happily raised team

Our Team

Providing education on the biggest parenting topics you’re dealing with, from experts who are also parents. It’s the best of both worlds!

Expertise

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We work with highly qualified experts who share their wisdom in a simple, yet powerful way Our team’s goal is to present evidence-based information so you can be secure in your intuitive parenting choices.

No-judgment

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We aren’t going to tell you how you “should” parent. We’re here to show you your choices as a parent, let you know you’re seen, and cheer you on at every step.

Accessibility

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Watch on your own schedule. We offer affordable courses for parents that simplify inroads for access to education on every parenting topic.
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We’ve been in your shoes -
now we’re here to walk with you.​

We’ve been in your shoes - now we’re here to walk with you.​

We understand the fear and difficulty of being a new parent, and we’re determined to help families experience confidence and joy in the midst of it.

That’s why we provide evidence-based resources that allow you to focus on self-growth, as you cultivate your parenting skills inside a supportive community.

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The Happily Raised Team

Real Parents - Real Guidance

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Cristina Gamarnik, M.A., CCC-SLP headshot
Co-Founder of Happily Raised
Founder of The Mommy Center
Cristina’s own struggles in early motherhood with her two sons led her to create a community for mothers in similar situations, to experience healing together. She opened The Mommy Center in 2021 after realizing that parents need connection now more than ever. Cristina was voted Mompreneur of the Year by Parenting OC Magazine and received the 2022 Outstanding Women in Business Visionary Award.
Happily Raised Course:
  • Happily Raised: Your Guide to Speech & Language Development
  • Happily Raised: Your Positive Parenting Guide

Co-Founder of Happily Raised                                 DONA Certified Postpartum Doula                           Early Parenthood Educator and Facilitator at The Mommy Center

Carmen Stramara is a postpartum doula and mom of two who believes in a future where parents don’t feel as overwhelmed as she did as a new parent. She believes a supportive community is the key to wellbeing and hopes to positively impact your path to happier parenting.

Happily Raised Course:
  • Happily Raised: Your Guide to Returning to (paid)Work
  • Happily Raised: Your Positive Parenting Guide
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Dr. Morgan Cutlip, PhD headshot
PhD in Psychology
Dr. Morgan Cutlip, PhD in Psychology and highly sought-after relationship expert and author of the book, Love Your Kids Without Losing Yourself. She knows what it feels like to lose yourself in motherhood, and she’s determined to help mothers navigate it better. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of thousands worldwide learn how to form and maintain healthy relationships.
Dr. Morgan has been a featured relationship expert with Good Morning America, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Health Magazine, MOPS International, Loveology, and Flo, the #1 app in health and fitness.
Happily Raised Course:

Your Postpartum Mental Health Guide

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Sleep Educator, Founder: Ready Set Sleep

Emily Varon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a dedicated focus on sleep-related behaviors, and provides systems for people of all ages to improve sleep for themselves and those they care for.

Emily lives in Irvine, California with her husband and two teens. Improving the quality of
life for persons struggling with sleep has been her passion for over 13 years.

Happily Raised Course:
Your Guide to Baby Sleep
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Marc Cameron, LMFT headshot

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Marc Cameron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with clinical experience helping individuals, couples, and families navigate various challenges, from substance abuse and infidelity to mood disorders and anxiety.

Marc believes that by developing secure attachments, individuals and families can create
stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

Happily Raised Course:

Your Guide to Fatherhood

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Founder of Bloom Well Pediatric Wellness and Physical Therapy in Laguna Hills, California

Dr. Henderson has experience in school-based and private outpatient pediatric settings, treating a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, general gross motor delay, and various genetic disorders.

