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Chris Pasciuti, Treasurer.  Domestic Violence/Prevention Consultant.  After serving as a Deputy Sheriff for years and seeing more than my fair share of domestic violence situations, including child abuse, I decided to get more involved in the prevention and education for children.I became very aware and involved after the birth of my son, who was born with Tuberous Sclerosis, which is a genetic disorder and the leading cause of Epilepsy.  My son became very ill and I spent 8 weeks in the NICU at UCLA Medical Center while my son was intubated and as a very high percentage of NICU babies do, my son ultimately succumbed to his illness.  At the time I wished I had more education and support from both the personal and professional levels.  My goal now is to help educate and support other parents who may be in the same situation as I once was, as well as the professionals who deal with them.

Beth Fletcher RN, BSN, LMT, MA.  Senior Trainer.  Nurse/NICU Consultant.  Beth Fletcher has been working in the healthcare field for over 35 years. She graduated with her BSN and immediately started working with premature infants in the NICU. She is still working at the bedside as a transition nurse in labor and delivery.   In 1993, Mrs. Fletcher graduated with her massage license. Since then, she has stayed true to her heart to bring integrative medicine to mainstream healthcare. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Organizational Development with a specialty in Healthcare Organization, Beth has been integral in brining integrative therapies to the Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital in Hollywood, Fl.  Mrs. Fletcher has been involved with education since the start of her career. She has been teaching classes in CPR, NRP, Infant massage, patient and family care, infant massage instructor certification, as well as courses at a massage school. Mrs. Fletcher has been a guest lecturer at several Neonatal and Patient and Family Centered Care Symposiums.  Beth’s passion to creating healing and educational environments is evident and appreciated by those she touches in her life.

Susan Highsmith, Ph.D.   Pre and Perinatal Consultant.  Susan is an educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. She received her doctorate from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She instructs masters and doctoral candidates, lectures at universities, community colleges, and charter schools, and speaks at international congresses on the new field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Susan is a national board certified counselor (NBCC). She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, seeking to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom.  In 2003 Susan co-produced an educational DVD “Babies Know” which has now been disseminated internationally.  Her article “Primipara’s Expectations of Childbirth: The Impact of Consciousness” was published in the Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. Susan has developed a prenatal education program entitled “Picturing a Better Birth,” designed to assist pregnant women in optimizing the application of their minds, both conscious and subconscious, to enhance their birthing experiences for the benefit of their babies and themselves. She presented “Mothers’ Minds Matter” in Heidelberg, Germany in 2009 and has just published her book, The Renaissance of Birth (2014), with this topic as a chapter.  She is an advocate for change particularly in the language used to describe birth saying that the very word “delivery” disempowers women while using expressions like “giving birth” empowers them. Susan is dedicated to awakening consciousness in the realm of childbirth, promoting the concept that gentle life beginnings have positive long-term consequences for individuals and humanity.

Lori Fox, M.A. Psychologist.   Secretary.  Parent/Family Support, and  School Therapist/Early Intervention Consultant.    Working with children and families is something that I have enjoyed doing ever since I got my first babysitting job when I was fifteen years old.  I wasn’t sure what God had planned for me and although I stumbled over many hurdles along the way, I am very blessed to be where I am today.  After five years and two children later, I received my MA degree in School Psychology from Argosy University here in Phoenix. Born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, I was not sure Phoenix was going to be where I call home, but with a great husband and two wonderful boys, we have made Phoenix our home…for now.  Infant Massage is something that I got into once my second son was born.  He was born early, at thirty-two weeks.  He weighed only 3 lbs and 14 ounces and spent his first ten days in the NICU of Scottsdale Shea Hospital.  I was there about eight of those days, as I was struggling with preeclampsia. When he came home, I didn’t know how to hold him, care for him, and began to enter into postpartum depression, I found a way that my son and I could bond, and I could learn how to love and feel confident and comfortable with his little fragile body. It was through massage.  After working for seven years in early intervention as a family support specialist and later as a child and family therapist, I decided to take some time off and help my husband build his business. Fox Designs has become a wonderful web design company that I have truly enjoyed building.  It was in 2010 that I got certified in Early Infant Massage and Bonding as well as in early Trauma. I have recently been re-certified in infant massage and early bonding in 2013 and  have decided, through the grace of God to embark on my own journey and continue to work with children and families. I love what I do and anything is possible with a little FAITH and LOVE!

Penny Goldmanis a Senior Trainer for the Early Bonding Foundation, and an OT/NICU Consultant.  She has been an Occupational Therapist since 1994 and specializes in the treatment of Pediatric and Neonatal patients.  She works in a large pediatric hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Besides being an Infant Massage and Early Bonding Instructor and Trainer, she is a Certified Lactation Counselor and is Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certified as well. Penny has worked with numerous families within and out of the NICU setting and has had the unique experience and honor of being a mother to premature twins who had an extended stay in the NICU. Penny’s passion is to promote optimal growth and development for the premature population.

Tammy Roecker,Founder and President of the Early Bonding Foundation, Master Trainer.  Tammy began with studies in Psychology.  For over 20 years she has been an AZ Licensed, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, with extra Certifications in Pre-and Perinatal Massage.  She is also a Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Personal Trainer focused on Perinatal Fitness, and an Infant Massage Instructor/Trainer.  Her interest in pre and perinatal massage began when she realized that not only did she need advanced bodywork techniques during this time, but also the need for education and support  through the entire process from pre-conception to postpartum care for herself, and  the health care providers that she was seeing. Her interest in teaching infant massage and early bonding techniques started when they helped to alleviate her own child’s colic, and her postpartum depression.  The techniques began to expand as her children grew.  This began extensive research, and collaboration, to include areas of special needs, including the medically fragile and babies born early.  Tammy also serves on the Loving Birth Connection, a committee of The Living Medicine Foundation.