You can learn Fertility Awareness from a book, but having the support of a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner will ensure that you are accurately collecting and recording your data, as well as applying your knowledge correctly and in line with your reproductive intentions. Personal follow ups provide the emotional and practical support you need to correctly interpret your chart data, take therapeutic actions, and nourish your reproductive body. My goal is to hold space for you in the intricacies of using sympto-thermal fertility awareness, and improve your success with the Justisse Method - whether you are avoiding pregnancy, wanting to become pregnant, or monitoring your reproductive wellness.
I teach Fertility Awareness out of desire to support others in nourishing their connection with their body, feeling empowered in their relationships, and having tools to make reproductive health decisions. I teach the Justisse Method from a secular, youth-positive perspective, that is celebratory of gender and sexual diversity. I am mindful of the systemic inequities in our society that determine our health and access to support, and employ a feminist intersectional analysis in our work. I approach working with each individual as a partnership with compassion and respect for your unique circumstances.
I have roots in Latin America, and have called Turtle Island home since 2000. As an immigrant in Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Mississaugas of the Credit territory, I see myself as a Treaty person with a responsibility to this land and its people. My approach to fertility awareness is centred on the body sovereignty that it allows, and thus I work within an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and anti-colonial Reproductive Justice framework.
My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology, and Gender, Sexuality and Culture from Western University (London, ON). I have a master's degree in Medical Anthropology, and a graduate certificate in the Collaborative Program in Women's Health from the University of Toronto. I am currently a midwifery student at Ryerson (X) University).
Since 2012 I have worked as a counsellor in several Toronto organizations, including Planned Parenthood Toronto, Choice in Health Clinic, Immigrant Women's Health Centre. I currently work in the gender-based and sexual violence field. My counselling focus includes discussion of healthy relationships, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), pregnancy options, birth control options, abortion, intimate partner/family violence, and sexual violence. For those of you in Ontario, I am happy to provide substantive support to help you navigate the healthcare system to get the care you need.
Current services are being offered as part of completing my practicum for designation as a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP), and international certification as a Fertility Awareness Educator (FAE) by the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals (AFAP). This work is undertaken with the supervision of Jenny Koos, faculty at Justisse College International. I was formerly supervised by Geraldine Matus, PhD, Founder of Justisse College.