2014 Conference Presenter Bios

Headshot-B-W2Janine Blanchard, LMT
Janine Blanchard is a European Osteopath and craniosacral therapist. She has studied with well-known teachers from all over the world but recognizes that the most important teachers are her clients and her own journey into motherhood. Her interest in health has started at a very young age and Janine is especially passionate about working with women pre- and postpartum and help their little ones experience an easier transition into this world. Janine would like her work to function as a guideline for exploration, possibility and inquiry into health rather than a set of techniques.


10013753_10152249882489590_1107238970_nMelissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC
Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant and neonatal oral-motor assessment professional in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation care and education to parents and healthcare professionals for over a decade. She is an adjunct professor 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 the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals. Melissa and her husband have three children and live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Jennifer Curtiss is a naturopathic physician and fertility specialist, currently supporting the health of families at Portland Family Health, in SE Portland, OR. Her mission is to help grow healthy families. She specializes in pre-conception health, fertility support, and post-partum care for both men and women. Approximately 90% of Dr. Curtiss’ patients suffer from anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia. She has had great success in resolving these conditions using nutrition and diet. Nutrition is her favorite modality and she incorporates it into every patient treatment plan. Her education includes: Doctorate in naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine, including doctoral research in fertility 3-year post-doctorate residency in neuro-endocrine and functional medicine, with Dr. David Greenspan BS in exercise and nutrition physiology from University of Montana Certified Holistic Pelvic Care™ practitioner, trained by Tami Kent, MSPT


Rachel Davidson
Rachel has always felt that yoga asana encompasses the smallest details. Once an over-worked and stressed-out executive, yoga lightened the load and freed her from the darkest parts of herself.  Rachel strives for her classes to be focused, challenging and FUN with highlights on the physical and mental growth that happens naturally in this joyful tradition. She feels incredibly blessed that life continues to provide her the opportunity to teach and share the gift of movement and breath.



michelletrudyMichelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CST, NBCR, CIMI
Michelle Emanuel has over 16 years experience as a neonatal / pediatric occupational therapist, which includes neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric critical care, outpatient evaluation/treatment of torticollis and a private practice with a specialty in using soft tissue manual therapy techniques to facilitate resolution of colic/reflux/plagiocephaly and other issues related to baby wellness. Michelle has a wide variety of skills that includes infant development, pre and perinatal psychology, autonomic nervous system regulation, craniosacral therapy and various forms of bodywork to make baby’s tummy time experience comfortable and enjoyable. Michelle is certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby’s First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. She is currently completing a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

IMG_1787 medLisa Gillispie, BSW, LMT, CST, CPT-RES
Lisa Gillispie, BSW, LMT, CST, RES-CPT has been practicing craniosacral therapy for 19 years. She has a private practice in Columbus, OH specializing in craniosacral therapy, whole body alignment and Restorative Exercise™. Lisa taught craniosacral therapy for Sacred Spaces Seminars from 2004-2006 and continues to mentor craniosacral therapists around the world. She is a Restorative Exercise Specialist™ and has trained extensively with Katy Bowman, biomechanical scientist and founder of the Restorative Exercise Institute. She is currently completing training in Somatic Experiencing. Lisa thrives sharing her love of alignment with practitioners passionate about supporting mamas and babies. She can be found online at www.LisaLLC.com/blog.

IMG_4757Carol Gray, Midwife, LMT
Carol has been a licensed massage therapist in 
Oregon and Washington and a nationally certified massage practitioner since 1990. She is a former doula and home birth midwife. Carol completed her Craniosacral Therapy 
training, including advanced, obstetric and 
pediatric work, with the Upledger Institute (UI). 
She has studied directly with Dr. John Upledger. Carol was a teaching assistant with UI for many years. Independently, Carol teaches a variety of 
Craniosacral Therapy classes including 
Craniosacral Therapy for Infants and Craniosacral Therapy for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum. Carol’s bodywork practice in Portland Oregon
 features Craniosacral Therapy for infants, 
children and adults. She also offers Craniosacral Therapy for pregnant and new mothers.

June 2008 001_2Wendy Hambidge, Certified Body-Mind Centering Teacher, IDME
Wendy is a Certified Body-Mind Centering Practitioner and Teacher as well as an Infant Development Movement Educator. (applying the principles in BMC℠ to Infants). Wendy teaches on two BMC certification programs, for the Kinesthetic Learning Center and for Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Program with Amy Matthews. Wendy found this work when she was actively dancing, choreographing and teaching dance.


BJH.a_kunming_cropBarbara Harper
Barbara Harper, a former obstetric and neonatal nurse and midwife, is an independent consultant and lecturer. An internationally recognized expert on waterbirth and childbirth reform, she teaches and consults within hospitals, medical and midwifery schools and community groups worldwide. She was recognized in 2002 by Lamaze International for her contributions to promoting normal birth on an international level. She is the author of Gentle Birth Choices book and DVD and producer of Birth Into Being: The Russian Waterbirth Experience. Barbara is working on two new books, Birth, Bath & Beyond: A Practical Waterbirth Guide for Parents and Providers; and Embracing the Miracle: How Pregnancy, Birth and the First Hour Influence Human Potential. Barbara has dedicated her life to helping heal the way we welcome babies into the world and to help parents and providers understand the benefits of warm water immersion during labor. The mother of three adult children (two youngest sons born at home in water), she lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is active in her community as a volunteer, a midwifery and doula mentor and teacher.
Her website is www.waterbirth.org

AH_picAlison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST
Dr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist for nearly 27 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Along with CranioSacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Dr. Hazelbaker utilizes botanicals and homeopathy in her lactation practice. Her willingness to address breastfeeding problems from a variety of perspectives, meting mothers where they are at philosophically, has earned her the respect of her peers and her client population.

