My goal is always to help you achieve your feeding goals. Breastfeeding success looks different for everyone. My approach is gentle and thorough with the aim to make the feeding experience healthy and rewarding for the entire family.
Katie completed her undergraduate education at Gonzaga University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Realizing her desire to become a nurse, she enrolled in Linfield University’s BSN program and completed her senior practicum in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit. It’s not surprising that she discovered her calling for taking care of the tiniest patients because she has always loved babies. She spent 10 years as a NICU nurse before pursuing specialized credentialing in lactation. She went on to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and provided feeding support in a hospital setting for 5 years. Katie enjoys building relationships with families through consults, classes, and the Baby Hour parent group She has a special interest in helping parents adjust during the post-partum stage and the transition back to work after leave. Katie practices in our Tigard office.
Katie loved being a student and this passion has continued (even though she’s not in the classroom) by regularly attending webinars and reading research articles. She also wants to be a role model for her kids to show “you’re never too old to learn a new skill.” Currently, she is trying to learn the game of tennis and admits that it’s hard to be a beginner. Confidence builds with practice, even when it comes to parenting and feeding an infant.
The role of a cheerleader is to guide, motivate and inspire. While Katie has said goodbye to her high-school pom poms, she maintains her positive mindset and enthusiasm. She is there to cheer on successes, but also to be on your team during the challenging times.
For fun, Katie enjoys checking out the Portland food cart scene with her hungry boys and vacationing at the Oregon Coast.
Katie and her husband live in a busy household with 3 boys (two are teenagers), a dog named Nellie, and a bunny named Frank. She feels lucky that they live close to both sets of grandparents, siblings, and 11 nieces and nephews. In fact, she calls her mom every morning on her way to work. Raising children with a support network, whether that comes from family or friends, can make a big difference and it was the reason Katie started PANW’s Baby Hour parent group in 2019. The weekly drop-in gathering is a safe place for parents to connect and share their roses and thorns of having a baby.