Jennifer T. Gillette

Director & Founder

Welcome to The Loved Child (TLC)! We all know the classic saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The professional team at TLC provides expert support, education, and community for expecting families and those with babies, young children, tweens, and teens. I welcome you to join our village while on your parenting journey in one of our classes, workshops, special events, educational parenting partnerships, or in your place of employment through our innovative TLC Parents@Work services.

 

I have spent over twenty-five years working and learning at the best pediatric hospitals, programs, and businesses in the Boston area. Personally, now that my three sons are immersed in their school work and activities, I have space and energy to give more to my professional passion: supporting parents and their families from the time of expectancy through parenting tweens and teens.

 

I obtained my master’s degree in Child Developmental Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and a bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from the College of Wooster. I have spent almost a decade at Isis Parenting where I facilitated parenting groups, provided private parenting consults, and wrote curricula for the Child Development Program. My clinical background includes work with families in Developmental Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to direct work with families, I have extensive experience training and consulting with professionals in developmental & behavioral child development. My research experience includes managing an investigation in children’s temperament styles at the Brazelton Institute at Children’s Hospital and the Psychology Department at Harvard University, as well as participating in the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program through Johns Hopkins University, The Boston Foundation, and Partners HealthCare.

Wendy Conroy

Tween/Teen Workshop Facilitator

Wendy Conroy is a trained Health Educator with a Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  She has been leading sexuality education programs for many years to  youth from Belmont, Arlington and surrounding areas.  She facilitates workshops to help parents navigate challenging conversations with their children bout relationships and sexuality.  In addition, she works to educate families about substance use and mental health issues that affect youth.  She is the parent of two teens and personally understands a lot of the challenges of today’s parenting.

Alexis Hinchey Davis

Facilitator

My mission is to provide judgement-free guidance to families in need of effective behavior management for children. Using a strengths-based perspective, I help parents choose the right tools to fit their needs and the needs of their children with the goal of preserving, restoring, or rebuilding positive relationships. On paper, I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College; in practice, I have applied training experience in a wide range of settings including acute residential treatment centers, hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. For over 10 years, I have guided pediatricians in the care of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues through the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project at Tufts Medical Center. During my tenure there, I was introduced to Incredible Years and Triple P—two key evidenced-based curricula that form the basis for my consulting practice. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with people in diverse contexts and have served a wide variety of populations, which makes me confident that I can help families find the appropriate techniques and approaches for their individual needs. On a personal level, I am now challenged to “practice what I preach,” in the evolution of my relationships my own two young boys.

Amanda DeMasi

Facilitator

Amanda DeMasi, BSN joins TLC with a professional background as a pediatric and neonatal nurse and personally as a mom of two. The last ten years she has worked in a hospital setting at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, Boston Children’s Hospital and currently at Mount Auburn Hospital in their birthing center. She discovered TLC through the Play and Parenting classes and fell in love with what the center has to offer the community. She looks forward to supporting new families as they venture into parenthood, hoping to cultivate a community that makes the transition a little more seamless. She resides in Belmont with her husband and enjoys spending the day making her young daughter and son smile, all the while fitting in walks and time at the park with the family’s labradoodle puppy.

Nora Dybdal

Play & Parenting Facilitator

Yoga Instructor

10 years ago, I had the good fortune to come across Jennifer Gillette’s Play and Parenting Class. It had such a huge impact on my life, supporting me in the transition into parenthood and giving me tools to develop my parenting skills and take care of myself while nurturing my children.

Because these classes had such a profound affect on me, I am delighted to be a facilitator at TLC and bring the same compassionate, mindful support to parents and their children. I adore working with children and witnessing their sense of wonder at the world around us and see their amazing creativity.

I am the mother of two fabulous children, who teach and inspire me daily. I am a yoga instructor, teaching people in all walks of life; pre-natal, children of all ages, adults, and senior citizens. All my classes are rich with imagery, bringing awareness of the natural world, attention to the senses, encouraging students to cultivate mindful awareness, self-compassion, confidence, and a sense of community and camaraderie.  I am certified in the Sivananda and Kripalu traditions, as well as being a certified Flower Yoga Teacher of children.

I am a licensed massage therapist, (900hr training certification from The Muscular Therapy Institute/Cortiva Boston) with specializations in pre-natal and post-natal massage. I love teaching new parents self-care techniques to prevent injury and reduce stress while caring for their little ones.

