388 Main St. East, Milton, ON L9T 1P8

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1159 King Rd, Burlington, Ontario L7R 3X5

A place of origin, growth, and development

Our team

Experience and enjoy the personal care of one to one consultations, group drop ins and gatherings, workshops, classes and more through your life transitions - from trying to conceive, through pregnancy and birth, across the spectrum of postpartum care and parenthood, for your babies and children, and through life beyond baby.

CHIROPRACTORS

DR. DIANE MEYER, BSc, DC, FICPA, DACCP

Passionate for babies and belly bumps, Dr. Diane Meyer is a sought after expert in Chiropractic care amongst Mothers to be and their babies. Mom to four fabulous and holistically raised children, Dr. Diane lives the Chiropractic principle that health comes from the inside out.

Since 1994 Dr. Meyer has held a Fellow of the International Paediatric Association. In 2006 she completed a 3 year Diplomat specialty with the American Council of Chiropractic Paediatrics.

A popular speaker amongst community groups and at established institutes such as the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and McMaster’s Midwifery program, Dr. Meyer continuously strives to educate others about the Chiropractic life as well as enhance her skills and education as a leader assisting families with their pre and post natal experience.
 

Dr. Meyer currently uses a variety of techniques, including:

  • Thompson Terminal Point
  • Activator
  • Kale Upper Cervical
  • Bio-Geometric Integration
  • Torque Release Technique
  • Cranio Sacral Technique
  • CATS Cranial Technique
  • Diversified
  • Toggle
  • SOT

DR. MINAL GANDHI-SANDHU, BSc, DC

Dr. Minal Gandhi’s inspiration to become a Chiropractor began while she was a young high school student. She began having headaches in her teens and tried a variety of treatments, with no relief. She had an interest in health sciences, and on a whim decided to give Chiropractic a try. Not only did she find relief, she also found her calling.
Her passion has grown from delivering full family care to prenatal, postpartum and pediatrics. Dr. Minal has been in private practice since 2006. She is committed to continuing education and to giving her patients the most up-to-date care.
 

A recent mother herself, Dr. Minal is intimately aware of the issues surrounding pregnancy, birth and recovery. Dr. Minal is thrilled to be a part of The Womb and serving it’s wonderful clients with gentle and loving hands.

COUNSELLORS & COACHES

JENNIFER LYNNE WALKER, MSW, RSW

Jennifer Lynne Walker has an honours undergraduate degree in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. With close to twenty years in a professional helping role, her past roles include Camp Director, International Volunteer Coordinator, Case Manager, Child and Youth Advocate, and Social Worker. She has 15 years of experience in Child Welfare and has lived and worked in both Africa and Asia, which allows to her to offer culturally-sensitive care.

"It is my privilege to walk alongside children and families, individuals and youth during both the struggles and celebrations that define us. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend – just like you – and I am also an experienced social worker and therapist. I’ve struggled through loss, I’ve struggled through parenting, I’ve struggled to find balance and I enjoy working toward wellness, hope and change."
 

Extending empathic support and encouragement is my goal for each interaction.

NELIA DEAMARAL, CLD, HBsc, YNC.

Nelia DeAmaral, has a Degreee in Psychology and is a member of the Member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists & Psychotherapists). She is also a certified Yoga/Mindfulness teacher. She has specialized training in solution-focused counseling, depression, anxiety, birth trauma healing, and perinatal bereavement.

Nelia has been coaching women during life changes & challenges for over 20 years. Her unique approach helps you approach life challenges with greater clarity, confidence & compassion. Integrate body, mind and spirit through various tools ranging from mindfulness practices, mind-body awareness, and concrete solution-focused coaching.

Nelia is also an advanced Birthing from Within Mentor, Certified Doula with CAPPA Canada and a published author (Bearing Witness, Joyful Birth, Lamaze: Giving Birth With Confidence& Sage Magazine).
 

She is also a trainer offering professional development locally & internationally on utilizing mindfulness-based strategies to help facilitate change. Book a session with Nelia!

Michelle Brans, MACP RP 

Registered Psychotherapist.

I am so happy you landed here. 

Emerging Motherhood is one of the most transformational life transitions a woman will ever experience. If you are a new to Motherhood you may find yourself journeying through dark and unknown places.  But Michelle's own experiences journeying Motherhood, and her practice supporting women and families, has revealed that it is within these places where you can find, or return, to your Self.

