2012 Conference Presenter Bios


baby cstJeffrey Burch, CAR, MS, LMT
Jeffrey Burch practices and offers study groups and classes in Eugene, Oregon. A Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Jeffrey has extensively studied and integrated into his Hands-On Therapies both CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Jeffrey’s central focus is improvement of the human condition, all along the continuum from great suffering to enlightenment. Jeffrey has studied alternative therapies to provide chronic pain treatment, relieve suffering, and promote awareness. Practicing since 1977, he has mastered several alternative therapies and forged connections between them.

Melissa Cole, IBCLC
Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice.  Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive lactation care and education to parents and healthcare professionals for over a decade.  She has extensive experience with herbs and holistic care. Melissa is on the faculty at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR where she teaches advanced clinical lactation skills.  She is active with several lactation and health care professional associations including La Leche League and the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals. Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Vancouver, WA. Before working in lactation and health care, Melissa was a language instructor for nearly a decade and spent many years living on and off in Japan studying cultural arts.

Wendy Davis, PhD
Wendy Davis, PhD, has a counseling and consulting practice specializing in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum mental health and recovery. She is Executive Director for Postpartum Support International (PSI), coordinating PSI services, projects, and their 175 U.S. and International Volunteers, and is a national perinatal mood disorders educator for volunteers, clinicians and groups. She was Founding Director of Oregon’s Baby Blues Connection, and now serves as their clinical advisor. She was the Chair of Oregon’s Maternal Mental Health Workgroup, convened by legislation in 2009. She provides professional training, consultation, and advocacy in governmental, clinical, and community settings to improve mental health services for pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

Nancy Eastwood, RN, IBCLC
Nancy has been a practicing R.N. for more than 38 years. She has spent the last 9 as lactation consultant at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in the Postpartum Care Center. Nancy’s area of expertise is transitioning the preterm infant to full breast feeding after discharge from the NICU. She graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing in 1974 from Salve Regina University in Newport Rhode Island. Her long career has primarily been in pediatric nursing from general pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, home care and newborn Intensive Care. She has worked at many of the leading teaching hospitals in the U.S. including Yale New Haven, Boston Children’s, Cedar Sinai and Seattle Children’s. She has been able to incorporate many CST techniques into her lactation practice and is excited to see many infants transitioning from the nipple shield more quickly. Nancy is breast cancer survivor, an avid runner, yogi and dragon boat racer.

Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CST, NBCR, CIMI
Michelle is professionally trained and certified as an Occupational therapist, Reflexologist and CranioSacral Therapist.  She is a part time employee at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the outpatient OT/PT division.  She provides evaluation and treatment for a wide range of diagnoses, however, her specialty is using soft tissue manual therapy techniques with torticollis and plagiocephaly.  She is currently completing a research protocol to begin a research project looking at the effectiveness of CST with plagiocephaly.  Michelle maintains a private practice, her primary clientele are babies under six months of age who have difficulties with sleep, colic/other gastrointestinal issues, head shape and a wide variety of other baby issues.   Michelle studied Pre and Peri Natal Psychology at SBGI, prior to it’s closing.  Michelle developed TummyTime! program which is a series of weekly classes designed for babies and moms to learn the secret of successful tummy time and to practice tummy time skills together.  She also teaches a weekly BabyYoga! class for precrawlers. Michelle enjoys blending her knowledge of many different types of baby massage, Chinese medicine, soft tissue manual therapy techniques, and psychology into helping babies express themselves fully.

Ananda Elise Foley
Ananda Elise Foley was earning her BS in Sociology studying women’s health, when the heavens opened as she thought she “invented” mother/child centered birthing. It didn’t take long to realize there was already an active world of midwifery and wholistic care, so she trained at a MEAC-accredited birth clinic. After midwifery school she attended several hundred births at home and in hospital, as a midwife and doula. Ananda began practicing yoga as a child, and received formal training in Kripalu and Kundalini yoga lineages. The synergy of her training and experience culminated to several years teaching Prenatal, Postpartum and Birth-Prep for Couples yoga classes in several healing centers in Ashland OR, as she also attended births. It was here she learned the wonderful advantage of mothers tuning to their bodies during pregnancy, learning their authentic breath, becoming strong and supple BEFORE going into labor. In 2003 Ananda met a master teacher of raja yoga and mediation who also became her companion of 6 years. In the container of his retreats Ananda developed a form of authentic movement she entitled BodyPrayer and still teaches this form; a lovely compliment to the rigors of concentrated seated practice and mental focus. Ananda lives in Durango, Colorado and has finished training with Carol Gray in CST for Pregnancy, Infants and Emotional Release.

Michelle Gerbi, DC
Dr. Michelle Gerbi realized firsthand the effectiveness of chiropractic care after fracturing her spine in a snowboarding accident on Mt. Hood. The care she received drastically improved her function and eliminated the pain from her injury. It also restored her quality of life to a level that her other physicians told her was unattainable after such an accident. Through this experience and her education, she developed a passion for patient care by finding the root of the problem and truly correcting dysfunction; not just treating the site of pain. Dr. Gerbi is a cum laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College. She is skilled in Craniosacral Therapy, Graston Technique, Sacra-Occipital Technique, Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Hypnosis, and The Webster Technique. In addition to treating musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, Dr. Gerbi has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education focusing on chronic pelvic pain, pregnancy, postpartum and pediatric specific chiropractic care.

