Alisha Wilkes & Joanne Halverson


Brief Bio: Dr. Alisha H Wilkes DNP, CNM, ARNP is a doctorally prepared nurse-practitioner and nurse-midwife specializing in relationship-based care throughout the lifespan. Dr. Wilkes believes strongly in the wisdom of the human body/mind/spirit, its inherent ability to heal, and its inseparable connection with the natural world. She serves as a resource for folks to access the wisdom of their bodies and as a partner to assist them in achieving the health and wellness they desire. Dr. Wilkes is passionate about education and providing accessible information to those she serves. In her private clinical practice Dr. Wilkes provides full scope primary care, including gynecology, maternity,  and out of hospital birth services to those with “female” reproductive organs, adolescents thru elders. Dr. Wilkes offers educational presentations throughout her community, serves as a clinical preceptor for nurse-midwifery students, guest lectures at local colleges and universities, and has co-authored a chapter in the first US text book about birth centers, expected to be published in Spring 2017. Dr. Wilkes welcomes comments, questions, and requests via the website at www.ThreeMoonsMidwifery.com

Brief Bio: Dr. Joanne Dorpat Halverson has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University and her masters in existential phenomenology from Seattle University. For over 25 years, she has worked as a therapist, ceremonialist, educator and supervisor. Relishing multiple perspectives, she has worked with people of varied ethnicities, ages and cultures. She has specialties in trauma, grief, spiritual concerns, relationship issues, resilience, creativity, attachment, aging and dispute resolution. She has presented at seminars and conferences on her research into Resilience, Wisdom, Aesthetics, Ethics and Indigenous Healing methods applied to therapeutic interventions. Currently, she works in private psychotherapy practice as well as supervising,consulting and teaching in the Psychology department at Seattle University. Dr. Halverson can be reached via the website www.thrivecounselorseattle.com .

Title of Presentation: "Tending the Human Garden: Cultivating Health through Relationship"

Brief Description of Presentation: Drawing from evidence, socio-historical perspectives, and indigenous teachings, we explore influences of disconnection and medicalization on our shared socio-cultural soil and health, as we experience and learn techniques to improve attachment, heal, grow and thrive.