Hi! I'm Bethany Heintz, a nurse and lactation consultant who sees health and wellness in a different way than many medical professionals.
I have a passion for integrative and functional medicine and have spent 19 years diving in deep. My career path has fostered in me a sincere appreciation and respect for the importance of both the contemporary western and alternative medicines realms.
I have a particular focus in holistic and integrative medicine including nutrition, lactation, airway function, tethered oral tissues and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as herbal and homeopathic medicines.
After graduating as a nurse, I worked in hospital and long term care facilities, and soon found my career calling in primary care. Following the birth of our second child and my second time experiencing significant breastfeeding challenges, I trained at the Newman International Breastfeeding Institute in Toronto with my baby worn on my back. Before writing my IBCLC boards, I was determined to be able to truly help the families I serve by having loads of experience under my belt. So, I spent more than 2,000 hours in direct contact with breastfeeding mothers, working closely with them and their families to achieve their personal feeding goals.
With 5 years dedicated to my colleagues, I've served on the board of the non-profit Canadian Lactation Consultant Association as Chapters Director, President and Past President. I was honoured to instrumentally support the Baby Friendly Initiative Committee at the Woolwich Community Health Centre in St. Jacobs, Ontario, proudly one of 4 community health centres to have earned their BFI credential in Ontario.
In 2021, I said goodbye to my work as a primary care Clinical Nurse and Digital Health Nurse in St. Jacobs and began working full time as founder, operations director and IBCLC at Ontario Breastfeeding Clinic. I provide OHIP funded as well as private lactation consultations in the Waterloo Region and Wellington County of Ontario.
As an avid life-long learner, I have completed countless hours in pursuit of cutting edge education. The value given to my clients through my being up to date with the latest research is of the highest importance to me. Because of this I have received advanced training in Functional Nutrition, Tethered Oral Tissue (TOT's), Oral Habilitation for Breastfeeding Babies, Infant Structure and Function, Rhythmic Movement through A Movable Feast and am certified in craniosacral therapy. I am currently furthering my formal education in herbal medicine for women under the tutelage of Dr. Aviva Romm.
You'll find little bits and pieces of my family life on social media channels where we work together and celebrate a life of regenerative organic agriculture, nutrient dense livestock farming, gardening, and preserving of our harvests. We are delighting in our children, the antics of crazy animals and a peek into the joy of the ordinary everyday.