Dr. Britta Bushnell (she/her) is a wife and mother, author of Transformed by Birth, veteran childbirth educator, celebrated speaker, mythologist, and specialist in childbirth, relationship, and parenting. For over 20 years, Dr. Bushnell has worked with individuals and couples as they prepare for the life-changing experience of giving birth. Her work with parents has been enriched by her doctoral work in mythology and psychology, her years spent as a co-owner of Birthing From Within, as well as her dedicated study of solution-focused brief therapy, storytelling, sustaining sexual vibrancy, and helping romantic partnerships thrive even during parenthood.
Anisah is a writer and self-love advocate living in Denver, Colorado, with her partner and her daughter, Nyla. She discovered Expectful while pregnant, which helped her drink in every sweet, fleeting moment with her baby. She encourages Expectful users to give themselves the well-deserved love and goodness that they so effortlessly give to others. When she isn’t empowering others, Anisah can be found meditating, curled up in bed with her journal, reading with her daughter, snacking on kiwis, strawberries and pineapple, or daydreaming about an overwater bungalow in the Maldives.
Joe DiStefano is an international speaker, fitness expert, entrepreneur and lifestyle coach. During his eight years as Head of Sport and Training at Spartan Race, Joe worked full-time with professional endurance athletes and taught seminars all over the world. Joe is the Founder of RUNGA, an experiential lifestyle brand empowering individuals through highly effective and sustainable practices that fuel health, wellness and performance. His talks and teachings focus on engraining profound mindset shifts, giving audiences the courage and the tools align their actions with their objectives throughout daily life.
After a traumatic brain injury, Joe dedicated his life to finding health again, stopping at nothing to regain his potential. Today, this experience shapes him as a coach and educator, where he believes that removing negatives and environmental detractors is a necessary step before piling on new tools and practices. While the industry is focused on the ‘sweaty and sore’ scale, Joe looks at the ‘health and happiness’ scale as a measure of success with his clients.
Dr. Ruth O. Arumala is an Obstetrician- Gynecologist & women’s health advocate with a solo practice in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Arumala offers comprehensive women’s health services with a focus on the medical & surgical management of fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, sexual dysfunction and menopause. She is passionate about empowering women to live a healthier more fulfilling life through improving health literacy. Dr. Arumala is a proud Nigerian-American raised in Salisbury, Maryland. She incorporates her myriad of experiences to offer the best, evidence-based care in a compassionate manner to her patients.
Dr. Moses Bernard is a MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE CHIROPRACTOR. He has been studying human movement for over 19 years and his single purpose has been to help teach people how to move better. He has extensive training as an upper cervical chiropractor, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC). Dr. Moses Bernard may be one of those humans that is an expert in human movement because he continues to remain curious about the human body and movement. He has enjoyed a wide variety of sports and activities over the years, and competed internationally in track and field while at university in Canada. Dr. Moses started cycling competitively after moving to Florida in 2009, and raced across the state for about four years. His current workouts and training are a mix of mobility training, running, powerlifting, and yoga. Dr. Moses Bernard has worked with organizations including: The NFL, NFL Players Organization, MLB and traveled with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dr. Juan Michelle Martin is a licensed physical therapist of 13 years, with an extensive background in patient care and as a competitive athlete.
She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedic practices and hospital settings, seeing a variety of clients from competitive athletes to kids, to pregnant/ postpartum women and more. This experience fueled her desire to focus exclusively on the pelvic floor as she realized that there was a huge gap in care and individuals often suffered when they didn't have to because there was unaware that there were solutions.
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Dr. Heidi Gastler has a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Thomas and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Heidi’s early training focused on orthopedic and neurological medicine as well as home health care, wound care, and physical rehab for those with eating disorders. Upon further studies, she gained experience in spinal disorders, orthopedic injuries, and chronic pain at Advanced Spine Associates as well as brain injury recovery via Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Heidi has taken a deep dive into core and pelvic floor health via her studies with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
LCK is a coach and educational blogger and vlogger (hello YouTube). At 18 years old, LCK was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. LCK’s 20’s were filled with disordered eating and exercise habits. And little to no guidance from traditional western medicine. To shift gears, LCK decided to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics in hopes of learning to support others in similar situations. LCK began fitness and nutrition coaching in 2008.
Sarah Peck is a writer, startup advisor, and Director of Startup Pregnant Podcast, a podcast where she explores and reimagines what parenting, entrepreneurship, work, and motherhood looks like. Sarah is a mother and currently calls NYC home.
Ryan is the creator of Order of Man. This is a community to connect motivated men to improving 8 key areas of their lives: Intellect, Leadership, Manly Know-How, Health, Relationships, Self-Mastery, Style, and Wealth. Ryan will be the first to tell you that he's no expert just a unique background with a desire to be a better man. Ryan is a father, husband, and Iraqi Combat Veteran.
Dr. Codi Wiener is Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Codi practices at Texas Medical Center in Houston. In this episode she shares about her personal journey into becoming an OBGYN and how she's making a comeback for vaginal breech births starting in Houston, Texas.
This Postpartum Panel was recorded for the BIRTHFIT Summit 2020 Powered by Thorne that we felt was too good not to share across all platforms. You'll hear from Tracie Collins of National Black Doulas, Dr. Heidi Gastler of Mountain to Sea Physical Therapy, Keli Garza of Steamy Chicks, and Kristen Roberts of Trestle Law as Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC asks questions and sparks discussion about postpartum care and support in American right now.
