MOSS

Our Team

Restoring your body, mind and spirit.

 

Practitioners

Moss is a collective of independent business owners teaming together to bring comprehensive care to postpartum families.

 
 
 

 
 
Stephanie Moody Chiropractor Calgary Alberta

Chiropractor

Dr. Stephanie Moody

Stephanie is a doctor of chiropractic with a focus in pre/postnatal, women’s health and pediatric wellness. She has dedicated her career to supporting women and their families throughout pregnancy, postpartum and all stages of motherhood.

During her first-year practicing at a sports chiropractic clinic, as the only female chiropractor at the clinic many of the patients who were pregnant and all the babies and kids were sent her way. This quickly became her passion. She then went on to become a member of the ICPA with training and certification in the Webster Technique, Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, Kinesiotape, functional movement, Hypopressives Technique and is a certified BirthFit Professional which she combines with gentle chiropractic techniques to help women meet their health and movement goals.

After becoming a Mother, herself, she saw a gap in the care and support provided to women after baby arrives. She strives to help support women throughout all stages of motherhood and set a strong foundation of health for themselves and their families.

 
 
 

 
 
Kristin Romanoski Psychologist Calgary Postpartum Mental Health

Psychologist

Kristin Romanoski

Kristin is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She began her career in mental health over 15 years ago. Since 2011 Kristin has been working in a clinical setting specializing in Perinatal Mental Health; she found her passion working with women and families who are making the life altering shift to parenthood. She herself experiences parenting peaks and valleys after the birth of her son in 2016.

Kristin has a flexible approach to therapy. She is experienced in working with men and women with many different concerns and varying degrees of severity. Some of these concerns include depression, anxiety, trauma related to delivery, PTSD, OCD, sleep issues, relationship distress and personality disorders. Kristin uses techniques from Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Group Therapy.

 
 
 

Cathy Desroches

Counselor

Cathy Desroches

Cathy is a psychiatric nurse therapist. She has been practicing in mental health for 39 years. 14 years ago she developed a program to focus on her area of passion: perinatal mental health. Cathy uses her experience working with women, her own experiences raising children and grandchildren and her professional expertise to create meaningful relationships with clients. It is important to her to support women in accessing their full awareness of how their experiences, biology, relationships and stories can impact how they navigate the move into motherhood. 

Cathy’s approach to therapy is relationship based. She is experienced in working with men and women with many different concerns and varying degrees of severity. Some of the areas she is drawn to include relationships women have with their mothers, trauma, supporting grandparents and women who are navigating adoption. Cathy uses techniques from Attachment Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Group Therapy.

 
 
 

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapist

Kirstyn Richards Cahoon

Kirstyn is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist who helps women to prepare for labour/delivery and recover after childbirth.

Before starting as a  Pelvic Health Therapist, Kirstyn worked in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Vestibular and Chronic Pain after receiving her Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta.   

Kirstyn now focuses on helping women thrive during their pregnancy, prepping them for labour/delivery and aiding in their rehabilitation postpartum. Pelvic Health Therapists treat urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti (abdominal separation), constipation, sexual dysfunction and lumbopelvic pain. Treatment is customized for each patient and typically integrates pelvic floor/core/glute muscle re-training, helpful advice on bowel and bladder habits, nutrition and hands-on techniques from the therapist.

Physiotherapy is internationally recognized as the first choice of treatment for incontinence and prolapse. Kirstyn uses evidence based therapy techniques and a team based approach to recovery.  If you want to restore your core/pelvic floor and live your life to your fullest, book to see Kirstyn at MOSS!

 

 
 
Nicole Ahmed Lactation Consultant Calgary

Lactation Consultant

Nicole Ahmed

Nicole is a registered nurse (16 years) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant ( 10 years) and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing, with a focus on breastfeeding education. She strives to support, promote, and protect breastfeeding by assisting, mothers, babies, and families in meeting their breastfeeding goals, whether that is to exclusively breastfeed or partially breastfeed.

When she is not busy helping breastfeeding families, Nicole is busy at home trying to keep up with her 24 month old son and 9 year old daughter. She is married to her high school sweetheart. She works very hard at trying to balance work and family and her “Zen” place is anywhere she can hear waterfalls or waves.

 

Carrie Mitchell Calgary Naturopath Doctor

Naturopathic Doctor  

Dr. Carrie Mitchell

Dr. Carrie helps moms thrive. She has a special focus on perinatal health and natural wellness. She adores treating women in all aspects of their journey - from preconception/fertility, prenatal to postpartum and beyond. Striving to help prevent and treat postpartum depletion, postpartum mood disorders, hormonal imbalance and more.

