Meet the Team of Pathway 3 Mentors and Facilitators

Our inspiring team of highly qualified IBCLC mentors and facilitators are here for you throughout your journey as a student in the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences will ensure your mentorship learning experience while in the program is filled with constructive and actional feedback.

Our Standardized Patient actor-educators have been rigorously trained to provide you with realistic clinical experiences and feedback that will inform your clinical work as a future IBCLC. Your training with them will be robust and filled with opportunities to educate yourself and your fellow cohort members.

Meet the Program Director & Chief IBCLC Mentor

Anna Sadovnikova IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Director

Anna Sadovnikova
Program Director
Chief IBCLC Mentor
IBCLC, MPH, MA
MD/PhD Candidate

Education

MD/PhD Candidate, Mammary Gland Biology (Class of 2024), University of California, Davis

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, June 2018 [License # L-97068]

MPH Human Nutrition, MA Russian, Eastern European, Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan

BA Molecular and Cell Biology with Honors, BA Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Languages

English, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, conversational Portuguese, basic Serbo-Croatian

Location

Sacramento, California, USA

Bio

As the Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of LiquidGoldConcept, Anna is committed to training all health professionals and aspiring health professionals in clinical lactation. In her role as the Program Director for the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program, she oversees the program’s mission and vision and serves as the Chief Mentor for aspiring lactation consultants. 

Anna studied international human donor milk banking policies and programs at the University of Michigan, which inspired her journey to co-found LiquidGoldConcept. Through her continued studies she learned more about the importance of not only proper clinical training but also the importance of connecting with the patients and clients she worked with. Anna is an active member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the United States Lactation Consultant Association. 

Anna Sadovnikova, IBCLC, MPH, MA is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis, where she is specializing in mammary gland biology and breastfeeding medicine. Her research interests include defining the biological mechanisms underlying low milk production and developing simulation-based learning experiences in clinical lactation.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“While working through my MD/PhD training as a mammary gland biologist and breastfeeding medicine specialist, I realized that I was approaching lactation care from a purely medical perspective. I wanted to understand other ways to provide lactation and breastfeeding support so that I could advocate for and promote well-rounded perinatal care.

“In my training as an aspiring IBCLC, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend many conferences in our field. I interned in human donor milk banks in California, Colorado, and Brazil. I took maternal-child nutrition classes at UC Davis with Dr. Jane Heinig and accrued clinical hours with my Chief Mentor, Debbie Albert, PhD, RN, IBCLC.

“Ultimately, I became an IBCLC to collaborate with health professionals to break down the barriers in the world of lactation care. I hope that my efforts to improve breast/chestfeeding outcomes will have a lasting impact by influencing changes in the standards of care and policies in the United States and internationally.”

Why the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program?

“After speaking with many aspiring lactation consultants, I learned that clinical skills training and IBCLC mentorship are the two of their biggest challenges. I spearheaded the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program to allow aspiring IBCLCs to engage in live clinical practice across a multitude of clinical settings and situations with mentorship from RN/IBCLCs, MD/IBCLCs, and public health and private-practice IBCLCs. I am confident that students who graduate from our Program program will be prepared to provide timely and skilled lactation support to all families.”

Meet the IBCLC Mentors

Mariana Colmenares Castaño IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program MD IBCLC Mentor

Mariana Colmenares Castaño
(She/Her)
IBCLC Mentor
MD, IBCLC

Education

MD, National University of Mexico

Pediatric Residency, National Pediatric Institute

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant [License # L-15162]

Languages

Spanish, English

Location

Mexico City, México

Bio

Mariana was born in Mexico City, and from an early age, she was fascinated by animals and nature. Mariana studied medicine at the National University of Mexico and found her passion as a pediatrician during her residency at the National Pediatric Institute. After the birth of her firstborn, Mariana witnessed a  lack of knowledge and commitment to breastfeeding so she decided to specialize in breastfeeding medicine, and Certified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2011. Mariana is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and a proud founding member of the National Lactation Consultant Association of Mexico (ACCLAM), where she served on the Board of Directors as Education Coordinator from 2014 to 2019. She is the  Regional Coordinator for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for the Region of Latinamerica (2018 to date) and is currently serving as Board Director for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine for a 3 year period (2019-2022). 

