About Us

 

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We are committed to providing evidence based education and support, centralizing resources and building community in an inclusive, judgment free environment for existing families, expecting parents, and birth professionals.


 

 

Faces of The Nest

 

 


  

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Jenica Willis

Owner | Founder

 

Hi there! My name is Jenica and I am the owner and founder of The Nest & Company. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I am currently a junior midwifery student working towards obtaining my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) certification and licensure at the National College of Midwifery. I am a licensed vocational nurse, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor. I wear many hats at The Nest. You may see me doing everything from teaching, speaking, to cleaning.

I come from a very blended family and have 7 sisters and 2 brothers. I grew up in Reno, NV and I moved to Bakersfield, CA during my junior year of high school. I graduated from Liberty High in 2007.

I married the best man I know in 2014, I have the amazing privilege of being a bonus mom to my two teenage children, and I get to cuddle with my two fur babies daily. So you can say life is pretty good. :)

I feel extremely fortunate that I get to serve my community in this capacity. I absolutely love what I do. 

 


 

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Allie Baker

 Certified Childbirth Educator | Certified Doula  |  Lactation Counselor

 

Hi, my name's Allie Baker and I am Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Dona Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. I found my passion for helping families grow in 2017 after working in the medical field as an EMT and CNA. I am currently a board member for Bakersfield Birth Network and I volunteer helping moms at Baby Cafe. In my spare time I enjoy going on adventures with my husband and my daughter.

 


 

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Christine Staricka

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant | Childbirth Educator

 

Hello, I am Christine and I am a Registered, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Childbirth Educator. I worked as a hospital-based IBCLC for 10  years and have 18 years experience in providing breastfeeding support and clinical lactation care. I am the Facilitator/Director of Baby Cafe Bakersfield and I provide clinical care to families in that setting. I also teach professional lactation education courses to aspiring and current lactation care providers.

I developed The First 100 Hours concept, a lactation assessment strategy designed to help lactation care providers organize their assessments and consultations in the simplest way.

I currently serve as the President of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. I have been married for 25 years and I have 3 incredible daughters.   

 


 

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Janelle Goh

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been formally working in the mental health field for the past 10 years. In my 20’s I spent 3 years overseas attending the University of Durham, England. I studied and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology./Social Policy. I found Britain’s social welfare system fascinating and it was there that I began to understand the struggles of generational poverty. Being an American in British culture, helped me realize that even though we speak the same language, there is a lot “lost in translation.” I learned a lot about myself and the opportunity to travel around Europe was such a fantastic experience.

After raising my children, I became involved with a non-profit who helped promote the high school graduation rate of Aging-Out Foster Youth. I worked with their social workers, learning about all the barriers they faced to find support with college applications, tutoring and basic needs. I decided to apply to graduate school and chose a Master in Social Work (MSW) at California State University Bakersfield. I put my whole heart into learning everything I could. I took extra classes, wrote a thesis on the very subject that got me interested in this field: High School Graduation of Foster Youth. I also was a part of a select group that researched and wrote a grant for special funding for public mental health (Proposition 63 ). It is still very exciting to see those programs we developed in place today.

I was drawn to social work degree because of the breadth of knowledge that it gave me. I have been trained to understand systems and how cultures, generations and ideologies influence how we see the world. I have worked in a broad base of fields. I started off working for Child Protection, investigating and conducting Forensic Interviews for children who had been sexually abused. I helped develop a 12 week Substance Abuse Treatment program called “Celebrating Families” where we treated the whole family at the same time.

 


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Vivian Bishop

Content Creator

My name is Vivian & I am a wife and mama to a one year old baby boy. I was born in California but lived in and graduated from high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. My family and I moved back to town to be closer to family and have been here ever since! I love writing and creating content for social media/Pinterest, which is why I started blogging years ago! I am currently finishing up my degree in Communications/Early Childhood Education & I absolutely love learning and perusing my degree. I love the work that The Nest & Co is doing for parents in our community and I’m so excited to be apart of it! 

 


 

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Jeanne Troncao-Heath

Certified Massage Therapist

"I believe that massage helps stimulate the body's innate healing abilities. As a massage therapist, I hope to be a catalyst allowing you the opportunity to relax and allow your body to revitalize and heal."

Greetings! My name is Jeanne Troncao-Heath. I am a California State Certified Massage Therapist (#35685), Certified Infant Massage Instructor® and Reiki 2nd Degree Practitioner. I have a passion for helping people reach their full potential via nurturing touch and massage. In addition to providing massage, I enjoy introducing people to the benefits of massage and healthful touch by teaching community massage classes. When not involved in this profession I love, I am spending time with my children, husband and pets, reading, cooking and watching historical drama.

My education and experience with massage and counseling give me a unique understanding of the mind-body connection.  I am fascinated by how physical and emotional health can be enhanced through massage, energy work, relaxation and the environment. During massage, I listen to your concerns and create an experience that allows you to relax and renew from the moment you enter my office. Because stress has such a profound effect on both body and mind, stress and anxiety reduction are primary focus of my work. I hope to be a part of your wellness plan.

My Education

After, receiving my first massage certification in 1996, I worked at Massage Training Institute (MTI) in Bakersfield as an office administrator and instructor beginning 1997. I worked at MTI until 2004 when I opened my own massage school, Bakersfield Bodywork & Massage Supplies (BBMS).  I enjoyed training and supporting massage therapists until 2011 when I closed BBMS to focus on my massage practice and start a family.

As a massage therapist, I noticed a direct connection between the body and mind and wanted to learn more. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English in 2004, I began studying Counseling Psychology. In 2009, I was awarded a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from CSU Bakersfield. I worked as a Marriage & Family Therapy Intern in private practice and as clinic manager of the University Counselor Training Clinic at CSU Bakersfield until becoming a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in 2013. I earned certificates in Maternal Mental Health and as a Trauma Professional to further understand and support women and families.

My massage & bodywork education includes: Swedish massage, Prenatal & Postpartum massage, Reiki, Touch Therapy, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Seated Massage, Infant massage education, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Headache and sinus relief, Trauma-Release Therapy and Position-Release techniques 

 


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