Pattie graduated from Boise State University, earning a BS in Nursing in 2003. In 2009, a few years after the birth of her son, she decided to follow her passion and pursue a career in Maternal-Child Nursing. With the desire to broaden her bed side skills in Labor and Delivery, she trained as a Doula and Childbirth Educator, opening the door to adult education for expecting families. Meanwhile, she quickly learned that assisting mothers in lactation was a natural fit and fell in line with her love to educate. Certified as an IBCLC in 2012, Pattie now works with new mothers in a local hospital on Postpartum, NICU and Pediatrics in-patient units and in the outpatient setting.
As a hospital Lactation Consultant she was responsible for curriculum and program development for the Lactation Department including the Prenatal Breastfeeding Class for expecting parents, staff perinatal breastfeeding education, and serves as a mentor for IBCLC students and new hires. Pattie facilitates Breastfeeding Mothers' a free weekly support group and Pumping for Work and School.
Pattie has shared her skills with other professionals in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Oregon through teaching breastfeeding workshops with an emphasis on teaching the adult learner. In 2016, Pattie joined the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalitions Board and has played an instrumental role in the planning and facilitating the Annual Idaho Breastfeeding Summit in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. With enthusiasm and great vision for the Coalitions presence in the State of Idaho, Pattie was elected Vice Chair of the IBC in 2019.
In her free time you will find Pattie with her family on her small acreage farm in Emmett, Idaho. There you will find her nurturing their menagerie of animals, with her hands deep in garden soil, or soaking up the elements exploring Idaho’s wild lands on ski’s, in a raft, or good old fashioned hiking boots.
Pattie with baby Caid, photo used with permission. 2020.
· Registered Nurse since July 2003
· International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2012
· Basic Life Support
Board Member | Jan 2017- current
Vice Chair | 2018- current
· Treasure Valley Chapter of the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition since 2016
· International Lactation Consultation Association (ILCA) member since 2011
· United States Lactation Consultation Association (USLCA) member since 2011