A licensed Master Social Worker in both clinical and macro specialty, Sarah has worked as a facilitator, counselor and advocate for families in a variety of settings, including schools, residential facilities, in-home and clinics, locally and abroad. Sarah strives to develop community organization through her work with non-profits. She has served as the Trainings and Technical Assistance Chair for the Michigan Network For Youth and Families’ board and served on the Community Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Maternal and Child Health Training Program.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for South Oakland Shelter as well as on her local AAUP union as a member of the Academic Staff Steering Committee. After being an active member of the Wayne State University School of Social Work Alumni Board, Sarah joined the School of Social Work as an Advisor for the Master’s program. She is currently completing a certificate in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International. As a new mom, she hopes to instill a sense of support and provide resources for moms within her community.
Juliana Schewe, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP, Certified MUTU Pro, Dancing for Birth™ Instructor, Zumbini®, Director of Fitness & Education
Juliana is a trained Anusara-Inspired Yoga teacher whose playful and creative classes weave together metaphor, philosophy and principles of alignment. Her classes are infused with her effervescent personality and encouraging nature. As a visual artist and belly dancer, Juliana was drawn to yoga as a means of harnessing her creative energy, to alleviate stress and to deepen her awareness of the anatomy and movement of the body. She specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga and movement. She completed her prenatal yoga training through Mindful Mamas and she most recently completed her MUTU Pro Training, as she wants the mamas and mamas-to-be in her classes to be supported fully.
She has been belly dancing for 17 years and belly danced throughout her entire first and second pregnancies as well as through first stage labor. She has masters degrees in Fine Arts as well as in Art Education and currently works in public education. Yoga, belly dance and art are a way of life for Juliana. As a mother, she is committed to living her life with compassion and awareness, in order to create a strong foundation for her family and the global community to flourish.
Tessa Benziner, RYT, RPYT, Yoga Teacher
Tessa Benziger is a registered yoga teacher and a master’s level social worker and therapist. She is passionate about helping children and adults alike connect with their own source of peace and strength through yoga, breath, meditation, and empowerment-based counseling. She is a Certified Trauma Specialist through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, and has completed her prenatal certification through Mindful Mamas. She is the mother of three wild and beautiful children, and practices mindfulness daily to help manage her sleep-deprived, stain-covered, love-filled life.
Cortney Bugar, Infant Massage Instructor
Cortney is trained in Infant Massage though Infant Massage USA. She is also working towards certification in an evidenced based intervention, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, for short. Full time, Cortney is the Quality Supervisor for Starfish Family Services in Wayne County. Cortney graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work in 2004 and a Masters of Social Work in 2005 from Eastern Michigan University. When not working, Cortney enjoys spending time with her lovely, strong spirited daughters.
Angela Chatzopoulos, Certified Fit4mom Instructor
Angela is a trained Fit4mom instructor. She previously taught Pre-K through 8th grade math special Education, but always had a passion for fitness and nutrition. Her classes are perfect for moms with babies in strollers, babies in carriers or pregnant mamas. She decided to teach fitness classes when she went on maternity leave with her second son and wanted to continue working out, but not have to leave him in a gym daycare. The classes are interactive for the children and incorporate the stroller as well. The exercises can be modified for every mama depending on where they are in their stage of fitness. She has masters degrees in Biology as well as in Education and currently works as an independent consultant with Arbonne and a fitness instructor. Fitness and nutrition are extremely important to Angela and she feels as though the earlier children see the importance the better. Children learn from what they see and are exposed to consistently. Exercise has been shown to help in many aspects and being able to share the time with your little ones while fulfilling your needs is perfect.
Carrie Conrad, Self Defense and Safety Specialist
Carrie Conrad is a dedicated self defense and safety specialist and lead instructor for Beating Disaster, a specialty school offering relevant and respectful self defense and safety training. Though her journey began almost 20 years ago in martial arts she has a background in violence prevention, communication and even bodyguard training – among other safety related topics.
Unfortunate life experience is what led her passion for training others in karate to evolve into an obsession and then profession of empowering women and children through self defense training and safety training. She is committed to helping families and individuals stay safe in real-life situations - whether in their home, at school or work, or on the street. Defense, especially in relation to domestic violence or abuse, addiction or alcoholism, and mental health issues is a pertinent and distinguishing focus.