Additionally, Mariana is am a member of the team for the Breastfeeding Country Index. BFCI, and member of The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML). She has spoken at national and international conferences, co-published numerous articles, and co-authored a chapter for the National Academy of Medicine. Finally, Mariana is a consultant for the National Health Institute and UNICEF.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC after experiencing a difficult breastfeeding journey in the middle of the influenza pandemic in 2009. I wanted to specialize in breastfeeding medicine and found that becoming an IBCLC would be the best way to dedicate my life and profession to breastfeeding.  I breastfed my first child for 1 year and for my second child I was able to experience an incredible 3.3 years of breastfeeding. I love supporting mothers, babies, and families, especially in difficult clinical cases. The focus of my work is mainly in  private practice at Hospital Médica Sur, International Mayo Clinic network in Mexico, where I attend to  around 130 patients per month.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I began with teaching an 8-hour course back in 2013, and now, I’m teaching a 280-hour course!  Additionally, I have had the opportunity to mentor students pursuing their  IBCLC credential. I am passionate about teaching, and being able to collaborate with LiquidGoldConcept really fulfills my desire to help others on their own paths to becoming an IBCLC.” 

Shalonda Clyburn Birth Doula / CLC / IBCLC Mentor Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Shalonda Clyburn
IBCLC Mentor
Birth Doula, CLC, IBCLC

More About Shalonda:

LinkedIn

Education

Birth Doula

CLC

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant [License # L-160498]

Location

Lancaster, South Carolina, USA

Bio

Shalonda Clyburn is an IBCLC for the South Carolina DHEC Midlands.  She was introduced to her passion for lactation 11 years ago while breastfeeding her first child.  She has since climbed the ranks in the field of lactation starting as a Peer Counselor,  followed by obtaining her CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) and Birth Doula Credentials, before finally sitting for and passing her IBCLC exam in 2019.  Shalonda is an active member of the South Carolina Breastfeeding Committee and is on the Advisory Board for the Winthrop Lactation Program. Shalonda’s focus is to strengthen breastfeeding education and support for the minorities in her community. 

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC to do my part in closing the gap of inequality in maternal health care for the Black and Brown community.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I feel that it’s important that the minority community has proper representation and understanding from all those who wish to be a part of the parents ‘village’. ” 

Rebecca Costello IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program MPS IBCLC Mentor

Rebecca Costello
(She/Her)
IBCLC Mentor
MPH, IBCLC

Education

Languages

English, Spanish, Swedish

Location

Ithaca, New York, USA

Bio

Rebecca first became interested in lactation writing her undergraduate senior thesis on a breastfeeding education program. After working as a birth doula and childbirth educator, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, and then to become an IBCLC. She first worked full-time as an IBCLC in a large academic hospital. She then became the Director of Lactation Services at a freestanding birth center, where she saw hundreds of patients in the outpatient clinic yearly in addition to leading support groups, teaching classes, and more.

After moving to New York, Rebecca began a private practice and expanded her focus on a longtime passion: education for lactation trainees and health care providers. She has been a mentor for dozens of IBCLC students in Pathways 2 and 3, both in person and virtually. She loves helping grow their skills in clinical care, and her extensive experience in hospital, outpatient clinic, and private practice means she is comfortable mentoring students across a range of settings and with challenging cases.

Outside of work, she loves to snuggle with her new baby, watch baking shows (a substitute for actually baking – the baby makes it difficult!), and play board games.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“During doula training, I spent half a day shadowing a lactation consultant and instantly felt this was the role for me. I loved the fact that this work could sometimes simply be offering a few well-timed words of encouragement and information, and sometimes require advanced clinical skills assessing and managing both parent and baby and the interplay between them. As an IBCLC, I strive to provide expert support to all families, with an additional focus on the LGBTQ+ community. With my background in public health, I also have a passion for working on “systems” issues, improving continuity of care, and keeping vulnerable families from ‘falling through the cracks’ of lactation support.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I am excited to work with the incredible range of backgrounds and talents that our students bring to the program. My focus with students (and patients!) is always on the ‘why’, not the ‘what’ – when students ask me what to do, we instead dig into why they are asking the question and why they would take one path over another. I want to help students think deeply about clinical care, fostering the skills to feel confident when encountering a new situation, even without their mentor present. ”

Nanette ED Dahlquist, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC Mentor Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Nanette ED Dahlquist
IBCLC Mentor
MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Education

Location

Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

Bio

Nan is a Pediatrician of 40 years with a passion for Breastfeeding Medicine.  

