Whether you're a health practitioner, or a nutrition-focused mama -- you are welcome here. Together, we learn from one another what is truly needed for real nourishment before, during, and after pregnancy.

Meet our Practitioners and Research Partners

Our practitioner partners are champions of our community. They serve as product educators and help drive our mission to empower everyone to find real nourishment through nutrition, education, and much more.

Dr. Leah Gordon

naturopathic women's health doctor

Dr. Leah Gordon

naturopathic women's health doctor

Dr. Sarabenet Sequeira

integrative pediatrician

Dr. Sarabenet Sequeira

integrative pediatrician

Dr. Ari Calhoun

naturopathic doctor

Dr. Ari Calhoun

naturopathic doctor

Dr. Calhoun is a naturopathic doctor who guides her patients to a state of optimal health through the use of science-based natural therapies. She believes fully in the body’s ability to heal, and recognizes that addressing the root cause, rather than controlling the symptoms, is necessary for complete restoration. She has a special interest in hormone balancing, autoimmune disease, natural approaches to dermatology, and cardio metabolic disease.  

Jill Castle

registered dietitian & childhood feeding expert

Jill Castle

registered dietitian & childhood feeding expert

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Roxanne & Gina

birth doula & labor and delivery nurse

Roxanne & Gina

birth doula & labor and delivery nurse

Stephanie Greunke

registered dietitian+maternal mental health advocate

Stephanie Greunke

registered dietitian+maternal mental health advocate

Stephanie Greunke is a registered dietician who loves using the principles of naturopathic medicine when working with her clients. Her health plan recommendations not only include dietary recommendations, but fitness, stress and sleep management techniques. She strongly believes in the “food as medicine” approach, but also recognizes the need for intervention at multiple levels. Stephanie understands that one’s diet can be affected by emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues. She fully empathizes with her patients because she has had her own personal health and weight struggles. Instead of dictating the treatment, she works with her patients in a team based approach. Her focus is to empower and educate her patients to become the healthiest version of themselves.

Dr. Elana Roumell

pediatric naturopathic doctor

Dr. Elana Roumell

pediatric naturopathic doctor

When you meet Dr. Elana Roumell, you are immediately drawn to her invigorating energy and authenticity. She is a key contributor and adviser to Needed, providing great insight to product development and formulation. Dr. Elana is a Naturopathic Doctor, driven by a lifelong interest in health, medicine, and alternative options. She is especially passionate about pediatrics, and is committed to helping parents keep their children optimally healthy.  

Katya Mosely, L. Ac.

acupuncturist

Katya Mosely, L. Ac.

acupuncturist

Katya Mosely, L.Ac. is a California Board licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She practices at Spirit Gate Acupuncture + Wellness, in West Los Angeles, where she focuses on optimizing the health, wellness, and vitality of each adult and child patient.

Emily Stanwyck

birth doula

Emily Stanwyck

birth doula

Anna Glennon

integrative nutrition coach

Anna Glennon

integrative nutrition coach

Through her own journey, Anna Glennon learned the debilitating effects of chronic inflammation. Now, she is on a mission to help other women going through similar experiences. As an integrated nutrition health coach, she works with clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting habits that produce real and lasting results.




Ashley Koch

family nutrition + health advocate

Ashley Koch

family nutrition + health advocate

Ashley Koch inspires families to make healthy choices in many facets of their lives that allow children to grow and thrive. She is passionate about providing parents with the tools and support to help their children create lifelong healthy relationships with food. With a focus on individualized plans, she works with families to make nutrition decisions and behavioral shifts that fit into their lives. She finds inspiration all around her - from Northern California grocery stores, to farmers markets, to the pediatrician’s office, to food blogs and cookbooks. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition. 

Brittany Forman

functional nutritionist + health coach

Brittany Forman

functional nutritionist + health coach

Brittany is a nutritionist, community builder, wife, and mother. She is a health coach at Parsley Health and is the founder of CircleMoms. She strives to empower her patients, friends, and family members with the building blocks to successfully optimize their health through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Brittany is passionate about creating an environment for her family that fosters wellness physically, socially, and mentally. 

Nimisha Gandhi

functional medicine nutritionist

Nimisha Gandhi

functional medicine nutritionist

Nimisha is a functional medicine nutritionist, certified Ayurvedic counselor, and certified Yoga Nidra teacher. She works mainly with teenage girls and prenatal and postpartum women, focusing on fertility, autoimmune conditions, and rebalancing the gut biome. Nimisha’s approach to mind-body-spirit wellness is deeply influenced by both ancient healing practices and modern medicine.

Kelli Tennant

ceremony wellness podcast host

Kelli Tennant

ceremony wellness podcast host

Kelli Tennant is the host of the top rated podcast, Ceremony Wellness. Through her own journey healing from chronic illness and trauma, Kelli has curated a space for conversations that cover a wide range of topics in support of women's growth. Her guests, including world-renowned doctors, healers, mentors, speakers, coaches and authors, discuss authenticity, personal development, spirituality, sexuality, plant medicine, using food as medicine, relationships, communication and so much more. Nothing is off the table and everything is aimed at education, awareness and finding your unique truth. 