Nuno Costa became a father via surrogacy. He is also an entrepreneur, an athlete, and a single gay man that decided it was his time to become a parent. In this episode, Nuno shares is surrogacy journey and his immediate postpartum period with his baby girl Maria. This episode is one of two that we will share from the BIRTHFIT Summit 2020 Powered by Thorne.
Sara is the owner of NOLA Pelvic Health in her hometown of New Orleans, La and founder of The Vagina Whisperer, an online resource for pelvic health education and wellness sessions to help individuals worldwide. She is a doctor of physical therapy, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in 2004 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a board certified pelvic health physical therapist specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction in men and women. She received the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University in St Louis’ Program in Physical Therapy and was named one of New Orleans’ Top 40 under 40 young professionals in 2019. Sara Reardon, PT, DPT, WCS Sara Reardon is a doctor of physical therapy graduating from Washington University in St Louis and board-certified women's health physical therapist. She specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, painful sex, and pregnancy and postpartum recovery. She is the owner of NOLA Pelvic Health, a private practice providing pelvic health physical therapy in New Orleans, La. and founder of The Vagina Whisperer, an online resource for pelvic health education. You can find Sara on Instagram at @the.vagina.whisperer where she has over 100k followers or on her website at www.thevaginawhisperer.com
Valerie is the author of The Mommy Plan. Valerie has spent 20 years abroad, working as a business consultant in Europe and Asia- Japan, U.K., Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. It was during this time that I discovered, in my own life and those of many people I’ve cared for, how women struggle with various post-pregnancy symptoms. Valerie's education and teachings offer a blend of some of the most effective eastern and western postpartum recovery practices while guiding mothers through their physical and hormonal recovery cutting their healing time in half allowing them to be fully present.
Raichal is the Volunteer Director for GALS, Giving Austin Labor Support. Raichal is a student midwife originally from Mississippi and now calls Austin her home away from home. When Raichal is not on call apprenticing as a midwife she is directing and volunteer for GALS. GALS is a nonprofit that provides labor support in the Austin area.
Lisa is a Certified Fertility Awareness Educator, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, and author of The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. In this episode, Lisa discusses a bit on the history of the pill in America as well as three things to pay attention to while using one the fertility awareness methods. This episode has lots of information to help any menstruating human learn more about their fifth vital sign.
Karissa or “KK” is Tony Robbins top female trainer and performance strategist. At 25 years old and hand selected by Tony, she’s the youngest woman to ever hold the role and the only in the last decade. KK travels across North America 354 days out of the year speaking to a variety of different teams, companies, groups and organizations on the areas of mindset, success habits, leadership and sales mastery. Her strategy sessions blend her background in organizational theory with human psychology.
Kim Updegrove was born in New Jersey and has dedicated her career to saving babies’ lives and caring for women and children around the world. A registered nurse and certified nurse midwife (CNM), Updegrove earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at William Paterson University, a master of public health degree at Rutgers University and a master of science degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. After finishing her MSN, Updegrove left the Penn faculty and moved to New Haven, Conn., where she worked as a CNM, delivering more than 500 babies and providing well-woman care. She also served on the graduate faculty of the Yale University School of Nursing. Kim has devoted her professional efforts to growing the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin since 2002. Updegrove is a past president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), and chairs the guidelines committee helping to ensure quality control of donor human milk and cultivates the development of nonprofit milk banks. She has been invited to numerous states, Canadian provinces, China, Korea, Mexico, Poland, and Turkey to foster and mentor milk banks and to speak at regional, national, and international conferences on breastfeeding, milk banking, and women's health. She has been quoted in local media as well as ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. On days off Kim takes her grandson for hikes, plays tennis and talks to all who will listen about the life-saving powers of breast milk.
Dr. Alyssa Berlin is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. She offers private counseling for women individually and with their partners on issues such as anxiousness and emotional fluctuation during pregnancy, postpartum blues and depression, and the complex issues that can arise between and around new and expectant parents. Dr. Berlin is is on the Board of Advisors for the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and is a faculty member of Maternal Mental Health NOW Training institute. She conducts a multitude of live pregnancy and parenting workshops throughout Southern California and globally via Skype. You can read Dr. Alyssa's blogs on the Huffington Post where she contributes to PBS's 'This Emotional Life" project. Dr. Berlin received her doctorate at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA, went on to become a certified Gottman educator and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Alyssa and her husband, prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin live in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of four amazing children.
Nikki is a life coach for therapists, healers, seekers, and dreamers. She has transitioned out of a clinical therapy practice setting into one that embraces more humanity. Nikki has a ton of experience in trauma, highly sensitive people, addiction, and more. In this episode, Nikki and Lindsey discuss some heavy topics and how to support your nervous system when adopting a new way of living. This is a phenomenal episode to start 2020 to make sure you leave the old in the past and step into your new way of being today.
Sabia is a Radical Doula, Educator, Coach, Reproductive Justice Advocate & the founder of For The Village and Birthing Advocacy Doula Trainings. Her mission is to bring inclusive, accessible and full spectrum education and resources to all individuals and organizations ready to take the next step in creating a world of inclusion, justice and equity to birthing people all over the world.
Lindsey Mathews & Embo reflect on 2019 and discuss the direction of BIRTHFIT in 2020!
Alexa, a mother of four, shares her journey to and through motherhood and the drastic differences between each of her births! From twins, to a home birth, Alexa has done it all and shares her learnings through each birth experience.
Ryan and Julie share each of their journie into investigating personal nourishment or lack there of and how personal wellbeing led them to create Needed - a sustailable Omega 3 company. Both hopeful mothers, Ryan and Julie shed light on how vital Omega 3's are to the preconception, prenatal, postpartum, and infant wellbeing.