She earned her undergraduate degree from New York University, Her master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College (Human Development specializing in Human Lactation) and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University (Psychology, specializing in Energetic and Transformational healing.) Her original research on tongue-tie, done in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. (www.tongue-tie.org) She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) during her Master’s Degree program. The ATLFF remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. People recognize her as an expert on infant sucking issues and the treatment of same. As an innovator, she invented the Hazelbaker™ FingerFeeder to address these sucking problems.

Dr. Hazelbaker, a long-time La Léchè League Leader, mothered five children through breastfeeding and has five wonderful grandchildren.

SaraJohnstonSara Johnston, CST, MFR, LMT
Sara Johnston is a Visionary Craniosacral Work practitioner based in Chicago Illinois. She teaches a 3 part Visionary Craniosacral Fundamentals Certification Program,and is an Approved Provider with NCBTMB. Sara is a Certified Milne Institute Visionary Craniosacral work practitioner. She studied Pediatric and Craniosacral work with the Brain with Benjamin Shield,PhD in Berkeley, California.


melissaMelissa Larimer, LMT
Melissa Larimer is a massage therapist from Bloomington, IN. She is a craniosacral practitioner, specializing in prenatal, postpartum and infant care and a practitioner of the Arvigo Method of Maya Abdominal Massage. She is a TummyTime!(tm) Tutor and a Certified Dancing for Birth(tm) Instructor. She is the mother of three teenage boys and homebirth VBAC mother.




Tanja Martinson, LCBE
Tanja Martinson has been a Licensed Certified Babywearing Educator through the Babywearing Institute since 2011 and also ran a private lending library as a resource for local families from 2008-2011. After a lot of research and shipping costs to figure out what would work for her family, she decided to expand her knowledge and help ensure that she shares the best available information with other families and caregivers. She is an affiliate of the original Babywearing Institute. The Babywearing Institute Northwest provides reliable babywearing education for parents, caregivers, businesses and future babywearing educators based on the best available applicable research. They are not affiliated with any baby carrier or sling manufacturer. The information you receive is not biased toward any brand or style of carrier. The primary focus is on optimal positioning for development and safety. Babywearing is something best learned in person through a combination of research based training and hands-on demonstration and experience. Happy Babywearing!


Garrett J Poortinga | Green Hat PhotographyMolly McDonald, LMT
Molly McDonald, LMT, Founder of Body, Mind & Molly has studied nationally, practiced internationally and has developed TAD, a 12-week, Touch-a-Day Baby Welcoming eCoure for new parents inspiring healthy touch in the family. In addition, she has a private practice in which she offers Massage and Craniosacral Therapy across the lifespan. Specifically, she uses bodywork as a way to help families connect to themselves, to one another, and to aid in the transition of becoming a parent. Molly is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), offering Craniosacral Therapy, Infant Massage and Tummy Time! (TM) Instruction for new parents.


6axQ0F1GL-x2EAr2ohn1Y64IwiwKrUv5Xtqg4bdY2C8Rae Mullin, Pelvic Heath Specialist, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher, Nia
Rae Mullin is a Pelvic Health Specialist and she is on a mission to empower women of all ages to tap into healing themselves, and be in control of their physical health. Rae has over 20 years of study on nutrition and the beauty of food, including why we eat and the patterns we have created around nourishment. Rae is a lifelong dancer, licensed Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Teacher, Nia Blue Belt, Nia 52 Moves, and Nia 5 Stages teacher, graduate of The Chef Studio with the late Robert Reynalds, Hoopgirl certified, Holistic Pelvic Care and Holistic Pelvic Energy TM Provider. She is a mother to four amazing children, giving her life preparation no certification could provide.


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Etienne  began teaching craniosacral therapy in 1990. He is the director of the PCSA (Peirsman Cranio Sacral Academy) in the Netherlands. He co-authored Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children together with his wife, Neeto. Etienne worked as a high school biology and physical education teacher in Antwerp, Belgium for many years. At a certain point he made a life change, went to India for 3 years where he studied meditation, Rebalancing and Craniosacral therapy. He studied with Dr. John Upledger and has been a practicing Craniosacral therapist and teacher for more than 15 years.  His unique teaching method brings meditation into the sensitivities of both his clients and students.  He lives with his wife in Antwerp, Belgium and in the U.S.

The way the body moves and why it moves the way it does has always been interesting the me. The potential for the body to heal, hold energy, and the stories it tells has fascinated me my whole life. When I was 4 years old I met a man on an international flight. Our conversation began when he declined the second meal. When I asked him why wasn’t he eating he told me he was coming home from India where he had been fasting for a month and studying with yogis. He told me stories of amazing things people could do with power and energy from fasting and he told me about the wise ones he studied with, he told me about meditation and yoga, When I was 17 a neighbor I babysat for introduced me to Buddhist meditation. Since then I have meditated off and on in my earlier years and steadily now for many years. In the 90’s I found Tai Chi and was hooked and dedicated to the art until I moved out of the country and it slowly faded from my life as a daily practice. In 2002 I finally made it to a yoga class and was also hooked right away. I started with Hot yoga. My teacher introduced me to his teacher and within a couple months I started my first yoga teacher training, Iyengar based with Tony Briggs. Since then I have completed 4 other teacher trainings. I started teaching yoga in 2006. In 2013 I finally reconnected with Tai Chi and have started teaching Tai Chi and Qigong.


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Sunshine is a midwife, cranial sacral therapist, bodyworker, sound energy healer, surfer, dancer, mother, elemental weaver.