I grew up in a household that always put health as a high priority. My mother being a dietitian, she always believed preventative health was the key to a happy home. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I always knew that healthcare was my passion but wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. I always believed in the importance of wholistic, preventative health. When I was pregnant with my son, then after he was born, I felt empowered by what my body was capable of achieving. As I spoke with other parents, I found that their experiences weren’t as triumphant. They felt discouraged, critiqued, and confused by breastfeeding/infant feeding experiences and information given. I felt like families deserved better. I decided to become an IBCLC to empower parents to have the best infant feeding experience of their choice though evidence-based practice and information.
Being a mom myself, I have over 3 years of personal breastfeeding experience. In addition, I did the initial portion of my breastfeeding education in New York City, serving communities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Through my experience, I became passionate about helping all families such as those that identify as LGBTQIA. I moved to Kansas City in the middle of COVID-19. I continued my education and gained knowledge of the breastfeeding/infant feeding journey from newborn babies, to pumping and returning to work, all the way to breastfeeding toddlers and weaning. I feel so blessed to be a part of the first important moments of a child’s life, helping parents realize and achieve their goals.