Certificates

Professional Certification

  • Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT), via International Somatic Movement Therapists and Educators Association (ISMETA). September 2004 to present
  • Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA), DONA International. August 2013 to present
  • Savvy Birth® Instructor, Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth® Academy, December 2015 to present
  • Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Academy of Lactation Policy & Practice.  May 2012 to present
  • Registered Dynamic Body Balancing practitioner in Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Unwinding (CST). Dr. Carol Phillips, DC. Nov 2003 to present
  • Certificate in Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME), School for Body Mind Centering®. Jan 2004 to present
  • Registered Trainer for Early Childhood, MN Center for Professional Development, 2009 to present
  • Certificate in Hakomi Professional Skills for Bodyworkers. Hakomi School of Somatic Psychotherapy. Dec 1997

Professional Associations

Training

Birth & Perinatal support, Lactation counseling & Craniosacral Therapy

  • Integral Touch of Birth: Spinning Babies Professional Bodyworker Education. Debra McLaughlin, Adrienne Caldwell, Marcello Windolph, Gail Tully. Minneapolis, MN. July 26-29. 30 hrs
  • La Leche League of MN & the Dakotas conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 28-29, 2017 10 hrs
  • Mindfulness Based Childbirth & Parenting. Nancy Bardacke & Eluned Gold, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. March 29 – April 1, 2017. 42.5 hrs
  • Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Training Program. Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth® webinar. Dec 2016. 12 hrs
  • Due date & Advanced maternal age, Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth® webinar. Dec 12, 2016, 3 hrs
  • Slow Doula Method.  Tara Brooke & Gina Giordano.  Doula Trainings International webinar.  Nov 25, 2016. 2 hrs
  • Compassionate Healing: Recovery from traumatic birth for parents and providers. Leslie Butterfield & Suzanne Swanson. Simkin Center of Basty University webinar. Nov 4, 2016. 3 hrs
  • Spinning Babies World Confluence. St Paul. Sept 22-25, 2016. 18 hrs
    • Jenny Blyth & Fiona Hallaron: Create amazing space for the baby and Love up your pelvis
    • Phyllis Klaus: Counseling methods to help women after traumatic or negative childbirth
    • Adrienne Caldwell: Breech balancing
    • General session presentations: Gail Tully, Penny Simkin, Dr Anke Reitter, Claudia Booker, Jeanne Ohm, Dr Dennis Hartung, Marcello Windolph
  • Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Training Program. Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth webinar. Dec 2015. 9.3 hrs
  • Advanced doula training. Amy Gilliland. Childbirth Collective. Minneapolis, Nov 5, 2015. 8.25 hrs
  • Optimal outcomes in women’s health: American College of Nurse Midwives, MN Affiliate, Minneapolis, 2015 conference. Oct 2. 6.5 hrs
  • Breech Balancing. Adrienne Caldwell. Boomington, MN, Sept 27. 3.5 hrs
  • Spinning Babies. Gail Tully. Everyday Miracles. Minneapolis, Aug 14, 2015. 7 hrs
  • Friedman’s Curve & Failure to Progress. Rebecca Dekker. Evidence Based Birth® webinar. Aug 5, 2015. 1.8 hrs
  • Care for Suspected Big Babies. Rebecca Dekker. Evidence Based Birth® webinar.  Aug 3, 2015. 1.8 hrs
  • La Leche League Conference: Care Providers. Minneapolis. May 1, 2015. 6.5 hrs
  • MN Breastfeeding Coalition, Annual Meeting: Advocacy in Action. Sept 30, 2014. 6.3 hrs
  • MN Breastfeeding Coalition, Workshop: Implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Sept 29, 2014. 4.8 hrs
  • Birth Detective. Gail Tully, Childbirth Collective. Everyday Miracles. Minneapolis. May 9, 2014. 2 hrs
  • Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs TOT.  Holly Prestegaard, Eager to Learn webinar. Feb 5-14, 2013. 16 hrs
  • Interdisciplinary summit to enhance outcomes for newborns: Skin to skin care.  Dr Nils Bergman. Woodwinds Medical Center and JM Birth Consultants. Woodbury, MN. Oct 23, 2013.  7 hrs
  • Optimal outcomes in women’s health: Supporting physiologic birth. U of MN School of Nursing and American College of Nurse Midwives, MN Affiliate. Minneapolis. Oct 10, 2013. 7 hrs
  • Myofascial techniques for TMJ disorder. Til Luchau-Quiz. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals webinar. May 23, 2013. 1 hr
