the milkwell team
Hi! I'm Jen. For almost 20 years I have been providing restorative, compassionate and practical support for families throughout the childbearing years. After many years as a therapeutic massage therapist, I started supporting families through pregnancy and beyond as a birth and postpartum doula. That work led me to falling in love with the art and science of breastfeeding and lactation support. In 2018, I opened my private practice, Milkwell Lactation & Feeding Solutions. Our team has expanded and I am proud to introduce you to our members. I look forward to meeting you and your family.
Jen Kowal, IBCLC, Owner, Milkwell
Gina provides caring, supportive and knowledgeable help in developing a plan for your feeding needs. As a mother of two, she's experienced many of the same challenges during her own feeding journey. In addition to all the typical things a lactation consultant can support, Gina specializes in oral dysfunction (lip/tongue ties), prematurity and NICU graduates, and introduction of solids. In tandem with her IBCLC certification, she is a Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist with an expertise in growth concerns, diet, and gastrointestinal issues including reflux, colic, and milk allergies. Gina’s approach can help ease the pressures of motherhood and define a feeding goal that works for you and your family. You don’t have to be alone in this journey.
Gina Signorelli IBCLC, RDN
Time flies when you’re having fun, and I’ve been helping people birth and nurse their babies for almost twenty years as a doula, childbirth educator, and lactation consultant. While we may be working on milk supply or latching techniques during a consult, the foundation for a lifelong relationship of trust and caring is being built as you interact with your baby, and lactation is just one part of the whole picture. Having the privilege of supporting families through the raw and transformative experiences of labor and lactation is incredibly rewarding since each parent and baby navigate the path differently, but the common denominator is LOVE.
Britt Sando, IBCLC
Cassie Moriarty, IBCLC
Cassie is a Lactation Consultant, Fertility Awareness Educator, and Postpartum Doula. Her love of the human body's capacity began in film school in 2011 when she wrote and directed her thesis film, Miscontraceptions. After the birth of her first baby in 2015, Cassie experienced a difficult postpartum period. This led her to want to give back and shape better postpartum experiences for others. She became a La Leche League leader and loved leading groups in random rooms throughout Queens. In 2018, she trained as a doula with DONA and in 2019 she completed Empire Lactation's Breastfeeding program. In 2020 she passed the International Board exam for Lactation Consulting. She believes that parents deserve to enjoy their babies unabashedly and is honored to be invited into that intimate space as a support person. While she loves anything anatomy and birth related, she loves a good espionage novel, live jazz music, and figure skating.
Deciding to have a student in an appointment with you is a personal and private decision. If you are on the fence or just curious about our intern, please meet Joy. She was inspired to do this work because of her own experience being able to breastfeed her two children for as long as she chose with the support of a lactation consultant. She wants to provide that same help to other people. Currently, she is a certified Lactation Specialist working to accumulate supervision hours to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her goal is to support you in your journey.
Joy Holland, CLS
Jeannette is Milkwell’s Administrative Maven! She keeps track of appointments, ensures systems are kept running smoothly and is the friendly voice you hear when calling the office number. As a mom of two, she’s been where you are and knows how tricky new parenthood can feel (fun fact: she is a former client of Jen's!). After devoting the better part of a decade to full-time motherhood, she is thrilled to utilize her skills and experience to help support new parents as they step into a new phase of life.
Jeannette Catanzaro, Office Administrator
photos and bios of our newest team members: Carolyn Kerr CBS
Kathryn McLaughlin IBCLC
Iris Lewis IBCLC
Nikole Keller IBCLC