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.


  

 


  

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 (LVN), an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and childbirth educator. 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 | Childbirth Educator

Hi! My name is Vivian & I am a wife and mama to a four year old boy. I've been with The Nest as Marketing Director since 2018! I do a ton of behind the scenes work on our communications, website, and social media but I also occasionally work in the storefront so you'll see my face around! Since working here I've become so passionate about our mission and what we do here at The Nest, that I am now studying to also become a certified Childbirth Educator. To say I love my job(s) here at The Nest would be an understatement, I am thankful to love this place and the people I get to work with! In my free time I love to read books and blog!


 

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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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. 

 


 

  

 

 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.

 


 

Mary Killeen Pena 

Infant Sleep Educator

My name is Mary Killeen Pena and I am the Infant Sleep Educator and Postpartum Support Group Facilitator at The Nest. I am a certified Postpartum Doula, and certified Lactation Educator and have been since 2018. I got my training and started my career in my hometown of Seattle, WA. I have over a decade of experience working as a nanny and early childhood educator. 
I help create the world I want to live in by supporting new families and building community with parents.
When not teaching at The Nest, I run my own postpartum doula business, Dyad Parenting Support (www.dyadparenting.com). I am also a student at California State University, Bakersfield, getting my MA in English. 
I am a mother of two and a step parent to two. My husband, who is from Bakersfield, is also a small business owner in town. When I’m not working or mothering, I am usually enjoying anything that involves Ireland, women's literature, or being outdoors. I look forward to meeting and supporting all the wonderful new families in Bakersfield!
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Stacie Bingham 

Childbirth Educator | Lactation Counselor 

Stacie Bingham, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBS(LER), resides in California's fertile Central Valley. Her experience in the world of birth and babies began in 2002 when she accredited as a La Leche League Leader. After some time, she realized how birth affects breastfeeding, and she certified as a DONA-International Birth Doula. It didn't take long to see the impact childbirth education has on birth (which in turn impacts breastfeeding), and that began her journey to Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator. Stacie enjoys all aspects of teaching and compares being a childbirth educator to the role of stand-up comedian -- engaging her audience with humor and evidence so learning happens in a relaxed atmosphere. Her writings have been published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, International Doula, Leaven, New Beginnings, and Clinical Lactation. Always expanding her family through rescue kittens, she resides with her husband and two sons, and has two more sons, plus a lovely daughter-in-law, who attend college out-of-state. For more information, visit her at staciebingham.com.