Sciencing Pregnancy, Birth, Infancy and Adulting.
- Graduated CAN Life Coaching Course June 2017
- I started my education at Dalhousie University with a BSc in Honors Neuroscience which led to a PhD in Medical Science and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. I continued research as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Columbia University. I studied psychodynamic thinking and practice at New York University Medical School Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. I was educated in infant-parent relationships and mental health at the Yale University Child Study Center Minding the Baby Program and The Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute. I studied Infant Mental Health Promotion at The Hospital for Sick Children. I have trained as a Birth Doula and Postnatal Doula with DONA International. As a lifelong learner I continue to educate myself in new and exciting areas that promote health starting from early life.
Transforming lives by improving health is my life’s work and passion. For over 15 years, in academic neuroscience laboratories, I studied how genetics and experience shape the brain, nervous system and body to influence lifelong mental and physical health. With a deep love and commitment to this work I earned competitive grants and published numerous articles to develop novel treatments for illness. Over time in the lab I became increasingly inspired to bring existing powerful knowledge to families, because what we currently know has tremendous power to transform lives, minds and health and make the world a better place for future generations.
My mission is to bring neuroscience research to families so they can use sound science to enhance every single day of their children's lives. Early life experience is so paramount and foundational to creating a healthy brain, mind and body; I believe it is immoral to know about this work and not share it with the world. I bring knowledge and practices directly to families and communities as a brain health educator, coach and doula.