  • Women’s experience of traumatic birth & postpartum implications. Ashley Ashbacher. University of St Thomas/St. Catherine University, College of Social Work. St Paul. May 20, 2013. 45 min
  • Anxiety and birth: How can doulas help?  Jess Helle-Morrissey, MSW. Childbirth Collective. Minneapolis, May 10, 2013. 2 hrs
  • Nurses panel discussion with doulas.  Nurses of HCMC, Methodist and St. Joseph’s with Childbirth Collective members. Minneapolis, April 12, 2013. 2 hrs
  • Rebozo for birth.  Gina Kirby. Birth Experts Loft.  Minneapolis, April 6, 2013. 6 hrs
  • Helping survivors give birth. Cara S. Beams, MA. Childbirth Collective. Minneapolis, March 8 2013. 2 hrs
  • Post Partum Doula Training, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, DONA International. Blooma, Minneapolis, Jan 29 – Feb 1. 27 hrs
  • HypnoBabies Doula training.  Lindsay McCoy, HypnoBabies trainer.  Minneapolis, July 28 2012.  6 hrs.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine in Pregnancy & Postpartum Care.  Julie Colby.  Childbirth Collective.  June 8, 2012. 2 hrs
  • Lactation Counselor Certificate Training Program.  Sheri Garner & Lois Arnold.  The Healthy Children Project. April 30 – May 4 2012. 45 hrs
  • Fast Birth 101. Kate Saumweber Hogan, CPM, Catherine Mascari, CNM, Ann Oswood, CNM, Emme Corbeil, CPM. Childbirth Collective. April 13, 2012. 2 hrs
  • Supporting women during and after pregnancy.  Maren McMillan, Pregnancy and PostPartum Support of MN.  Feb 11, 2012. 6 hrs
  • Bladder and Pelvic Floor Issues for Practitioners. Melissa Cathcart, L.Ac. Jan 2012. 6 hrs
  • Healing Birth Stories for Birth Professionals. Maureen Campion, MS LP. Jan 2012. 3 hrs
  • Enlightened Mama Birth Doula. Liz Abbene, Enlightened Mama. DONA. Dec 2011. 21 hrs
  • Bringing Baby Home. Drs. John & Julie Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute. Donna Corbo. April 2011, 3 hrs
  • PreNatal Developmental Interventions. Joanne O’Leary. Center for Early Education & Development, U of MN. Oct – Dec 2010. 24 hrs
  • Assessment and Methods for the Shoulder Girdle.  Doug Nelson, MT. ABMP webinar. 1 hr.
  • James McKenna:  Co-sleeping Research and Practice. Minnesota Childbirth Collective.  6 hrs
  • Pelvis and Bladder function. Mel Cathcart, Barefoot Acupuncture. Jan 2010, 2 hrs
  • Birth is more than a beginning. Dr William Emerson, Ten Moons Rising, Mar 2009, 21 hrs
  • Beyond the Baby Blues conference. North American Mental Illness (NAMI), June 2008. 5.5 hrs
  • Birthing from Within, Pam England conference. Woodwinds Hospital and MN Childbirth Collective. Oct 2007. 8 hrs
  • Dr Benjamin Shields, Milne Institute, Pediatric craniosacral therapy for Birth to 2 year olds and 2-14 year olds. June – July, 2007. 64 hrs.
  • Supporting Baby’s Wholeness from the Beginning of Life. Wendy Anne McCarty, Santa Barbara Institute. Oct, 2006. 8 hrs.
  • Lactation Education for Health Care Professionals. Evergreen Perinatal Education. Fairview Health Services. Mar, 2006. 42 hrs
  • Belly Mapping. Gail Tully, Dakota County Technical College, Feb 2006. 3 hours
  • Breastfeeding: Beyond the Basics. Linda Smith, La Leche League of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Nov 2005. 7.2 hrs
  • The Future of Birth: A workable approach to improving outcomes. Ina May Gaskin, Red Cedar Medical Center. Sept 2005. 2.5 hrs
  • Sensational baby: Initial newborn care. Promoting infant brain growth.  Omega 3 PUFA.  13 C’s of Patient Education. Emotional intelligence at work. Maureen Shogan, RN. Regions Hospital. Sept 2005. 6 hours.
  • Infant loss and the subsequent pregnancy. Joann O’Leary. Abbot Northwestern Medical Center. April, 2005. 8 hrs
  • Angel Phillips at Riverside Alternative Therapies, Apprenticeship in craniosacral therapy Jan 2004 – June 2005. 60 hrs
  • Dr Carol Phillips, Dynamic Body Balancing practitioner training in craniosacral therapy and myofascial unwinding. Oct-Nov 2003. 44 hrs
  • Postpartum Disorders. Dr. Suzanne Swanson. Minnesota Childbirth Assistants Collective. Oct 2004. 2.5 hours
  • Magda Gerber’s Educarer approach to care of babies. Phyllis Porter. Ramsey County Childcare Resource and Referral. Mar 2001. 2.5 hrs
  • Doula and Childbirth Assistant, Gail Tully and Kim Garret. Sage Femme Midwifery School, 1999. 19 hours
  • Hypnotherapy for Birth Support, Phyllis Klaus, Abbot Northwestern Medical Center, 1999. 18 hours

