ABOUT

My professional practice has been an ever-evolving offering of bodywork, yoga, meditation, somatic trauma healing, childbirth education, labor and birth doula support, lactation education and newborn care, ceremony, healing circles, rituals, herbal and nutritional counseling, deeply rooted in my own evolving personal practice of self-care, personal reflection, generational and personal healing, and transformation.  My capacity to hold space for others as they fight cancer, give birth, accept death, end or begin a marriage, job, or parenthood, or dive into their own trauma-informed patterns, beliefs, addictions, and behaviors is the foundation of my leadership experience of walking with people through navigating change.

ReStoryative Somatics

AMY'S STORY

Without a doubt, Motherhood was my initiation into adulthood, as well as into my leadership, and it was also the initiation into my professional birth support practice. In the late nineties, I was fortunate to be pregnant in Washington State which had legal status for homebirth midwives, and a culture supportive of doulas and birth support. 


When my labor began, my doula arrived at my home along with the midwife and midwife’s assistant. Labor was exhilarating, excruciating, exhausting, and at times terrifying.  My husband, mother, friend, and midwives were present, loving, attentive to my needs, and yet it was Rachel the doula who was my constant companion through the initiation experience. ​

When she gazed into my eyes, I saw the eyes of all the women who had ever come before me, and the fear was replaced by courage.  When she told me I was working hard, and that it was working, my body was opening and my daughter would be here soon, I believed her and believed in my body’s ability to work.  This belief in my own body was new, fragile, and had to contend with twenty-one years of doubt, resentment, shame, and self-loathing. Each contraction brought me to the depths of my being.  Everything I thought I was or wasn’t, could or couldn’t, should or shouldn’t be or do dilated into an expansive sense of self that I can only describe as Oneness, Union, Yoga, Connection to all that ever was, and all that will be. In the living room of a small cottage on a lavender farm,  near the Puget Sound, in front of the wood burning stove, within a birth tub of warm water, we were born; Daughter, Mother, and Doula

EDUCATION

2016-Present

Antioch University

School of Leadership and Change

  • Currently working on doctoral degree researching trauma informed care in the perinatal and health and human services fields through the lens of leadership and change.

Goddard College

  • 2013 Master’s Degree Integrated Health Arts & Science

  • 2011 Bachelor’s Degree Integrated Health Arts & Science

Sinclair Community College

  • 2003 Associates degree in science in Medical Massage Therapy

Professional Certifications & Continuing Education  

  • Community Resilience Model (2019)                                            

  • Neuro Affective Relational Model (2017-2019)

  • Somatic Experiencing (2016-2020)

  • Somatic Trauma Resolution (2005-2006)

Facilitation

  • Be Present Empowerment Model of dialogue across race, gender, class, and power (2015- Present)

  • Women Writing for a Change; Conscious Feminine Leadership Training (2019)

Holistic Massage Therapy/

Manual Therapy

  • Myofascial bodywork for optimal fetal positioning (2010)

  • Reiki (2004)

  • Adult and Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy (2004)                     

  • Baby’s first massage instruction (2004)                                        

  • Massage Therapy for pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum (2003)

  • State Medical Board of Ohio Licensed Massage Therapy (2003)

Birth Support/Postpartum Care

  • Homebirth Midwifery Apprenticeship (2010-2012)                            

  • Birth Emergency Skills Training (2011)                                           

  • Spinning Babies (2010)                                                             

  • Birthworks Childbirth Ed. Training (2006)                                        

  • Lactation Educator Certification, ICEA (2004)                                  

  • ICEA Childbirth Education (2004)                                            

  • Birth Doula Hospital oriented, OH. CAPPA (2000)          

  • Birth Doula, homebirth-oriented, WA. DONA (1997)

Yoga/ Meditation

  • 200 hr. Registered Yoga Teacher Training (2013)                    

  • Trauma Informed Yoga Training (2009)                                       

  • WholeBirth prenatal yoga, meditation, group facilitation (2004)

Herbal Medicine Certification

  • Herbal Medicine for Women w/ Dr. Aviva Romm (2013, not complete)          

  • Herbal Teacher Training with Rosemary Gladstar (2009-2011)          

  • Foundations Therapeutic Herbal Medicine w/ David Hoffman (1997-98)