Our CLS consultants and staff members are one of the unique features that set us apart from our competitors. We have the highest trained staff in the industry: all have a minimum of 5 years of experience working with mothers and babies, all are licensed registered nurses (RN’s), some are master prepared, and all are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).
Professor of Nursing
Cate has a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Regis College with her research in breastfeeding as she developed a tool for nurses to reduce supplementation of healthy babies. Her master’s degree is in Perinatal Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Cate has worked as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1995 with a focus on education. She is also a Nursing Professor at a local community college helping to prepare the next generation of Lactation Consultants. She serves as a board member of WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking) an organization which fosters independence and empowers women.
Cate lives on Cape Cod with her husband and 2 children. She is originally from Margate, New Jersey and has worked off and on for CLS for over 20 years.
Joanna Cox is a staff RN and Lactation Consultant who functions as a clinical expert in the role of practitioner and educator providing lactation management, education, and support to expectant and new parents.
Joanna is a BSN graduate of Mercy College of Health Sciences. She completed her lactation education through the University of San Diego Extension. Joanna started out her nursing career in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. From there she transitioned into community nursing serving preschool children and their families.
Joanna also spent some time as Clinic Administrator of an OB/GYN clinic. After having her own breastfeeding struggles with her daughter, she became passionate about educating and empowering mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals.
Joanna currently works part time as an IBCLC assisting mothers with breastfeeding in the hospital and teaches a breastfeeding class there monthly. She assisted with the creation of various breastfeeding presentations for classes at the hospital.
Joanna and her husband own a coffeehouse in Ankeny, IA. They have one daughter who keeps them very busy. In her spare time, she loves to be outside and try new paleo and gluten free recipes. She also has a passion for natural and holistic care.
Sirin (pronounced Shirin) is a staff RN and Lactation Consultant who functions as a clinical expert in the role of practitioner and educator providing lactation management, education, and support to expectant and new parents.
Sirin has written CLS parent education handouts on Milk sharing and Breastfeeding the early term infant. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Nursing in 2008, she then obtained a graduate degree in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated in 2014.
Sirin’s professional career has included working in the Neonatal ICU and the Maternal-child ward as a Registered Nurse prior to becoming a Lactation Consultant in the NICU. She has experience working with families from many different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. She also helped change procedures and policies in the hospital setting with her Skin to Skin Contact Quality Improvement Project. This project ensured skin to skin contact immediately after Vaginal and Cesarean deliveries thus improving family-centered care.
Sirin lives in New York City and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, hiking and biking. She just obtained her yoga teacher certificate and is a life-long yogi.
Melinda has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in the field of maternal-child nursing. She graduated with her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1999 from the University of Texas at El Paso. The majority of her nursing experience has been in a private hospital sector where she has worked as a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and an outpatient newborn assessment clinic.
After experiencing the preterm birth of her first daughter at 29 weeks, Melinda’s passion grew to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals, especially those mothers that are separated from their newborns in the NICU. Melinda later became a Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Breastfeeding Educator, and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010.
Melinda has worked as a lactation consultant in labor and delivery, postpartum, pediatrics, and the NICU. She has helped her hospital become a Texas Ten Step facility and Mother-Friendly Worksite. She promotes and supports breastfeeding in her community by facilitating a Baby Café and by being a member of the Bi-National Breastfeeding Coalition.
Melinda has been happily married for 22 years, has 2 beautiful teenage daughters, and resides in El Paso, TX.
Kate Harris, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Kate Harris is a staff RN and Lactation Consultant who functions as a clinical expert in the role of practitioner and educator providing lactation management, education, and support to expectant and new parents. Kate has written some of our parent education handouts/newsletters. She has been a Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1994 and has a passion for supporting families in the art of breastfeeding.
Kate is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BSN in Nursing. Her professional career has included working as a labor and delivery nurse, post-partum nurse, nursery nurse and pediatric nurse. She has been an International Certified Childbirth Educator and worked as a home health nurse with the Vermont Healthy Babies program. Kate was an instructor for the Perinatal Continuing Education Program.