You can find Dr. Carrie at MOSS postpartum, offering a signature Postpartum Project, including IV nutrient therapy. She wants you to feel great postpartum, and hope to encourage health and community with their IV nutrient program.

 
 
 

 
 
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Registered Massage Therapist

Patricia Sparrow

Patricia is a Registered Massage Therapist who loves to help her clients feel their best. After graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014, Patricia worked for 4 years building a successful practice as a RMT, while researching and developing innovative techniques to help her patients. After a successful career helping high level athletes and treating chronic pain, Patricia is excited to focus more on another of her great passions; Women’s health.

Patricia now utilizes her massage and fascial therapy techniques to help prenatal and postpartum patients to reduce pain, resolve dysfunction, and restore harmony within the body.

 

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Registered Massage Therapist

Shea Pacaud

Shea is a registered massage therapist and birth doula who works with women and families to help new parents transition smoothly and pain free.

While working at a prenatal massage clinic, Shea discovered her passion for working with expectant parents and new families. After graduating with a 3000 hr diploma in massage therapy, Shea furthered her prenatal and postpartum education and pursued birth doula training in 2018.

Now as both a massage therapist and birth doula, Shea uses her firm and nurturing touch to help her clients address the root of their discomfort to facilitate lasting results.

 

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Craniosacral Therapist

Carla Crowe

Carla has always held a strong passion for supporting others to achieve their health and wellness goals. CranioSacral therapy is the foundation on which she works with clients to access their own healing resources. Prior to becoming an CranioSacral and Massage therapist, she has worked in the counselling profession – helping others to heal from emotional and physical traumas. She is a graduate of the Foothills College of Massage Therapy has been in practice since 2001. Carla is an Advanced Certified CranioSacral Therapist and has specialized training for Trauma, Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Obstetrics, and Birthing. She blends her treatments to include her additional training in Myofascial Release, SomatoEmotional Release, Reiki, and Visceral Manipulation. Carla is also a Registered Nurse with years of experience in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Psychiatry, and Surgery. 

Integrating CranioSacral Therapy into Birth and Postpartum is her passion. What sets her apart is the gentle blending of Labor, Delivery, Postpartum background into her hands and into her practice with moms, babes, and families. Her advanced training in Lactation support and working with tongue-tie issues, colic, torticollis/plagiocephaly, PTSD and birth trauma are just some examples of Postpartum related concerns she is specialized in addressing. Carla is excited to be part of the Moss family and to support families on their path to wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book, traveling, and spending time with her family and pets.

 

Erin Ekman Certified Coach Moss Calgary

Professional Certified Coach

Erin Ekman

Erin Ekman is a Certified Professional Coach and the founder of Centrivity- delivering customized coaching programs to individuals and organizations committed to growth and transformation.   Erin works with people who are ready to move beyond “good enough” to create more intentional, joyful and fulfilling lives.  

Erin is the creator of Collectivity- a series of workshops that bring groups together to transform relationships from the inside out by shifting the way we are in conversation.

Erin will be supporting moms and families at MOSS through group and individual coaching programs and public workshops and events.

 

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Certified Mindfulness Coach

Aditi Loveridge

Aditi Loveridge is a Certified Mindfulness Coach who supports mothers in their journeys after pregnancy or infant loss. Her work includes supporting mothers who have recently experienced loss, are trying to conceive after loss of any kind (pregnancy/infant loss, failed IVF, missed adoption), pregnant again after loss and those still struggling after the birth of their baby. Aditi helps mothers who have experienced loss to reconnect with trust so that they can step beyond anxiety and fear.

Before working as a Certified Mindfulness Coach, Aditi had a successful career as a Social Worker in women's sexual health. Aditi now draws on her Social Work, Mindfulness and Coaching skills to help mothers connect with their present moment experiences so that they can engage wholeheartedly in their lives. 

Aditi also uses a mindfulness based practice to support mothers outside the loss community who struggle with anxiety. 

 

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Counselling Student

Jenny Harrison

Jenny is a current student in the Master of Counselling Program at the University of Calgary and is excited to be completing her practicum in counselling at Moss. Since 2012 she has been working in mental health, with most of her professional experience being in addiction treatment and recovery. After the birth of her first son in 2014, Jenny developed an ever-growing interest in Perinatal Mental Health, and chose to focus on this area in her education. For Jenny, the transition to parenthood was challenging and she looks forward to supporting families navigate this period of change.

Jenny uses techniques from mindfulness therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focused therapy, and group therapy to support families as they transition to parenthood and experience the accompanying ups and downs. When Jenny is not busy at school or work, she spends as much time as she can with her three young boys, and is grateful to have the tools she is developing professionally to support her in her own parenthood journey.

Jenny’s services are offered at a discounted rate from Sep 2019- April 2020.

