Allison Harris NCTMB,LMT,CD, has over 20 years experience in the women’s, family, and holistic health care fields. She has worked in the areas of maternal child health, birth and family support services, education, health care education, therapeutic massage, holistic health care, expressive arts, perinatal grief and loss, and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Allison has created and directed multiple hospital based and private birth,health,therapeutic massage, expressive arts, and related programs, as well as currently doing costume and custom millinery design,when she is not supporting birth doula clients.
Allison created the therapeutic massage program at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and offered expressive arts classes through their community services program, and at many other area locations. In 2000, Allison started the original Holy Cross Hospital doula program, resurrected and directed their perinatal grief and loss program, and coordinated a volunteer network which provided bereavement supplies to hospital patients experiencing infant loss. After leaving Holy Cross, Allison returned to private practice, expanding Kairos Holistic Healing Arts Birth Support Services, with a team of doulas serving all MD, D.C., and No. VA Hospitals, and also outsourced both labor support and postpartum doula services to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Prior to doula birth support services, Allison created and directed Oasis Holistic Healing Arts Therapeutic Massage Services, which provided therapeutic massage programs for various five star hotels in Washington D.C., exclusive resorts, and medical spas. Allison also offered therapeutic massage services to medical patients referred by a network of doctors, trauma physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other health care professionals.
Allison has worked as a teacher in private schools, and a substitute teacher in public school. She has also taught her own El Duende Expressive Arts playshops, for stress reduction and enhanced health, mindfulness meditation, and her Vision Quest Expressive Arts Childbirth Education Playshops. Starting in 2014, Allison will be offering her new Mindful Birth and Beyond Childbirth Education Playshops.
Being an artist, Allison has also done costume work, and is the owner and custom millinery designer of Caribbean Rose Pirate and Vintage Millinery Emporium, Gilded Swan Finery, and Soul of the Rose Bridal Millinery.
The achievement she is most proud of is being adoring mother to her three beautiful, deeply beloved, and accomplished daughters, who are the joy of her life.
(She can also hop on one foot, rub her belly, pat her head, juggle, tell jokes, and sing the National Anthem backwards in Russian, while drinking a glass of water and cleaning her oven, which comes in handy during long births when entertainment is needed.)