As a Holistic-Integrative Registered Psychotherapist, Michelle helps to guide women through the anxiety, depression, stress, overwhelm, grief, and chaos of early motherhood. She works with you to bring gentle and mindful-awareness and compassion to the thoughts and emotions that are keeping you stuck and unable to move along your Motherhood and Family’s Journey; you can then begin to find new ways to connect your emotions, your Self, and others.  She then works with you to connect you to your own inner- wisdom, build your resilience, and access supports (finding your village) to help you build a healthy mindset and lifestyle for both you and your family. 

Michelle offers individual therapy, parenting consultations, couples therapy, and therapeutic groups.  As a Registered Psychotherapist, her supports may be covered under your extended health benefits, and offers a sliding scale for families who can demonstrate financial need.

SARAH PATTERSON, MSW, RSW

Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Life offers many opportunities for growth and change, many of which come through our personal challenges.  As a therapist and Social Worker, Sarah provides support, care and guidance to clients to find greater meaning and joy in their lives.  Sarah provides counselling and psychotherapy to treat mental health concerns, relationship stress, parenting challenges and separation/divorce. She has a special interest in families with young children and women experiencing mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum. 

It was her experience of becoming a parent that lead her to specialize in supporting new parents in their adjustment to parenthood.  The joys and unique challenges of early parenthood is one of the most significant life changes we can experience. She is passionate about helping parents thrive as they raise their children.

DOULAS

DEB BRINTNELL, CD(DONA)

Deb is a Certified Childbirth Doula and is a member of DoulaCARE. Deb has always had a passion for children and pregnant women, especially after experiencing four high risk pregnancies herself.

Because Deb has experienced vaginal birth, caesarean birth and VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), as well as medicated and unmedicated births, she feels her personal experiences have allowed her to be a much more empathetic and well rounded doula.

Deb lives in Oakville with her husband and their 4 dynamic children.

LORRI FLEMING, Director, Owner, CD(DONA), CPD

Lorri is cofounder of THE WOMB: The World Of My Baby Inc.™ as well as a Certified Birth Doula (DONA), a Certified Postpartum Doula (CAPPA), Lactation Educator and Pre/Postnatal Yoga Instructor. She has been providing exceptional birth and postnatal support to 100's of families in Halton and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

Opening the WOMB-World Of My Baby™ has been a dream of Lorri's since she gave birth and realized that there needed to be centres that not only provided a "one stop shop" for everything prenatal-parenting but also a place where ALL moms and their families could be LOVED and cared for the way they deserve throughout their own unique journey.

Lorri is an active voice in our community, representing Doulas and supporting Halton families on the Halton Baby Friendly Initiative and Halton Prenatal Network. Lorri has  volunteered for the Halton Breastfeeding Connection and Halton/Peel Representative for Ontario Association of Doulas.

 As well as being dedicated to family (hers and her clients'), Lorri is also passionate about her yoga practice. She and Scott have been happily married for over 23 years and they are very proud of their children Cole and Kyra ages 21 and 18. 

KAREN MCWILLIAM

HypnoBirthing(R) Practitioner, Birthing from Within(R) Mentor, Birth and Postnatal Doula

Karen's entire body of work is focused on prenatal and postpartum care. Karen received her Birth Doula certification from DONA International in 2005 and has witnessed the transformative power of birth through her attendance at over 300 home, hospital and birth centre births. Karen is also a Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, certified HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) Practitioner, a Birthing from Within Mentor, Lactation Educator and mother of two amazing children. Karen continues to expand her knowledge base by attending birth & yoga-related workshops, trainings and courses. Karen acknowledges and is grateful for each birth she has attended, each family she has supported and each baby she has held. For it is in the moments of being present in the birthing of mothers, fathers, and families that she understands how much wisdom exists in the world.

TAMMY MANZO, CLD

Tammy is a Certified Labour Doula, and Postpartum Doula with training through INFACT Canada for lactation support. She LOVES doula-ing and is inspired to make a difference in the "birth" community.

Tammy has supported many families in the Halton Region, Peel Region and Toronto through the prenatal, labour, delivery and immediate post partum periods.

Tammy loves spending time with her busy family, cottage life and scrap booking. Tammy is a mother of three and has an amazing, supportive husband Louie.