She practiced general pediatrics for 30 years with an interest in newborn care and lactation then another 10 years concentrating on newborn care and breastfeeding support.  Her practice included general newborn care, lactation support, and breastfeeding evaluations including frenotomies.  Her training included some Craniosacral Therapy studies.

Nan practiced at Kaiser Permanente Northwest for 10 years then moved to a private practice of about 10 providers (MDs and PNPs).  

She is a lifetime member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a contributing member of the Institute for Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I started practicing in a time when breastfeeding support was basically nonexistent and have worked hard to support moms and address what is a basic health care need.  Over the years hospitals have incorporated lactation into the maternity care and outpatient lactation support need was recognized.  Breastfeeding medicine as a special focus is new in the last 20-25 years with the exception of a few pioneers. I am so thrilled to see healthcare opening up and embracing the need to recognize infant feeding and breastfeeding in particular, as a foundation to lifelong health.  My practice model has allowed us to support all new moms in the primary care setting.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“As I contemplate retirement from clinical care, I plan to continue to stay current with the changes in the field (there is a growing wealth of research in this area after a prolonged dearth of knowledge), I want to use my accumulated knowledge and experience to help shape a future where parents can easily receive the support and education they need to be successful.”

Brenna Harmon BSN / RN / IBCLC Mentors Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Brenna Harmon
(She/Her)
IBCLC Mentor
BSN, RN, IBCLC

Education

Location

Cary, North Carolina, USA

Bio

Brenna Harmon is a Registered Nurse and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant practicing in North Carolina in the United States. She obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2015 and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2020. She has worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for six years. She has nursing experience in a small community hospital and a large teaching hospital that delivers over 3,500 babies annually and has a level IV NICU. 

Brenna became an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2018. With this certification, she functioned in a dual role of labor and delivery nurse and lactation consultant within a large teaching hospital. She was the lead for the health system’s project to become a Baby-Friendly designated facility. She orchestrated and instructed breastfeeding education for over 200 staff members. During this time, she also formed the hospital’s outpatient breastfeeding support group. 

In 2021 Brenna opened her private practice for lactation, Every Drop Lactation Services, located in Durham, NC. There she provides in-home, in-office, and telehealth lactation services. Her practice focus areas are oral restrictions, infant structure and function habilitation, maternal/parental mental health, and pumping.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC after my own personal breastfeeding struggles and the instrumental role IBCLCs played in me achieving my goals. I did not get help from an IBCLC with my first and did not get close to meeting my goal. With the skilled support of IBCLCs, I was able to work through different challenges with my next three children and meet or exceed my goals. I wanted more parents to have that same level of support.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I want to serve as a mentor for the Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program because I realize how lucky I have been to have had access to IBCLCs that truly made the difference in me meeting my feeding goals. It is the level of knowledge and skill of an IBCLC that can make a significant positive impact, both on a personal level and at a public health level. However, there are many barriers for people to obtain the certification. I want to support anyone who wants to put in the effort to obtain the IBCLC credential and go on to make positive changes in their community.”

Kristina Lehman MD/FABM/IBCLC Mentor - IBCLC Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Kristina Lehman
IBCLC Mentor
MD, FABM, IBCLC

More About Kristins:

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Wexner Medical Center

Education

Location

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Bio

Dr. Lehman is a primary care physician who is passionate about helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.  She works in an outpatient clinic with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where she sees all ages and does breastfeeding medicine consults as well.  She also rounds on newborns in the nursery at OSUWMC.  Dr. Lehman is also the executive director of Dr. MILK – a Facebook group for over 34,000 women physicians focusing on breastfeeding personally and professionally.  She also founded the Facebook group “Doctors Practicing Breastfeeding Medicine” to grow that community.  She is a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  Her greatest accomplishment is breastfeeding over 100 months total between her 2 children.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“As a practicing pediatrician, I knew I didn’t know much about breastfeeding but was shocked when I had my first son just how little I knew.  I looked for information online and with mommy groups but it wasn’t until I found Dr. MILK that I knew that doctors could be IBCLCs as well and how much more I could learn!  Finding Breastfeeding Medicine gave me a niche clinically, academically, and even with research and got me promoted to Associate Professor at OSU.  It has completely and totally changed my life and I am forever grateful I found this amazing community. Every mother I help is so rewarding.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“This program is such a great opportunity for people to get a fabulous education base and the mentorship part is beyond compare.  I pieced everything together and wish I had the opportunity for such a supportive and well-run program!”

