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Breakout Speaker Bios

FRIDAY JULY 13

1A: Utilizing Attachment-Focused Techniques to Support Family Connection and Resiliency in the Perinatal Period

Jamie Bodily

Jamie Bodily is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula.  She has been a doula for 17 years working in community-based settings and in private practice.  She currently works in private practice focusing on perinatal mental health and wellness.

Jamie has been working with St. Louis University School of Medicine since 2014 and trains 7 medical students in the fall semester of each year in doula skills.  During their meetings, students get to tour a hospital facility Labor & Delivery unit and a Birthing Center within a hospital.  They have the chance to meet with OB/GYNs, Midwives, Lactation Consultants and Doulas to enrich their understanding of varying philosophies and beliefs about birth.

Jamie is actively involved in training and mentoring new doulas, advocating for more widespread use and funding sources for doula support and actively works with other agencies in the community serving high-risk pregnant and postpartum women.

 

1C: Cesarean Birth and Emotional Health: Recent Research and Implications for Care   

Sarah Best

Sarah Best, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in reproductive, maternal, and family health in New York City. Sarah has worked with individuals, couples, and families in court-based, hospital-based, hospice, and outpatient settings, and she served as a staff therapist and trainer at the Seleni Institute from 2013-2015. Sarah completed her professional training at New York University, the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, the Postpartum Stress Center, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and PSI.

Zoe Bisbing

Zoë Bisbing is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She works with individuals, couples, and families struggling with stress and anxiety; relationship problems; life and career transitions; and infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum issues. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and has a sub-specialty in child and adolescent eating disorders. Zoë is passionate about eating disorder prevention and early intervention.

Zoë has worked with adults, adolescents, and children across a wide range of treatment settings, including the inpatient unit of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Payne Whitney Westchester. She holds a Master of Social Work from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, and a certification in Family-Based Treatment from the Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Zoë has also completed additional training in CBT-E through the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford and in psychodynamic theory at the William Alanson White Institute. She is an active member of the Academy of Eating Disorders, Women’s Mental Health Consortium, and the International Cesarean Awareness Network.

 

1E: Bridging the Gaps: Women of Color and PMADs          

Jabina Coleman

Jabina G. Coleman is a Licensed Social Worker and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has dedicated the past decade of her life to serving women, children, and families. Jabina received her Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University. She later went on to earn a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. Jabina has since become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is the owner of LIFE House Lactation & Perinatal Services, LLC where she provides in-home lactation consultations, teaches breastfeeding and childbirth classes, and provides psychotherapy to parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.  Jabina is also the co-founder of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color, where the mission is to support professionals and communities of color who are dealing with the complications of perinatal mood disorders. Jabina is also the mother of two beautiful children.

Desiree Israel

Through her own journey into motherhood, Desirée knows just how far compassion can go. With a foundation of authenticity, integrity and fully understanding the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Desirée works each day to assist women in their own journeys and understanding through motherhood, postpartum support and healing. As a licensed social worker, Usui Reiki II practitioner and perinatal psychotherapist in Baltimore, MD, and the owner of her private practice, Motherland Community, Desirée assists women decipher the funk of motherhood through integrative and eclectic therapeutic modalities. When she’s not tending to her two sons, Desiree is a volunteer for Postpartum Support International and board member for 2020 Mom Project.

Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar, ScM, CLC, CPD holds a Masters in Public Health and is certified as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.  Her work connects postpartum support with public health by addressing unmet needs in the structure and delivery of perinatal support services.  In 2013, she helped create a DPH funded postpartum depression prevention pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts.  She currently provides comprehensive perinatal support for women and families at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, one of the four pilot sites. In 2015, she co-founded the Every Mother Project, an organization that provides training and support for women’s health professionals around screening for and addressing perinatal emotional complications with clients. In 2017, she co-founded the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color, which is now a part of PSI. A writer and a truth-teller, Divya tells it like it is and brings a fresh voice, compassion, and humor to her work with new families.

 

2A: PTSD Following Miscarriage and Stillbirth: Predictors and Psychotherapeutic Interventions

Deborah Rich

Deb Rich, PhD, LP, CPLC is the Founder and Director of Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology, PLLC in St. Paul, MN. Deb has provided psychotherapy, training and consultation for over 30 years. Shoshana Center honors the memory of her daughter Shoshana, who was stillborn in August 1985. Shoshana Center has gained local, national and international recognition, and is the only licensee of Dr. Rich’s training curricula, MommaCareTM. Deb holds leadership positions with the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstretics and Gynecology, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance, Minnesota Women in Psychology and the national faculty of Resolve Through Sharing. She is currently expanding her work to Israel in order to accomplish frequent visits with her grandbaby and extended family.

