Bloom Moms Night Out 2023: Meet The Experts

We are so excited for our 7th annual Bloom Moms Night Out event on May 9th, presented by MWR Counseling, Mercy Medical Center, Ability Physical Therapy, University of Iowa Health Care, and Family Medicine Specialists! This will be a fun event at the Eastbank Venue & Lounge and will feature a panel discussion with local health and wellness experts, terrific pop-up shops and vendors, fabulous giveaways, and a chance to converse with other Cedar Rapids mamas!

If you still need to get your ticket to Bloom, buy your ticket here. Bloom sells out every year, so be sure you grab your ticket soon!

Today we want to introduce you to our Bloom Experts Panel! Do you have a question about vaccines and alternate schedules? Or how about why someone would choose a midwife for care? Maybe you want to know about how to know if physical training is right for you, or if having ‘scary thoughts’ is normal. Write those questions down while you’re thinking about them and bring them to Bloom Moms Night Out! Our experts will be ready to answer them.

Meet the Experts: Bloom Moms Night Out Expert Panel

Jorie J. Shire, MD, FAAP

Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa

Jorie J. Shire, MD is a pediatrician with PCI Pediatrics in Cedar Rapids. She graduated with a BA from Luther College, Decorah, IA. She completed medical school at University of Iowa and pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. She has been practicing pediatrics for 16 years in Cedar Rapids. She enjoys caring and making connections with families from birth to young adults. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her husband and two children. Founded in Cedar Rapids in 1997, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI) is one of Iowa’s largest private, multispecialty physician groups. More than 90 physicians, surgeons, and mid-level providers meet nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience, and skills in order to provide the highest quality of care in a wide range of specialties and subspecialties.
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Amber Goodrich, CNM, ARNP, MSN, FACNM

The University of Iowa Health Care

Amber Goodrich is a Certified-Nurse Midwife who practices at University of Iowa Healthcare (UIHC). The midwives at UIHC have clinics at North Dodge, Iowa River Landing, main campus, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and Washington. The midwives have excellent outcomes, including a low c-section rate, and are able to care for patients desiring vaginal birth after one or two cesareans. The midwives are able to provide low intervention care at UIHC with the luxury of having Maternal Fetal Medicine and a Level IV NICU available if needed. Amber’s favorite part about her job is caring for a woman throughout her life. She loves seeing her grow as a person- from teenage years, childbearing years, and through menopause. She feels privileged to be included in the most vulnerable, sacred times of her patients’ lives. University of Iowa Health Care is the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center, dedicated to providing world-class health care and health-related outreach services to all Iowans, from primary care needs to the most complex medical cases, from birth for life.

Dr. Deborah Lin-Dyken, MD, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

The University of Iowa Health Care

Deborah Lin-Dyken received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue University, then received her MD from Indiana University.  She then completed a pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a fellowship in Developmental Disabilities.  Currently, she is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and her clinical and research interests include sleep disorders, autism and ADHD.  She is married to a neurologist who works at the VA Hospital, and she is the mother of two adult children.

Pam Hoogerwerf

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Safety Store

Pam Hoogerwerf grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa majoring in broadcasting journalism and health promotion. She has been in her current role as Director of this program since 2008. She has obtained special certification in pediatric injury prevention and is a certified child passenger safety technician. One of the programs she oversees is the Safety Store, where customers can obtain assistance with children’s injury prevention products including a variety of car seats and travel systems, HALO swaddles, Fridababy and FridaMom products and bike helmets. She is passionate about keeping kids safe and enjoys traveling the state promoting messages related to that. She has been an author on many injury prevention articles and presents on various topics at national meetings. She became a “Nana” in October and is having fun teaching her daughter “all things safety”.

Dr. Beth Pfohl

Balster Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Beth Pfohl is a pediatric dentist in Cedar Rapids, IA. Dr. Beth works with Dr. Erik Balster at Balster Pediatric Dentistry providing quality pediatric dentistry for children ages 0 to 18. Dr. Beth completed her dental training and pediatric dental residency training at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Beth enjoys being active and spending time with her family. Balster Pediatric Dentistry strives to provide the best pediatric dental care for children ages 0 to 18 in the CedarRapids, Iowa area. Dr. Beth joined Dr. Erik’s practice in 2019 and together they have enjoyed helping children discover excitement for their oral health and smile.

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Mandy Tressel, PT, DPT

Ability Physical Therapy

Mandy Tressel received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from South College in 2021 after attending the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Physiology. She enjoys treating a wide variety of populations and has a special interest in working with women during pregnancy and postpartum stages. Mandy believes there are two things that separate good care and excellent care: autonomy and the therapeutic effect of human touch. She works closely alongside each patient, listening to their concerns, goals and needs. The mission of Ability Physical Therapy is to help people. More specifically, Ability Physical Therapy is dedicated to assisting clients in achieving their optimal physical function in home, work, and recreational settings. Ability’s physical therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, and personal trainers are entirely devoted to providing all clients with an exceptional experience and quality care.

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Sri Ravisankar, MD, FAAP, MBA

Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids, Neonatal Intensive Care UnitFamily Medicine Specialists, P.C.

Neonatologist Dr. Sri Ravisankar (pronunciation: shree rah-vee-sank-CAR) joined Mercy Birthplace & NICU in Cedar Rapids in 2018. He received his medical degree from the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in 2007, and continued his pediatric residency training and neonatal perinatal fellowship at East Carolina University. Prior to coming to Mercy, Dr. Ravisankar worked at the James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina. He also served as clinical assistant professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology. In his free time, Dr. Ravisankar enjoys playing table tennis and cricket, as well as swimming. Mercy Birthplace & NICU is one of only a few of its kind in the U.S. and is setting a new standard for care: 100% of Mercy’s Birthplace suites are equipped with NICU technology. This more patient-centered approach improves safety and allows both parents to stay with your newborn in one room for their entire stay – from labor and delivery to postpartum and NICU care.

Shannon Wilson, LMHC, PMH-C

MWR Counseling

Shannon Wilson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Professional through Postpartum Support International. She is co-owner and Clinician at MWR Counseling in Hiawatha. Shannon works with individuals and couples and has expertise in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as the treatment of OCD. She is passionate about supporting parents as a whole, but particularly enjoys supporting new mothers through their unique transition into motherhood. Shannon assists individuals in processing birth trauma and walks alongside mothers experiencing grief from pregnancy and infant loss. Outside of the office, Shannon spends her time as a partner, a mother to three really great humans, and a friend. MWR Counseling is a multi specialty practice that provides counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. Specialty areas include perinatal mental health, trauma, narrative therapy, and the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD.

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Kortney Chaney

Ritual Med Boutique

Kortney is co founder of Ritual Med Boutique and a board-certified nurse practitioner. With a background of neuroscience, biology, and chemistry she loves to delve into the science behind skincare and wellness to ensure each service offered at Ritual is evidence based. She is a skilled, experienced cosmetic injector and well known in the industry for producing natural transformative results. She has received extensive training in layers and anti-aging modalities. Kortney loves guiding clients through the aesthetics world to develop their personalized treatment ritual. Ritual Med Boutique is a premier medical spa that is dedicated to providing the highest quality medical aesthetics. Creating your ritual often starts with a complimentary consultation where you and your provider decide on the best plan based to get your looking and feeling your best. Our providers specialize in natural looking results that leave you feeling restored, refined, and refreshed. We offer a wide variety of services to achieve this including the newest laser procedures, medical grade facials, injectable treatments, and customized wellness services.

Tell us, what are you most excited to experience at Bloom 2023?

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