Somatic Body-Mind Therapy with focus on Neuro-Developmental Therapy, Early Childhood Development & Learning Processes 

  • School for Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) and certified teachers and practitioners of BMC®, 1985 to present
    • BMC® Infant Developmental Movement Education program, 200 hrs
    • BMC® NeuroDevelopment of body-mind integration. 714 hours
      • Developmental movements
      • Basic neurological patterns
      • Brain and central nervous system
      • Senses and perceptions
      • Reflexes, righting reactions and equilibrium responses
      • Embryology
  • BMC® Body-mind integration via movement through anatomical systems. 388 hours
    • Fluids – cerebrospinal fluid of craniosacral system, cellular, transitional, interstitial, blood, lymph and synovial fluids
    • Endocrine and immune systems
    • Muscles and fascia systems
    • Organs
    • Skeletal system
  • Calming the Nervous System through Movement: A Neuro-Developmental Perspective. Dr Martha Eddy. Dance Educators Coalition. Perpich Center for the Arts. Aug 1-2, 2017. 9 hrs
  • Embryology. Olive Bieranga,Body Cartography. Themes: Conception: Field & stillness, Flow & cell migration, Becoming bilaminar & implantation, Becoming trilaminar & internal potential space, Notochord, Formation of circulatory system, Flow through neuroenteric Enfolding & rotation around heart, Spiral of vasculature & heart tube, Emergence of limbs, Overlapping emergence of support preceding development. May 18- June 22, 2017. 15 hrs
  • BMC Embryology study group with Margie Fargnoli, RSMT, Patricia Lucas, PhD and Monica Matos, Ten Moons Rising. Topics:  Place of Space, Physiology of preconception, Egg & sperm journeys, Bilaminar disc & implantation, Neurulation, Heart field, Circulatory system emerges. Jan 2013- April 2014. 24 hrs
  • Embodied Pelvis, Otto Ramstad & Olive Bieranga. Body Cartography. Jan 26, 2014 and July 2013. 10 hrs
  • Embodied Torso, Otto Ramstad & Olive Bieranga. Body Cartography. Dec 2013, 10 hrs
  • Impacts of Perinatal Imprints and Accessible Embryology.  Annie Brooks & Margie Fargnoli.  Body-Mind Centering® Association.  June 29- July 1, 2012.  10 hrs
  • Critical Learning Through Movement: Infants and Toddlers Exploring Their World. Dr. Carol Leitschuch. Center for Early Education & Development, U of MN. Mar-May 2015. 42 hours
  • Understanding Deafblindness & the Role of the Intervener. Dr. Jerry Petroff.  MN DeafBlind Project. Aug 21, 2013. 5.5 hrs
  • Educational Stability: What does it mean for young children? College of Education & Human Development. U of MN. Nov 18, 2012. 4 hrs
  • Let’s Move Childcare Technical Assistance TOT.  Caree Jackson.  Let’s Move Childcare. Aug 24, 2012. 6 hrs.
  • National Dance Educators Organization and American Dance Therapists Association joint conference.  Oct 19-22 2011
    • Conflict resolution in the classroom. Martha Eddy, Karen Bradley, Susan Tortora, Nancy Beardall.  3 hrs
    • Dancing through the ages.  Susan Tortora. 6 hrs
    • Dance before diagnosis.  Christina Deveraux. 2 hrs
    • What is somatic dancing? Martha Eddy. 1 hr
    • Early childhood forum. Martha Eddy, Susan Tortora. 2 hrs
    • The dancer’s brain. Matt Henley. 1 hr
  • Toxic stress: Impact on Children and Families, CEED, Dr. Megan Gunnar & Dr Katherine Magnuson. April 2011. 3 hrs
  • Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute® for Neuro-Sensory-Motor and Reflex Integration
    • Integration of Infant Dynamic and Postural Reflex Patterns. Pamela Curlee. Apr-May 2010. 32 hours
    • Therapy for Orofacial Treatment. Dr. Anna Regner April 2010. 12 hours.
    • Hands and Upper Limbs Reflex Integration. Dr. Svetlana Masgutova. Mar 2010. 16 hours
    • Visual, Auditory Language Reflex Integration. Dr. Svetlana Masgutova.  Feb 2010. 24 hours
    • Reflex Integration for Children with Challenges. Dr. Svetlana Masgutova. July 2008. 32 hours
  • Nutrition, autism and neural function.  Maureen Nagle, MS, LN, New Bridge Clinic. Mar 2010. 4 hours
  • DAN National conference video talks: Bio-medical contributors to autism.  New Bridge Clinic, Mar 2010, 4 hours.
  • DAN regional conference: Bio-medical issues in Autism.  Sept 2009, 6 hours
  • Rhythmic Movement Training, Mary Gazca, April 2009, 6 hours
  • Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (SMART), Minnesota Learning Resource Center. July 2008. 26 hours.  Hamline Graduate School of Education, 2 graduate credits
  • Signs of Autism in Infancy: Recognition & Treatment. Stella Acquarone. Jan 2007. 5 hours
  • HANDLE program for Neuro-Development, Janet Oliver of HANDLE Institute. April 2006. 12 hours
  • Self directed studies in works of Judith Bluestone, Harald Bloomberg, Nancy O’Dell and Patricia Cook et al. 2003 – present
  • Detection and Remediation of Neuro-Developmental Delay in Children with Specific Learning Difficulties or Coordination/Movement Difficulties, Dr. Sally Goddard, Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology. Sept 2003. 8 hours
  • Boost-Up Program, Dr. Lyelle Palmer, Winona State University, June 1996. 30 hours