 

2C: Barriers and Maternal Mental Health Concerns in a Primary Care Setting     

Kendra Flores-Carter

Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter received her Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Flores-Carter currently works as a Maternal Child and Pediatrics Social Worker. Dr. Flores-Carter is also an adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino where she lectures in the Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Flores-Carter holds a Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate. Dr. Flores-Carter is an expert in MMH and holds a Maternal Mental Health Professional Cert.

 

 

2E: The Afterglow Support Group: A Curriculum to Support Mothers and/or Fathers    

Ashley Hanna Morgan

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, PSI volunteer coordinator for Nevada, and a poet. After my husband and I both experienced a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder, I trained with PSI, published a collection of poetry about the healing process, wrote a CBT-based curriculum and started the only free support group in LA. When I’m not working, I enjoy yoga, dancing, cooking, writing, and adventuring with my daughter.

 

3A: Perinatal Loss and the ATTEND Model of Grief Support          

Dvora Entin

Dvora Entin, LCSW is the director of JFCS Ma’oz in Philadelphia, a community outreach initiative to engage the Orthodox Jewish community in mental health issues.  Dvora has trained with Joanne Cacciatore as a Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider, and specializes in perinatal loss and Maternal Mental Health.  As a volunteer for K’nafayim, a NY based support for Jewish women experiencing loss, Dvora moderates phone support calls and helps women deliver stillbirth and miscarriage losses.

 

3E: A Psychodynamic Approach to Understanding Pregnancy Denial and Psychotic Delusions  

Diana Barnes

Dr. Barnes is a past president of Postpartum Support International. She is a forensic expert on pregnancy denial and infanticide and widely published author on all facets of women’s reproductive mental health. She is the editor of a reference text on women’s reproductive mental health across the lifespan and 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles.

 

4A: Yoga and Mindfulness for Perinatal Anxiety: Beyond Relaxation Skills          

Suzannah Neufeld

Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, C-IAYT is a licensed psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and author who has specialized in supporting women’s mental health for over a decade. She is a co-founder of Rockridge Wellness Center in Oakland, CA, where she has a private practice and leads yoga therapy workshops. Suzannah’s forthcoming book, “Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and New Motherhood,” will be released by Parallax Press in May 2018.

 

4C: Treating Perinatal Mental Health of Traumatized Women and Their Offspring        

Edith Gettes

Edith Gettes, MD serves on the faculty of the UNC Medical School Department of Psychiatry as Assistant Clinical Professor. She directs the UNC Women’s Mood Disorders clinics at Rex Hospital and at Vilcom Medical Center. Both clinics are housed within UNC high risk OB clinics and specialize in treating reproductive psychiatry. In addition, she is the attending psychiatrist for perinatal and other patients with mental health needs seen by UNC Family Medicine, and sees patients in multiple other settings at UNC school of medicine including a Mental Health Specialist Practice, Cisco’s company health center. She has special interest in supporting providers in rural areas who are seeing perinatal patients with mental health challenges, and in working and building therapeutic relationships with patients who have experienced  trauma. In addition to the practice of medicine, Edith is a musician who made her living as a performing violinist and violin teacher prior to starting medical school in 1998.

Anna Brandon

Dr. Anna Brandon is a board-certified clinical psychologist in private practice in Southlake, Texas.  Anna completed her doctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and subsequently received a Master of Science in Clinical Science as an NIH-funded Clinical Scholar.  As an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern, Anna assisted in the development of a free-standing Women’s Mental Health Center, and was awarded an early career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop Partner-Assisted Interpersonal Psychotherapy (PA-IPT) for perinatal mood disorders.  Her research took her to the University of North Carolina, where between 2011 and 2014 she was also the staff psychologist at the first dedicated perinatal psychiatry inpatient unit in the US.  Anna returned to Texas in 2014 where in addition to her private practice she is a Clinical Assistant Professor for UT Southwestern and the University of Iowa.  Alongside the clinical supervision for graduate students at UT Southwestern, Anna serves as an Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) trainer and collaborates in IPT research at the University of Iowa.

