Jennifer T. Gillette

Founder, Owner & Instructor

Welcome to The Loved Child! The TLC professionals provide expert support, education, and community for expecting families and those with babies and young children. Please join us in our classes, workshops, special events, birthday parties, and on-site education programs.

 

As many close friends and colleagues know, starting a family center has been an ambition of mine for years. Professionally, I am duly prepared after spending over twenty-five years working and learning at the best pediatric hospitals, programs, and businesses in the Boston area. Personally, now that my two sons are immersed in their school work and activities, I have space and energy to give more to my professional passion: supporting expecting families and those with babies and young children.

 

I obtained my master’s degree in Child Developmental Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish from the College of Wooster. I have spent almost the past decade at Isis Parenting where I facilitated developmental play/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.

Carrie Roberts Redi

Manager

I have recently joined as Manager of The Loved Child and am thrilled to be in this role! I bring many different experiences to TLC including a previous position at Isis Parenting, as the Programming Associate for three active centers. With an MAT in Art Education, I taught Elementary Art for six years at a public school in upstate NY. I have also worked as a daycare toddler teacher and was a stay-at-home parent with twin daughters for 10 years. My daughters and I were lucky enough to attend Jennifer Gillette’s parenting classes a few years back and I am now grateful to be a part of this wonderful community! I am mostly working “behind the scenes” with scheduling classes, updating the website and spreading the word about TLC. However, you may see me at community events or subbing for a class now and again. Currently,  I live in Belmont with my husband, twin “tween” daughters, a Ragdoll kitty, a bearded dragon and a Betta fish.

John Carr

Facilitator

John C. Carr, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker/psychotherapist based in Boston Ma. He specializes in working with men and fathers. He is a parent educator and author of “Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years,” which has sold more than 50,000 copies and is part of the Great Expectations Series from Sterling Publishing. John lives in the suburbs of Boston with his wife and three children.

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

Facilitator

As a young child, I have joyful memories of playing and practicing yoga with my mother, who was (and is still) a wonderful yoga teacher.  In fact, she was introduced to yoga back in the 1940’s, before yoga was even known to most of western culture.  She studied the teachings of many gurus, including Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Rama, and she passed that knowledge, love, and sense of wonder and appreciation for the practice of yoga, on to me. A gift for which I am truly grateful.

In my 20’s I completed my first official yoga teacher training in the Sivananda tradition with Sarabess Forster, a longtime yoga practitioner and disciple of Swami Vishnu Devananda.  Later I studied and also became certified in Kripalu style of yoga at The Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA.

As I taught and developed in my career, the joyful childhood memories of playful yoga with my mother inspired me to add specialization in teaching yoga to children. Under the instruction of Tara Rachel Jones of Flower Yoga, I received my 95 hour children’s yoga teacher training certificate. I very much enjoy the creativity and energy of teaching yoga to children, including to my own two children, who now share the joy of yoga practice with me.

As a licensed massage therapist, (900hr training certification from The Muscular Therapy Institute/Cortiva Boston) I have a solid foundation in functional anatomy, which blends seamlessly into my yoga work.

Taken together, my background in anthropology, natural sciences, voice training/singing, massage and yoga allows me to offer yoga classes that that are rich with imagery, awareness of the natural world, attention on the senses, encouraging students to cultivate mindful awareness, self-compassion, confidence, and a sense of community and camaraderie.

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.

Nancy Gair

Facilitator

Nancy Gair grew up in Arlington Mass, attended BB&N and then Yale, whereupon she went to England for drama school and stayed for 26 years! She trained there with the renowned National Childbirth Trust to teach Childbirth Education, and began teaching birth preparation classes and conducting new moms groups in her home and at local venues in North London. She returned to the Boston area in 2007 with her two sons, now 19 and 16 and continues her perinatal teaching in the Greater Boston area, including Childbirth Education at Newton Wellesley Hospital and Emerson Hospital in Concord MA. She is delighted to join TLC and help new parents grow in confidence as they begin their parenting adventures.

