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 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 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. She and her husband enjoy raising their three daughters and four dogs. They love spending time as a family hiking, cycling, camping, and enjoying the “little” moments that life has to offer.
Ceit Blue, BS, IBCLC, CCCE
BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT
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.
Claire is a Speech-Language Pathologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She graduated with her Master’s in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2015. Claire and her husband are both from Kentucky, but moved to Tucson two years ago. Claire’s husband Alex serves in the US Air Force and is stationed here at Davis Monthan AFB. Claire has worked with adults in acute care settings, as well as children with various language disorders in outpatient settings. Through her work at Milk and Honey, Claire has discovered a passion in pediatric and infant feeding. Claire enjoys being a part of a team who plays a role in supporting Moms and families during their breastfeeding journey. Claire is looking forward to learning and growing in the path of infant feeding and is so happy to be a part of the Milk and Honey family! Outside of work, Claire enjoys yoga, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Liz Abrams, RD, CSP, IBCLC
REGISTERED DIETITIAN, INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT
Liz is a Tucson native. She was born and raised as an Arizona Wildcat, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona in 2006. She has been a registered dietitian (RD) for over 12 years, specializing in neonatal nutrition in the NICU. She is a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition (CSP) and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Liz has a special interest in the first 1,000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday, as this is a critical window to support long term health and development. Liz splits her time between the NICU and Milk and Honey supporting moms while helping their babies grow and thrive during this critical time. She also enjoys teaching others about neonatal nutrition. Liz enjoys spending her free time with her family; husband, Dustin, and two daughters, Lily and Luna. She will neither confirm nor deny being a crazy cat lady but will openly declare her love for Harry Potter!
Jennie L Jacob, MSPT, CNT, DCS, NTMTC
PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Jennie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. She started her career as a pediatric physical therapist, working across all areas including early intervention, home health, inpatient acute care, and outpatient developmental pediatrics. Since 2007, Jennie has specialized in working with the NICU population. In addition, she continues to see patients in a developmental follow up clinic that evaluates NICU graduates. She is also a Certified Neonatal Therapist, a Developmental Care Specialist, and is certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage. Jennie continues her professional endeavors as an inaugural member of the Neonatal Therapist National Certification Board (2014-2017). She has been a clinical faculty member for The University of Arizona LEND program since 2014. Jennie is also a guest lecturer for a national neonatal therapist mentoring program and she provides lectures on a variety of topics at National and International conferences. Jennie enjoys working at Milk and Honey because she gets to play with babies, which is the best job ever. Milk and Honey feels like home to her and she hopes to recreate that feeling for her clients. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and reading.
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.
Kelli has lived in Tucson nearly her whole life, and is a graduate of the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). She has worked with several small, family owned businesses over the years. She absolutely loves being part of a growing local business here in Tucson. She has two children (both of whom she nursed) and a menagerie of pets, all of whom keep her on her toes. She loves (like, LOVES) basketball, learning new things, and being part of the Milk and Honey family.
Naima is from Tucson and she graduated from NAU with a degree in Small Business Administration. Throughout her career, Naima has worked and volunteered for several local businesses. She has a passion for helping small businesses launch and become successful. She has also spent time providing quality childcare to local Tucson families, helping them with their babies and young children. Naima loves spending time with her own family, traveling, reading, and learning.