Child Health in 2007 and graduated from the Mary Rose Tully Training Intensive (MRTTI) in lactation in May 2022, both at UNC Chapel Hill. I am a mother of two and have been working in maternal and child health for the majority of my career.
For the past 15 years, I have worked with women and children worldwide in a variety of public health settings. Most recently, for ten years I had the privilege to implement and manage public health programming focused on the most disinvested communities in Alameda County, CA. There, I witnessed firsthand a complex array of social, economic, political, and cultural factors that influence families and their communities.
My experiences have encouraged me to hold onto the unwavering belief that when children and parents are provided appropriate support, they can and will succeed. This conviction has continuously driven me to explore the crucial early months of a child's life, where the bonds between parents, baby, and family are formed.
My journey has led me to specialize in lactation, and I honed my skills by completing MRTTI, where I worked with infants (and parents) in their first few weeks of life in a variety of different healthcare settings. Moreover, I gained additional expertise in working with older babies and addressing complex suck patterns and ineffective nursing during my one-year fellowship with Ellen Chetwynd at Teaching Babies to Nurse. I currently serve as a practitioner in Mother's Milk | Baby's Body appointments and provide lactation consultations at the Chapel Hill clinic.
As a mother of two myself, I understand the joys and challenges of parenthood, and I am committed to helping families tap into their power, find support, and increase their knowledge to create a successful breastfeeding/chestfeeding journey. I am passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of babies and their families, and I continue to advocate for their well-being through my work.
If you're seeking guidance and assistance with lactation, I am here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can create a nurturing and fulfilling experience for both you and your baby. Let's embark on this beautiful journey together.