Education

BA, Psychology and Pre-Med, Baylor University

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant [License # L-302263]

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Bio

Dr. Lindsay Moore-Ostby is a primary care physician. She trained at Indiana University School of Medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition to practicing primary care, she is a Breastfeeding Medicine specialist and IBCLC. In 2020, she co-founded Indy Direct Docs, a direct primary care practice, with the goal of getting back to the basics of close relationships and accessible care for her patients. She has a wide range of experience in the field of lactation including starting a lactation care clinic in an underserved medical care system, educating physicians and healthcare professionals about lactation care, serving on the Medical Advisory Committee of a nonprofit human milk bank, and caring for lactating and postpartum patients. 

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC and breastfeeding medicine physician after struggling with lactation myself. I realized then how little education I received regarding lactation during my medical training. I came to realize that my community had options for lactation consultant care, but no local options for physician-level lactation care to help patients like myself with complex challenges. I have now spent over 7 years learning and becoming the physician I desperately needed at that time. I find it very rewarding to care for dyads and enjoy working collaboratively with other local lactation consultants when they are in need of specialty-level care for their patients.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I am looking forward to serving as a physician-IBCLC mentor in the Global Pathway program. Physicians who do lactation care are often practicing in settings isolated from others in their specialty. It took me a long time to network and build a community of professionals I could turn to in this field. I would have loved a program that offered evidence-based education as well as mentorship during my training. I am excited to offer future lactation consultants and physicians that opportunity.  I have also seen the value in physician and non-physician lactation professionals working together to care for patients and am looking forward to the way this program develops this dynamic as well.”

Angie Whatley RN / CLD / CCE / IBCLC Mentor Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Angie Whatley
(She/Her)
IBCLC Mentor
RN, IBCLC, CLD, CCE

Education

BSN Candidate

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant [License # L-49771]

Location

West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

Bio

Angie is an RN Nurse Educator with 28+ years in Maternal/Child Health. She spent 27 years working in Public Health with Arkansas Department of Health and has worked the last 5 years as a Regional Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator in WIC. She is an experienced Childbirth Educator/Doula with over 15 years of experience helping families to meet their birth wishes. Additionally, she is trained as a facilitator for Group Prenatal Care through Centering Pregnancy. Angie became an IBCLC  in 2014. She started her own consulting business to provide in-home breastfeeding consults so new mothers could access help when needed with the knowledge that when mothers are struggling to breastfeed they need help as soon as possible or they may give up.  Her own childbirth/breastfeeding experiences lead to this passion to educate, support, and encourage families on their journeys as new parents.  She has provided evidence-based information to birth families since 2009 by teaching in hospital settings, birthing classes, and providing breastfeeding education to birth professionals. 

She has close relationships with many medical providers in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Memphis Tennessee areas and mentors aspiring doulas/childbirth educators and lactation counselors. She worked for 2 years as adjunct college faculty with the Nursing/Pro Med programs and received an Exceptional Adjunct Faculty award in 2004.  She breastfed her own 3 children with a history of PCOS- though she had some struggles, she succeeded in breastfeeding all 3 for different durations. She has had the opportunity to speak at several national and regional conferences on breastfeeding/childbirth topics and just this year joined Toastmasters as she is aspiring to become a national public speaker to educate and normalize breastfeeding. Previous public speaking engagements include National Area Health Education Conference – Las Vegas, NV in 2010, Arkansas Public Health Association Annual Conference 2017, Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition – Lactation Symposium 2018 & 2019, Arkansas Home Visiting Network Annual Conference 2017 & 2019.