SAMANTHA LEESON, CD(LSAR/SOLS) LS (LLLC)

Sam is a certified doula, postpartum doula, lactation specialist and childbirth educator. She has worked in this capacity since 1998 and LOVES having the honour of sharing in the birthing experiences of families as they grow, change and develop.

She had the opportunity to be a volunteer leader with La Leche Canada and La Leche League International over the course of 10 years. Sam teaches prenatal classes almost exclusively with couples birthing with midwives and celebrates a family-focused birth and parenting process.

Sam has long believed that birth is an individual and personal process. She goes out of her way to ensure that each of her clients have the information required to make the best decisions for their families.

Sam has two fantastic teenage boys, an incredible step daughter and is loved by her amazing partner, Brenda.

 SHANNON GALWAY

Shannon is a DONA Trained Birth and Postnatal Doula. Today being blessed with children of her own Shannon knew that she would forever be changed. Today she considers it be an Honour to support women and families as they embark through this journey of parenthood.

She is passionate about empowering women and watching them become confident and excited about the birth and parenting of their children. Supporting women and families within their beliefs and finding their way.

As a Doula she believes in creating realistic expectations about their birth and parenting experiences. "When you know better, you do better...” Maya Angelou

ANGIE STENBACK, Director, Owner, Hons BPHE, CD(DONA), CHBD, BFW

Angie is cofounder of  THE WOMB: The World Of My Baby Inc.™ as well as a  Birthing from Within Mentor, Certified Birth Doula (DONA), Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Pre and Postnatal Fitness Trainer. After graduating with a degree in Physical and Health Education, Angie went on to work in orthopaedics and wellness in two Toronto hospitals.

Getting the pull to something “more”, Angie left her “hospital job” in 2006, and answered the call to passionately and lovingly support women through the journey of birth and into parenthood. Angie’s journey led to her to study Hypnobirthing, and then to train under Pam England and Virginia Bobro as a BIRTHING FROM WITHIN © mentor.

In 2014, Angie had the privilege to study as a Midwifery Assistant under the midives of The Farm in Tennessee (made famous by Midwife Ina May Gaskin).

She is also owner of and fitness trainer for Mommy Bootcamp. Angie is past treasurer for the Association of Ontario Doulas, a member of the Halton Prenatal Network,  and the Family Continuity of Care Committee for Halton Healthcare. Angie loves reading, hiking, and life with her husband Troy and their 4 growing and rambunctious kids

LACTATION CONSULTANTS

ANITA ARORA, IBCLC, LE

Anita is an international board certified lactation consultant, lactation educator and a member of CAPPA Canada. Anita’s aim is to help mothers reach their breastfeeding goals in a non-judgmental, accepting and natural approach. She volunteers her time with the Halton Breastfeeding Connection both as a volunteer for mother-to-mother support and with the Advisory Committee while also committing her time as Treasurer for the Halton Baby Friendly Initiative. She is a graduate of the Breastfeeding Program at Mohawk College where she also teaches Advanced Breastfeeding Practice.

Anita has her MBA and previously worked in the business world until the birth of her children. She found her passion for breastfeeding at that time and decided to make it a career.
 

In additional to also working at a private clinic in Burlington, Anita enjoys an active lifestyle, baking and spending time with her family. Anita lives in Oakville with her supportive husband and her 2 wonderful children.

 

ATTIE SANDINK, RN, IBCLC 

A Wife, A Mother of 4 sons, A Registered Nurse, A Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), A Labour and Delivery Nurse, Child Birth Educator, A Breastfeeding Educator and Trainer, a friend, A support for mothers and babies.

Hayley Bennison, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant, Infant Feeding Specialist

Hayley is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), instructor at Mohawk College, birth and postpartum doula and Executive member of the Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI). Hayley believes there's nothing more important than the human connection and works diligently to be sure that's at the forefront of everything she does. She puts individual feeding goals first and is dedicated to ensuring you and your infant are well cared for. Hayley also runs the free Oakville Breastfeeding Café drop-in on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month to provide a comforting and supportive environment for all Moms.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS 

DR. AMY DOBBIE, BHSc., ND
THE WOMB - MILTON

Dr. Amy Dobbie is a Naturopathic Doctor whose goal is to inspire families to create a healthy future. She earned her Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences with Minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa before pursuing her dream of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor. During her studies, Dr. Dobbie focused extensively on pediatric and pre-natal care, and has since completed additional training in the Health Masters Natural Pediatrics MasterClass, trained as a naturopathic doula and completed Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture certification.