Dr. Henderson strives to empower families by sharing her expertise so families can implement simple strategies into their daily routines to make a positive impact

Happily Raised Course:
Your Motor Development Guide
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Leora Robles, B.S., IBCLC headshot
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Leora experienced breastfeeding challenges as a nursing mother, which led her to found The Breastfeeding Center of Orange County. Through compassionate, evidence-based breastfeeding support, The Breastfeeding Center provides private lactation consultants, prenatal classes, and educational opportunities through various offerings.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Bottle and Breastfeeding Guide

Cami Leenstra, RN, BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Rochester – Baby Friendly Training Certified 
Advanced Fetal Monitoring Certified – Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified

Cami has been a Registered Nurse since 2015 specializing in the areas of high-risk pregnancies in the antepartum period, Labor and Delivery, postpartum, recovery, and newborn resuscitation.
Cami has two young children of her own and knows how vulnerable and scary it is navigating both pregnancy, postpartum and the unimaginable thought of having to resuscitate your child. She strives to give her students power through knowledge, practice, and tools for success.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Infant CPR & Choking Guide
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Elizabeth “Lizzie” Pluskalowski, MS OTR/L, SWC, IBCLC headshot
Pediatric Occupational Therapist – Feeding and Swallowing Specialist International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Lizzie has been a practicing occupational therapist since 2010 and solely dedicated to pediatrics since 2011, and obtained additional credentials as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She currently holds her Advance Practice in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation, or Intervention (SWC) by the California Board of Occupational Therapy.

Lizzie has experience working in various settings, including 3 major children’s hospitals (inpatient and outpatient), early intervention programs, and private practice. Over the years, Lizzie has taken numerous advanced trainings on pediatric feeding/swallowing (dysphagia), neurodevelopmental treatment, manual therapy techniques, sensory processing, torticollis, breastfeeding/lactation, and tethered oral tissues (TOTS). Lizzie works with medically complex and typically developing infants/children with feeding difficulties. Lizzie founded Thriving Beginnings Inc in 2023 with the mission to provide holistic, compassionate, and evidence-based feeding, lactation, and developmental support for infants, toddlers, and their families.

Happily Raised Course:
Your Intro to Solids Guide & Solids Troubleshooting
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Holly is able to share her passion of keeping babies safe and provide education to families and their caregivers in her roles as a doula, car seat tech, and babywearing educator. She’s always grateful for the opportunity to connect with her community and continue to grow and learn. Holly lives in beautiful Southern California with her spouse and daughter. When she’s not providing support and education to families, she can befound camping with her daughter and husband, spending time at Disneyland, and sneaking away to read a good book.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Car Seat Safety Guide
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Co-Founder & CEO of Marriage365
Casey reaches millions of couples worldwide through Marriage365. After navigating difficulties in their own marriage – from poor communication, infertility, debt, and a special needs diagnosis – Casey and Meygan decided they would not be another divorce statistic. They began to seek and find a different way to “do marriage.” Marriage365 is the result of that journey and now millions of families benefit.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Guide to Relationships After Baby

Board-Certified Pediatrician

Dr. Hoang’s love for medicine and natural patience and care for children makes her pediatrics practice a natural and perfect choice for her. She believes that the families and parents are important partners in a child’s well-being and is dedicated to working together to achieve lifelong health for each child. She strives to develop trust, continuity of care and to provide compassionate and exceptional medical care. As a mother, Dr. Hoang understands how precious children are to parents, and finds it a privilege to be entrusted as their doctor.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Pediatric Medical Guide
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Linzay Davis headshot
Parental Leave Expert – The Park Consulting
Linzay Davis is mom to two little girls, and after her unpaid parental leave with her second daughter went terribly wrong she quit and started The Park, a parental leave consulting agency, helping new and expecting parents get the parental leave they deserve. Her goal is to make sure every working mom understands her pregnancy rights and protections so she can confidently advocate for herself and take the longest, paid parental leave possible.
She lives in San Diego with her husband, their daughters, her mom, and their two dogs. When she’s not coaching expecting parents over Zoom, she loves to take long walks on the beach, go on family camping trips in their tiny trailer, and read.
Happily Raised Course:
Your Guide to Returning to (paid)Work
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B.A in Communicative DisordersB.A. in Spanish – M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders IBCLC – International Board Certified Lactation Consultant California Children’s Services (CCS) paneled speech-language pathologist
Tiffany has been practicing as a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatrics since 2014. She has spent the last 8 years working with children and families with various levels of needs related to feeding and swallowing – from complex medical conditions to selective/picky eating in both a medical setting and private practice.

