Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
BSN, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2015
MA, Tufts University, 2003
BA, Georgetown University, 2001
Lactation Specific Experience:
- Lactation Consultant (current) at Hirsch Pediatrics in Rockville, MD
- Lactation Consultant at Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Lactation Consultant at Inova Fairfax Hospital
- Health Educator (Breastfeeding Classes) for Inova Healthsource
- Clinical Internship at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Professional Speaking Engagements:
- "It's Time to Get Hormonal: Mapping a Blueprint for a Comprehensive Lactation Panel"- Lactation Consultant in Private Practice Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2017
- "Chasing the Butterfly: Understanding How the Thyroid Gland Impacts Breastfeeding" - Gold Lactation, International Conference, Online, 2017
Other relevant work experience:
- Senior clinical practicum in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital NICU
- Eighth grade English teacher at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA
- Instructor for college writing course at Tufts University
- Mother of two
Like many women, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a lactation consultant. I had assumed breastfeeding was natural and easy. Understandably, I was in for quite a shock after my first daughter was born in 2005. I experienced breastfeeding difficulty almost immediately and was amazed at how little support was available for something so important. I came very close to giving up, all because I couldn’t get the kind of support and expertise that I needed.
It was this experience as a breastfeeding mother that inspired me to become a lactation consultant. Quite simply, I want to provide breastfeeding mothers with the kind of support that they need and deserve.
In 2010, after a rigorous training program that included over 500 clinical hours at Inova Fairfax Hospital, I became a board-certified lactation consultant. In 2015, I became a registered nurse, graduating Summa Cum Laude from University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.