The Nourish team is made up of leading experts in their fields….as we believe it should be!!! We are a team of dedicated professionals who can help you achieve your goals no matter how big or small. Quality, caring, innovative, and evidence based practice is what we strive to bring to each and every one of our clients and their families
Leanne Rzepa RN BN IBCLC
I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2000. I started to develop my passion for Breastfeeding working as a Post Partum Nurse shortly after I graduated. I became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2007 and have continued to working within the Primary Care setting until today with the NICU and Pediatric populations. I also worked at a local Breastfeeding Clinic (since 2011) as one of their Lactation Consultants.
I opened Nourish Consulting Services in 2008 shortly after becoming an IBCLC. I could see from working within the hospital setting, that there was a tremendous need for additional in-home support for breastfeeding women. New moms leave the hospital sleep deprived, and information overloaded. I knew there was a better way to support our breastfeeding moms out in the community.
So I decided to open NLC which provides in home breastfeeding support and education for new moms in the comfort of their homes.
I have 3 beautiful daughters. Kayla, Alyssa, & Maya. I breastfed all 3 of them and believe me, I had big-time challenges and am very familiar with the breastfeeding journey!!! I truly feel that my own personal experiences have taught me so much and enable me to support and teach other women in an empowering, thoughtful manner.
My passion is palpable, my experience extensive, my support unparalleled, and my practice is knowledge and research based.
Alana Devlin BMR PT CAFCI
Alana obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 1996. After graduation, Alana began her career in orthopedics and specifically working closely with orthopedic surgeons. Shortly after moving to Calgary in 1999 she attained her certification to practice anatomical acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. In 2002, Alana began to pursue further specialization of her passion for women's health. She has completed advanced training throughout Canada and the US. She has just been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Alana is proud to be a highly sought after physiotherapist in Calgary certified to treat pelvic health disorders ranging from fecal and urinary incontinence, painful intercourse (dyspareunia), pre-and postnatal education and treatment, prolapse and other types of pelvic pain.
She is also a certified practitioner of Rost therapy, specifically aimed at pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. Alana works in close alliance with Urogynecological surgeons and has much experience in pre-and post operative treatment for gynecological and surgical interventions. Alana particularly has a keen interest in the promotion of women's health and education regarding prevention of common pathology. Alana has presented to numerous groups of physicians, chiropractors, personal trainers and mothers groups to share her passion for education of under recognized women's health concerns.
Alana is enthusiastic about her ability to work with and educate a wide variety of women while empowering them to reach their goals and maximum potential.
Sharla Stoffman B.Sc. RD
Sharla graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science, with Distinction, in Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics. After completing her internship, she worked in Adult Critical Care for 2 years before finding her niche in pediatrics. What solidified her love of pediatrics was how much families were willing to change for the benefit of their children, and the positive benefits the entire team could see with improved nutritional status. She went from fighting with ailing adults to make small changes after quadruple bypass to having families bend over backward to provide a specialized diet for their child; from fighting with doctors when adults would lose weight to working with them to make sure kids grew normally, no matter how complex their medical issues. It was also the way that helping a child meant helping the whole family. It didn't take long for Sharla to find her place in pediatrics and become a leader in her field. She is appreciated by her medical team for her wealth of knowledge and by her families for her caring, compassion, and skill.
Alison McAdam-Pediatric Sleep Consultant
Sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives, as a mother of two young girls, I recognise it’s purpose even more. After the arrival of our second daughter in 2015, my life turned upside down (health and career). I made the decision that I needed to work from home or at least find a job that was flexible. I am grateful to my hard-working husband who supported me in making this new dream a reality.
In spring 2016, I learned of sleep consulting which is a service I wish I had used with both my girls. I might not have slept on the floor outside my daughter’s room for a week. I would have loved someone’s support during this process. After some research, I found the perfect program with the Family Sleep Institute, enrolled and started my education in September 2016. The course included 6 in-depth months of study with weekly classes, homework, case studies, book reports (most major sleep books), discussion and volunteer cases. In March 2017, I graduated as a certified sleep consultant and founded Cheeky Sleeper. This day changed my life.
I now work with tired and frustrated families, helping them negotiate the sometimes tricky and confusing road to excellent family sleep. I love nothing more than watching new parents confidence increase as the family starts sleeping more. Connecting with parents (mostly moms) is truly the best part of my day.