Francoise PIerredon      

Françoise Pierredon has been a Clinical Counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Therapeutic Interagency Program (TIP) since 2011, treating children age birth to 12 with a trauma history, and engaging their families and foster families in treatment. Prior to working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she worked in non-profit agencies in Lyon (France), Cincinnati and Louisville. She has received extensive training in the treatment of trauma and dissociation, EMDR therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, TF-CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Child Parent Psychotherapy. She has Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology (France), Mental Health Counseling and Piano Performance (USA) and studied at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan with Dr Shinichi Suzuki. In addition to the clinical work, she and her team are working with the courts and caseworkers to improve outcomes and permanency for young children and families many of which are affected by the opioid crisis.


4D, Part II: Legal Issues and Advocacy in Perinatal Mood Disorders         

Susan Feingold

Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist, author of, Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders, and adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. Specialist for over 24 years in women’s perinatal mental health issues. Recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International. Expert witness and advocate for HB 1764, a ground-breaking new law in Illinois. Recipient of 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award in perinatal issues and women’s mental health.

Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis is a trial and appellate attorney,  concentrating in criminal defense.  He has completed successfully countless trials and appeals in his 43 years of practice.  He has been the Judge Advocate for the Chicago Yachting Association, an adjunct professor of law, honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and has been the representative of the Chicago Bar Association on numerous occasions.  He volunteered to, and successfully answered, the State’s Attorney’s office’s objections to HB 1764 when that bill, the first mention of postpartum illnesses in any criminal law statute in the nation, was put on hold by the Senate Criminal Law Committee in view of those objections.

Barry is the father of two grown children.  An active sailor, he is the author of McGraw-Hill’s Learn To Sail Today, and the article in Sail Magazine, Four Challenges.  He also has an article pending in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers magazine regarding Illinois HB 1764.

 

4F: Well Moms, Well Tots: Maternal Depression Screening in Pediatric Primary Care    

Laraib Humayun

Laraib Humayun is the Health Liaison for Docs for Tots. She received her B.S. in Community Health from Hofstra University, where she assisted in research studying digital storytelling as a method of health education and promotion. Laraib brings  a passion for public health and a depth of knowledge in nonprofit strategy with experience working as Community Health Advocate for Health Leads at Nassau University Medical Center, and on the Medical Services Team at Planned Parenthood.

Melissa Passarelli

Melissa Passarelli is Director of Programs at Docs for Tots, managing their maternal depression and early childhood initiatives. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy and her M.A. in International Disaster Psychology. She has worked for nonprofits that focused on providing equal opportunities for education and healthy development for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and she has trained as a trauma therapist and disaster responder for various populations both domestically and internationally.

 

SATURDAY JULY 14

5B: Group Prenatal Care: What Is It and Why Is It Important?      

Emily Boothe

Emily Boothe is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She works at the Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias in Bluefield, WV practicing inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with a focus on maternal mental health. In an ongoing collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health Department of Psychiatry, she continues her research on psychosocial outcomes of group prenatal care.

Sebastian Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is the co-author of “Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning.” Dr. Kaplan’s clinical interests include assisting adolescents, young adults, and their families overcome a variety of life challenges. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests include, but are not limited to, developing creative treatment approaches for challenging problems.

Marta Olenderek

I am a psychiatry resident training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. My interests are in addiction and women’s mental health. I was born in Poland and immigrated with my family to America in 1993. I grew up near Orlando, FL and have one younger sister. I also enjoy traveling, singing, running, dancing and relaxing. I hope to be involved in research throughout the remainder of my career.                          

 

5E: Finding Space for Ourselves and Our Stories: Working in This Field as Clinicians with Perinatal Mood, Anxiety, and Loss Histories   

Laurie Ganberg

Laurie Ganberg is lead therapist at the Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support in Seattle, WA where she provides outpatient therapy for pregnant and postpartum women and works in the Day Program, a perinatal mental health PHP. Laurie previously worked in private practice specializing in maternal mental health and in community-based agencies as a clinician and supervisor. She was a co-founder of the Every Mother Project and has led trainings on perinatal mental health.

Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar, ScM, CLC, CPD holds a Masters in Public Health and is certified as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.  Her work connects postpartum support with public health by addressing unmet needs in the structure and delivery of perinatal support services.  In 2013, she helped create a DPH funded postpartum depression prevention pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts.  She currently provides comprehensive perinatal support for women and families at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, one of the four pilot sites. In 2015, she co-founded the Every Mother Project, an organization that provides training and support for women’s health professionals around screening for and addressing perinatal emotional complications with clients. In 2017, she co-founded the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color, which is now a part of PSI. A writer and a truth-teller, Divya tells it like it is and brings a fresh voice, compassion, and humor to her work with new families.

 

6A: Becoming Us: Baby-Proofing the Couple Relationship Can Lower Risk of PMADs     

Barbara Suarez

Barb Buckner Suarez is a Health Educator specializing in Childbirth and Parenting Preparation. In the 20 years of her career, she’s had the honor of sharing realistic expectations for pregnancy, birth and new parenting to thousands of couples. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Roberto, and their four children, Elisa, Alejandro, Lucia and Felix. Barb feels lucky to be doing work that she’s passionate about and continues to inspire her after two decades.

 

6B, Part II: Bridging the Gap: A Model for Interprofessional Collaboration with NICU Graduate Parents           

Sage Saxton

Dr. Saxton is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology, a Clinical Psychologist, and the Director of the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-Up Program.  She provides consultation to the NICU and Mother Baby Unit (MBU) at OHSU and works to improve Family Centered Care and the NICU experience both locally and nationally.  She provides training to both pre-and postdoctoral students and residents in psychology.

 

6E: The Heart Method: A New Tool for Self-Led Therapy  

Stefani Reinold

Stefani Reinold is a Board Certified psychiatrist, perinatal mental health specialist, and author of the book, Let Your Heart Out. She completed her psychiatry residency at George Washington University Hospital where she trained in the perinatal clinic, The Five Trimesters Clinic. She is the host of the podcast, Not the Typical Mom Show, where she talks about the not-so-typical, but all-too-common issues of motherhood. She has a private practice in Texas.

 

7A, Part I: Grief and Loss and Infertility – What Therapists Need to Know in Order to Facilitate Healing

Bina Bird

Bina Bird is a LMFT-S and after many years in agency work opened her private practice in 2015.  Bina has combined her personal passion of helping mothers with her clinical work by focusing her practice on Maternal Mental Health.  Bina has recently expanded her practice to include online therapy, and also provides education and training to her community on maternal mental health topics.  Bina lives in Haslet, TX with her husband and three children.

 

7B: Community Programs Roundtable        

Melissa Bentley, Moderator

Melissa Bentley is a volunteer coordinator with PSI, Board member for a local nonprofit, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA), and co-founder of a weekly support group for pregnant and postpartum moms.   She created and manages a therapy voucher program through PPHA that allows mothers to access quality care that they would otherwise not be able to afford. She has a passion for helping moms and their families.

Mollie Hartford

Mollie Hartford is the Executive Director and Home Visit Program Director for It Takes a Village, a nonprofit organization in Western Massachusetts. She is also a certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, and a peer-lead group facilitator. She is a mother of two boys, and enjoys finishing other people’s knitting projects.

 

7D: Developing as an Expert Witness in Maternal Infanticide/Filicide Cases – Theories & Case Conceptualizations   

Gina Wong 

Dr. Gina Wong, R.Psych. and Associate Professor at Athabasca University (Canada) specializes in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Gina has authored/edited three books: Counsellor Know Thyself (2010); Moms Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness (2012), and Mothering in East Asian Communities (2014) and has numerous book chapters and articles in academic journals related to Motherhood. Gina runs Maternal Mental Health Progress in Canada (Facebook) and is an expert witness in a maternal filicide cases in Canada.

George Parnham

George Parnham is a soft-spoken attorney who once trained for the priesthood and was thrust into the national spotlight through representing such high-profile clients as Andrea Yates and Clara Harris. Parnham has practiced law for thirty-seven years in Houston, Texas, specializing in criminal defense. Viewing law as a practical way to serve his fellow citizens, he has dedicated his life to the defense of the underdog. He has become an expert on the defense of individuals with mental illness and a passionate advocate for legal reform of their treatment in the criminal justice system. Parnham is called upon frequently by local and national news media to render an opinion on insanity plea cases and general defense issues in high profile cases, such as Lee Boyd Malvo (one of the accused D.C. snipers), Robert Durst, Kobe Bryant, and Scott Peterson.

