I am a registered nurse (RN) and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. As an RN, I worked in public and maternal-child health. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in biotechnology and a Baccalaureate in nursing, I also have a PhD from the faculty of nursing at the University of Calgary, where I examined maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy and infant feeding outcomes in moderate and late preterm infants enrolled in the Alberta Family Integrated Care (FICare) trial. I am also the research lead on a patient oriented research study determining the top 10 research priorities for families with young children.
Currently, I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba in Dr. Meghan Azad’s lab, exploring clinical applications of donor human milk. Specifically, I am exploring the hypothesis that in the absence of mother’s own milk, the use of donor milk matched to maternal secretor status will result in significantly more favourable microbiome diversity. My post-doctoral research fellowship is funded by the Molly Towell Perinatal Research Foundation and my research space is supported by the NorthernStar Mother’s Milk Bank in Calgary.