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I was introduced to Dr. Angelique Millette and the Millette Method when I was doing my post-graduate work with Dr. Suzi Tortora. I have always had an interest in early childhood and infant mental health, specifically interpersonal neurobiology and attachment. In graduate school, I focused my studies on nonverbal communication and attunement between parent and child. At that time, I also became excited about the psychology of becoming a mother, how a mother experiences the transition into motherhood, and maternal mental health. I am currently working toward my PhD at Virginia Tech in Human Development and Family Science, with a focus on parent-child interactions in infancy and early childhood.
As a clinician, I specialized in trauma, attachment disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders but my passion has always been in prevention, wellness, and education. Soon after graduate school, I started my own business working with parents and children, focusing on how attunement and self-awareness affects attachment and behavior. As a Millette Method trained sleep consultant, this continues to be my focus.
My own transition into motherhood fed my passion for maternal development and health. Suffering from postpartum anxiety and experiencing first-hand the need for a strong support team, I am very focused on how this work in pediatric sleep can support parents, especially mothers. Surrounded by families who practiced strict parenting philosophies, I felt a lot of guilt for needing self-care and was very hesitant to do any kind of sleep learning. However, my endocrinologist (I suffered from gestational diabetes and continued to have elevated glucose levels postpartum) told me to check my glucose levels after a good night of sleep versus a rough night of sleep. I found that my glucose levels were 10 points lower after a good night of sleep. Knowing I needed to take care of my health, I contacted Dr. Millette. I chose Dr. Millette, because I wanted to work with someone who knew current research in attachment, development, sleep science, and maternal identity. I valued Dr. Millette’s method of working so much that I started studying with her. I am passionate about about empowering new parents with solid, evidenced-based information as a way to help them feel confident in their own parenting choices, especially around the delicate issue of sleep.
I offer In-Home consults in Richmond, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Blacksburg, and Charlottesville, VA. I offer Skype consults to anywhere with internet and am available for lectures and classes both via internet and in person. I am a member of the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health, Virginia Postpartum Support, serve on the programs committee for Nurture RVA, and am a Lactation Counselor. I also offer postpartum support groups and postpartum yoga classes.