Though she still enjoys teaching Kenpo karate, most of her time is spent presenting to small groups or at conferences, providing hands on self defense training, or giving private instruction for families with specific safety related concerns.
Dani C Cusick 300RYT
I’m a mom of one little girl (Caris) and I come from South America (Chile is my birth place). I’ve been living in Ferndale ( and the US) for 1 1/2 years and I’m loving the community; started the Facebook group “The Fern Moms” and have found awesome peers to connect.
I earned my first certificate as a Yoga Teacher in 2013 in Chile where I studied Integral Yoga for a year. After that, I explored a few other Yoga styles (mainly Hatha and Ashtanga) which contributed to my style of practice and teaching. I like and I’m used to change. In 2015 I got certified in prenatal Yoga through Loknath Yoga, an Indian school with a branch in Chile. I knew I wanted to be a mom.
My big move—as for many Yoga seekers— was an Intensive Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program that I completed in Chennai, India in 2016. I’d been teaching for 2 1/2 years and I needed improvement and inspiration; there’s no better place than India to achieve both things!
Yoga for me is “movement through breathing“. My classes are dynamic, relaxing, fun (hopefully!) and active. I like to move with the flow and the energy of the students. I’m looking forward to share my practice with you.
Jennifer Day, IBCLC, CLS, CLE, In-Home Lactation Support
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Founder and Owner of Feed the Babes, LLC offers in-home and clinic based, skilled breastfeeding support services. Jennifer also serves as the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) 310 Connect Project Manager. Additionally, she acts as Chairperson of the Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition and facilitator of an incredibly successful Breastfeeding Support Group entitled “Meet, Nurse, Love” in Oakland County, MI. The married mother of two happy, healthy, breastfed children endeavors to bring best practices to mothers while equitably educating the public, in an effort to create breastfeeding positive spaces. She is an accomplished public speaker both locally and nationally, an advocate and educator with thousands of hours of experience in assisting and supporting pregnant and lactating family's in clinical and in-home settings.
Jessica Dunn, Yoga Teacher
Jess is a registered yoga teacher, and recently completed her 200 hour training at Namaste Yoga in Royal Oak. She has been practicing yoga and PiYo for over 5 years, but really fell in love with yoga while pregnant with her daughter. After giving birth, she attended Baby and Me Yoga classes and realized how special this practice was in bonding with her new baby. Her yoga practice also helped her recover and regain her strength, and learn to accept the changes that happen in a Mother's body. Feeling inspired, she decided to complete yoga teacher training to share these experiences with other women going through the stages of pregnancy, birth, and life postpartum.
Jess lives in Dearborn with her husband Matt, 2 year old daughter Lilah, and is expecting baby number 2 in February 2019. She is originally from Alabama, and relocated to Michigan in 2015. She is the current President of the MOMS Club of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, a support group for stay-at-home Moms. In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Carly Elia, RYT, Yoga Play Instructor
Carly completed her 200-Hour Power Teacher training at Corepower Yoga in Chicago in summer, 2014. Carly’s classes encourage mindfulness and strength by guiding students through a blend of vinyasa flow, balancing poses, inversions, and a spirit of playfulness. Carly brings awareness to the power of students’ breath while leading them through poses. She encourages students to self-reflect and become more self-aware, and also step outside comfort zones through their yoga practice . Carly is a long-time yogi who fell in love with the way the practice made her feel, mentally and physically.
Carly completed her bachelor’s degree at Michigan and her Education Specialist degree in school psychology at Loyola University in Chicago. She works in a local public school district. She conducts special education evaluations and works collaboratively with the school team and student families. She leads special education students through a yoga flows and teaches lessons on mindfulness and social skills.
Carly lives in Royal Oak with her husband, Chris and baby boy, Mac. She loves tailgating in Ann Arbor, spending time at farmers markets, attempting new recipes, and fueling her days with coffee.
Ashley Gammon, CPT, Mutu Pro™, Fitness Instructor
Ashley Gammon, CPT, Mutu Pro™. Ashley studied with American Council on Exercise to become certified as a personal trainer. She was also one of the first of 33 to be certified as a Mutu Pro™ by founder of Mutu System® Wendy Powell. This is a globally recognized, medically endorsed program designed specially for the postpartum body. Ashley is very passionate about teaching and educating women on how to ease their postartum body back into into fitness. So if you are looking to strengthen your core and pelvic floor and get fit + strong + body confident Ashley is your girl! The method she teaches can and will help with a diastasis recti, leaking, incontinence, alleviating lower back pain, the baby pooch and most of all gaining confidence in your new postpartum body. Ashley is a military wife and mother to three girls. She was a MuTu mama herself before she became a MuTu Pro. She truly believes that every woman, especially one who has had a child should know and do MuTu, and most importantly it is NEVER too late!