I am excited to be a part of the team at TLC and to support you and your children in this journey together in hopes that we can create a compassionate, mindful, and empathic environment in the home and beyond!

To find out more about me visit www.sentientlightbodyworks.com

Beth Ann Fricker

Workshop & Event Facilitator – Photography

Beth Ann Fricker is a Boston based newborn and family photographer.  Her photography focuses on documenting the natural connection and interaction between family members.  Beth Ann’s work has been published in Click Magazine and Lemonade and Lenses, and she was a finalist in the 2016 Voice Collection and received Merit Recognition in NAPCP’s 2018 International Competition. She is passionate about sharing photography tips for parents by hosting workshops and writing for various blogs including Boston Mamas, ClickinMoms, and Click. Samples of Beth Ann’s work can be found at www.bafphotography.com.

Lisa Gibalerio

Tween/Teen Workshop Facilitator

Lisa Gibalerio is a Prevention Specialist with Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Watertown.  She is a trained health educator and oversees the Belmont Wellness Coalition (BWC).  She is currently administrating a five-year Drug Free Community grant which directly impacts the youth of Belmont and their families.  Lisa has developed several prevention-centered workshops for both parents and teens around the areas of substance use prevention and mental health awareness.  Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Public Health Education from the Boston University School of Public Health and holds a BA in English and Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island.

Sarah S. Kerrigan

Facilitator, Sleep Consultant

I am a third-generation early childhood educator, following in the footsteps of my mother and grandmother. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Earlham college in 2000 helped to continue me along  this path, and a Master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University in 2005 strengthened my commitment to supporting children and parents in the earliest years of development. I am knowledgeable about various parenting/family styles (including AP and RIE/mindful parenting) and apply both my deep understanding of child development and respect for individual family viewpoints into my role as an instructor.

For the past 15+ years I have worked in many positions  in the field of early childhood education and parenting support. First as a preschool teacher at the Lesley Ellis School, then as a Child Development Specialist for Cambridge-Somerville Early Intervention, back to teaching two-year-olds at the Cambridge-Ellis School, becoming a mother myself, as an instructor and then pediatric sleep consultant for Isis Parenting, and most recently as an independent pediatric sleep consultant.

My six year old son and three year old daughter have also taught me so much about the intense joys and challenges of parenting, and I’ve developed a passion for helping other parents navigate these early years. I am excited to join The Loved Child in offering support to children and their parents!

Diane Lopes

Facilitator, Expecting Parent Educator

Diane is a Registered Nurse and Childbirth Educator. She has been educating parents through Prepared Childbirth and Newborn Care Classes for the past 25 years. Diane began teaching for Lamaze Childbirth Education, Inc., and during the last 17 years taught at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. As a mother of four grown children (and grandmother to 4) she appreciates the responsibility of caring for and nurturing parents and children alike. In addition to supporting parents through the birthing process, she is also committed to preparing them for the care of their newborn. Two areas of particular interest to Diane include techniques for calming a fussy baby and healthy sleep strategies for the newborn and infant. When not working, Diane enjoys gardening and spending time with her growing family.

Danielle Shea Tan

Workshop Facilitator – Nutrition

Danielle Shea Tan, author, 52 Small Changes for the Family, has a private functional nutrition practice (Healthy Mamas for Happy Families) serving women and children from pre-conception and beyond. She provides parenting expertise and support on topics ranging from starting solids, picky eating, childhood nutrition, pre-natal/postpartum nutrition, food allergies and sensitivities and women’s health.

Danielle has a Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She is a frequent speaker, writer, recipe curator and consultant for a variety of organizations from baby product brands and child development centers (TLC is her favorite!) to corporate wellness organizations and women’s associations. Danielle is a mother of two beautiful boys and though she has a permanent address in the greater Boston area is often found traveling the country with her family. Her blog is HealthyMamas.com.

Jillian Wallace

Social Media Manager

Jillian Wallace has been working in Digital Marketing for 10 years with extensive experience in marketing strategy, social media, email, marketing automation and content development. Jillian jumped at the opportunity to join TLC as the role combines her passion for digital marketing with her love for supporting and educating parents and children. She currently resides in Wrentham, Massachusetts with her husband, two young daughters and Chesapeake Bay Retriever Duke!