We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely, admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Maya Angelou


Certified doula (DONA) & Postpartum Doula, Authorized yoga teacher Level 1
Trained in Neonatal Resuscitation & Infant CPR
Fully Vaccinated from COVID-19. 

Malissa has been a labor doula since 2014 and has attended over 70 births. A DONA certified doula, she is committed to lifelong learning and their standards and ethics. Other trainings include certification through DONA,  Life Cycles in Buffalo, NY, Inspired Birth in NM, Neonatal resuscitation with Karen Strange and, Infant CPR, and proud to be a part of the doula team serving families at the Birthing Center of Buffalo.

A yoga teacher since 2006, Malissa utilizes her experience before, during, and after birth. She’s taught in various yoga schools nationally including Albuquerque, NM, Buffalo, NY, and NYC including operating her school, Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, from 2014-2021.

Her yoga training includes the 200hYTT at Sonic Yoga circa 2006 in NYC and Julianna Mitchell at The Yoga Room, NYC for Prenatal yoga in 2010. Her primary yogic studies include five extended trips to Mysore, India at KPJAYI and is currently one out of only 130 Authorized teachers in the U.S accredited through KPJAYI. Other teaching experience includes prenatal yoga programs in Buffalo, NY at East Meets West Yoga, Yoga Parkside, and Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, LLC.

As unfamiliar moments arise in labor, Malissa brings kindness, calm, clarity, and flexibility to the room. Words of encouragement, Hands-on techniques, and yogic breath-work are some of the many tools she uses to help comfort and ground. Her love of supporting families and daily yoga practice fuel the ways in which she serves her community.

Malissa currently resides in Elmwood Village. In the company of her rescue fur family Eloise the pitty (proud CBAS supporter and volunteer), her late kitty Buddha (we miss ya bud!), and her partner’s kitty Levon the one-eyed cat. You’ll find her working up magic in the kitchen, tending to her plants, hiking, with loved ones, or laughing just cuz.




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