About Us

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

 


    

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. 

 


  

Vivian Bishop

Marketing Director

Hi! My name is Vivian & I am a wife and mama to a 2 year old boy. I was born in Here in Bakersfield but mostly grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada - we moved back 10 years ago and have been here ever since! I am marketing director here at The Nest, so I do a ton of behind the scenes work on our website and social media, but I also occasionally work in the storefront! I absolutely love the work that we do here The Nest & Co and am so thankful to work with such a great and knowledgeable group of people! 

 


 

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 

 


   

Alyssa Johnson

Client Service Specialist

Hello there!  My name is Alyssa Johnson and I am a Client Service Specialist here at The Nest & Co!  I am the momma to a sweet (and sometimes sour) 6 year old baby girl, 2 amazingly smart and witty step-daughters and a wife to my wonderful husband.  Being a mom is hands down the most rewarding, beautiful and challenging endeavor I’ve ever faced and I absolutely adore every single second of it. Born and raised right here in Bakersfield,  I am incredibly fortunate to have found The Nest & Co, and to be a part of such a brilliant and informative company to help serve our community here in Bakersfield.  I am so eager and excited for my journey here and I look forward to meeting and building relationships with all of you lovely mommies that walk through these doors! 

 


 

  

Lauretta Basford

Lactation Counselor | Client Service Specialist

 

Hi! Lauretta here! I am a Lactation Counselor. I’m a part of the Lactation Lounge here at The Nest! I also teach our breastfeeding class! Sometimes I help out with the storefront. I found the nest after having my son and I decided that I wanted to pursue becoming a lactation consultant. I took a course that met at The Nest And haven’t been able to stay away. I’ve found something I really love to do and I hope to share it with my community. You know the saying “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”  I’ve found that here. Mostly I spend my days with the sweetest boy, my son! Being a momma has been the biggest blessing. I’m grateful to be here.

 


 

 

  

Karen Quintanilla Barnett

Childbirth Educator

 

Hi! My name is Karen Quintanilla Barnett. I’ve worked in education for the past 6 years in many different roles. One of my favorites was teaching 9th grade English since I love literature and writing. I received my Masters in Education from USC in 2014, and by B.A. in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2009.

My husband and I welcomed our daughter in 2015, and thus my interest in birth work was also born. I had such a different experience than what I had hoped for, so I became set on learning all I could on birth experiences and wanted to be prepared if I ever was to go through labor again! Now, I’m just happy to share information with other expecting parents.

In my free time, I love hanging out with my family, my dog, and taking care of all my plant babies. (Yes, I’m kind of a crazy plant lady lol). I also enjoy reading and learning how to embroider and sew! Other interests include traveling, adventures with my daughter, and trips to Disneyland!

I look forward to getting to know the Nest & Co families and be part of the Bakersfield community as well.

 

 


 

  

 

 Courtney Morris

 Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Hello! I am Courtney Morris, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#69935). I believe we have a duty to help one another and to serve the most vulnerable in our society. My passion in life has been to serve our westside communities large and small through therapeutic social work services, therapy services, resource referral, supportive counseling, and clinically supervising new therapists in the field. I have over 10 years of experience working in the social service field within Kern County. I have a master’s degree in social work with concentrations in Health and Gerontology from California State University Bakersfield. I have worked in medical, mental health community, and university-based positions providing services to adults across the lifespan. Most recently, I have worked in both the public and private sector as a clinic director and private group practice therapist.

I am the proud pet parent of 4 dogs, 3 birds, and a turtle. I am close with my human family and spend every moment spare moment I can with them.  When I am not spending time with family or wrestling a zoo of pets, I love to cook, paint, draw, and be creative. When I need a little excitement, I take my 2010 Vintage Chief Indian Motorcycle out on the open roads or cruise in my 1950 Ford F1. If I am looking to relax, I switch on the TV to any British mystery show or open an Agatha Christie novel to read.

I am so fortunate to live and work in this community and look forward to each new opportunity to serve.

 


  

Nicole Sanches

DONA Student Postpartum Doula | Client Service Specialist | Lactation Counselor

Hello! My name is Nicole Sanches and I am a postpartum Doula working on my DONA certification along with my birth certification in the upcoming months. For more than five years I’ve worked in maternal mother baby care in labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum, along with 15 years of service as a certified nurses assistant. My inspiration for becoming a Doula comes from a deep love from working in the labor and delivery unit. Being involved in such a special moment in the lives of many families with such a beautiful feeling to experience. I never realized how true the common expression is, “it takes a village to raise a baby “ was until having my own baby. The help of my husband (whom I call my postpartum Doula) has really opened my eyes to see how much help mothers and their families truly need when they go home. I am also a Lactation Counselor and CPR certified. I would love to be the one to guide and support you and your family in this beautiful baby journey.


 Nichole Bruce

Prenatal Yoga Instructor  | Marketing Assistant 

Hey! My name is Nichole and I am the Prenatal Yoga Instructor and newly dubbed marketing assistant at The Nest & Co. (LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED THIS TITLE CHANGED) I am deeply passionate about motherhood and being a source of support for new and expecting moms. Through my own experience with practicing yoga, pregnancy, home birth, breastfeeding and pumping at work I found a fire within me to advocate and empower fellow mamas. I also have always loved writing and through these COVID months, I have found a new joy in being creative through graphic design. I am a mom of two energetic boys, ages 3.5 and 1.5. My husband and I have been together for 8.5 years and are approaching our 5th year of marriage. We love being silly, dancing and singing. I love being part of The Nest because it fuels my fire and makes me feel like my time and efforts are valued. Contributing to our community by reaching new moms makes my heart so happy!