As the Executive Director of Dunamas® Center Ministries I am excited to have you visit our website.
Dunamas® Center Ministries is the fulfillment of a vision God gave me back in 1991, before I was a doctor. At that time I was a wife and mother. I also taught childbirth education classes, and attended births as a childbirth assistant. I knew that God would have me develop a center that would help families connect with Him in a deeper way during pregnancy and childbirth. That was a big enough idea to scare me!
Little did I know that in the years to come God was preparing me, professionally and personally, for something even bigger. Along the way. I felt led to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D. and develop my knowledge and ability to support families, not only through childbirth, but through marriage counseling and postpartum support as well. I now hold a Ph.D. in Christian Clinical Psychology from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. Other areas of the vision God gave me are also being fulfilled through speaking and writing.
In addition to the marriage counseling and birth education, I am a specialist in working with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from lifelong traumatic experiences. I also work extensively with understanding and healing for Birth Traumatomology Syndrome™ (BTS) for moms who have had cesareans and other traumatic births. I have also done research on postpartum mood disorders, and have developed a post birth care plan handbook. Click here to get your free downloadable copy of Post Birth Care Plan for a Discerning Childbirth®.
I have a deep desire to help churches develop a Titus 2 program that will support post birth families. If the church can really step up as the family that cares at this time, young families will not be pressured to have to take on the burden of paying a postpartum doula.
My approach to marriage, birth, and family health is holistic in that I believe God made us body, mind, and spirit, and all three areas need to be cared for and healed. I do this by helping my clients/students with the process of connecting to God more deeply through prayer; helping their thinking through cognitive retraining focused on Christ; and helping their overall physical health through nutritional counsel and support when needed.
I have been married to my husband, Mike, since 1982. I am blessed by his understanding of God’s call and his continued support; spiritually, emotionally, and financially. Mike and I have three grown sons and are enjoying the grandparenting years. We live in Colorado Springs, CO
I hope you will dig into this web site and explore all that God has given me to share with you. And welcome to my world!
I was born, and lived, in the Topeka/Manhattan, KS area until 2003 when God called me to move to Colorado Springs. I became a nurse in 1983, and worked in all areas of nursing over the years. Before moving to Colorado, there was 3 things that the Lord told me I would do. One of them, and the last one He told me was I would work in a ministry.
The first to happen is I started working with Dr. Pauline in the development and formation of the Dunamas® Center Ministries. In 2009 came on staff full-time. When you call the Dunamas® Center Ministries I am the person you will most likely interact with first. Although Dunamas® Center Ministries is a privately held organization, it has a ministry heart—fulfilling the call God put on my heart back in 2003.
In 2014 I retired as a nurse. Even with working at Dunamas® Center Ministries I was doing part-time nursing. Did not retire from the Dunamas® Center. The passion that God has given me for this work is hard to believe. In reading the Bible I do not find the word “retirement” in it. It is my belief that God can and will use me in this time of my life. I work beside Dr Pauline to bring praise, honor and glory to God.
I have 3 adult children and enjoys my 5 grandchildren. I look forward to serving you,