I am the founder of Discover & Dream, dedicated to helping families sleep better! My educational background includes a B.S. in Psychoogy with a double minor in Sociology and Education, and a Master of Speech-Language Pathology. My training as a speech patholgist provides me with expertise in sleep hygiene, infant and toddler development, routines, and oral motor development/airway. I am a certified, pediatric sleep specialist who offers services globally. I completed my training and certification with the Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting and is a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. I continued my education with Lindsey Hookway's Holistic Sleep Certification Mini Course. I combine all of this training to comprehensively and holistically help the entire family thrive. I help support babies and families to get more sleep through relationships and connection, without sleep training. My personal interests include nutrition, energy healing, and toxin-free living. Through this ongoing educational journey, I have increasingly felt empowered as a woman and mother to trust my body and instincts, and my passion is to help other mothers to feel the same.
When my first son was born, I decided that staying home was the best option for my family. Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t easy and feeling the effects of sleep deprivation made things even harder. I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of advice out there regarding baby sleep. Everything I read online or with advice from family and friends seemed to conflict with something else.
With many sleepless nights and difficulty with getting my first son to sleep, I learned how to navigate some of his sleep challenges. Things greatly improved and I started to feel more energized, calm, and relaxed during the day all because I was getting more sleep. I decided to change my life’s work to a newfound devotion to help other families get a better night sleep!
As time went on, my son's sleep didn't seem restful or restorative to me, although he was "sleeping" the recommended number of hours. My intuition told me that the quality of his sleep was poor, and this led me to learn about sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). We began a deep investigation with my son, sought different professionals and he was diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) around 3 years old. He was struggling to breath while sleeping and he signaled to me several times at night for survival. No wonder why he didn't seem like he was getting good quality of sleep, because he wasn't!
With time, patience, and treatment my son is a different kid today all because the quality of his sleep is much more restorative. Being on a holistic health journey for my whole family has opened my eyes up to treat the whole body, even when it comes to sleep. I wil help you get to any root or underlying sleeping issues with your baby or child.
I truly understand there is no one size fits, everyone's temperament traits and sensory preferences impact sleep. Therefore, I take the time to get to know the family seeking help, their environment, situation, parenting style, and the personality and temperament of the baby or child and work with them to co-create a plan that is perfect for them- and gets them all back to sleep!
Sleep challenges can have a huge impact on the well-being of the entire family. I offer 1:1 support that validates your instincts without the use of traditional sleep training. Together, we tackle sleep holistically. We address factors that may be impacting your child's ability to sleep, we explore developmentally appropriate expectations for sleep, and we shift patterns to ones that work better for your family all while supporting attachment and cultivating connection. My strategies are gentle and responsive- but effective to help with your little one's with their natural sleep rhythm. Improved sleep is not the goal. It is the end product when whole families are calmer, more connected, and less anxious.
Credentials & Education
Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Institute of Pediatric Sleep & Parenting
Certified Newborn Sleep (0 - 3 months), Institute of Pediatric Sleep & Parenting
Holistic Sleep Certification Mini Course
Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants
Member of ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Certified Reiki Master Practicioner