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Simkin Center Faculty

The most respected program of its type, Simkin Center is best known for its world-class faculty. Faculty members are the heart of Simkin's success and are the leaders of the modern doula movement.

Penny Simkin is the Center's namesake and senior faculty member. Penny revived the ancient art of providing continuous care in childbirth with her pioneering role in establishing the "birth doula." Penny is best known as an author, speaker, educator and key contributor to the understanding of the significance of childbirth in women's lives. Courses taught by Penny are noted on the course schedule.

Curriculum Leaders & Faculty Mentors

Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), is a physical therapist, certified childbirth educator, internationally certified birth doula, DONA International birth doula trainer and DONA International Founder and Mentor. She is the author of many books and lectures internationally. Penny is Senior Faculty at the Simkin Center. She teaches the Birth Doula Skills Workshop and is Lead Instructor for the Birth Doula Trainer Course. Penny is also instructor of the When Survivors Give Birth workshop. Read more about Penny.

Penny Simkin

Carrie Kenner, CD(DONA), is an internationally certified birth doula, DONA International-approved birth doula trainer and childbirth, lactation, postpartum and parenting educator. Carrie is Senior Faculty at the Simkin Center and teaches the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Carrie.

Carrie Kenner

The Simkin Center Faculty

Lauren Christman, LMP, is an author, educator and NCBTMB approved provider.  Her specialty areas are structural integration, craniosacral, visceral manipulation, emotional integration techniques and pediatric work. Read more about Lauren. 

Annette Cycon, LICSW,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Melinda Ferguson, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), CBE, CLE, is a DONA International-certified birth and postpartum doula and -approved postpartum doula trainer. Melinda is Lead and Auxiliary Instructor for Simkin Center Postpartum Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Melinda.

Melinda Ferguson, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), CBE, CLE

Liz Friedman, MFA,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton) holds a Master of Social Work and is a Lactation Consultant.  She is founder of Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. She speaks internationally and is a policy advocate for childbearing families.  

Linda Hickey, LMT,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Kim James, CD(DONA, PALS), ICCE, LCCE, is an internationally approved birth doula, DONA International-approved birth doula trainer and an internationally certified childbirth educator. Kim serves as the WA State DONA International representative. Kim is Lead and Auxiliary Instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Kim.

Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW, is a licensed Marriage, Family, Therapist, social worker and author from the Bay Area of California. She is a Founder of DONA International and has been involved with doula and perinatal research, for the past 35 years. She consults nationally and internationally and is co-author of many books including When Survivors Give Birth (with Penny Simkin). Phyllis is an instructor for the When Survivors Give Birth Workshop. Read more about Phyllis.

Laurie Levy, MA, LMP, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, holds a Master’s in Counseling and is a DONA International certified birth doula and approved birth doula trainer. She also teaches human anatomy and physiology at several area schools. Laurie has a private doula and massage practice in Seattle. Read more about Laurie here.

JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE, CD(DONA), is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, certified childbirth educator, internationally certified birth doula, and a postpartum doula. She Instructor of the Breastfeeding for Doulas online course. Read more about Joy. 
 

Tracy McPhillips, LCCE, CDP(DONA), is an internationally certified childbirth educator and a DONA International certified postpartum doula. Tracy is a serves on various local and international organization committees and boards. 

Christine Muenz, MA, CCE, LEC,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

Carole Osborne LMT,(DONA), LCCE, is a DONA International-certified birth doula and -approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also an internationally certified childbirth educator. Active on the board of several local birth organizations, Sharon teaches independently in Seattle. She is an instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Sharon.

 

Joni Parthemer, MEd, ICCE, CGE, is an internationally certified childbirth educator. She serves as the Education Director and Master Trainer for the Bringing Baby Home Program at the Relationship Research Institute and as educational consultant to a number or organizations. Joni is a instructor for the Simkin Center Childbirth Educator Training. Read more about Joni.

Joni Parthemer

Hakima Tafunzi Payne, BSN, MN, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant, certified nurse educator, midwifery student and doctoral student in nursing education.  She founded Uzazi Village, a Kansas City, MO nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparities. Ms. Payne speaks nationally. More about Hakima. 

Molly Pessl, BSN, IBCLC, is a registered nurse, childbirth educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She serves as the director of Evergreen Perinatal Education and teaches internationally. Molly is Lead Instructor for the Simkin Center Foundations for  Best Practice in Lactation Care workshop. Read more about Molly.

Molly Pessl

Teri Shilling, MS, CD(DONA), IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE, is an internationally certified birth doula, a DONA International approved birth doula trainer, an internationally certified childbirth educator, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Teri is Lead and Auxiliary Instructor for the Simkin Center Birth Doula Skills Workshop. Read more about Teri.

Terry Shilling Faculty Photo

Lisa Tankersley, CCE, is an internationally certified childbirth educator and a certified Gottman Training Specialist.  

Contact Us

simkincenter[at]bastyr[dot]edu
(425) 602-3361
Room #422
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028

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Staff
Annie Kennedy, Director
Kay Hwang, Program Coordinator
Kiona Nessenbaum, Program Assistant

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