She is the founder of Tree of Life Feeding LLC, which serves families by providing the tools necessary to thrive in relationship to feeding, from breastfeeding and beyond. When she is not seeing clients through Tree of Life Feeding, Tiffany continues to practice speech/language and feeding therapy at a major children’s hospital part-time where she has the opportunity to learn every day from her patients and colleagues. Tiffany also works as a part-time graduate instructor for students studying speech-language pathology.

Tiffany lives in Long Beach with her husband and two-year-old son.

Happily Raised Course:
Your Guide to Speech & Language Development
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Alec Treffers headshot
Certified Health Coach, Recipe Content Creator, Former D1 Athlete
Alec has made food her career through her passion for healthy eating, working with brands small and large to develop recipes that cater to a healthy active lifestyle, and most recently shared her baby-led weaning journey with her daughter Cooper via Instagram (and plans to do the same with baby #2 on the way).
Alec has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Arizona State University and a Masters in strategic public relations from the University of Southern California. She spent most of her 20s doing PR for Taco Bell Corporate and today is living her dream and purpose inspiring health in others.
Happily Raised Course:

Your Guide to Nutrition and Easy Meal Planning

Whitney Sippl, PT, DPT, WCS, IBCLC

Women’s Health Physical Therapist Board Certified Women’s Clinical Specialist
Whitney is passionate about promoting awareness, well-being, and healing with a goal of empowering women during the prenatal and postnatal periods to address discomforts or concerns. She works to bring awareness to the fact that though symptoms such as incontinence, painful intercourse, pelvic or back pain, and more are common, they shouldn’t be considered normal.
Happily Raised Course:
Postpartum Guide to Pelvic Floor and Core
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Dr. Tracy Tran, DDS MS headshot
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Tran specializes in infant & pediatric oral ties, as well as pediatric sleep issues. Dr. Tran has focused her continuing education on pediatric tethered oral tissue (TOTs) and its relationship with oral dysfunction in order to diagnose orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs). This includes difficulties with infant nursing, toddler feeding & swallowing, speech articulation, and pediatric sleep disordered breathing.

She has successfully treated these patients through a collaborative team approach, and continues to expand her knowledge and experience in this niche specialty.
Dr Tran is proud to be a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as contributing to the advancement of academics by volunteering her time teaching at USC as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry.

Happily Raised Course:

Your Guide to Oral Ties

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Suri Sawyer

Suri is a Practicing Mystic and Maieutic Teacher. She believes that all healing is self healing and all wisdom is self gained. With this in mind, she offers a safe, balanced, and harmonious container to allow another to focus on their process of healing and wholeness.
Suri combines the wisdom of plant medicines, the principle of right relation, energetic hygiene, and music as the foundation for her offering. With over 8 years as a teacher and practitioner, Suri guides you to discover what it feels like to be truly connected to yourself, she invites you to come and learn how to navigate your internal landscape. She invites you to remember how to feel in love with life.
Happily Raised Course:
Guided Mindfulness for Happily Raised Parents: Finding Calm Amidst the Chaos
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Course

Experiences

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The infant class on "sleeping" with their sleep consultant was super informative and helpful. We are using all of her tips and advice, our baby is sleeping 4-5 hrs a stretch!
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The guest speakers were great… I learned so much during those early postpartum months and each time I'd be excited to share what I'd learned with my husband -- everything from car seat safety to marriage communication tips. Can't say enough good things about the experience!
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