Ask a Portrait Photographer

We ask professionals who work with new and expectant parents the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS  talks to portrait photographer Natacha Silber.

Natacha Silber is a portrait photographer who has been documenting Montreal families since 2008. She graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 2001 with a BFA in Photography. She and her husband Mike have two wonderful kids aged 10 and 13. Silber’s heart still pangs at the pace that life is cruising by before her eyes and says her camera can’t keep up with how fast her kids are growing. When she’s not at work editing or photographing, you will most likely find her cooking or reading about cooking, training at the gym with her workout friends, at bootcamp class or on a long walk with her husband. She had no idea that she loves country music until she found Nashville on Netflix, but says she will always be a 90’s hiphop girl at heart.

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Ask A Nutritionist

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to nutritionist Naomi Berkowicz. 

Nutritionist Naomi BerkowiczNaomi Berkowicz Dt.P. is a registered dietitian-nutritionist working in private practice in Montreal. She graduated from the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University and is a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ).
Naomi specializes in pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant and pediatric nutrition. She is studying to become a lactation consultant to further her specialization. When she’s not working or studying, she can be found exercising with YouTube videos, playing with her precocious toddler, and drooling over the Food Network.

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Ask an Osteopath

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to osteopath Heather Barton.

Osteopath Heather BartonHeather Barton, BSc., CAT(C), D.O. is an osteopath and an athletic therapist with over twelve years’ clinical experience. She works at both the Spinal Mouvement St-Joseph clinic in Mile End and at the Axio Health clinic in downtown Montreal. When not working, you can find her hanging out with her delightful family, organizing her kids’ science club or trying out some new dance or yoga moves.

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Ask A Chiropractor

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to chiropractor Dr. Valérie Lavigne.

Chiropractor Valérie LavigneDr. Valérie Lavigne graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1998. She graduated in November 2014 with a Master of Science in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College. Her office is located at the Clinique Chiro-Santé Kirkland in Montreal’s West Island. When Valerie is not working she is either sailing or skiing!

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Ask an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Melissa Woodward.

Lactation consultant Melissa Woodward

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Melissa Woodward BScN IBCLC has been working and volunteering with breastfeeding mothers and babies since 2007 and received her IBCLC accreditation in 2014.

When she isn’t working with clients, Melissa can be found training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, inventing allergy-friendly recipes for her family, and perpetually stepping on Lego. Read more

Ask A Childbirth Educator

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to childbirth educator Gillian Doria.

Childbirth Educator Gillian Doria

Gillian Doria is the owner of Montreal Childbirth Classes. She trained for three and a half years to become a childbirth educator and got her diploma from the University of Bedfordshire (UK). She has been a childbirth educator for 14 years and is also a birth and postpartum doula, having trained with Doula UK and MotherWit Doula Care in Montreal. She has lived in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, England and France. She has two children and enjoys running, yoga, traveling and going to the movies. Gillian offers doula services and private prenatal education classes to expectant families in Montreal. For information about her classes and other services, visit her website, www.montrealchildbirthclasses.com, her Facebook page, or send her an email at montrealchildbirth@gmail.com.

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Ask A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to pelvic health physiotherapist Amadea Kezar.

Physiotherapist Amadea Kezar

Amadea Kezar is a certified physiotherapist and member of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) who has been working in rehabilitation for 11 years and practising pelvic floor physiotherapy for the past five. She earned a Master’s degree in physiotherapy from McGill University and went on to specialize in Pelvi-Perineal Re-education for men and women. Travel is Amadea’s second passion and she pursues it in earnest. When in the city, she enjoys dinner parties (where she can talk travel), long urban hikes, and having a good laugh with friends and family. 

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Ask An Acupuncturist

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to acupuncturist Manda Sherman.

Photo Credit: Steph Polic

Photo Credit: Steph Polic

Manda Sherman R.Ac, MTOM, BHK, CSCS is a registered acupuncturist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began working in the field in 2005 and has been serving clients in Montreal for the past five years. Manda has clinics in Outremont and Pointe-St-Charles. When she’s not at work, she loves to tending to the plants she grows from seed – her house is currently overrun with coffee and plumeria trees. Read more

Ask A Yoga Teacher

We ask health and wellness professionals the same six questions we always ask. This week, TWO DOULAS talks to yoga teacher Clearlight Gerald.

Yoga Teacher Clearlight GeraldClearlight Gerald (MA, E-RYT, RPYT) is a professional level certified Kripalu yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher and has been teaching Pregnancy Yoga, Childbirth Preparation for Couples and Mama Baby Yoga in Montreal since 1999. Clearlight has also been personal witness to the dramatic benefits of yoga in her own life as a yoga practitioner of over 25 years and as a mother herself of twin daughters. Read more