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BIO & TEAM

Joy Funston RN IBCLC

 

Our founder Joy brings a passion for the benefits of breastfeeding that has grown since she breast fed her son. The pure joy of the bond formed during that experience led her to time volunteering with a mothers’ milk bank. Joy went on to successfully complete her international board certification in lactation consultation. She has more than 16 years as an IBCLC. Professionally, she has been an RN in an ICU setting for greater than 25 years, first in a pediatric & then a neonatal setting.

 

Joy has complimented her Western nursing training with a lifetime of holistic study. For example, she studied Body Talk with Gilly Adkins, one of the most revered experts in that innovative healing modality in Portland Oregon. Joy annually retreats to Costa Rica to continue her yoga study with Ken Sudhakar McRae, a master of Kripalu yoga.

Joy’s strengths are her intuition, her healing touch, and the infectious passion she brings to her practice. She cites as resources the peace of mind she gains from meditation, a commitment to being present, and the love & support she receives from her friends & family.

 

OUR TEAM

Rob Regan

B.Sc Dip. Ed. Healthy Eating Expert

 

Rob has a Physics degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.  Rob has studied many different healing modalities including nutrition, healthy aging and self-inquiry in the Advaita Vedanta tradition.  With his lovely wife Vidya, Rob has founded the Sangha Leela retreat in Costa Rica.  His background also includes meditation, yoga and martial arts

Vidya Bolz

Certified Cranio-Sacral therapist,  BodyTalk  Practitioner & Holistic Health expert

 

Vidya has studied psychology at Freie Universitat Berlin Germany.  She has been trained in bioenergetics, gestalt and other humanistic psychology methods. She is an inspiration to everyone she comes into contact with, helping them stay centered, grounded in their loving core.   Her background is in meditation, yoga and self-inquiry of the Advaita Vedanta tradition.

Vanessa Elswick

Certified Massage Therapist and Esthetician in Virginia, Licensed Massage Therapist in New York

 

Vanessa graduated from The Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York in 1995. She has much experience in pregnancy and infant massage. Reflexology and Therapeutic Touch are also incorporated into these modalities. The healing arts, travel, love and care of touching many keeps her passionate! :)

Janet Jenkins

Certified Aromatherapy Consultant

 

Our beautiful angel Janet came as a Valentine gift , being born on Feb 14th.  She and her sweet husband Michael are parents to the joy of their lives, Elan.  Janet brings to the group her kind heart and intuitive way of knowing precisely how to be supportive in her loving way.

Sylvia Kibler

Photographer

 

Sylvia has this to say about her contribution to Joyful Start, “I am a mom of two beautiful breastfed young boys and wife to the greatest man in the world. I have found great joy in capturing moments in my two son’s lives and have been very blessed to get to capture memories in the lives of others.   I feel so blessed to get to do what I love.  I have met so many amazing people along the way!  It is my goal to capture the true essence of each person I photograph and I hope that shines through in my work.”

Jann White

Jeweler

 

Jann is a jewelry designer who loves babies.  It is a natural progression to combine both of those loves into amazing necklaces for breastfeeding moms. Jan designs and crafts these wonders to keep little hands busy …. to keep baby focused on the, er, task at hand.  ☺  Jann is also the proud Mom of daughter Caite.