During her 12 years as a Nurse Manager, Kate developed and taught a Breastfeeding Assessment and Assistance training program for nurses. She also collaborated with the local Maternal Child Coalition to develop a Peer Counseling Program. Kate founded a hospital based Lactation Clinic for her local hospital and provides lactation consults for local clients at our Corporate Lactation Services office.
Kate lives in Vermont with her husband, Mark and their dog, Raven. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two step grandchildren. Kate enjoys birdwatching, playing the piano and guitar, reading and gardening. She has been a nurse in the Maternal/Child field for over 40 years and may never retire!
Angela Kimmins is a staff RN and Lactation Consultant who functions as a clinical expert in the role of practitioner and educator providing lactation management, education, and support to expectant and new parents. Angela is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in 1999. Her professional career has included Labor and Delivery, Public Health, Hospice and Forensic nurse. Angela has worked in 4 states as a travel nurse in Labor and Delivery in many different settings. She worked as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in 3 counties.
Angela has 3 wonderful daughters ages 30, 17, and 14. She enjoys spending time outdoors, walking her 3 funny dogs, and hanging out with her family.
Jessica Martinez, RN, IBCLC
Jessica’s interest in caring for moms and babies began after the birth of her first child. Jessica pursued a career in nursing and for the past 12 years has been working in Labor & Delivery and the NICU. Four years ago Jessica started her journey in lactation with an intense desire to help moms and babies reach their breastfeeding goals.
Jessica and her husband have two children, two dogs, a cat, and five chickens. When she is not working, Jessica is gardening, kayaking, or listening to the newest true crime podcast.
Lynna Recato, RN, IBCLC
Lynna is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with over 20 years experience caring for and supporting breastfeeding mothers and their babies. She began her career in labor and delivery providing care for both mother and baby from birth to discharge. It was during that time that she realized her passion for helping to support breastfeeding, and in 2007 received her IBCLC certification. During that time, she has worked to help mothers who have faced breastfeeding challenges following hospital discharge.
Today, she continues to be dedicated to providing current, evidence-based education and lactation management to support and empower breastfeeding parents in making a plan to meet their personal feeding goals. She has also written some of our parent education handouts, provides prenatal and return to work breastfeeding classes for new and expectant parents, and maintains professional membership in ILCA.
Lynna resides with her husband of 34 years, and has three adult sons. When not in the office, she enjoys painting, and spending time with her family and three rescue dogs.
Laurie Wheeler, MN, RN, IBCLC
Laurie is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a graduate of LSU School of Nursing in New Orleans and started her professional career over 40 years ago as a pediatric nurse. Laurie then worked for many years in Neonatal Intensive Care where, in addition to caring for sick and premature infants, she began helping mothers breastfeed or express milk for their babies. Laurie helped develop a formal breastfeeding program for the NICU.
Laurie earned her Master’s in Nursing from LSU in 1991, specializing in Lactation and Infant Development. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1992. She has worked in many settings as a nurse/lactation consultant and has started 2 more hospital breastfeeding programs, one in south Louisiana and one in North Mississippi.
Laurie has 2 married adult children and lives with her husband of 38 years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she enjoys her dogs, the beach, and gardening.
Christina is a registered nurse and has worked in the maternal child setting for over 20 years. She has worked in labor and delivery, well baby nursery, and neonatal intensive care as both a staff nurse and travel nurse across the United States.
Christina also enjoys educating moms and has taught classes at her local hospitals including caring for your newborn, breast feeding, as well as CPR for infants. Christina loves her role as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. As an IBCLC she provides lactation education, lactation management and support to new parents as well as expectant moms. She works with moms to develop a personalized breast feeding journey.
As a mom herself she knows that every mom’s journey is important and individual. Christina has been married for 25 years and has 3 boys and 2 dogs. When she has some free time you will find her sitting by the pool reading a good book or doing some gardening. A fun fact about her is that she played trumpet for over 10 years and can still pick it up and play a little tune today.