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Thank you for visiting my website!  Whatever got you here, I hope you find some information that is useful to you. Working towards empowering girls and women and helping improve the way the view themselves is not just a goal for me - it is part of my life's purpose.  I know I am just one person of many who are trying to spiral out positive change in this world. With your interest and attention, we meet as allies in this and make the spiral bigger.

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Inspired by reading Dr. Suess' book The Lorax to my daughters,  "And all that the Lorax left here in this mess was a small pile of rocks, with the one word...'UNLESS'....UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

My passion is to connect with women of all ages to heal, nurture and celebrate the Sacred Feminine within them and Mother Earth.  All my degrees, certifications, professional and life experience provide the foundation for my work, but it is my intuition combined with the wise knowledge of my client that guides how I apply them. As a Maya Abdominal Therapy practitioner, I help women restore function and balance to their pelvic and abdominal regions, thus helping to restore balance within their bodies and lives.  In the words of some of my clients, this powerful modality is something "every woman would benefit from experiencing."  I am also a Holistic Pelvic Care practitioner, an approach developed by Wild Feminine's Tami Lynn Kent. 

I have a doctorate in physical therapy from University of Puget Sound.  As a physical therapist and APTA-certified clinical instructor, I worked in a Seattle hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department working in acute care and rehabilitation.  I now have the privilege of providing Women's Health and orthopedic physical therapy in my private practice.  

I love providing care for women in the more private and personal healing space of my home.  It allows for greater expression and reception of whatever holistic healing needs to happen.  It makes me happy every time a women pays for and makes time to improve her health instead of continuing to throw her needs to the floor caring for everybody else.  It's an act of self-love for a woman to do this!  I have chosen to honor each of my clients by donating part of what they pay to other women who need support in one way or another. 

After giving birth to my first child, I followed my passion to help women have more empowered birthing experiences by becoming a childbirth educator, birth doula, presenter and author.  I am ever-inspired by and grateful to the phenomenal Penny Simkin, PT, who is both my friend and mentor in this field.

I am proud to have been an instructor and education committee member for Parent Trust/Great Starts Birth and Family Education.  Parent Trust/Great Starts is committed to helping expectant parents prepare for a safe and satisfying birth experiences and to supporting them in their roles as new parents. The instructors serve the community through unbiased education about pregnancy, birth, and parenting, where they offer information about options, and assist parents in making the choices that match their values and priorities. The book Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is a publication that is authored by current and former Parent Trust/Great Starts instructors and half of its proceeds goes toward supporting this vital organization.  I now exclusively teach out of hospital birth preparation classes through Penny Simkin's office in addition to teaching private childbirth classes

I have two daughters, one born in the hospital under the care of nurse-midwives and an obstetrician and the other born at home under the care of a licensed midwife.  We live in Seattle, Washington.

After experiencing my first session with April, it was clear to me that not only had I never been touched in a non-sexual, non-medically invasive way in my life, but that I had never touched myself that way either. Gentleness and open curiousity was never modeled to me so I never knew how.  I wish every woman and girl knew how to explore and touch themselves in this way.  I think it would create an entirely different pathway and relationship to our vaginas and pelvic bowls.
--Jenn, Physical Therapy client, Winter 2017

April got me back on my feet again and on the road to recovery. An early-term cesarean after four weeks of bed rest left me with limited mobility and unable to lift my baby even three months post surgery. After just half way through sessions with April I was already able to get up from a seated position, feeling less vulnerable and able to 'wear' my infant. I attribute my quick turn around to her intuition, deep knowledge of the physical/mental/spiritual connection, compassion and personalized care. I'm so grateful for finding her so I can be the able mom I want to be.
--Lisa Tiedt, Physical Therapy client Summer 2016

After I broke my ankle near the end of my pregnancy, my childbirth instructor Penny Simkin referred me to April, because she is simply the best in women's health PT.  April responded right away to my desperate email (on a Saturday), and made herself available to me immediately.  She came to my home for our sessions, because my injury prevented me from driving or walking up stairs.  She is a born healer, and an incredibly skilled practitioner, not just in women's health issues!  Her expertise in PT is enhanced by her positive outlook on life and her healing presence.  I am so grateful to April for working her magic and bringing my ankle and leg back from the dead.  If you are injured, do not despair!  Call April and allow her to guide you in your journey back to healthy function.  Don't be surprised if you end up gaining a friend in the process.
--Kaila Tang, Physical Therapy client, Fall 2014

I trust this woman completely.  There is no one I'd rather have by my side during a trying moment, from birthing to working out a pelvic floor issue to massaging my womb.
--Amber Dawn Hallet, client and birth practitioner, Spring 2014

Knowing I was lacking in pelvic floor strength, I was on a quest to get help.  I was referred to April and, from the moment we met, I could tell what a good person she is.  Gentle, patient and absolutely understanding of my concerns.  No one has ever, ever worked with me and helped me to establish what I needed to know.  I wasn't sure what I was in for but I knew what outcome I wanted!  With the boosted confidence April helped me with, I will continue to exercise for the rest of my life.  I consider myself a "work in progress" at this point.  I strongly encourage anyone to seek needed help to build a stronger, more confident, empowered and in-control woman.  April was (is) sincerely one of the best thing I could have done for myself!
--Teresa, Women's Health Physical Therapy client, Spring-Summer 2013

