MEET OUR FAMILY
Crissi Blake, BSN, RN, IBCLC
REGISTERED NURSE, INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT / PEDIATRIC FEEDING SPECIALIST
Crissi is a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Crissi is a native Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She spent her earlier career days working in Occupational Therapy with a focus on Pediatric Feeding. She has been providing postpartum and newborn care to Tucson families for more than 15 years. Combining her education and skill set, Crissi brings a unique approach to helping Moms and babies address their breastfeeding needs. She is especially passionate about assisting with more medically complex breastfeeding issues including babies born with special needs, prematurity, and issues related to anatomical differences such as tongue tie/lip tie or cleft lip and palate. Over the years Crissi has had the pleasure of being invited to present to many members of the medical community on the subject of breastfeeding. She has a strong desire to educate the community to better serve Tucson families. When she isn’t working to help families with new babies, she loves spending time traveling and being outdoors with her husband and her two children.
Nina Isaac, MS, CCC-SLP, IBCLC
BILINGUAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST / PEDIATRIC FEEDING AND SWALLOWING SPECIALIST, INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT
Nina graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997 with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2010. She is a dual certified Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist (English-Spanish), and an IBCLC, with over 20 years experience. She specializes in pediatric and infant feeding and swallowing disorders, with an emphasis on helping breastfeeding dyads meet their breastfeeding goals. Nina also specializes in assisting infants struggling with bottle feeding, transitioning to solids and weaning off of feeding tubes. Nina is passionate about helping infants and their families whose feeding is impacted by prematurity, neurological deficits, anatomical issues (including tongue-tie/lip-tie and cleft lip/palate) as well as those babies who just got off to a difficult start. In addition to teaching and lecturing throughout Arizona, Nina has been invited to speak nationally and internationally to educate other healthcare professionals and families on topics such as low maternal milk supply, slow infant weight gain, tongue-tie, infant feeding, dysphagia, breastfeeding, and transitioning to solids. When she's not working, Nina enjoys hiking, swimming, running and spending time with her three daughters, grand baby and two dogs.
Ceit Blue, BS, IBCLC, CCCE
BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT - Currently on maternity leave.
Ceit is a Bilingual (English-Portuguese) International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator. Ceit is an native Tucsonan who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2003 from the University of Arizona. Ceit has worked in the field of Child and Maternal Services since 2011, specializing in pregnancy wellness, early childhood development, infant feeding, and childbirth education. Previous to joining Milk and Honey, Ceit worked extensively as a childbirth educator and lactation consultant for a youth-focused non-profit organization, with an emphasis on neurological development and high-risk clientele. Ceit has traveled the state of Arizona providing professional development to those working with pregnant and parenting teens. In 2016, she became a Capacitar Wellness Protocols Practitioner, enabling her to facilitate perinatal trauma healing in the Tucson Community. Ceit’s passion for assisting families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods continues to grow, with particular regard to the breastfeeding dyad. Her time outside of work is spent enjoying family time, getting outdoors and exercising.
Loren Carruth, MOTR/L, CnT, nTmTC
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND FEEDING SPECIALIST
Loren has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 1995 after she graduated with a Master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, Houston. She has had experience working in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient and home health. Loren is passionate about working with infants and young children and has dedicated her practice to the NICU setting. At Milk and Honey, she focuses her specialty in feeding and developmental activity. Loren is a Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) and was one of the first Occupational Therapists to receive this certification in Arizona. She also has certification in Neonatal Touch and Massage and is in the process of pursuing certification as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in order to provide the best-care available for infants and their families. When she isn’t working, Loren loves spending time with her family including her two very active dogs. She is an avid cyclist, a die-hard U of A Wildcat, and enjoys all the splendors of Arizona.
Ashley Reynolds, RN, BSN, IBCLC
REGISTERED NURSE, INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT
Ashley is a Tucson native, a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2016 and obtained her IBCLC in 2021. She has provided evidence-based care to maternal child populations in a variety of settings, including inpatient postpartum care and
outpatient midwifery birthing center care. Ashley is currently pursuing her Perinatal Mental Health Certification. She enjoys the challenge of continuing to learn, and loves sharing knowledge with both her peers and her patients. Ashley is excited to be apart of the Milk and Honey team and strives to provide compassionate, family-centered care while supporting families as they achieve their feeding goals. When she isn’t caring for families and new babies, she enjoys gardening, making music, baking bread, and spending time with her loving husband and very goofy dog.
Summer Griffin, MS, CF-SLP
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY CLINICAL FELLOW
Summer is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. She is excited to join the Milk and Honey family as a Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow and is working to earn her International Board Certification in Lactation Consulting (IBCLC). She treats infant and pediatric swallowing disorders and will be learning how best to support breastfeeding dyads to meet their individual feeding goals. Summer has served in groups working towards creating safe and positive spaces for LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. She is passionate about incorporating these practices in her patient-centered care. Summer was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and enjoys visiting her family there often. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, listening to music, and playing with her dog.
Alice has lived in Tucson nearly her whole life, She has three amazing grown children – Lindsey, Grace, and Steven, who she could not be more proud of. She also has a beloved golden retriever named Peyton, who is very naughty but brings her great joy at the same time. She loves the ocean, being outdoors, hiking, and exercising. She has worked with insurance billing for many years, and is very grateful to part of this awesome community, surrounded by strong, beautiful women.
Sarah is a registered midwife from Toronto, Canada who recently moved to Tucson, Arizona with her husband. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Therapeutic Recreation. Sarah then went on to midwifery school and graduated from McMaster University with honours in 2017, receiving her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Midwifery. She quickly joined a practice and began providing care in her community, with privileges at Michael Garron Hospital and The Toronto Birth Centre. During the winter of 2021, Sarah had the privilege of working as a midwife in Puvirnituq, an Inuit community in northern Quebec. She is a CAPPA certified childbirth educator and has been teaching clients about labour, birth, lactation, and the postpartum period for many years. She also holds certifications in neonatal resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and didactic ultrasound. When practicing, Sarah is proud to provide evidence-based care and education, driven by informed choice, so clients can make health care decisions that are best for them and their families. When she’s not working, Sarah loves hiking, rock climbing, cooking, playing sports and spending time with family and friends. She is thrilled to be joining the Milk and Honey team as office coordinator and is so grateful for how welcoming the Tucson community has been.