 

 
 

 
 

Moss Family

 

The Moss Family provides in-house workshops, training and classes to promote wellness for the mother and family. Click below to see all upcoming events or keep scrolling to meet our members.

 
 

Beth McIvor Yoga Calgary

Beth McIvor

Beth discovered yoga in her early twenties and for the past 15 years has continuously been drawn back to the mat. Beth has been teaching yoga in Calgary for 9 years and did her pre and post-natal training with the wonderful, Amy Bidrman in 2012. She is a movement student for life and is currently studying and applying sustainable and functional movement in her life and teachings.

Beth is in constant awe of the female body; it's strength, resilience, differences, similarities, patterns and habits that make every body unique. She is equally as interested in the mind, the power of the mind and mental health as it pertains to mother’s in all stages of motherhood.

Beth loves to laugh, usually at inappropriate times and loves to explore movement together with others, to ask questions, have fun and to teach from a place of inquiry.

 

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Sleep Consultant

Alison Keenan

Alison provides Sleep education and support for expectant and sleep deprived parents of infants & small children.  Before motherhood Alison obtained a BA in Communications and certification in Adult Education. She spent the majority of her 15-year career working in corporate learning and development coaching leaders, developing and facilitating workshops.

Enter motherhood. For Alison the first year was one of the darkest times of her life. She underwent extreme sleep deprivation and exasperated symptoms of postpartum anxiety and depression because of her exhaustion.  Without close family support and being overwhelmed by all of the conflicting advice about infant sleep, she turned to the expertise of a sleep coach.  After her life changing experience with a sleep coach Alison knew that she too could be the person that made all the difference in an exhausted family’s life.Getting back to her love of teaching and coaching within the community of post-partum support practitioners just made sense. 

After completing her certification as a pediatric sleep consultant and breastfeeding educator Alison opened her own consulting company Peaceful Slumber Sleep Solutions. Through her loving and child centered sleep methods Alison has been helping families worldwide teach their children invaluable healthy sleep habits. 

 

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Child Development Expert

Jen Bon Bernard

Jen loves to witness and support building moments of shared joy between parents and infants.  As a mother, registered nurse and student working on her masters related to a video feedback intervention for mothers with symptoms of postpartum depression, she has seen firsthand the power that positive interactions can have on physical and mental wellbeing for both parents and children. Jennifer looks forward to engaging in a discussion about how you can infuse small moments of happiness into your world with your little one!

 

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Postpartum Doula Trainer

AJ Hadfield

AJ Hadfield is a DONA-certified postpartum and birth doula and a postpartum doula trainer who helps women and their families as they navigate the physical and emotional transition to parenthood.

Before becoming a doula, AJ worked for many years in banking, mostly at the branch level, assisting customers with their daily banking needs. After transitioning to doula work in 2005, AJ worked exclusively with postpartum families for 6 years, before training and certifying as a birth doula. Since 2015, AJ has been a DONA-approved postpartum doula trainer, and facilitates trainings of new postpartum doulas across Western Canada.

 

 
 
 

 

Office Team

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Owner/Founder

Paige Barlow

Hello my name is Paige. This journey has been amazing and messy as hell. We are getting there and by spring this year we will be opening the first postpartum house in Calgary, Alberta.  

I truly do believe the most important time in all the trimesters is the 4th Trimester. Over the last 5 years I have not only watched the birth of over 50 babies but the birth of parents being born. Supporting these families after the birth was where I found my calling. The births of our 2 children as well a the loss of our third baby really solidified the conception of the MOSS Postpartum house.

The need to nurture the parent is not something society in general thinks of in the same capacity as birth and there lies the disconnect. We are here to change that. So come as you are you are welcome here!

Beth Galster Moss

Office Manager

Beth Galster

Beth is the Jane-of-all-trades behind the scenes at Moss. She holds formal education in a smattering of topics such as Outdoor Leadership, Emergency Medical Responder, Birth Doula, Lactation and Childbirth Educator as well as self-taught skills in photography and everything tech-related.

If you engage in conversation there is a good chance you will end up talking about her kids or cervix’s. Although she has a resting bitch face, she really is a friendly and interesting person!

Ryleigh Dodd

Receptionist

Ryleigh Dodd

Ryleigh is our receptionist at Moss (and our go-to nanny). Although externally young, she has the soul of a 32 year old pinterest mom, and loves anything to do with lists, planners, and organization. When not at Moss, she’s at university, working at another one of her many jobs, coaching various sports teams, or out in the mountains. She’s a nanny, bartender, server, and works several other jobs. Her time management skills are pretty good, and she loves being busy! She is currently an aspiring flight attendant, and intends to head to law school after having her own kids one day in the (distant) future.