Our Team of Experts

Nicole Shanks

 

As a former labor and delivery nurse, clinical nurse, childbirth educator, certified life coach and most importantly, mother of two young children, Nicole created Prepare the Nest to provide realistic mom-to-mom training within the local childbirth class market. When searching for classes to attend while she was pregnant, she felt too many programs focused solely on the day of delivery, with too little time spent on preparing new moms for the fun, frantic and sometimes frustrating role of motherhood.

As a result, Nicole’s desire at Prepare the Nest is to provide new and expectant parents with honest, accurate and practical advice on a physical, emotional and hormonal level through each phase of their pregnancy and postpartum experience. Nicole and her team of experts will coach you through your new role as parents, guide you through relational changes and provide you with the additional support critical for parenting in the first few years of life.

The unparalleled assortment of classes, seminars, and top-of-the-line services at Prepare the Nest will help make your transition into parenthood one that is exciting, informed and ready for the joyful journey ahead of you.   

CEO, RN

Certified Childbirth Expert

Certified Life Coach

Amanda Duggan

RN, BSN

Amanda has been a nurse for 6 years, with a clinical background in cardiac nursing and OBGYN nursing. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She is a wife, and mom to two energetic boys, ages 5 and 2 years old. Her passion is to support parents through the transition of bringing a new member into their family. Her primary goal in education is to make sure parents have the knowledge and confidence to make the choices that are right for their family, during pregnancy and after baby. She enjoys being outside with her family, tennis, dancing and crafts in her spare time.

Geanina Ciobanu

RN, BSN

Certified Childbirth Expert

 

Geanina has been working in the obstetrics field for 6 years as a registered nurse. Women’s health has always been near to her heart because she comes from a family of obstetric, labor and delivery nurses! Her favorite part about her career as a certified childbirth educator is providing education to new moms and dads in order to help them feel prepared and ease some of the anxiety that can come with being new parents. As a mother herself of two young children, she knows what to expect.

Kristy Wallace

OT, Certified Health Coach

Kristy is an Occupational Therapist and a Certified Health Coach. Passionate about health and wellness as well as lifelong learning, she strives to educate and equip others in matters of lifestyle choices that impact our overall well-being. At Prepare The Nest, she brings her years of experience in occupational therapy as well as health coaching skills to cheer you on and support you in your new role as a parent. Her dream is to come alongside families and help them to thrive in all aspects of life. She is married and mother to one awesome 9 year old son.  After years of infertility struggles, she is beyond grateful to be called mom! In her spare time, you can find her running, building Legos, cooking, reading, or knee-deep in a DIY home project.

Michele Overholt

EMT, CPR Instructor

Michele is a mom of two grown children and the owner of Overholt Emergency Medical Training. She is an EMT instructor with North Seattle College and King County Emergency Medical Services. She is a Washington State EMS Evaluator and AHA HCP Instructor for Seattle/King County Public Health and has worked Fire/EMS with Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue for the past 26 years. She brings years of experience and a passion and knowledge that she is excited to share with expectant parents through the Prepare the Nest Infant CPR and Safety class.

Christine Yates

Labor and Postpartum Doula

Certified Happiest Baby Educator

Christine is a certified birth and postpartum doula through the International Doula Institute. Through empathy and compassion Christine creates a space that is collaborative, informative and allows others to feel heard. She takes time to get to know her clients needs and to truly understand their birth journey. Using educational tools, relaxation techniques and by bringing a sense of peace, she supports her clients' transition into parenthood. As a birth doula, Christine truly believes that we are all creating a lifelong memory together and she will do all she can to ensure that it is a positive one.  As a certified Happiest Baby Educator, she loves giving new parents the tools to help soothe their newborn and spending time with the Mommy and Me groups.

Sandra Hiddleson

Parent Experience Coordinator

Sandra is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with years of experience in the childbirth education industry. She is passionate about making sure that all of our parents-to-be have the best possible experience and get the most out of their Prepare the Nest classes, from registration to follow-ups after the class. If you’ve got questions, Sandra will have the answers!

Prepare the Nest Studio

15436 Bel-Red Road Suite 100

Redmond, Wa 98052

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208.484.3100

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