While Dr. Dobbie works with patients of all ages and health concerns, her passion lies in helping families to establish optimal fertility, nourish healthy pregnancies and raise resilient children.

Dr. Dobbie is actively involved in the Halton community through the Halton Pre-Natal Network and as the Community Events Coordinator for the Halton Baby Friendly Initiative.

She runs the Little Grazers cooking class through Famiizuu and frequently offers talks and workshops in her community to mom’s groups and local businesses. When not seeing patients, Dr. Dobbie loves to do yoga and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.

DR. EMILY CASEY, BScKin, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

The goal of Dr. Emily’s practice is to provide natural health care to help you and your family be happy, healthy, and thriving! She will educate and empower you to make the health choices that will have lifelong benefits for you and your children. The support of a naturopathic doctor can lead to optimal health outcomes, from preconception, through pregnancy and birth, and throughout childhood. 

Dr. Emily graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) with a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) and is a fully licensed naturopathic doctor. She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and she is also a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. Emily completed an additional pediatric internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and she is a trained naturopathic doula with the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors. 

Through her own health journey, Dr. Emily has learned the importance of individualized treatment and healing the whole person. It was through natural approaches to digestive wellness and the support of a naturopathic doctor that she was able to heal from celiac disease. In her practice, she now recommends treatments and supports patients with celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other digestive concerns. She believes strongly that your overall health begins with a healthy digestive system.

Dr. Emily enjoys living an active life, including swimming and running, drinking tea, and she is always on the lookout for new and delicious gluten-free food!

Dr. Emily looks forward to sharing her skills, compassionate approach and positive energy to help address your health concerns and support you in establishing your wellness goals so you can live your life fully.

OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS

ALYSSA GOWAN, BKin., RMT, Osteopathy (Thesis Writer)

plomas from the Canadian Therapeutic College and began working as a Registered Massage Therapist in 2010. Since then, Alyssa has added Contemporary Medical Acupuncture to her skill set and completed her osteopathy education at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. She is investigating pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain and disability for her thesis, the final requirement for her diploma in Osteopathic Manual Therapy.


In her practice, Alyssa has gained valuable experience working with a diverse population including those with acute musculoskeletal injuries, chronic dysfunction, children, pregnant and postpartum women, and competitive athletes. Having always participated in sports herself, Alyssa has also enjoyed working as a team therapist for a variety of sports teams. Alyssa is also a new mom to a baby boy!

GAEL GAUDEAU, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Gael Gaudeau began his medical and osteopathic education and training in France then moved to England where he completed his osteopathic training.

He graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO), earning his B.Sc.(Hons), Ost.DO(UK) from the ESO and nostrificated by the University of Wales. Gael has been practicing osteopathy in the UK, Malaysia and France.

His primary interests include; obstetrics, paediatrics and the treatment of functional chronic pain and disorders. Gael is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in the UK and the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practioners (OAO).

HENRY JANZEN, RMT, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Henry is both a Massage Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. He graduated from Sutherland-Chan Massage School in 2000 and since then he has had a desire to keep learning. He now passes on this knowledge by teaching at the Canadian College of Osteopathy where he was a student. Henry loves to teach, and he first got this opportunity at Humber College working in the Spa Management Program.

Besides working as a teacher and osteopathic manual practitioner, Henry spends his spare time with his family. His wife Gina Tsiapalis is a midwife working from Georgetown and they have three children, the last was born in 2016. Henry and Gina have been living in Milton since 2003 and they have been involved in the local community by participating in School Council at their children's school and playing and coaching baseball in the summer. Henry and his family are big baseball fans.

Blue Jays games are an annual event and Henry coaches his oldest son in House League since 2014.

LUCIA ORSINI, RMT, Athletic Trainer, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Lucia Orsini is a Registered Massage Therapist, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and has completed her Osteopathic Education (Thesis Candidate). She also works as a therapist for Hockey Canada’s Women’s National Program and has worked with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Teams.

Lucia is also an examiner for the provincial regulatory body for the Massage Therapists of Ontario. Lucia’s practice focuses on the philosophy of Osteopathy, by treating the structural and functional imbalances in the body that may commonly present as pain and discomfort.

