Our Yoga Educators and Doula Facilitators

Meet our team of experts with a broad range of knowledge and experience

Julia Forest

Director, Lead Yoga Trainer

Julia (she/her) is an International yoga teacher, birth doula, health advocate, and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and empowered birth. She is co-creator of the Sacred Birth Yoga & Doula Training, is founding director of Awakened Spirit Yoga and co-founder of the Wellkind Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on community empowerment and wellbeing through the lens of permaculture. She also created the Sacred Earth Yoga Training, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities. Julia is the co-director for Doula School International and brings years of experience building close community networks.

Stefanie Antunes

Director, Lead Doula Trainer

Stefanie (she/her) has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002, after the birth of her second son showed her just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you. Stefanie is a visionary in the childbirth field. She leads the organization which includes 2 doula agencies, a hospital doula program and 3 training schools.

 

Stefanie was awarded CME Business Woman of the Year 2022 and is committed to advancing the birth worker profession.  She has worked tirelessly on local and international boards to help improve access to care and grow the doula profession.

Kylie Roswell

Awakened Spirit Yoga Marketing Director + Yoga Teacher Trainer

Kylie (she/her) is a 500 E-RYT yoga teacher trainer that has facilitated over two dozen trainings around the world. Kylie’s natural joy and creativity form a relatable, reliable and inspirational space for growth. She is dedicated to support others on their healing journeys, as she embarked on her own after being disabled for two years.

Kylie is a musician and weaves song into her offerings. Her studies and passions are in anatomy, Thai yoga massage, philosophy and communication.

 

Dr Aviance Rhome-Boroff

Psychologist + Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher

Dr. Aviance Rhome-Boroff (she/her/hers) is a psychologist, a prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher, and a mother of two young children, who works in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, California.

 

She provides individual and group therapy and specializes in peripartum mental health, mindfulness-based interventions, trauma, and multicultural therapy. Dr. Rhome-Boroff is certified in perinatal mental health and currently triages and coordinates services for peripartum patients with peripartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

Dr. Sairupa Krishnamurti (ND)

Psychologist + Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher

Dr. Sairupa (she/her) is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Ayurveda Practitioner, speaker and seeker. Her clinical focuses include: womb health, fertility, pregnancy, postnatal-care and psycho-spiritual health. From a heart-centred space, Sairupa guides people to re-discover their inner wisdom through herbal medicine, nutrition, lifestyle transformation, and counselling. As a doctor and teacher, she aims to provide non-judgmental care, rooted in a compassionate and trauma-informed framework.

Hannah Deriemaeker​

Certified Midwife

Hannah (she/her) is a passionate certified midwife from Belgium who made a home for her heart in Guatemala. In 2011, she finalised her training by working for several months in the labor and delivery ward in Nyakibale, Uganda. After this intense experience, she worked for several years as the medical director of the Belgian + Guatemalan joint venture NGO, Vivir en Amor, located in a remote village in the mountains of Huehuetenango. 

 

Hannah was taught by traditional midwives on how to use herbal medicine during and after pregnancy, the use of the temazcal (Mayan sauna), and traditional Maya abdominal massage.

E-RYT Yoga Facilitator Alexa Rittichier

Alexa Rittichier

Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainer & Doula

Alexa J. Rittichier (she/her) is an artist, mover, maker, yoga and movement teacher, birth doula, anatomy lover, and pre/postnatal exercise specialist. She has been dancing her whole life and practicing yoga for over 20 years. Teaching, tutoring and mentoring have been part of Alexa’s life since 2005. She has taught visual art, creative movement, drama, dance, and yoga in a variety of settings to all ages from 3-years-old and up. Alexa has been training yoga teachers since 2016.

Sue Ann Fisher

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainer

Sue Ann (she/her) has dedicated herself to yoga since 2012. Her passion is to help students feel stronger in their bodies and more connected to their hearts. She is the owner and lead instructor at West Asheville Yoga in North Carolina.

 

Sue Ann’s prenatal yoga teaching journey began at West Asheville Yoga Studio. She witnessed the beauty and connection that Cat Matlock and Roxy Robbins, two senior Prenatal Yoga Teachers, brought to the community. Under their guidance, teaching private and group prenatal classes quickly became a passion. In 2020, Sue Ann completed the Sacred Birth Prenatal Yoga Teacher & Doula Training with Awakened Spirit under the guidance of Julia Forest and Stefanie Antunes.

Morgan Cowie

Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Morgan Cowie (she/her) is a Leo Sun, a dedicated learner and a lover of all things that light the world up with joy.

There is not a movement practice in the world that Morgan doesn’t want to find out more about. She is currently enthralled with teaching meditation, barre, yoga and fun dance cardio sequences. She loves the feeling of combining intelligent design and sequencing with straight up sweaty fun.

