Our Team

Our Lactation Consultants specialize in providing quality lactation care while remaining sensitive to each individual’s needs and goals.

Allyson Wessells, PT, IBCLC (she/her/hers)

Allyson completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ohio University in 1997, and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1999. After welcoming her first child in 2007, she became a La Leche League leader. Through this role she discovered how much she loves working with new families as they learn about breastfeeding, and that a gap in lactation care exists within our healthcare system. She pursued specialist certification, becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2014. As a physical therapist and a lactation consultant, she values helping others understand how our bodies move for optimal health. Allyson can also be found advocating for families, and educating lactation and medical professionals throughout the city. She served as President for the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association from 2019-2021, and continues to be an active member of OLCA as well as the Ohio and American Physical Therapy Associations. Allyson serves Franklin County with in-home lactation, physical therapy, and bottle feeding visits.

Allyson lives in Upper Arlington with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking and traveling. Special interests include assessing and treating conditions such as torticollis and tongue tie, as well as identifying and improving infant developmental challenges that can impact breastfeeding. Learn more about Allyson here!


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Julie Oberholzer, MPH, IBCLC (she/her/hers)

Julie has a background in Psychology and Sociology with a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, where she specialized in Maternal and Child Health. While completing this program, she discovered her passion to improve health outcomes through the most basic preventative healthcare measure: Breastfeeding. Julie has worked in the lactation field for over a decade.  In 2009, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She sat on the board as the Vice President of Lactation Consultant Association of Greater Washington from 2011-2013 and is a member of the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association (OLCA).  Throughout her career, she has worked in hospital postpartum, labor and delivery, and NICU departments, as well as several private practice settings. Julie brings a calm presence; striving to meet each family where they are in their feeding journey and helping them find their confidence. She serves Franklin County with in-home lactation and inducing/relactation visits.

Julie lives in Bexley, Ohio with her husband and three kids. She enjoys traveling with her family, baking gluten free treats, and practicing yoga. Her special interests include: health disparities, herbs and impact on low milk supply, supporting LGBTQ families, fostering/adoption, and postpartum depression/anxiety. Learn more about Julie here!


When Allyson and Julie first crossed paths they soon discovered how much their areas of expertise and their approach to working with families complemented each other. In 2018, they co-founded Nurture to better serve families around Central Ohio.


Nurture IBCLC Contractors

Joanne Erbe, RN, IBCLC (she/her/hers)

After earning her nursing degree in Illinois in 2010, Joanne was introduced to the joys of helping families learn how to breastfeed while working in an Obstetrics and Gynecology office. She quickly realized her passion for helping mothers and babies and decided to pursue a career as a lactation consultant. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2014, and transitioned to working on the postpartum and NICU units at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois, where she was able to grow her expertise in skilled lactation care.

In 2015 Joanne and her husband returned to Ohio to be closer to family. In addition to contracting with Nurture, Joanne is employed as a Lactation Consultant in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She also consults with new mothers throughout the hospital and supports patients in the out-patient lactation clinic. Joanne’s wealth of experience in a wide range of settings – physician’s office, birthing and children’s hospitals, NICU, and out-patient clinic – have prepared her to assist with any lactation challenges. She is skilled in preparing mothers for breastfeeding, assisting with initial breastfeeding techniques, and supporting infants as they come home from the NICU. Joanne serves Delaware and Northern Franklin County (including Dublin, Worthington, Westerville, and New Albany) with in-home lactation visits.

Joanne lives with her husband in Westerville, Ohio, and is the proud mother of two adult children. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and relaxing on their pontoon. 


Lisa Sheer, IBCLC (she/her/hers)

Lisa has 23 years of experience in the lactation field, getting her start with La Leche League and her local breastfeeding coalition. She has worked as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Helper, Peer Advisor for NICU families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and as a WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator.

Becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) seemed like a dream as she did not start her career in the medical field. But years of experience and wonderful mentors encouraged her to go for it. Lisa sat for the IBCLC exam and became and IBCLC in 2011. Lisa has held many leadership roles since then, serving as president of the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, founding and chairing the Southeast Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition, facilitating the Baby Boot Camp program through the Muskingum County Fatherhood Initiative, and starting the Coshocton County Breastfeeding Network (CCBN). Most recently, she is working towards becoming a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. Lisa is the proud owner of Latching On, a small private practice, offering in-home lactation consultations, prenatal education, and workplace lactation in Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Knox, Guernsey, Holmes, and Tuscarawas Counties.

Lisa lives in Warsaw, Ohio with her partner and 2 pups. She enjoys traveling, baking, gardening, and hanging in her hammock. Her special interests include: creating a culture of breastfeeding support, Breastfeeding Cafes, and identifying and improving infant developmental challenges that can impact breastfeeding. 

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Nurture IBCLC Interns

Kellie Green, SLP, CLC (she/her/hers)

Kellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences from The Ohio State University in 2005 and a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2007. In 2017, Kellie decided to merge her love for infants and feeding and become a certified lactation counselor. After struggling to breastfeed both of her children, she realized the need for this type of work in the community. As a speech pathologist and lactation counselor, Kellie is able to view breastfeeding from the lens of a specialist in oral motor health. Kellie is a forever student and desires to continue to grow and learn in an effort to offer families the best care possible. As an intern with Nurture Columbus, she is thrilled to continue her lactation skills in pursuit of the IBCLC.

Kellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences from The Ohio State University in 2005 and a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2007. In 2017, Kellie decided to merge her love for infants and feeding and become a certified lactation counselor. After struggling to breastfeed both of her children, she realized the need for this type of work in the community. As a speech pathologist and lactation counselor, Kellie is able to view breastfeeding from the lens of a specialist in oral motor health. Kellie is a forever student and desires to continue to grow and learn in an effort to offer families the best care possible. As an intern with Nurture Columbus, she is thrilled to continue her lactation skills in pursuit of the IBCLC.

Kellie lives in Powell, OH with her husband and two sons. In her spare time she enjoys teaching/practicing yoga, sewing, and watching her children’s sporting events. Her special interests include: optimal oral function, tethered oral tissue (tongue tie), maternal wellness and providing breastfeeding education and support to BIPOC communities. 


Join Our Team!

Nurture is growing and looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Positions available for Franklin and surrounding counties. Interested applicants may send resume and cover letter to info@nurturecolumbus.com.

In-Home and Telehealth Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Contractor Position

OUR MISSION

Advocacy for and provision of evidence based lactation care with respect to diverse cultures and families

OUR VISION

Equitable access to lactation care as a public health standard that all families are empowered to make informed infant feeding choices and supported to achieve their goals

OUR VALUES

Equity, Wellness, Sustainability

**Nurture is an inclusive practice, supporting all types of families and feeding methods while adhering to the World Health Organization International Code of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent, relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.

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