Lucia appreciates a diversified family practice, and enjoys working with all ages, from newborns to elderly, pre and post natal care for mother and baby, weekend warriors to competitive athletes, and pre and post surgical rehabilitation, along with common musculoskeletal pain and injuries.

ANDREA TAKAHASHI

Athletic Therapist, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Andrea began her career as an Athletic Therapist after completing a BSc. in Human Kinetics. After a few years she continued her education to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner graduating from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto in 2003.  She has had the pleasure of working with individuals of all ages throughout all stages of life for over 20 years. She has a special interest in treating children, and women pre and post pregnancy to help them attain optimal health and wellbeing.

MARIAN NOORA

RMT, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Prior to completing her diploma in osteopathic manual therapy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, Marian had obtained a diploma as a registered massage therapist, certification as a personal training specialist, and had completed her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with honours from York University.

Marian has always had a special interest in women's health specifically the area of obstetrics and gynecology. This led her to her thesis entitled “the effect of osteopathic treatment on women experiencing infertility.” This work was successfully defended and presented in front of an international jury who was very enthusiastic about the results and the future of research on this topic.

Since then she has continued to expand her skill base into the field of paediatrics obstetrics, and gynaecology for both male and female through certifications and conferences.

PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

JENNY TELFER-CRUM, BScHK (Hons), MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON

Jenny holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. She became interested in Pelvic Health after experiencing chronic hip pain that did not resolve through traditional orthopedic physiotherapy treatment but resolved quickly after seeing a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Jenny has completed courses in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy that allow her to treat women experiencing pelvic pain, low pack pain, hip pain, pain with intercourse, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse which can occur before, during and/or after pregnancy. Jenny has a special interest in preparing the body for birth and then helping women return to exercise after pregnancy and has taken advanced courses to help high intensity weekend warriors return to their training of choice.

Jenny is Rostered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform internal pelvic exams and is also a member of the Women's Health Division with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Connect with Jenny through her blogs:

Exercise During Pregnancy: When & What? Advice from a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Why I don't hate Crunches, Crossfit and Bootcamps for Moms

Sex After Baby: What everyone wants to know, but sometimes is afraid to ask!

Grandmas have vaginas too!

LEA DAMATA, MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON

Lea is a graduate from McMaster University with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy, and York University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Since completion, she has continued her education by challenging her Manual Therapy Level 1. She has also pursued pelvic health physiotherapy, an area which she has developed a true passion for. Her clinical interest includes women’s and paediatric’s pelvic health. She treats a variety of pelvic conditions including incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic girdle pain, and perinatal care. Lea’s diverse paediatric experiences, including her work at McMaster Children’s Hospital and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, has also fostered a special interest working with children. She was the recipient CanChild’s Paediatric Research Award in 2017.

Lea is a strong advocate of women’s health and holds a Public Relations subcommittee position with the Women’s Health Division. She is also as a member of the Orthopedic, Pediatric Division and Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Most importantly, she is committed to empower her patients on their active recovery, to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.

SINEAD DUFOUR, PT, PhD
THE WOMB - MILTON & BURLINGTON

Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University.  She completed her MScPT at McMaster University in 2003, her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western in 2011 and retuned to McMaster in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship.  She contributes to both the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program and the and Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University.

Her current research interests include: conservative and lifestyle approaches to manage pelvic pain, conservative approaches to optimize pelvic health, technologies to support pelvic floor rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision in women’s and pediatric health.  Sinéad currently collaborates with faculty from both the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics on various research projects.  She was the recipient of one of the International Continence Society Research Awards in 2017, the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar award (American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health) in 2018 and is an invited speaker at conferences around the globe. Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University.  She completed her MScPT at McMaster University in 2003, her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western in 2011 and retuned to McMaster in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. 

She contributes to both the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program and the and Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Her current research interests include: conservative and lifestyle approaches to manage pelvic pain, conservative approaches to optimize pelvic health, technologies to support pelvic floor rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision in women’s and pediatric health.  Sinéad currently collaborates with faculty from both the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics on various research projects.  She was the recipient of one of the International Continence Society Research Awards in 2017, the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar award (American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health) in 2018 and is an invited speaker at conferences around the globe. 

Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario.  Her clinical practice focuses on optimizing women’s and children’s pelvic health.  She is also an associate of Pelvic Health Solutions, an active member the Urogynaecology Committee of the Society of Obstetricians of Gynaecologists of Canada and a proud mother of twins.

