The Breathe Team

Get to Know Us

Birth support is labor intensive. At Breathe, we are fortunate to have an amazing team to insure that all your pregnancy and women's wellness needs are met.

 
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Deirdre Llewellyn-Epperley

Birth Assistant, Doula, Yoga Instructor

Deirdre is a birth doula and yoga teacher serving women and families in the Tulsa area.  She has a passion for supporting others in finding, trusting and embracing their inner strength.  As a mother of five, including one set of twins, and having personally experienced a variety of birth experiences, her desire is to emphasize that there is beauty in every birth, no matter the circumstances.  Deirdre is a DONA trained birth doula and is also certified as a birth and bereavement doula through Stillbirthday.  She obtained her CNA and is CPR certified, TENS unit certified, uses rebozo, peanut balls, acupressure, reflexology and a variety of breathing techniques. 
Deirdre is a RYT200 (registered yoga teacher) and believes that a regular yoga practice is essential and beneficial to every aspect of life at every age from birth on.  If you are breathing, add awareness and you are practicing yoga.  She offers prenatal, yin, vinyasa, and baby and me yoga classes. 
“Choose to experience everything as a miracle”

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Hilary Goodner

Birth Assistant, Doula, Midwifery Student

Hilary has known since childhood that she was destined for a profession in healthcare.  Before becoming a birth doula, she spent 15 years working in various medical roles, including CNA, laboratory work and EMS.  After the medicalized birth of her first child, Hilary sensed that there was a more sacred way to approach the birthing experience, and she intended to discover it.  In 2014, as she was preparing for the upcoming birth of her second child, Hilary attended a DONA birth doula workshop to fully equip herself with tools and information to help her achieve her ideal birth experience.  After an empowering natural birth, she was inspired to help other women achieve the birth they desire, and her career as a birth doula was born.  Hilary is passionate about education for birthing mothers and partners, as her own experience and clients' experiences have proven that knowledge is power.  Hilary, too, is committed to education, staying up-to-date on the latest research and techniques that will equip her to better serve her clients.  Her education and skills include TENS Unit Certification, Advanced Rebozo Techniques, Pressure Point Techniques, Peanut Ball, Benkung Belly Binding, Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, pregnancy loss, and Closing of the Bones/Mother Blessing Ceremonies.  Hilary is dedicated to the families she serves and looks forward to supporting you through pregnancy, birth, and beyond!

Heather Borsuk

Lactation Consultant, IBCLC

Heather Borsuk is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She has been working in the Lactation field for over 10 years and has helped hundreds of women transition into motherhood successfully.  Her passion was sparked when she had her own son, Jake, 14 years ago. 

Breastfeeding helped Heather heal and recover from a very traumatic cesarean birth.  She realized how much new moms need support and guidance as they transition into this wonderful yet challenging time in life.  Breastfeeding can be the most profound experience between a mom and baby when it is successful.  Heather’s passion is to help moms experience this beautiful bond with their babies.

Heather attended the University of Oklahoma and studied Health and Sports Science as well as Communications.  She finished her education at the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Lactation Consulting. 

Heather recently moved back to Tulsa, OK after living in California for 13 years.  She has been married for 15 years, has one son, Jake who is 14, along with 5 nieces and 3 nephews whom she dearly loves. 

In her personal life, Heather loves spending time with her family, helping with fundraising in her son’s school, volunteering with church and always learning and growing. Heather’s favorite hobby is scuba diving with her husband and son. 

Heather is a huge advocate in the community for Mental Health and Suicide prevention.  This is a key factor in supporting new moms with postpartum depression and anxiety. 

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Kim Kmita

Medical Administrator

APRN-CNM/WHNP-BC

Kim is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  Kim began working as a nurse extern in labor and delivery in 1995.  After she finished nursing school in 1996, she began working as a labor and delivery Registered Nurse.  Kim earned her bachelors degree in nursing from Langston University.  She earned her Graduate Certificate for Nurse Midwifery in 2004 from Frontier Nursing University.  In 2005, Kim earned her Graduate Certificate for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University and her Master’s in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.  Kim is certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board, National Certification Corporation, and holds an Advanced Practice Registered Nursing License to practice Midwifery and as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.  Kim has practiced midwifery and as a women's health nurse practitioner in the hospital setting for the last fifteen years.

