WE are in the process of updating this section, But for now YOU CAN GET A SENSE OF who presents FROM THE Bios below (they're not a 100% confirmed group).
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE fall conference, ON October 27, 2018.
WE have some of the same presenters from last year back, and some amazing new people, too.
* IF YOU ARE A PRACTITIONER, AND WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO PRESENT AT an upcoming CONFERENCE, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL, AND I WILL GET YOU AN APPLICATION.
On October 27, you'll be in great hands with this stunning line up of local birth professionals leading our workshop and presentations for the day.
Emma Rohmann is a mom, Environmental Engineer and Environmental Health Expert. Through consultations and workshops, she helps families create healthier homes by reducing exposure to toxics that impact our health. With her scientific and practical approach, Emma delivers information free from judgment and shame. She was selected as the environmental health guest lecturer for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Fertility and Reproduction course based on her expertise. Since 2015, Emma has been recruited to be a David Suzuki Foundation Queen of Green Coach, Think Dirty Clean Beauty Champion, and CertClean Clean Beauty Awards judge. She is also a contributor with EcoParent Magazine and Green Moms Collective.
Jae Steele is an Infant-Parent Specialist and the founder of 4 Trimesters. She earned a Midwifery degree from Ryerson University, and also hold a graduate certificate in Infant and Early Child Mental Health, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, award-winning cookbook author, and babywearing educator. She is committed to evidence-based health practices and informed choice – sensitively supporting clients in making the decisions they feel are best for their families. Her support is holistic and feminist. She has a particular interest in making parenting more manageable for those with perinatal mood disorders and in less conventional family structures. Jae is of Scottish/western European descent, and mama to a delightful and willful toddler, Juniper.
Janet Walker is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Restorative Exercise Specialist. She combines hands-on treatment with self-care education to help you feel and function better.
A graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy, Janet has over 20 years of clinical experience. As part of her studies, she researched the effects of prenatal treatment on birthing outcomes.
Janet now supports clients from pre-conception to birth and beyond. She offers breastfeeding support and treats infants and children of all ages.
Corina Tudor is a doula, yoga teacher, childbirth educator, and former archaeologist. Her diverse background, including sexual diversity studies and medical anthropology, paved the path for her perinatal and movement practice. Her work is grounded in both research and intuition, offering a holistic approach to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and beyond. When she's not working, Corina enjoys baking and petting cats.
Janette Yee is an Athletic Therapist and Massage Therapist with over a decade of focus in pregnancy care and postpartum rehabilitation. Specialized programming has been crafted over the years, which includes manual treatment techniques, gentle exercise programming, and education on self-care before and after giving birth. Her mission is to bridge the healthcare gap between the day of delivery and the return to daily activity/exercise/ sport. Janette fills her days by being a proud parent to Yasmine and Baby Isaiah.
Jennifer Lee is a babywearing expert and the founder of Up With Mama Babywearing Services. She trained with the Canadian Babywearing School, and has been supporting families for over four years. When not working full-time in water research, or providing babywearing consultations, Jennifer is passionate about making babywearing accessible. She serves as a board member and volunteer teacher with the non-profit Carry Me Close Babywearers. After having three children, babywearing is still her #1 parenting tool because of the joy, security and confidence it provides caregivers and children. Jennifer is honoured to be accompanying families on their babywearing journey.
Dima Alsakka is a registered Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with babies and young children. She has over five years of experience of providing consultative Occupational Therapy services in clients’ homes and schools. Her work is based in various areas of childhood development including motor development, sensory regulation, attachment theory, and cognitive developmental theory. Dima has helped many young children develop age-appropriate skills and reach developmental milestones. She has experience in working with children with motor delays, feeding issues, developmental disabilities, and other delays
or disorders. She is passionate about working with caregivers to help them feel confident and empowered in their parenting journey.
Emily Claire Blackmoon is a registered social worker who has been providing wholistic mental health support for over 10 years. She is of French-Canadian, British and Algonquin-Anishnaabe decent. Combining Gestalt, Indigenous epistemologies, anti-oppressive and feminist perspectives, Emily seeks to create a therapeutic experience that is cathartic, creative, supportive and critical of the impact of colonization and patriarchy. Emily has worked extensively in the Toronto Indigenous community as an individual counselor and case manager for adults and youth, as well as a group facilitator. She has a private practice in the Annex, and is also a member of The Healing Collective on the Danforth.
Olivia Scobie is a therapist, doula, and founder of Postpartum Support Toronto. After beating PPD/A twice, she became a staunch advocate for reducing perinatal mood disorder stigma and breaking down barriers to support. Her specialties include postpartum resilience, birth trauma, queer parenting, and incarcerated mothering.
Ruth Ruttan is a doula, infant sleep and breastfeeding educator, and the Education Coordinator at Retrofit Pilates, a master instructor for Balanced Body Inc., and a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. Education is at the centre of her approach, believing that knowledge is power and that informing our minds and bodies will help build an extraordinary life experience. Both as a doula and a pilates specialist, Ruth has enjoyed watching many bodies change, stay functional and become powerful humans. Ruth is passionate about creating support, balance and informing parental intuition on the pregnancy to parenthood journey.
Rhondda Smiley is a birth and postpartum doula fostering connection within growing families. She provides parents with judgement-free support so they can confidently make choices that are right for their family through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Rhondda teaches yoga and meditation across Toronto, providing a safe, enjoyable and grounding practice. A breastfeeding educator published on the esteemed Kellymom.com and former La Leche League Leader, Rhondda has been guiding families internationally in achieving their breastfeeding goals for over a decade. Her work is rooted in the conviction that every parent deserves to feel nourished in body, mind and heart.
Sam Montpetit-Huynh is a mother of two, and the co-founder of Bellies Inc. During both pregnancies, she experienced first hand, the changes in her body and how it directly affected her physical fitness and overall well being. Through extensive research, education and personal knowledge she came to embrace her new self and appreciate the joys and challenges that came with motherhood.
Tynan Rhea is a settler with German and Czechoslovakian ancestry. Tynan has a private practice online and in Toronto as a counselor, aromatherapist, and doula specializing in sex, intimacy, and relationships throughout the reproductive years and founder of PostpartumSex.com. Tynan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, & Family. They received their doula training from the Revolutionary Doula Training program and their aromatherapy training with Anarres Apothecary Apprenticeship program. Tynan approaches their practice from sex-positive, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and feminist frameworks.
Vania Sukola is a registered Psychotherapist in private practice. For over 15 years, she has been providing support to women who have experienced trauma. Vania has worked as a Violence against Women Counsellor as well as a counsellor at an abortion and reproductive health clinic. In 2015, Vania started a private practice focusing primarily on perinatal and postpartum mental health. She works from a trauma-informed anti-oppression framework and in a holistic way. She is a Feminist Narrative Therapist, and believes you are the expert in your life. Vania is honoured to support other parents. She is also a mother to 2 young children and loves chocolate. There is always room for chocolate.