GERDA HAYDEN, MScPT
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

 

Gerda is a highly skilled physiotherapist who takes pride in delivering holistic care.  She keeps abreast of the latest evidence based research and applies this to clients. 

Her thorough, insightful and effective assessment enables the development of an integrated and comprehensive client centred treatment strategy. Gerda utilises manual therapy, electrotherapy and dry needling amongst other techniques and has a special interest in postnatal clients and all Women’s Health conditions. 

Gerda has been a physiotherapist for 12 years in South Africa, England and now Canada! She is a mother to young boys and has taught Pilates for the last eight years as well.

KATELIN NICHOLS, MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON

Katelin completed her MScPT degree at McMaster University in 2014, and has had a strong interest in Women's Health since prior to graduation. After working with athletes in orthopedics, and with patients dealing with neurological and cardiorespiratory diagnoses, she really began to appreciate how everything is connected to the health and proper function of the inner core and pelvic floor. She has taken courses focusing on urinary & fecal incontinence; pelvic, urological, perineal and gynecological-based pain; pelvic organ prolapse; pre-, peri-, and post-natal health; and women's functional nutrition.

Katelin believes in a holistic approach to care, with a keen interest in integrating gut health to optimize physical health and wellness. She is a huge advocate for educating her clients about pain science, and believes the most effective treatment starts with a positive perspective on recovery.

Katelin can be found outside of the clinic watching her husband on the ball diamond with their fur-baby Floyd, the Irish Wolfhound. She also has a special side interest in couples, maternity & birth photography.

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS

GINA TSIAPALIS, RM, RMT

Gina graduated from Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy School in 2000. She went on to establish a practice specializing in pregnancy, children and infant massage. 

A genuine interest in the areas of pregnancy and childbirth led her to complete a Midwifery degree at Ryerson University in 2009. She continued to practice as a Registered Massage Therapist for several years while also working as a Registered Midwife in the Peel & Halton Hills area.

Returning from her maternity leave, Gina will be taking a break from midwifery at this time while her family is young. She will be continuing with her Massage Therapy practice and is thrilled to join the team of professionals at The Womb to help service its wonderful community of women & children!

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family exploring the outdoors, walking & gardening. 

JENNIFER DUNSFORD, RMT

Jennifer has been a Registered Massage Therapist since the year 2000 and has worked closely with many health care professionals to assist clients in finding the treatments that will be most effective in their healing process. Jennifer uses Swedish massage, myofascial and lymph drainage techniques, as well as trigger point therapy and is comfortable treating individuals from infants through to aging adults with special attention to treating stress and tension-related symptoms, pregnancy and post-natal discomfort, sports injuries, work-related injuries, Motor Vehicle Accident recovery and other health concerns. Jennifer trained at Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington and is a certified dance teacher and outdoor enthusiast in her spare time.

She has also completed a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and Counselling at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener. Jennifer most loves to spend time with her husband and two young sons hiking and camping.

MELISSA SILLIPHANT, RMT

Melissa graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in 2016 and went on to become a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She utilizes a variety of  Swedish Massage, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and stretching techniques to achieve her client's goals; whether it be relaxation, pain relief or postural correction.

After the birth of her daughter she developed a special interest in pre and post natal care and is constantly seeking new learning opportunities to develop her skills.

Melissa enjoys creative projects and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

SHANNON COOK, RMT

Shannon Cook graduated with Honours in the Massage Therapy Program at Canadian Therapeutic College in 2011 and has been practicing in her hometown of Milton ever since.  She is passionate about the field of Massage Therapy and all it has to offer, whether it be for preventative treatment or recovery.  Shannon’s style provides deep relaxation as well as treatment-oriented work by incorporating a variety of Swedish techniques in addition to Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Hot Stone Massage with a special interest in Pre and Post Natal care.

Shannon enjoys spending time outside with her family and taking advantage of Milton’s many conservation parks and trails.  She is delighted to be able to positively contribute to her community and is thrilled to be a part of the health care team at The Womb.  

MARIAN NOORA

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist

Prior to completing her diploma in osteopathic manual therapy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, Marian had obtained a diploma as a registered massage therapist, certification as a personal training specialist, and had completed her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with honours from York University.

Marian has always had a special interest in women's health specifically the area of obstetrics and gynecology. This led her to her thesis entitled “the effect of osteopathic treatment on women experiencing infertility.” This work was successfully defended and presented in front of an international jury who was very enthusiastic about the results and the future of research on this topic.