Mr. Parnham was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1940, but considered Columbus, Georgia his childhood home. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas Law School in 1970. He is board certified in the area of criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. Mr. Parnham is married to Mary Moore. They are actively involved with several charitable organizations in the Houston Area including the Mental Health Association of Greater Houston, The Yates Children Memorial Fund, The Arbor Pre-School and Children’s Court Services of the Houston Area Women’s Center. The Parnhams have five children and six grandchildren.

 

7F: Addressing Microaggressions in Group Settings

 

Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar, ScM, CLC, CPD holds a Masters in Public Health and is certified as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.  Her work connects postpartum support with public health by addressing unmet needs in the structure and delivery of perinatal support services.  In 2013, she helped create a DPH funded postpartum depression prevention pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts.  She currently provides comprehensive perinatal support for women and families at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, one of the four pilot sites. In 2015, she co-founded the Every Mother Project, an organization that provides training and support for women’s health professionals around screening for and addressing perinatal emotional complications with clients. In 2017, she co-founded the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color, which is now a part of PSI. A writer and a truth-teller, Divya tells it like it is and brings a fresh voice, compassion, and humor to her work with new families.

LaShonta Edwards

LaShonta Edwards is the culmination of a strong Chicago foundation, determination and most importantly, faith. She is an example of what brains, persistence, entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a warrior mentality can accomplish.

After graduating High School, LaShonta entered the United States Army where she studied Surgical Technology then worked at West Point Military Academy’s Community Hospital caring for the needs of the Army’s Officer Cadets. After leaving the Army she continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kaplan University.

As she learned about Postpartum Depression (PPD) she realized there are few resources available to  women in the Houston Area. The lack of resources led her to organize A Mother’s Sanctuary in 2014.  In addition to education, she offers preventive care through her services as a Labor and Postpartum Doula.

Witnessing the disparaging treatment of mental health patients motivated her to fight back providing Mental Health First Aid Certification training with the hopes of ending unnecessary abuse at the hands of public safety and others in the community.

As she’s conquering hurdles in way of improved mental health education and treatment she also brought her dream of becoming an author come true, twice.

Educator, Advocate, Doula, Author, … Her greatest achievement is being a mother of 5

 

8B: Silent Suffering: Men and Traumatic Childbirth

Leslie Butterfield

Leslie Butterfield is a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. She’s traveled globally to provide training and consultation to medical and mental health organizations in the United States, Turkey, France, and Singapore. She’s developed the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University for 20 years, and is past Chairwoman of Perinatal Support – Washington, a state coordinator for PSI, and President of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth.

 

8D: The Chicken or the Egg? Eating Disorders and PMADs

Ryanne Mitchell

Ryanne Mitchell, MA, LPC, has a great deal of specialized experience and training in treating eating disorders across settings. Today, she owns and operates Resilience Center, an outpatient clinic focused on providing somatically-informed services in the treatment of eating disorders and postpartum mood disorders, as well as personality disorders and other mental health concerns. She enjoys smashing diet culture and exploring all things recovery in her blog and monthly podcast, “EDulting.”

 

8F: Screening Moms and Partners, a Perinatal Mental Health Screening Business Model          

Lynn McFarland

Lynn is the founder and CEO of Ingram Screening for perinatal mental health. She lives and works in Portland OR and is a three-time survivor of PMAD’s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Portland State and her MBA from Marylhurst University. She spent over fifteen years in nonprofit development and fundraising, making a career change into healthcare administration. She serves on the board of PSI and has a passion for maternal mental health.

 

SUNDAY SEMINARS

Postpartum, the Gender Nonconforming Family, and Creating an LGBTQIA-Affirmative Practice for the Parent PMAD Population

Julie Bindeman

 

GPS Group Peer Support for Women of Color        

LaShonta Edwards

LaShonta Edwards is the culmination of a strong Chicago foundation, determination and most importantly, faith. She is an example of what brains, persistence, entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a warrior mentality can accomplish. After graduating High School, LaShonta entered the United States Army where she studied Surgical Technology then worked at West Point Military Academy’s Community Hospital caring for the needs of the Army’s Officer Cadets. After leaving the Army she continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kaplan University. As she learned about Postpartum Depression (PPD) she realized there are few resources available to  women in the Houston Area. The lack of resources led her to organize A Mother’s Sanctuary in 2014.  In addition to education, she offers preventive care through her services as a Labor and Postpartum Doula. Witnessing the disparaging treatment of mental health patients motivated her to fight back providing Mental Health First Aid Certification training with the hopes of ending unnecessary abuse at the hands of public safety and others in the community. As she’s conquering hurdles in way of improved mental health education and treatment she also brought her dream of becoming an author come true, twice. Educator, Advocate, Doula, Author, … Her greatest achievement is being a mother of 5.