Kelly Rose Garland, Birth Doula
Kelly Rose is a DONA trained Birth Doula, and pre-certified Childbirth Educator with ProDoula. She fell in love with labor support while studying Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and started attending births as a doula soon after. She loves helping new parents build confidence in their ability to make the best choices for their families. As a doula and educator, Kelly Rose is here to offer support and gentle guidance through the journey of pregnancy and new parenthood. Outside her role as a doula she works as a freelance graphic design consultant for non profit organizations. She lives in Highland Park and loves to explore all the natural beauty that her home state of MI has to offer.
Karie Glide, LMSW, Baby Sign Instructor
Karie is a social worker and baby signing time instructor. She has been working with children in various capacities since 2012. She loves being able to work with kids and families with fun and creative approaches in all classes. She is fluent in English and American Sign Language.
Amy Kaltz, Instructor
Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Language Arts and a master’s degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Oakland University. As well as long term substitute positions in various districts and special education classrooms Amy taught for five years in an elementary classroom for students with Autism. Since taking time off from being in the classroom full time, she has started tutoring, sharing her love of literacy by selling Usborne books, become a babywearing educator with Babywearing International, and a certified instructor with Baby Signing Time. She loves watching children learn or experience something new and is excited to be teaching again. On top of beginning to teach classes here, Amy is happy to talk with caregivers of children with special needs about anything they may need help with.
Laurane Lake, CLC, Baby Sign Instructor,
Laurane is a Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Instructor for Baby Signing Time! where she teaches children from 0 - 36 months how to communicate before they have their big-kid words. Laurane is a graduate from Specs Howard School of Media arts with a focus on Graphic Design and is playing the waiting game at Oakland Community College to enter their Nursing Program in Fall of 2019. After the birth of her son, Evan, Laurane chose to stay home with him for the his first year. Having grown up with ASL her whole life, and seeing the near immediate benefits with Evan she fell in love with sharing the gift of communication with other families. She also does a lot of Freelance Graphic Design. She keeps herself busy, that's for sure!
Tanja is a Usui/Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher and Sacred Childbirth with Reiki practitioner who has studied all levels of Reiki with William Rand, Founder of the International Center for Reiki. A Certified Reflexologist with over 250 hours of reflexology training, she has also studied Clinical Aromatherapy, Healing Touch, Polarity Therapy, Herbalism, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). After over a decade as a freelance writer and university instructor, she embarked on a full-time journey of uncovering peace, joy, and vibrant living as a Holistic Well Being Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner. She is mother to two adventurous daughters and a beautiful baby son, and brings natural healing and gratitude into every aspect of her family’s life.
Preya Shah, CranioSacral Therapist
Preya has been a practicing CranioSacral Therapist for 11 years. She is also a University of Michigan alumni, Yoga teacher, Theta Healing Instructor, Corporate Wellness Speaker, and Ordained Minister. She integrates these passions into each powerful patient focused holistic healing session. CranioSacral therapy (CST) is a light touch modalities in which the practitioner will ‘tune in’ to the body’s natural rhythm to release long standing physical, emotional and spiritual blockages. Preya has successfully treated hundreds of clients with a multitude of concerns from chronic and acute pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, autism, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular diseases, to newborns with difficulty latching. CST is also great at improving immune function, overall energy and vitality!
Danielle Whaley, HypnoBirthing® Instructor
Danielle has worked serving families all over Metro-Detroit through her HypnoBirthing classes. Her dedication to the HypnoBirthing philosophy as well as her unique un-biased approach has helped many families have the birth they desire. Whether it's a cesarean, unmedicated, water birth, medicated, induction. Danielle teaches from the judgement free perspective to help you make it the birth YOU desire. Danielle lives in Oakland County with her husband Zach, their daughter Tegan, and their very loyal black lab, Zoe. In her free-time Danielle loves to go on long runs, cook, and play outside with her family.