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About Karen

 

My Story

I grew up in a family that valued hard work, honesty and giving back to the community.  For nine years, I pursued a career in academic research because it was fulfilling knowing that I was contributing to the betterment of future generations through both teaching and research.  Those years were filled with many long nights in the lab, grading midterms, drafting manuscripts and preparing presentations, but I loved it.


In 2018, when our son arrived, my focus shifted in a big way. He is the most important thing in my life, by a mile. And, like any parent, I would do anything to ensure his health and happiness.  But, like many families, we had some challenges with sleep.  In conducting a lot of my own research on infant sleep the scientist in me was fascinated by the underlying biological mechanisms and the mother in me became increasingly passionate about understanding how to promote healthy sleep habits as I learned more and more about the vital functions that protect our cognitive health, build our immune system, and contribute to our general health and well-being while we sleep.

Seeing how we, as adults, prioritize sleep and how many families struggle to find a new balance in their life when their little one isn't sleeping well, made me realize that with some formal education and training in pediatric sleep, I could help so many people find that balance they are looking for (as I once had) by giving them the knowledge and tools for better sleep.  As a sleep coach, I now help families get the rest they need for children to grow and thrive and empower new parents, and it is the most fulfilling career I could have chosen for myself.

 

Education, Training & Accreditation

I obtained a Bachelors of Science in biology with honours from Dalhousie University in 2009, a Master of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012, and completed several years of the Doctorate program at UBC before discovering my passion for pediatric sleep.  During my tenure as a graduate student, I was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Graduate and Post-Graduate Scholarships by the Canada Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council as well as the Pacific Century Award for my thesis work in 2011. 


In 2019, I was accepted to the intensive training and mentoring programme in pediatric sleep offered by Dana Obleman and I am now certified as a Sleep Sense Child Sleep Consultant. 

Presently, I am also a member of the Canadian Sleep Society, the OWrld Sleep Society and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants.  Through these organizations, I am able to take advantage of numerous opportunities for continuing education in sleep health with some of the world's leading professionals and academic researchers.

 

Based in Coquitlam, BC,

           serving the globe. ​

Whether you live in British Columbia or abroad, we can achieve your sleep goals together!

Face-to-face meetings are held in the comfort and convenience of your own home using video teleconferencing!

 

Reach Out

Have a question about your child's sleep or how a sleep coach might be able to help your family?  Send me your questions!  I will respond within 24 hours of receiving your email.

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A Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant dedicated to helping families get their babies and children the restorative rest they need to be happy, healthy and eager to learn.

Based in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, serving the globe.

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