Somatic movement practices, Dance and improvisation
1979 to present, over 4000 hours

  • Authentic movement, Michael Gardos Reed. Beautiful Studio.  Jan 2015 to present
  • Interplay with Cecilia Swanson. Jan 2014 to present. 10 hours
  • Authentic movement, Michael Gardos Reid, Otto Ramstad & Olive Bieranga of Body Cartography. Aug 2013 to Spring 2014.  10 hrs
  • Tai Chi, Rob Grunewald, Birthing Life Tai Chi Center. Fall 2014. 10 hrs
  • Authentic movement, Otto Ramstad & Olive Bieranga. Body Cartography. Aug 2013
  • Chan Mi Gong, Franz Moeckl, June 15-16, 2013 Minneapolis Yoga Workshop
  • Belly dancing. Cassandra Shore.  Jawaahir Dance Company and Cassandra School.  June 11 – present, 2012.  15 h
  • QiGong, Lee Holden.  2011 to present
  • Evolutionary Yoga,Kevin Kortan.  Evolutionary Movement: Jewels: Asana Alignment and Art of Vinyasa Flow; Matrix of Movement: PreVertebral, Vertebral, Freedom and Form, Spiral movement, Motion and Emotion, Asanas, Vinyasa, Sounding Body, Bountiful Breath. 2006 to present
  • Kripalu Yoga, Nancy Boler. Common Ground. Dec 2, 2009
  • Qi gong, Paul Norr,Common Ground Meditation Center. 2004
  • Qi gong, Master Lin, Spring Forest Qi Gong. Mar 2003
  • Kripalu Yoga Center, Minneapolis Yoga Center, St Paul Yoga Center, Diane Elliot & Gina Wray. 1982, 1998, 2000
  • Tui na and Tai chi, Dr. He, Traditional Chinese Medicine Center and Minneapolis Tai Ch iCenter. 1988, 1996
  • Qi gong, Master Lin, Spring Forest Qi Gong. Mar 2003
  • Qi gong, Paul Norr,Common Ground Meditation Center. 2004
  • Embodied Voice, Marilyn Habermas-Scher and others. 1981, 1982, 1985-1986, 1998-2000
  • Mindfulness, Personhood and Spirituality, Hakomi Method, Cedar Barstow, Dec 1996. 13.5 hours
  • Attending the Body, Hakomi Method, Morgan Holdford, Nov 1996. 14 hours
  • Kinetic Awareness. Wendy Morris. 1995
  • Continuum, Emilie Conrad D’oud. Fall 1988
  • Nancy Hauser Dance Company, Diane Elliot, Steve Potts, Cynthia Stevens and others. 1979 to 1984. 1853 hours
  • Reiki, first degree. Ethyl Lombardi. 1981