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Regina Kizer
Medical Administrator

APRN-CNM, DNP

Regina has been an active bedside, labor and delivery Registered Nurse since 2004. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma and went on to obtain a Master's of Nursing in Midwifery in 2016 and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on midwifery in 2017. Dr. Kizer is certified through the American Midwifery Certification Board and holds an Advanced Practice Registered Nursing License to practice Midwifery. While preparing to open Breathe Birth and Wellness in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Regina continued working in Labor and Delivery as a labor nurse and traveling to Springfield, Missouri, weekly to provide Midwifery care at a freestanding natural birth center. 
Regina's passion is to empower women through the midwifery model of care. It is her core belief that all individuals have a right to self-determination and active participation in health care decisions.

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Giselle Chebny

Administrative Director

RN, Doula, Childbirth Educator

Giselle Chebny is the Administrative Director at Breathe Birth and Wellness. She is a registered nurse, childbirth educator and doula. She has over 15 years of experience in the maternity field and loves birthing babies! Her passion has always been caring for growing families and women as they embark on the journey of motherhood. Giselle values education and the power that knowledge can lend as you start an adventure such as childbirth. When she's not caring for growing families in the community, she is busy with a team of her own. She has been married for 13 years and has 4 children. She enjoys homeschooling, spending time with family, fellowship with friends and learning new things. She hopes to empower women through education and offer ongoing support to growing families throughout Northeast Oklahoma.

Emily Dahlgren

AOS, LMT, Doula

Emily has an associates degree in Occupational Science of Massage Therapy and Business Management and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 16 years.  She has also trained as a Birth and Postpartum Doula.  Her specialty is prenatal, infant and pediatric massage.  Being a mom to her two daughters is her greatest blessing and feeds into her passion of wanting to make mamas and babies feel their best.  In addition to her specialities, she is also certified in ashiatsu, cupping, myofascial release, deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular re-education, raindrop therapy, ROCK tape and ROCK blades.  As a former CNA and nursing student, as well as a current Medical Assistant, CPR and BLS Instructor, Emily is well versed in the human body and ways to help it heal.   Her training allows for multiple modalities to help the entire family feel their best

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Holly Riggins

Office Manager, Medical Assistant

Holly Riggins is a medical assistant 

Deirdre Hopkins

Certified Doula, Yoga Instructor

Deirdre is a Colorado native with a love of God's creation embedded deep into her heart. She believes in her namesake, which means compassion, and brings empathy into her doula practice. 
She has been dating her husband for over 2 decades and parenting their 3 kids together, since 2004. Never having a doula herself propelled her to become a DONA trained and certified birth doula in 2014. She is also CPR certified, TENS unit certified and trained in rebozo and peanut ball techniques. 
Deirdre has a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Family Science. Early in her career she supported teenage mothers at the Child Saving Institute, and then reclaimed a decade of her life to raising her own arrows. As a natural educator, Deirdre has experience working with families and children with special needs in the public school system. Parenting and behaviour modification is one of her passions. She also dedicates her life to nutrition and using aromatherapy for physical and emotional health. 
"Ask me for strength and I will lend not only my hand, but also my heart." - Unknown

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Kate Decker

Birth Assistant, Midwifery Student

Kate Decker has an Associates of Science and is pursuing her bachelors in Midwifery at Midwives College of Utah. She is also a DONA trained doula. Kate has three children and has experienced a variety of different birth routes/outcomes. Her first born was with a midwife in the hospital with an epidural, second was OBGYN care with an induction and epidural, finally she had a midwife (Regina) at a birth center with a water birth! After experiencing the care of a midwife, her passion grew to pursue out of hospital midwifery instead of going to nursing school. Kate wants everyone to experience the birth they desire and feel so empowered while doing so. She is also very knowledgeable on breastfeeding and enjoys helping mothers during those first few weeks! Community means everything in the birth world and Kate can’t wait to continue expanding her community!

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