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As a licensed neonatal and pediatric physical therapist, lay breastfeeding counselor, board-certified lactation consultant and positive parenting and homeschool consultant, Carrie has observed, worked with and counseled thousands of families since 1997.  Carrie  brings a rich variety of experiences and training to this blog, which provides a  unique intersection of gentle viewpoints in order to help and inspire families to have a peaceful life lived “on purpose”.

She considers her most important and enjoyable job in building a wonderful family and a peaceful, faith-filled  home with her husband of  twenty  one years and her two daughters and son.  She is passionate about her Episcopalian faith, the Anglican Communion,  her parish,  breastfeeding, gentle discipline, homemaking, homeschooling and Waldorf Education.  She is currently joyfully homeschooling  her sixth and third graders along with having fun with her four year old.

Her first degree is from Syracuse University in Newspaper Journalism and Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish and her second degree is from University of North Florida in Physical Therapy.    Carrie is  a licensed physical therapist specializing in Neonatal Development and Feeding and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She has practiced within the Neonatal Intensive Care setting for over ten years and also has worked with pediatric patients in inpatient, outpatient, pediatric intensive care unit and outpatient lactation settings to include all developmental care and wound care.  Carrie is Neurodevelopmentally (NDT)/Bobath Trained in the Eight Week Course of the Treatment of Children with Cerebral Palsy (for more information please see http://www.ndta.org), is a trained provider of Debra Beckman’s Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention,  is a Certified Examiner of Marjorie Palmer’s Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale and has completed the educational requirements for RTS Bereavement Training in pregnancy and newborn loss. She also has started on a journey  learning myofasical release with John Barnes, PT and has taken a course in Brain Gym.   She is also an International  Board Certified Lactation Consultant  (IBCLC) since 2009.    Carrie has also been a volunteer breastfeeding counselor for almost  nine years. Besides running a local support group for breastfeeding families and their children she holds a volunteer position at the national level.  She is a frequent speaker at breastfeeding and parenting conferences in her local area.

Carrie has been researching Waldorf education for many years now through Steiner’s works, and feels drawn to work regarding Waldorf education and Waldorf parenting for the small child within the first seven year cycle.  She co-founded and helped lead a Waldorf homeschooling group in her local area for six years, until 2013.  She completed her Foundation Studies in the Arts and Anthroposophy in 2013.   She has written for many publications regarding Waldorf Education and done several series of talks for The Waldorf Connection.

Carrie has consulted with families via telephone and email around the world regarding parenting and homeschooling for small children through age 9. She also wants to encourage those interested in seeking to incorporate some Waldorf elements into their Christian homeschooling experience.  Let us walk through these passageways of parenting together!

Many blessings,


Please contact me at carrie@theparentingpassageway.com.  Please be patient when you email as I sometimes have a high volume of email to answer and I pray and meditate on each email before responding. Thank you for being my reader!  Many blessings!