Arts Education and Integration

  • Dance Education Initiative workshops, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Feb – June 1999, 24 hours
  • Arts Integration with Academics for primary grades, Annenberg Arts for Academic Achievement,  Minneapolis Public Schools , 1998 – 2000. 18 hours

Reflective & Mindfulness practices

1993 to present, over 1170 hours

  • Learning Methods. Babette Lightner, based on the work of David Gorman. Online webinar. April 24 – June 12, 2017. 16 hrs.
  • Mindful Self Compassion, based on Germer & Neff. Jean Fagerstrom & David Alley. Common Ground Meditation Center. Jan – Mar, 2017. 23.5 hrs
  • Twin Cities Vipassana Collective Meditation Retreat, Kamala Masters & Bonnie Duran. June 17-26, 2016. 88 hrs
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Shelley Graf, Common Ground Meditation Center. Oct – Nov 2015. 27 hrs
  • Buddhist Studies, including Impermanence, Paramitas, Dependent Co-origination, Five spiritual faculties; Cilla/Integrity; Karma and others.  Marc Nunberg. Common Ground Meditation Center
  • Mental Health practitioners group. May 2011 to present.  26 hrs
  • Tonglen Practice Intensive. Therese Jacobs Stewart. Mindroads Zen Center. Feb – Mar, 2010, 14 hours
  • Reflective Practice and Professional Development.  MN Center for Professional Development, April 2009, 3 hrs
  • Clouds in Water Zen Center and Zen teachers in retreats and classes. Judith Ragir, Marilyn Habermas-Scher, Therese Jacobs-Stewart, Reb Anderson, Jo-en Snyder, George Bowman, et al
  • Twin Cities Vipassana Community, and vippassana teachers Diane Elliot, Matthew Flickstein, Marcia Rose, Santikaro Bhikkhu, Myoshin Kelly, Steve and Kamala Masters
  • Emotional processing skills in Hakomi, 143.5 hrs
  • ReEvaluation Counseling,  18 hrs

Professional Trainer skills

  • Evidence-Based Practice in Adult Learning. MNCPD Mar 2012. 2 hrs
  • Evaluation: Understanding Trainer and Training Effectiveness. MNCPD Mar 2012. 2 hrs
  • New Initiatives in Professional Development. MNCPD Mar 2012. 1 hrs
  • Writing Course Descriptions. Pamela Terwilliger.  MNCPD. Jan 2012.  2 hrs
  • Writing Learning Goals & Objectives. Charlotte Nitardy. MNCPD. Dec 2011. 2 hrs
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Adult Learning: Serving Adult Learners in Early Childhood Care and Education through Training and Relationship-Based Approaches.  MNCPD and CAEL.  May 2010, 7 hours

Academic credentials

  • Hamline University, Education Dept Graduate studies, summer 2008, 2 credit hrs
  • Anatomy and Physiology, University of Minnesota, 1986-1987, 74 credit hours
  • Masters in Management with specialization in adult education, Metropolitan State University. 1989
  • Bachelors of Arts, Coe College, 1977