Nicole Giroux

Instructor

I am so excited to join the team at The Loved Child! I have been working with young children and their families for the past eight years, starting in the children’s department of a public library while earning dual master’s degrees from Simmons College, one in Children’s Literature and one in Library and Information Science. Prior to working with young children, I spent several years working with teens in a high school setting while studying English literature and teaching at Clark University. I have also taken additional courses and workshops in Child Development and Learning, Early Literacy, and various types of children’s programming–from art to tech and everything in between! As a children’s librarian, I was introduced to a training for children’s yoga instructors and my career took a turn as I fell in love with teaching yoga and mindfulness to the littlest humans, helping them find comfort and ease in their bodies and minds from an early age. I left the full-time library world to become a traveling children’s educator, teaching early literacy programs, yoga, and cardio drumming to children from birth through high school in libraries, schools, and yoga studios.  I also have training as a yoga instructor for children and adults with special needs.  I love connecting with children and their grownups and I look forward to working with The Loved Child community!

Emily Hall

Instructor

Emily Hall  is a music educator and Broadway performer who just came back to Boston after being in NYC. She went to Boston Conservatory for Opera and then landed in NY in a Broadway World Premiere. She continued her theater career while teaching her mom’s music program, Mary Ann Hall’s Music For Children. As an early childhood music educator, Emily has taught for over 15 years in CT and NY. Now with her own children she has focused on her children’s music and her first album won a Parents’ Choice Award.  Emily continues to perform professionally, classically and theatrically, while raising her two young children and educating others. Music is an essential part of a child’s mental growth and many movements in this program help bridge the left and right hemisphere of the brain. Even with the youngest of babies, connecting through music, movement, rhythms and rhymes, your child will develop more physical skills, fine motor skills and learn through you and our musical play. Emily can’t wait to sing and dance and grow with you and your children.

Maureen Hodge

Instructor

Maureen Hodge has been teaching children’s art classes and workshops for over 20 years. She’s eager to get back to teaching after taking a little break to be at home with her own two children. She has a BFA from Alfred University and studied art education at Lesley University. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children’s art classes and workshops. After living in Florence, Italy for 2 years, doing her post-bac art program, she discovered a passion for mosaic art and has been working with this medium ever since. Maureen emphasizes how truly impressed she is with the ability children have, to create such amazing results with mosaics! Most of all, they have a blast doing it!

Jeff Jam

Instructor

Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for
children of all ages. He travels all over Massachusetts, New England, and
the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children
everywhere.

Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam grew up watching Sesame Street, reading
Dr. Seuss, and listening to The Beatles. Three of his favorite things are
books, music and baseball. When he gets to sing Take Me Out To The
Ballgame in a library, Jeff Jam is in heaven.

Jeff Jam has five CDs of music available, including his latest, Snores, a
collection of quiet songs for lullaby time. Jeff is available for
birthday parties, libraries, day-cares, schools, concerts and campfires;
anywhere a child needs a song!

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!

Julie Krathen

Facilitator

I earned a master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University and bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Vermont. Over the past 10 years I have worked in Early Intervention, Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic in San Jose, California. In these positions I facilitated home visits, developmental playgroups and worked as part of a developmental assessment team to provide information and education to families. My research experience includes assisting with data collection and developmental assessment for high-risk preterm infants at Children’s Hospital Boston as well as creating and implementing curriculum for an intervention in the Pediatrics Department at Boston Medical Center. I am also a Certified Infant Massage Parent Educator. After recently having a child of my own, I feel even more dedicated to supporting families with young children!

Emily Lindblad

Facilitator

Emily Lindblad is a Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Specialist providing perinatal support and education to Massachusetts families of multiples.  The mother of triplets, Emily knows first-hand that welcoming multiple newborns can be a daunting task.  A former elementary school teacher, Emily is also an American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, and Breastfeeding Educator.  She works with several organizations as an educator and mentor to families of multiples and premature infants.  By providing practical tools, emotional support, and parenting resources, Emily helps each family gain the skills and confidence needed to successfully navigate their transition to life with twins, triplets, and more.

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.

Jenny Mitchell

Facilitator

Jenny Mitchell has been working with young children for many years. She is certified by the EEC to be a lead toddler teacher as well as a lead preschool teacher and has worked as a preschool and toddler teacher in both Spain and the United States. Jenny holds a BA in Psychology and is a candidate for an MA in Early Childhood and the Creative Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge. She believes that the ideal early childhood environment is one where young children can explore using open-ended materials. As a parent and educator, Jenny enjoys reading up on new and different philosophies about raising and educating children. “Young children have a lot to teach us. Sometimes we can learn so much if we take time, sit back and allow them to explore without interfering in their inquiry process.”

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.