Crystal Gurney

 

Intensive Perinatal Mental Health and Mother-Baby Programs  

Margaret Howard

Laurie Ganberg

Catherine Birndorf

Pamela Geller

Ariela Frieder

Jesse Kuendig

Lita Simanis

Lisa Testa

Bobbie Posmontier

 

Postpartum Psychosis:   A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Approach for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Needs to Optimize Care and Recovery for Women and Their Families           

Michele Davidson

Michele R. Davidson, PhD, CNM, PMHNP, CFN, SANE, RN is a professor of nursing at George Mason University. Dr. Davidson is the PSI Coordinator for Postpartum Psychosis. Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on postpartum mood disorders with a special interest in postpartum psychosis. Dr. Davidson is a nurse midwife and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in women’s mental health. She is the author of 27 books, 30 external peer chapters, and 31 peer-reviewed publications.

 

Repropsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry in 2018

Nicole Cirino

Dr. Nicole Cirino is an academic physician who trained as a reproductive psychiatrist. Dr. Cirino has worked extensively with women and their families who experience perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms since 2003. She has been teaching all levels of learners for the past 15 years in academic institutions and is currently running the only perinatal mood disorder teaching clinic in Oregon that has trained more than 50 physicians.

 

Together We Achieve More: Filling Gaps in Care through Sustainable Community Networks    

Cara English

Dr. Cara English has 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care. Dr. English and her partners opened Terra’s Place with a mission to serve women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is passionate about empowering mothers and their partners to make informed decisions about their care that are in line with family cultural and spiritual values.

Meggan Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan received her Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2008. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-13529) in Arizona. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University in 2001. Her areas of special training and expertise include perinatal & postpartum mood and anxiety disorder. Ms. Sullivan utilizes an eclectic approach of theories and therapies in her practice including CBT, Solution-Focused, Behavior Modification, DBT, EMDR, and Hypnotherapy. Ms. Sullivan has worked with specialty populations including eating disorders, trauma, and also provides counseling services for a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, mood disorder, and bereavement. Ms. Sullivan accepts most referrals from adolescents through geriatrics, marriage/couples, and families. She accepts most insurance companies.

Ms. Sullivan uses a variety of therapeutic techniques in her practice to treat mental health symptoms. She employs evidence-based and minimally invasive interventions including: breathing exercises, essential oils, redirecting thoughts and behaviors, utilizing support systems, validation, stress and relaxation techniques, motivational interviewing, lifestyle changes, effective communication and coping skills, visualization, behavior modification, and awareness.

Bobbi Vogelsang

Dr. Bobbi Vogelsang has been in the field of psychotherapy since earning a Master’s in Social Work in 1985. After 18 years working in various capacities (public and private sectors, direct service as well as supervision/administration, and several years in private practice), Bobbi and her husband moved from Michigan to Arizona. She served as a clinician and a clinical director in public mental health organizations before joining Northlight Counseling Associates, Inc. in 2006. Dr. Vogelsang became a co-owner of Northlight in 2007, and co-founded Terra’s Place in 2016 with three partners to fill the gaps in care for mothers and their families who are suffering from Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. The four partners created a practice with a mission to treat Moms with perinatal mood disorders, and their families, with the dignity, understanding, professionalism, and complete mind and body approach that only comes with truly integrated care.Dr. Vogelsang’s clinical specialty areas include depression, anxiety and panic disorders, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, marriage and family concerns, chronic pain management treatment, and trauma recovery. Specialty services offered include hypnosis and Buddhist Psychology. Bobbi and her wonderful husband, Randy, have two adorable dogs, and enjoys working out, bike rides, concerts, discovering new restaurants and wines, and entertaining friends.

PSI Certificate Course Day 3: Advanced Mental Health Provider Training. The PSI pre-certification training

Birdie Meyer

Katayune Kaeni

Jennifer Harned

Christi Hibbert