First of all, thank you for visiting my website. Whatever got you here, I hope you find some of the information useful. Working towards empowering girls and women and helping improve the way they are viewed and treated is not just a goal for me - it is who I am. As I live and breathe, this is my work. I know I am just one person of many who are trying to spiral out positive change in this world. With your interest and attention, we meet as allies in this, if only for a moment and perhaps together we make the spiral bigger.
To quote Dr. Suess' book The Lorax, "And all that the Lorax left here in this mess was a small pile of rocks, with the one word...'UNLESS'....UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
As a physical therapist and APTA-certified clinical instructor, I worked in a Seattle hospital in the rehabilitation, acute care and chronic pain departments. After giving birth to my first child, I specialized in perinatal issues. I have a doctorate in physical therapy, am a childbirth educator, certified birth doula (PALS, DONA), land and water fitness instructor, presenter and author. My work in the perinatal realm is geared toward empowering mothers and families and promoting evidence-based, mother/baby-friendly maternity care. I am ever-inspired by and grateful to the phenomenal Penny Simkin, PT, who is both my friend and mentor in this field.
I am proud to be an instructor and past education committee member for Parent Trust/Great Starts Birth and Family Education. We at Parent Trust/Great Starts are committed to helping expectant parents prepare for a safe and satisfying birth experience and to supporting them in their roles as new parents. The instructors serve the community through unbiased education about pregnancy, birth, and parenting, where we offer information about options, and assist parents in making the choices that match their values and priorities. We believe that learning about birth empowers expectant parents and learning about newborn care and early parenting helps families get off to a great start. The book Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is a publication that is authored by Parent Trust/Great Starts instructors and much of its proceeds goes toward supporting this vital organization. I also teach out of hospital birth preparation classes through Penny Simkin's office.
I have two daughters, one born in the hospital under the care of nurse-midwives and an obstetrician and the other born at home under the care of a licensed midwife. I am a Girl Scout Leader of a large multi-aged troop of Brownies & Juniors (8-11 year olds) where we work on the Girl Scout mission of growing girls with courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We live in Seattle, Washington.