Our Care Team
Compassion. Expertise. Advocacy.
Our team is committed to supporting your family with infant feeding with a goal of health and happiness.
We are committed to listening, clinical excellence and walking with you and your family as you find your footing during early postpartum and the entirety of your lactation journey.
RN, BSN, IBCLC, LMT
Prior to founding Initiating Lactation, Sarah's clinical background was in Pediatric Home Nursing, Critical Care, Labor and Delivery and lactation consultation in a hospital setting.
Her years of experience as a registered nurse combined with over twenty-five years of practicing massage therapy bring a unique combination of compassion and dedication to clinical excellence with a foundation in evidence based practice.
As the mother of two children, she has learned that parenting requires great flexibility and can lead us down unexpected paths.
After the birth of her first child in 2006, she was disappointed with the gap in care for families during early postpartum. Becoming a parent led her on a path toward becoming a nurse and lactation consultant. Her career has been dedicated to improving lactation support and early postpartum care for families in the South Puget Sound.
On days away from the clinic, Sarah can be found adventuring with her two children and dog or in her flower gardens. Sarah is nearly as passionate about dance as she is about lactation and loves west coast swing.
RN, BSN, IBCLC
Kenzie has graduated twice from Saint Martin's University, holding Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Management and Nursing. She considers herself a life-long learner, and is always taking courses and attending trainings to stay up-to-date within her field. She is currently working on obtaining her certification in Perinatal Mental Health and in addition to her schedule at Initiating Lactation, she works as a labor & delivery nurse in a critical access hospital.
Kenzie has always been interested in how the body responds to what it is given, through nourishment, movement, and social interaction. Though she loves to support clients of all ages and seasons of life, she specializes in consulting with soon-to-be caregivers, parents, infants, and young children.
When Kenzie isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, usually outdoors, and probably on a mountain or a soccer field. She is also an avid crafter and loves to learn new ways to expand her creativity.
Dr Jennifer Ash
Dr. Ash grew up in the Olympia area and graduated from the Evergreen State College with a bachelors of science degree concentrating in chemistry and pre-medical studies.
She then completed a course at the Seattle Midwifery School to become a doula.
Dr Ash graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR with a degree in naturopathic medicine in 2005, completing training with many different doctors. She spent extra time studying pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, homeopathy and women's health.
Dr Ash is so happy to be one of the owners of Vibrant Health, an amazing medical facility in Olympia, Washington that offers well rounded holistic healthcare to our area.
RN, BSN, CBS (pending IBCLC)
Christina developed a passion for lactation in 2010 while breastfeeding her first baby in nursing school, especially in those first few months. Although she tried to reach out to care providers, she received very little help. It was a professor (also a lactation consultant) and Sarah Cassidy who stepped in to provide the support and advice that she so desperately needed. Each child that Christina had created unique breastfeeding experiences, which only fueled deep desire to one day be able to come alongside other parents in similar situations.
Christina graduated from Pierce Community College in 2001 with her degree in paralegal studies and worked in the legal field for ten years before starting her nursing career. She returned to school while pregnant with her first child and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from St. Martin’s University.
After becoming a nurse in 2012, Chris has served in Critical Care, Telemetry, Mother baby, and in management. Since 2019, she has worked at a local hospital where she cares for patients preparing for surgery. She is serving region currently with prenatal education and is expected to sit for her IBCLC exam in April.
Christina’s childhood was very eclectic due to her dad being in the Army. She’s lived in many places, including Germany, where she had the privilege of being directly embedded in their culture and lifestyle. She moved to Olympia in 1992 and it became her forever home.
Christina lives in Tumwater with her husband and three kids. Her true passion is to see connection flourish in all its forms, from her garden, to her volunteer work with pediatric cancer families, to adventures with her family! It is truly a joy and a privilege to see nursing parents, not only experience relief from the pains and frustrations that can come with breastfeeding, but to also witness the incredible connection that happens in the breastfeeding relationship.
LM, CPM, CLSP (pending IBCLC)
Michelle is a Licensed Midwife, Certified Lactation Support Specialist and is expected to sit for her IBCLC exam in April this year. She graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. And then, two years later went on to attend and graduate from Bastyr University in 2018 with her Masters of Science in Midwifery.
Alongside providing lactation support, Michelle can also be found supporting families at Around the Circle Midwifery and The Birth House as they navigate their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journeys. Michelle’s expertise in the Midwifery Model of Care fosters a thoughtful, individualized approach to the care she provides. She is passionate about providing excellent and inclusive care to all birthing and lactating people.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys leading a simple life with her husband which entails wrangling and raising their three children, urban backyard chicken adventures, and trying to keep her sourdough starter alive.
Jasmine joined the Initiating Lactation team in 2020 and has helped us to serve families while using their insurance benefits. Jasmine is a mother of three with a background in medical billing for a variety of medical specialties. Thanks to her compassionate approach and attention to detail, Jasmine allows us to do the work we love while providing for our families.
You can reach Jasmine with billing related questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steffanee has supported the Initiating Lactation Team since 2022 in an administrative role as she works toward her certification as a lactation consultant. As a mother and trained doula, she brings steady and compassionate care to our practice.
Contact email@example.com with administrative questions or contact
(360) 706-8771 by phone or text.
Vibrant Health Clinic
1910 Black Lake Blvd Olympia, WA
We are proud to be part of a collective of wellness providers at the Vibrant Health Clinic. We are a collective of Naturopathic and chiropractic physicians, lactation consultants, nutritionists, massage therapists and mental health providers. Visit www.vibranthealtholympia.com for information about our providers.