Through my work as a doula, a massage therapist, a teacher and a trainer, I provide clients with a greater sense of personal awareness and well-being through professional services and education. As an author, my book educates and prepares women to welcome their babies with confidence and power. I became the New Jersey State Representative for DONA International in 2011.

Professional Experience

Self-Employed, New Jersey and Arizona (1996-Present)

Doula Trainer / Doula
  • Developed DONA International-approved workshops to teach potential Doulas keys to providing emotional and physical support to women in labor. Have taught more than 40 workshops
  • Provided Doula services to women for more than 100 births, meeting with mothers and partners before birth, during labor, and after birth
Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Instructor
  • Skilled Massage Therapist with extensive knowledge of prenatal, Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point therapies and ability to train students in theory and practice

Mama Mio Skincare US (2006-Present)

National Lead Instructor
  • Major contributor to the development of Mama Mio maternity spa treatments nationally
  • Lead instructor of Mama Mio maternity treatments to certified massage therapists in spas nationally

Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC, Hillsborough, New Jersey (2004-2012)

Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Instructor
  • Co-owner of a successful massage therapy business with four therapists providing a broad range of therapeutic modalities, on premises that include four therapy rooms and classroom facilities
Prenatal Massage Instructor
  • Provided continuing education classes at Health Choices Holistic Massage School, NJ

Cortiva Institute, Cortiva Inc. (2003-2009)

National Curriculum Development
  • Major contributor to the development of a six-module national curriculum for Maternity and Infant Massage (MIM). The 200-hour course was delivered to graduates nationally
Instructor and Teaching Assistant
  • Lead instructor of the Cortiva MIM program, delivered nationally
  • Lead instructor of prenatal massage at the Somerset School of Massage Therapy in New Jersey
  • Assistant instructor teaching anatomy and physiology and hands-on massage techniques

Hands-On Healing, Tucson, Arizona (2000-2003)

Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Managed successful in-home business, providing diverse massage therapies to broad base of clientele
  • Specialized in prenatal massage and deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage

Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (now Cortiva) and Providence Institute (now closed), Tucson, Arizona (2000-2002)

Teaching Assistant and Instructor
  • Led prenatal massage classes, delivering lectures and providing practical guidance
  • Lectured students on changes in pregnant women’s bodies and coping skills during labor and guided hands-on practice with pregnant women

Volunteer Experience

Great Expectations, Somerset, New Jersey (2007-2012)

Massage Therapist and Childbirth Educator
  • Provide massage therapy and information to pregnant teenage girls with substance abuse issues

Casa de la Luz Hospice, Tucson, Arizona (2001-2003)

  • Provided companionship and massage therapy to patients and their families

Sunstone Healing Center, Tucson, Arizona (2001-2003)

Massage Therapist
  • Performed massage therapy for people diagnosed with cancer

Early Experience

Self-Employed, Grenoble and Strasbourg, France

Consultant, English Language Instruction

National Childbirth Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Strasbourg, France

Childbirth Educator

United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

Bilingual Administrative Assistant

Perrier, London, England

Assistant to Marketing Director

Education & Certification

Graduate, Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (now Cortiva), Tucson, Arizona

  • G.P.A.: 4.0/4.0 Courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Swedish Massage Techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Prenatal Massage, and Hydrotherapy

Hospital Patient Massage, Tucson Medical Center Cardiac Unit

Senior Massage, Manor Care Alzheimer’s Unit

Certified Doula Trainer, DONA International

Certified Doula, DONA International

Certified Childbirth Educator, National Childbirth Trust, United Kingdom

Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Royal Society of Arts, London, UK

B.A. Hons., French, University of Southampton, England

Professional Affiliations

  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Doulas of North America (DONA International)

  • Book: “Labors of Love: A Doula’s Birth Stories”, Penny Bussell Stansfield, Farfallina Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780984550739
  • Forward to “Pregnancy and Childbirth”, Suzanna Yates, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7020-3055-0 (with Michele Kolakowski)