Lindsey Vestal

occupational therapist + pelvic floor specialist

Lindsey Vestal

occupational therapist + pelvic floor specialist

Lindsey Vestal owns The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy “house calls” for pre and postnatal women.  She has dedicated her career to empowering women to find relief from conditions such as bowel and urinary incontinence, constipation, dyspareunia, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and postnatal complications. As an Occupational Therapist, she is a passionate promoter of bridging pelvic floor rehabilitation with lifestyle modifications while addressing the psychological impact that pelvic floor issues have on our everyday lives. She also offers online training courses for occupational therapists interested in pursuing the pelvic health specialty. Lindsey teaches pelvic anatomy and pelvic floor health for the Maha Mama pre- and postnatal yoga teacher training in NYC. She is an ongoing contributor to Well Rounded NY and Motherly. She has published in the NY Times, Family Circle, Romper, NY Mag, Harper’s Bizarre, US News + World Report. 

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Explore our event series—Nourishment Beyond Nutrition

The Impact of Informed Choices on Birth Outcomes

In a women's circle event meant to empower women with the information they need to have an optimal birth experience, a panel of experts discuss what you can do as a parent or birth worker to keep a mother’s rights intact.

Preconception Prep Is Needed: Stories of Real Setbacks

In a virtual installation of our Nourishment Beyond Nutrition series, Needed co-founder Ryan Woodbury joined naturopathic doctors Dr. Leah Gordon and Dr. Ari Calhoun to discuss why Preconception preparation is so needed.

Food + Anxiety: When the Pursuit of Health Impairs Broader Nourishment

At an event with Dr. Ari Calhoun, Dr. Elana Roumell and Katie Brooks, we held space for a non-judgmental and empowering discussion to promote understanding, acceptance, and transformation for those impacted by orthorexia and other eating disorders.  

Postpartum Support is Needed: Navigating Life, Relationships, and Mental Health in the 4th Trimester

In this virtual event, Dr. Alyssa Berlin is joined by Needed co-founder, Julie Sawaya to share her advice on creating a postpartum plan for your relationship and why postpartum support and preparation is so needed. 

How the maternal microbiome shapes a baby's immune system, neurodevelopment, gut health and more.

In this webinar, Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed discusses why a prenatal pre/probiotic is needed with leading microbiome researchers from Microbiome Labs.

Why your prenatal isn't enough

Drs. Leah Gordon and Ari Calhoun highlight the key nutrients necessary to optimally support both mama and baby before, during, and after pregnancy and why they probably aren't getting enough from current prenatals. 

Preventing Breastfeeding Problems

In this webinar, Dr. Jane Morton is joined by Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed. Watch this webinar to learn the ABC's of breastfeeding and how to prevent common breastfeeding problems.

How Genetically Based Nutrient Imbalances Determine Personality Subtypes

Did you know that specific nutrient imbalances can highly influence your mental emotional stability In this webinar, Dr. Ari Calhoun deep dives into this fascinating topic.

Redefining Pregnancy Risks

In this webinar, Dr. Stu Fischbein joins Needed's co-founder, Julie Sawaya, to share his perspectives and wisdom on pregnancy, birth, and much more.

Pregnancy and Birth in the Time of COVID

Navigating pregnancy and birth in the time of COVID is fraught with questions for many mamas-to-be. In this virtual event, we explore what birth is like for mamas and birth workers in and out of the hospital setting.

The Impact of Informed Choices on Birth Outcomes

In a women's circle event meant to empower women with the information they need to have an optimal birth experience, a panel of experts discuss what you can do as a parent or birth worker to keep a mother’s rights intact.

Preconception Prep Is Needed: Stories of Real Setbacks

In a virtual installation of our Nourishment Beyond Nutrition series, Needed co-founder Ryan Woodbury joined naturopathic doctors Dr. Leah Gordon and Dr. Ari Calhoun to discuss why Preconception preparation is so needed.

Food + Anxiety: When the Pursuit of Health Impairs Broader Nourishment

At an event with Dr. Ari Calhoun, Dr. Elana Roumell and Katie Brooks, we held space for a non-judgmental and empowering discussion to promote understanding, acceptance, and transformation for those impacted by orthorexia and other eating disorders.  

Postpartum Support is Needed: Navigating Life, Relationships, and Mental Health in the 4th Trimester

In this virtual event, Dr. Alyssa Berlin is joined by Needed co-founder, Julie Sawaya to share her advice on creating a postpartum plan for your relationship and why postpartum support and preparation is so needed. 

How the maternal microbiome shapes a baby's immune system, neurodevelopment, gut health and more.

In this webinar, Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed discusses why a prenatal pre/probiotic is needed with leading microbiome researchers from Microbiome Labs.

Why your prenatal isn't enough

Drs. Leah Gordon and Ari Calhoun highlight the key nutrients necessary to optimally support both mama and baby before, during, and after pregnancy and why they probably aren't getting enough from current prenatals. 

Preventing Breastfeeding Problems

In this webinar, Dr. Jane Morton is joined by Ryan Woodbury, co-founder of Needed. Watch this webinar to learn the ABC's of breastfeeding and how to prevent common breastfeeding problems.

How Genetically Based Nutrient Imbalances Determine Personality Subtypes

Did you know that specific nutrient imbalances can highly influence your mental emotional stability In this webinar, Dr. Ari Calhoun deep dives into this fascinating topic.

Redefining Pregnancy Risks

In this webinar, Dr. Stu Fischbein joins Needed's co-founder, Julie Sawaya, to share his perspectives and wisdom on pregnancy, birth, and much more.

Pregnancy and Birth in the Time of COVID

Navigating pregnancy and birth in the time of COVID is fraught with questions for many mamas-to-be. In this virtual event, we explore what birth is like for mamas and birth workers in and out of the hospital setting.

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Practitioner Partners

Our Practitioner Partners play an integral role in bringing wellness and nourishment to our greater community. Through our partnership, practitioners share their deep knowledge of patients' broader nutritional needs, so we can join together to develop thoughtful product and educational solutions.

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