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Speakers

Find out more about our amazing Sleeposium2020 speakers here.

Lyndsey Hookway

 

Lyndsey is an experienced London-trained Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and Birth Trauma Recovery Practitioner, with almost 20 years experience working with infants, children and families in hospitals, clinics, and the community. Lyndsey runs a busy International private practice offering one-to-one specialist support to families. She especially enjoys supporting families by bringing together infant feeding support, mental health and sleep optimization. Lyndsey is the author of Holistic Sleep Coaching and the co-founder of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program – an international online program aiming to educate health, lactation, childcare and sleep professionals about the importance of evidence-based, gentle care of babies and children.

Shannon Rolph

Shannon has enjoyed working with adults and children across the healthcare continuum since graduating from the University of British Columbia’s Master of Occupational Therapy program in 2010. She has experience in home and community settings, as well as hospitals and private clinics where she has worked with people of all ages toward greater competence and independence in their most valued activities.

Shannon’s greatest passion has always been pediatrics where she loves helping children and their families learn and grow in ways that help them to be their best at home and at school.

Kathy Somers

 

Kathy runs the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She is a Registered Kinesiologist who is certified in Stress Management Education and board certified in Biofeedback. For over 30 years she has taught relaxation & stress management skills to groups and individuals in university, health care, and corporate settings. 

Kim McMahon

Kim is first and foremost a wife and mother of four, and understands the stress of navigating a family and a career. As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Montessori trainer, and owner of her own Montessori school for the last 12 years, she has supported many families through various facets of early childhood. Kim also holds two certifications in infant mental health, and is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and NLP practitioner.

Having worked closely with hundreds of families, Kim is aware of the vast range of problems they face at all stages. Of course, the different areas of our lives have an impact on each other, and Kim recognized this and visualized an integrated and holistic approach to family services. Upon collaboration with like-minded practitioners from other fields, Family Routes was born.

Savannah Hepburn Penny ​

Savannah Hepburn Penny is Canadian through and through. Born in Ontario, raised in British Columbia, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Alberta and has given birth to her six children in four different Canadian provinces. She and her family currently reside in the beautiful Hockley Valley of Southern Ontario, where she homeschools her kids (aged 4-16),  grows vegetables, produces maple syrup, teaches piano, bakes bread, reads far too much, and keeps animals. Savannah is deeply committed to motherhood, and strives to encourage mothers to truly thrive in their roles: to become educated, opinionated, confident, capable and celebratory in their unique exploration of what it means to be a woman.

Savannah stays busy running children's vocal and instrumental choirs, instructing high school students in scriptural education, and organizing literature study groups and events for children and families.  She is perpetually organizing community events that bring people together to celebrate her favourite things: great music, literature, and food. This focus on celebrating the good things of life together embodies Savannah's belief that "the world is forwarded by having its attention fixed on the best things" (Matthew Arnold).

Andrea Strang

Andrea is the mother of three, a trained Gentle Sleep Consultant, Educator, and author. She did her training in a variety of programs including;  Holistic Sleep Coaching, Gentle Sleep Coach, Naturally Nurturing, Infant Sleep Educator, Infant Mental Health Training, CBT for Insomnia, and Sleep:Neurobiology & Society.

She has spent the past 8 years training and mentoring Sleep Consultants and Night Coaches around the world and has written 3 books related to infant and child sleep.

Andrea started her sleep practice in 2004 after supporting families as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. In that time, she has helped over 10,000 families get better sleep. She also has extensive hands-on experience working with babies throughout the night which has given her unique learning experiences and perspectives that many sleep experts lack. Read more about Andrea’s training, experience and philosophy here. Andrea is the author of Gentle Night Weaning the Kinder Way, The Kinder Method, and co-author with Jen Varela of Loved to Sleep.

Tracy Spackman

Tracy Spackman is a trained and certified Gentle Sleep Coach for parents of babies, toddlers and children ages 4 months to 8 years old. She is featured as a Best Sleep Consultant in the US through Tuck and leads trainings for the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona (ITMHCA). A compassionate and empathetic mother of five, Tracy has been helping thousands of families all over the world get better sleep since 2013. Using non-invasive, non-CIO (Cry It Out), evidence-based methodology and training, Tracy offers a blend of sleep coaching techniques that support infant mental health and has proven a 97% success rate. She specializes in alert temperaments and is highly experienced with singles, twins, reflux, sleep apnea and the pitfalls of sleep deprivation and postpartum depression.

Tracy is originally from Canada and currently loves the Arizona sun. Residing in Phoenix with her husband and five children, she has personally experienced most of the scenarios she consults, and can therefore empathize with sleep deprivation and the desire to offer your baby a gentle and responsive solution. Tracy is passionate about all things family and it is her goal to help mothers be the best parents they can be. After all, sleep is foundational to successful parenting.