Since then she has continued to expand her skill base into the field of paediatrics obstetrics, and gynaecology for both male and female through certifications and conferences.

ANDREA TAKAHASHI 

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Athletic Therapist

 

Andrea began her career as an Athletic Therapist after cmpleting a BSc. in Human Kinetics. After a few years she continued her education to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner graduating from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto in 2003.  She has had the pleasure of working with individuals of all ages throughout all stages of life for over 20 years. She has a special interest in treating children, and women pre and post pregnancy to help them attain optimal health and wellbeing.

YOGA & FITNESS TEAM

STEPHANIE RILEY-SOOKRAM, PTS, PFS, Advanced Core Rehab Specialist

Stephanie is a certified personal trainer, certified prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist and an advanced core rehab specialist. Stephanie is also a mom of two busy kids and knows first hand what women go through physically before, during pregnancy and after baby, and how the right exercise at the right time can make a world of difference in a woman’s life.

After years of dabbling in exercise and training, Stephanie obtained her personal trainer and prenatal and postnatal certifications from CanFitPro in 2012. Stephanie loves to keep up with continuous education in her field and that passion combined with a personal need lead her to pursue a multi level certification as an Advanced Core Rehab Specialist through Bellies Inc. and an additional Physiotherapist Professional level course with Julie Wiebe PT. Stephanie works with women through weight loss, strength training and endurance training and is also specialized in core and pelvic floor rehab.

Stephanie helps women train for their fitness, wellness and health goals and takes a holistic and personalized approach to her classes and training sessions. If you are planning for or are pregnant, if you have ever had a baby or had pelvic or abdominal surgery she can help you work towards a strong, healthy, functional body starting from the deep core outward. She works with women to resolve that ‘mummy tummy’ pouch, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, hip, back or pelvis pain, or just want to feel strong and functional again.

Stephanie is excited to be part of The WOMB family and bring her skills to the team to help the women in the community to be happy, healthy and feel good in their skin everyday!

UMMUL PATRAWAL, Yoga Instructor

Ummul is a yogi and mom to 3 wonderful and active boys and a former marketing executive. When her children were young, they turned to yoga and mindfulness to help their family through through a personal crisis. Reflecting on the positive changes that they experienced, at an emotional and physical level, she embarked on her mission to share the joy of Yoga with other children and families.

Ummul has grown up with yoga and has been actively sharing and teaching yoga to her own kids and within her community since 2010. She is a Children's certified Yoga teacher, who has attended several online yoga and mindfulness seminars, healthy eating seminars and personal growth and development conferences.

She has been teaching Yoga to families, parents and children at public and private schools, libraries, parenting centres and at her local studio, YogaVision.

 

 

KAREN MCWILLIAM

HypnoBirthing(R) Practitioner, Birthing from Within(R) Mentor, Birth and Postnatal Doula

Karen's entire body of work is focused on prenatal and postpartum care. Karen received her Birth Doula certification from DONA International in 2005 and has witnessed the transformative power of birth through her attendance at over 300 home, hospital and birth centre births. Karen is also a Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, certified HypnoBirthing (Mongan Method) Practitioner, a Birthing from Within Mentor, Lactation Educator and mother of two amazing children. Karen continues to expand her knowledge base by attending birth & yoga-related workshops, trainings and courses. Karen acknowledges and is grateful for each birth she has attended, each family she has supported and each baby she has held. For it is in the moments of being present in the birthing of mothers, fathers, and families that she understands how much wisdom exists in the world.

 SHANNON GALWAY

Shannon is a DONA Trained Birth and Postnatal Doula. Today being blessed with children of her own Shannon knew that she would forever be changed. Today she considers it be an Honour to support women and families as they embark through this journey of parenthood.

She is passionate about empowering women and watching them become confident and excited about the birth and parenting of their children. Supporting women and families within their beliefs and finding their way.

As a Doula she believes in creating realistic expectations about their birth and parenting experiences. "When you know better, you do better...” Maya Angelou

AMANADA STEVENSON, Yoga Instructor

Amanda Stevenson is a certified yoga instructor (CYT-200). She specializes in yoga for women's health including prenatal, restorative/yin and fertility. She is passionate and knowledgeable about helping women understand their bodies and how stress can affect fertility, weight gain and blood sugar levels. With a holistic approach, she will empower you to nourish and heal your mind and body.

