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Faces of The Nest
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Lactation Counselor | Client Service Specialist
Hi! My name is Lauretta Basford and I’m a client service specialist! I can help you sign up for any classes or events that we provide. Or help you pick out one of our cute items I probably already bought! I found the nest after having my son and I decided that I wanted to pursue becoming a lactation consultant. I took a course at The Nest And haven’t been able to stay away. Now I am a certified lactation counselor! I also teach the Breastfeeding classes. I’ve found something I really love to do and I hope to share it with my community. I also try and help out at the Baby cafe. Mostly I spend my days with the sweetest boy. Being a momma has been the biggest blessing and has also lead me in the direction I feel I needed to be.
Karen Quintanilla Barnett
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.
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.
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.