There’s no feeling in the world better than being at home in your body and Morgan’s classes are created to help you know that amazing is your birthright.

Andrea Paul

Andrea Paul

Doula Trainer and Admin

Andrea (she/her) has been a practicing doula for over a decade and is very passionate about supporting doulas to realize their potential. Andrea has been a doula mentor for many years and brings her knowledge, excitement, and spice to doula training and management at Doula School International.

 

In addition to being a trainer and administrator at Doula School International, Andrea is also a Lactation Educator, Infant Sleep Educator, Childbirth Educator, and La Leche League Leader. She sits on the board of directors for the provincial Association of Ontario Doulas working hard for positive change.

Asma Rahman

Asma Rahman

Doula Trainer

Asma (she/her) has been a birthworker for the better part of a decade and has had the opportunity to learn from many leaders in the industry. Throughout her career, Asma discovered that the community at large lacks basic education about their birthing bodies, their rights as birthing folks, advocating for better care, and community support.

This prompted Asma to get involved in birthwork and has been supporting new doulas and families every since. She’s excited to support you on your journey!

Jenn Fontaine

Jennifer Fontaine

Doula Trainer

Jenn (she/her) has been interested in birth since the birth of her twins in 1998. She became a birth and postpartum doula in 2002 and a Lamaze certified childbirth educator in 2008. She is an International Birth and Postpartum doula trainer, Certified lactation educator, Lamaze program Instructor and Approved When Survivors Give Birth Educator. Her passion for supporting families has pushed her to strive to be the best she can be in all of her roles. 

 

Jenn is a sought after educator and curriculum developer. She is the owner of Birth Roots Doula Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a crisis line counselor.

Jessica Palmquist

Doula Trainer

Jessica (she/her) works with a diverse population and believes education, health, and wellness services should be accessible and customizable. In addition to Jessica’s training as a certified Fertility, Birth, & Postpartum Doula and Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Specialist, she has worked in the public and post-secondary education sector for nearly 20 years.

 

Her passion for teaching and learning combined with a desire to support individuals and families as they create their own story brought Jessica to birth work and DSI. Her own unique journey to parenthood made possible through IVF inspired Jessica to become a Doula, Doula Instructor, and fertility specialist.

Karena Dang

Karena Dang

Doula Trainer

Karena (she/her) has been in the birth world (particularly in the Edmonton area) since the late-2010s as a birth and postpartum doula and perinatal educator. She is the owner and team lead of doula agency Bumps Upon a Time, a co-owner of perinatal health and wellness clinic Nest Integrative Wellness, and currently holds the position of Chair in the Doula Association of Edmonton.

In 2022, she joined the instructional team at Doula School International and enjoys sharing her expertise not only as a seasoned birth and postpartum doula, but particularly from the lens of a first generation multi-ethnic Asian Canadian.

Nadine Ross

Doula Trainer

Nadine (she/her) is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, and currently works supporting families as their embark on their pregnancy and postpartum journeys. After supporting more than 200 families, Nadine continues to learn each and every day as she helps families feel heard and positively supported during their unique and special births and postpartum experiences.

 

Nadine comes to Doula School International as a Birth and Postpartum Doula Instructor, ready to share her passion and bring inspiration to her doula students as they begin exploring the wonderful world of birth and babies.

Samantha Whitman

Doula Trainer and Admin

Samantha has been a doula working in Central Newfoundland since 2017, when she did her original training with DTC. She started working as a Provincial Liaison in 2018 and has been growing with the organization since. She is now the Administrative Coordinator at Doula School International, working to answer or direct all of your questions you send in by email!

 

Sam became a doula trainer with Doula School International and now joins the team in Atlantic Canada providing trainings to students in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Shandelle Ferguson

Shandelle Ferguson

Doula Trainer and Admin

Shandelle’s (she/her) passion is supporting doulas and creating a strong community where doulas can support and uplift one another.  As a birth and postpartum doula, she strives to provide evidence-based, compassionate support to families. 

 

Before becoming a doula in 2017, she managed and educated people in sales. When that no longer became a good fit for her family, a friend mentioned doula work and she hasn’t gone back. She met an incredible mentor and she provided the encouragement and support she needed to make her dreams of being a birth worker a reality.  It made her realize that she wanted to do the same for others.

 

In 2020 she became a Lactation Counselor and supports families in her area through feeding challenges.

Keira Grant

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Lead

Keira (she/her) is a Certified Birth & Postpartum doula (Doula Canada) and health policy researcher with a 20+ year track record in community social justice initiatives. She is dedicated to improving the well-being of equity-deserving people and cultivating compassion in society.

 

Her work as Equity Diversity and Inclusion Lead at DTC and community practice as a queer black doula is the perfect way to realize these aspirations.

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