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About Karen

 
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My Story

I am a mother of two and a certified infant and child sleep coach.

Since 2018, I have been working with parents to get their babies and children sleeping through the night and napping well. Parents are able to get the rest they need to be present and productive. Babies get the sleep that their rapidly growing minds and bodies need to be happy, healthy and eager to learn.

I work with families who are not getting enough sleep and are desperate for a change or families who anticipate a need for change. 

My approach aim is to balance ease and efficiency 

I use Respectful Parenting 

When I work with a family, my goal is to achieve their goals for their family


My approach to sleep coaching is informed by scientific research, my training, and first-hand experience. Science is critical for understanding the biology of sleep.  The Sleep Sense Method has been used by tens of thousands of families across the globe and demonstrated great success in getting babies to sleep well in their own crib. First-hand experience is critical for being able to recognize the unique needs of a baby or child, for adapting strategies to suit a family's lifestyle or living situation, and for accommodating the needs of the parents.  

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 hold a Bachelors of Science in biology with honours from Dalhousie University (2009) and a Master of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia (2012).  During graduate school, I was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship and the Pacific Century Award (2011).  I held an NSERC post-graduate scholarship and was working to complete my Doctorate at UBC when I discovered my passion for pediatric sleep.


In 2019, I was accepted into 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 a member of the Canadian Sleep Society, the World Sleep Society and the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants.  Through these organizations, I have opportunities for continuing education in sleep health with some of the world's leading professionals and academic researchers.

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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 can easily be held in the comfort and convenience of your own home using video teleconferencing!

 

Reach Out

Have a question about your child's sleep, the services I offer, or how I can help your family?  Send me your questions!  I will respond within 24 hours of receiving your email.

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