Women's Health PT has helped me in so many ways.  Not only am I physically more comfortable, but I'm kinder to myself and more aware of the strength my body's capable of.  I feel stronger, more graceful and more peaceful every day.  THANK YOU!
--Raleigh, postpartum mother and physical therapy client, Summer 2013

April was our guide into parenthood.  We met her as our childbirth instructor and asked her to be our doula.  We were drawn to her deep level of expertise, her wit and humor, and the evident significance of love, acceptance, and intuition in her life and in her work.  From building our birth plan, to sharing clues that labor was on its way, to the actual childbirth and delivery, she was a confident advocate that birth is a celebration and that we would be ready to be parents.
--Jeanne & David, expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class and doula clients, Spring 2009

I thank April for all her support, encouragement, and wisdom. I really can't imagine having to do it without her!
--Doula client's husband & birth partner, Fall 2007

Even though our son's birth didn't follow the plan, it still feels so perfect. Part of why it feels so right was the great team I had around me. I felt such relief when we arrived at the hospital and April was there. I wouldn't change a thing if I had it to do again!
--Doula client, Fall 2007

April is a joy to know. I am so thankful for her efforts to bring our baby happily into the world. I could feel her belief in my ability and I relied on her encouragement and positive energy. It was wonderful to have her to talk through ideas during the pregnancy, hands-on during labor and phone support postpartum. She was sensitive and professional at each and every moment of my labor. I was in transition for several hours and needed to fight the urge to push for some time, so her work was really cut out for her. Together, both she and my husband made this amazing team and I felt so supported and validated with my decisions at various points. When I experienced complications, April was there with me while my husband was able to be with our baby.  Without her, that part of the birth would have been traumatic for me. Instead, I treasure the memory of my birth.
--Jessica,
expectant mother in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class and doula client, Spring 2009

I thank April for going on this emotional, spiritual and physical journey with me. Her guidance, support and openness were absolutely key to this beautiful birth. Despite the surgery, this birth felt so whole, my voice so strong, and my path so clear. What a tremendous gift to myself and my daughter and the whole family- as we move forward, together, as a family.
--Doula client, Fall 2005

I am so grateful to have had April as our birth doula.  She was such an integral and dedicated part of the birth process that I have a hard time imagining the experience without her support.  April had been our birthing class teacher, and so when a previously contracted doula was no longer available to attend our birth, I knew that April was the person to call.  My planned home birth involved a transfer to the hospital, many hours of very close contractions and back labor, and finally a short but intense pushing out of the baby.  April was by my side the entire time, working closely with my partner to provide me lower back relief (for what was probably at least six straight hours), and providing me plenty of reassurance and guidance when I needed it.  She has the perfect combination of knowledge, experience, strength, warmth and that certain nurturing quality that makes the difference.  Following the birth, April really helped me work through my emotional response to the birth, and just continued to go above and beyond what I ever imagined.
--Sadie, Doula client and expectant mother in my Homebirth class, Winter 2009

We are extremely thankful to have met April and feel lucky to have had her as our teacher. She was present for us during our baby's birth and her teaching was so important to us during the entire time. She's been a gift to our entire family.
--Expectant parents in my Great Starts Childbirth Preparation Class, 2004

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With all my attention to scientific evidence and the physiologic processes of birth, I find the transformative and spiritual aspects of birth to be my source of inspiration. Birth transforms our social roles - a woman becomes a mother, a man becomes a father, mothers and fathers become grandparents and so on. For the birthing mother, the transformation that takes place can go far deeper than she knew was possible. Fathers and partners who are tuned-in and committed to this process are changed forever. What exactly happens to cause this shift cannot be boxed in one explanation. All of us hold a key piece to this mystery. For me, the rite of passage we walk through in birth manifests as a birth portal.

A portal is a threshold or passageway. The sacred, mysterious portal one goes through in birth and death, must be experienced to be understood. When a woman gives birth, she becomes the passageway to life. This is what I felt when giving birth to my daughters. When I support a woman in labor, it is awe-inspiring being present when she transforms before my very eyes and becomes the conduit, the portal to life. Vital energy is teeming through her, pulsating and she is alive, superhuman and extra-ordinary! In the aftermath, she is forever changed for having the portal manifest through her. As am I, for having been by her side.

Here is a brief excerpt of a birth story I wrote for a birthing mother I assisted at her beautiful and fast home birth:

"We were all witnesses to this awe-inspiring rite of passage that (the mother) had just walked through. She was resolute, wise, yielding, confident, and strong throughout this process and here she was, just barely on the other side of it, still wind-blown and not fully touching this earth - holding her 9 pound baby girl radiating her light, pride, joy and inner peace. This is who Grace met as her mother. This glowing warrior birthing goddess. This self-confident, powerful, compassionate woman who chose to go to her end, touch it and make it back. Transformed. Transforming us. Could there be a better gift from a mother to a daughter than to become the radiant, loving, confident woman you hope she will be someday? These are the gifts this mother and daughter exchanged today."

Finally, as a portal is a gateway to another place, my work and this website is intended to act as this. May it lead you to what you are looking for and beyond!

 

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