Lisa Gillispie, BSW, LMT, CST
Lisa has a private practice in Columbus, OH specializing in craniosacral therapy since 1995. She integrates CST and whole body alignment to support optimal health and wellbeing for her clients. Lisa taught craniosacral therapy for Sacred Spaces Seminars from 2004-2006. Through her website, www.AnatomyConversations.com, she mentors craniosacral therapists around the world helping them deepen their understanding of relevant anatomy & expand their expertise so they are able to serve their clients more effectively. CranioSacral was an invaluable partner in supporting Lisa on her long journey to becoming a mother. She has deep appreciation for its ability to mend the wounds we all experience in one form or another and is passionate about helping more therapists take this work out into the world.

Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, CST, RCST
Dr. Hazelbaker has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 26 years. She is also certified in both Biodynamic and Upledger Craniosacral Therapy and has done over 7000 sessions, mostly on infants and young children. She has a PhD in psychology specializing in energetic and transformational healing, is a Fellow of the International Lactation consultant Association, has written several books and monographs and is a world recognized expert on infant suck and tongue-tie.

Heather Hunt, DC
Heather Hunt is the daughter of a chiropractor and has been raised in the health-care world.  She has always been passionate about women’s issues. She received her BA from Mills College and later pursued her degree in chiropractic at University of Western States in Portland.  When she became pregnant with her first son in 2008, she became more politicized than ever as she saw how broken our maternity and birthing system is in the US.  She has devoted her chiropractic practice to women’s health, focusing on maternity/postpartum and infant care.  She specializes in craniosacral therapy and is also Webster Technique certified.  She lives in Nevada City, CA with her fantastic husband and two small sons.  More information at www.heatherhuntdc.com

Tami Kent, MSPT
Tami Kent, MSPT is a women’s health physical therapist, founder of Holistic Pelvic Care for women, and author of Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy in the Female Body. She is passionate about cultivating the creative energy that is meant to run through all aspects of a woman’s life–and draws upon hers daily in mothering three gorgeous sons and making her way in the world. With a master’s degree in physical therapy and the ability to read energetic patterns of the body, Tami provides a bridge between the realms of modern medicine and traditional women’s wisdom. Her goal is to teach every woman how to read the physical and energetic patterns of the pelvic bowl and restore access to the full range of creative resources–this beauty and wildness within.

Deborah Merkle, CRS
Deborah Merkle, CRS, is a body/mind therapist, trained in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®, gestalt therapy, and biodynamic cranial therapy. She has practiced yoga for more than half her life, and is committed to helping her clients learn to listen to their body’s truth. Her practice is in Portland, OR. For more information about Deborah: www.rsmportland.com.

Doris Onnis, RN, IBCLC
Doris Onnis has had the pleasure caring for infants and their parents for more than 30 years. She initially worked in the NICU, Postpartum and Maternal Child Health areas. In 1995 Doris began her lactation career. Currently she is the Clinical Supervisor at the Postpartum and Lactation Clinic at Providence St. Vincent hospital.

Teresa Robertson, LMT, CST
A 1992 graduate of Brenneke School of Massage, Teresa Robertson has over 19 years experience in a wide range of massage and bodywork modalities.  Her focus is pain relief and relaxation therapy for all ages.  She is known in the birthing community for her work with newborns in treating conditions such as torticollis (wry neck), colic, reflux, nursing troubles, and other digestive concerns.

Meg Stalnaker, IBCLC
Meg Stalnaker is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has been working with breastfeeding families since 1990 as a doula, a midwife and a lactation specialist.  She  teaches childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care classes at Providence and St Vincent Hospitals, for Alma Birth Center, Andaluz Birth Center and Pod and Kin. Meg facilitates a breastfeeding support group at  Zenana Spa and Wellness Center.  She is on the faculty at Birthingway Midwifery College where she teaches “The Impact of Birth Practices on Lactation”. Meg is a member of the International Lactation Consultants Association and Nursing Mothers Council of Oregon. Meg is the mother of 3 children.

Alice Stroud, MA Psychology, LMT
Alice Stroud has devoted much of her life to understanding, preventing, and healing early traumas. She is passionate about promoting gentle birth and a more peaceful world. Alice has many years of experience as a counselor, childbirth and parenting educator, infant massage and swimming instructor, massage and watsu therapist, and doula. She will will soon be certified as a lactation consultant. Alice has studied with pioneers in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology and has trained in many forms of body/mind therapy. She has distilled what she has found to be the most powerful yet simple methods for healing. Alice is a dedicated mother of two wonderful adults and a grandmother of three amazing young children (all three of them gentle home waterbirths!).

Amy Watson, DC
Dr. Amy Watson is the joyfully married mama of three young children. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. During her own healing journey, she discovered the wonders of chiropractic care. This led her to change her career goal from being a family counselor to becoming a chiropractic physician.
She began chiropractic school in 1999 and had her 1st child midway through the program. This experience helped her learn firsthand about the unique needs of the prenatal and postpartum chiropractic patient. After the birth of her son, she began learning more about chiropractic care for infants. She began focusing on treating moms and babies in the student clinic, began taking craniosacral therapy seminars, and completed her senior internship with Dr. Elise Hewitt, an expert in the field of pediatric chiropractic. She graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2003, and worked closely with Dr. Hewitt at Portland Chiropractic Group for two years.