From journaling as a young girl to two clinical textbooks authored for lactation consultants, Denise has always found an outlet in her writing. In the past, she has served locally as a blogger for The Columbia Record, a columnist for Blue Fish Digest, and as a content writer for Leisure Fun magazine. She has also been a freelancer, creating website content for a variety of topics–from travel to birth and parenting. Writing has been a source of income, but primarily serves as a creative outlet for Denise; especially when she writes about home and family life.
A Business Mentor
Denise has owned, with her husband, a total of three small business, all successful enough to pay the bills and take a vacation every year (very important for the self-employed). Through the years, she has developed an affinity for woman-owned, woman-focused business, and is passionate about their support. After spending countless hours with other small business owners offering information, instruction and advice, she decided to channel her expertise into formal coaching. Denise had already written a book about mentoring others in the clinical arena, so it was fairly easy to adapt that process to small or microbusiness owners. Mentoring is her favorite part of her workday.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
An IBCLC is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding, certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Having worked in the maternal-child health field since 1992, Denise left hospital work in 2003 to start her own private practice to better focus on families. She has been a consultant for the University of South Carolina with both the Healthy Carolina program (since inception) and the Arnold School of Public Health. She is also a member of the review board for the Clinical Journal, the professional publication from the United States Lactation Consultant Association.
A Wife, a Mother, a Family Member
For some, it may seem old-fashioned, but more import than any job or interest for Denise is her family. She credits the joy (and pain) of motherhood as the biggest impactor of her life and character. As her children grow, so does she. She has absolutely no talent for decorating or interior design, but is smart enough to ask for help from her mother and sister—both of whom are very close to her. Denise loves books and cups of tea (with a cookie or two) with equal passion; Denise’s husband is very grateful to the public library for saving their budget. Denise’s mother taught her to use the “good” china and linen for family, and that ironing can be a zen experience. She tried to teach her to avoid clutter, but that lesson didn’t take. Denise’s husband Jim is the calming balance, and number one support that allows her the freedom to try new things and multiple pathways.