She enjoys being a mom and caring for her family. She spends every summer traveling around Nicaragua. She also enjoys gardening and cooking. She is an avid reader of health and nutrition books. She currently teaches online Fertility Yoga Series with Fab Fertile and Chillaxin' Restorative Yoga at Life Yoga in Milton, ON.

Sleep Consultants

Sleep Consultant
BECKY SOEHNER, Certified Infant Sleep Educator

Becky is a certified Infant Sleep Educator and mom of two. Her introduction to the world of infant and child sleep began during her first pregnancy, when she and her husband attended a prenatal sleep education class. It was eye opening to gain knowledge and insight on normal infant sleep behaviours, and the science behind it, beyond the anecdotal stories and general sleep assumptions in our society. Parenting a very challenging sleeper fueled her passion to help other families navigate the roller coaster of infant and child sleep, and provide parents with the knowledge of what is normal, tools to implement during challenging times, and strategies for striking a balance between the fundamental needs of baby, and the equally as important wellness of the parents. 

Becky's approach to sleep starts with education, and she is excited to provide a Prenatal Sleep Education class through The WOMB! Each child is unique and every family is different, and so all sleep support is customized, working together with parents to create a strategy that works best for them. Becky's goal is to create positive associations with sleep for the child, while balancing the needs and well being of tired parents.

To connect with Becky, contact her at becky@thewomb.ca 

Sleep Consultant
ANDREA STRANG, Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Gentle Sleep Coach

Andrea is a Child Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach as well as a Postpartum Doula and mother of three.  She started her sleep practice in 2004 after supporting families as a Postpartum Doula for many years. Since then, Andrea has completed several training programs starting with Naturally Nurturing in the UK and the Gentle Sleep Coach Certification program with Kim West. Since has helped over 5000 families get better sleep, including providing over 10,000 hours of in-home sleep support.

In her sleep practice, Andrea uses a variety of methods and tailors sleep plans to take family values and child temperament into account. She believes in offering support to children as they learn the important skills for a good night's sleep, employing the gentlest methods possible with the goal of seeing results in a time frame that is reasonable for each family. Sleep coaching methods include coping strategies, sleep nurturing and gentle sleep coaching when appropriate, focusing on supportive, responsive methods such as fading and cue-based strategies.

Philosophy:  Offering gentle support and sleep help for families while promoting secure attachment. Supportive of breastfeeding, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, infant mental health and informed choice.

Experience: • 10 years Postpartum Doula support • 12 years Child Sleep Consulting  supported over 5000 families (since 2004) • Over 10,000 hours of in-home night coaching experience Professional Associations: Association of Professional Sleep Consultants  http://www.internationalsleep.org/ International Association of Child Sleep Consultants  http://www.iacsc.com/ Association of Ontario Doulas  http://ontariodoulas.org/

Training:

• Gentle Sleep CoachSM Certification 2010 • Naturally Nurturing Sleep Child Consultant Program – UK 2009 • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Boston,  Mass– 2012 • Infant Mental Health Introductory Course, University of Minnesota 2012 • Infant Mental Health Community Training Program – Hospital for Sick Kids 2015 certificate • Sleep:  Neurobiology, Medicine and Society, University of Michigan 2015 • Birth Doula Training – DONA 1999 • Childbirth Education Training – CAPPA 2000 • Postpartum Doula Training – CAPPA 2000 • Sick Kids Sleep Symposium – 2013 certificate • Working with Stuck Kids, Gordon Neufeld,  2014 • Addressing Sleep Problems and Compliance of Children, Gregory  Hanley, 2013 • The Great Sleep Debate, On-line conference Possums Research 2014 • Neuroscience of Skin to Skin Contact and Breastfeeding,  Nils Bergman 2013 • Birth and Beyond Conference 2012, 2013, 2014 Additional courses: Medical Conditions & Sleep Apnea in Children – Dr. Lewis Kass, MD, FAAP Reflux & Colic Management – Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, MD, FAAP GERD –  Anthony Lozides, MD. Secure Attachment in Children -Dr. Kent Hoffman, PhD Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep – Jodi Jennings, OTLR and Dr. Lucy Miller Postpartum Depression – Dr. Shoshana Bennett, PhD SIDS Research and Recommendations – First Candle Potty Training – Sally Neuberger, LCSW