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC because I received little support from my own provider. I also identified a lack of access to lactation consultants in my geographical area, and the need to support breastfeeding in my community and surrounding areas.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I have had several birth workers reach out to me to mentor them for the IBCLC tracks.  I have guided a few and helped some with study materials for the exam. I learned more about LiquidGoldConcept’s Global Mentorship program and got really excited that I could refer to new candidates and also work as a mentor. This is the work I love the best. 

“I look forward to being able to make a contribution and help others be able to sit for the exam.  We need a village to help new mothers achieve their goals around breastfeeding. I don’t believe there is an area in the US or abroad where there are enough IBCLCs to meet this need.”

Jill Wilson IBCLC Mentor Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program

Jill Wilson
(She/Her)
IBCLC Mentor
MA, IBCLC

Education

MA, Maternal and Infant Health and Wellness, Union Institute and University

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant [License # L-73163]

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Bio

Jill began her journey in the maternal and infant health world in 2010 after working with underprivileged mothers and babies. Recognizing the lack of support, promotion, education, and normalization of breastfeeding for this population, Jill set out to become an IBCLC to help better serve at-risk populations.  Jill obtained her Master’s degree from Union Institute and University while completing the IBCLC Pathway Two program. During this time, she completed 300 clinical hours at The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. After completion of her hours in 2014, Jill joined the team at the Breastfeeding Center. She became an IBCLC in 2015. 

Jill lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her two children Carlyn and Finnegan, who she breastfed way into their toddler years and a little beyond. 

Why I became an IBCLC?

“I became an IBCLC because I saw a need to serve my community and support other mothers, especially those in underserved communities where breastfeeding still has many negative stigmas. I was lucky to have a very positive breastfeeding experience with both of my children. I want to make sure that all women feel good about their breastfeeding journey no matter what path it takes.”

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Mentor

“I wanted to become a mentor because I recognize the challenges there are in finding a skilled mentor. I struggled to find a mentor while I was going through the Pathway 2 program. It was reassuring that I found a mentor that could impart strong clinical knowledge so that I could be the best IBCLC that I could be. I want to be able to pass the same knowledge and support that I received on to other aspiring lactation consultants.”

Meet the Program Facilitator

Sam Chuisano, MPH, CLC, Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Facilitator

Sam Chuisano
(She/Her)
Facilitator
MPH, CLC

Education

MPH, Human Nutrition, University of Michigan

Certified Lactation Counselor [ALPP ID: 327526]

Languages

English, aspires to be fluent in Spanish

Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Bio

Sam is the Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of LiquidGoldConcept. During her time at LiquidGoldConcept, Sam has led the company’s research efforts, working to evaluate the impact of lactation simulation on health professional learning outcomes. As a facilitator for the LiquidGoldConcept Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program, Sam helps to guide future IBCLC’s learning and provides unique insights on lactation-focused research and evidence-based practice.

As an undergraduate student in Baltimore, Sam volunteered for over 500 hours with a privately-funded free clinic and completed her dissertation on the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During her Masters at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Sam worked with faculty to evaluate existing literature describing hands-on modalities used for lactation education. At the same time, Sam worked alongside key team members at LiquidGoldConcept and the University of Michigan School of Nursing to build a research framework to evaluate the use of lactation simulation with graduate-level midwifery students. 

Since 2019, Sam has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications contributing to the field of lactation education, has built ongoing relationships with collaborators at universities, hospitals, and community clinics across North America, and continues to seek grant funding to investigate the impacts of lactation education on breastfeeding outcomes for families and newborns. In 2020, Sam sought additional training in clinical lactation, completed the 50-hour course through Healthy Children’s Project, and sat for the Certified Lactation Counselor exam through the Academy for Lactation Policy and Practice. Sam is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based and high-quality lactation education for health professionals so that all families may receive the support they deserve.

Why I Became a Pathway 3 Global Mentorship Program Facilitator

“Clinical guidelines for breast/chestfeeding are constantly changing, however, lactation consultants are not trained to interpret peer-reviewed research and translate them to practice. From my time spent training in public health, I know firsthand that research can be clunky to read and understand what is going on. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work firsthand with the next generation of lactation consultants and ensure that they are not only ready but beyond prepared, to stay up-to-date and provide evidence-based lactation support to all families.”

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