Our Practitioners

Pamela Bethel, CD(DONA), LCCE

PamAndCaleb_pinterestLamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula

Birth and parenthood are profound and transformative; they are passages that connect us to the past, present and future. They are also complex, messy, scary, incredible, joyous, frustrating, hilarious, crazy-making and sleep-depriving. In fact, just insert any adjective and it probably applies to the rich journey of parenthood. Pamela enjoys helping new and expectant parents develop their confidence and their own unique approaches to birth and parenthood.

Pamela lives with her partner Matthew and their 3 year old son/wildcard Munro. They are all actively engaged, in various capacities, with Victoria's performing arts scene.


Founder, Director & Co-Owner of The Mothering Touch Centre; Childbirth Educator, Certified Doula and Breastfeeding Educator

Eva is the Director and Co-Owner of the Mothering Touch Centre. She is a trained Breastfeeding Educator (Douglas College) and has assisted over 500 families with breastfeeding issues.

Over the years of facilitating the Baby Groups at Mothering Touch (since 2005), Eva has come to believe that while most babies and their families work out a way to sleep well together sometime in the first 6-8 months, many babies and their parents need a more structure approach to establishing comfortable sleep patterns. So Eva provides Sleep Consulting Services, informed by her experience as a breastfeeding and parenting educator.

Eva has been working with childbearing families since 1991. She is a Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator and an Advanced Certified Doula and Doula Trainer with DONA International.

Eva is married to Randy Enkin, a geophysicist, who is also her business partner. Eva and Randy have three wonderful grown-up children - Daniel, Simon and Hannah - co-owners of The Mothering Touch Centre.

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Malakai Button, AcupuncturistMalakai Button, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Malakai strives to create a supportive and safe space for you to cultivate wellness and reconnect with your body's innate healing capacity. Passionate about helping women struggling with hormonal and reproductive issues, she offers a holistic approach to helping women achieve hormonal balance and healthy pregnancies. Malakai has specialized training in Acupuncture for Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum, Women's Health, Fertility and Paediatric Acupuncture. She lives with her husband and son, their dog Teddy, and four chickens.

Malakai is a Registered Acupuncturist in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Specialization in Therapeutic Recreation. Malakai then went on to complete her acupuncture training at the International College for Traditional Chinese Medicine Vancouver and Pacific Rim College.

Dr. Shannon Dodson, D.C.

Shannon DodsonYoga Instructor, Chiropractor

Shannon recently made the move to Victoria from Ottawa, Ontario and has been building her chiropractic practice over the last year working with expectant mothers and their families. While taking her chiropractic training Shannon realized her passion was working with expectant mothers, infants and children. She became certified in Webster Technique and went on to become a prenatal yoga instructor.

She aspires to empower women to be the happiest and healthiest they can be during their pregnancy by making safe and modified exercise available. She joined Mothering Touch to continue to educate and be part of such a great community!

Theresa Gulliver

Registered Therapeutic Counselor

Theresa leads our Motherhood Circle.

Theresa has visited and lived in almost every province and territory in Canada. After travelling to Central America, India, South-east Asia and West Africa, Theresa settled in Victoria with her partner, step daughter and daughter. Despite the challenging feats she accomplished in her life, nothing tested her stamina and sanity as much as motherhood. Theresa believes it is vital to create community and garner support through this overwhelming life change.

Theresa draws on her decade of experience teaching yoga and practicing meditation to offer a holistic therapeutic approach to helping new mothers to thrive.

To learn more about Theresa, please visit her website.

Melissa Harris, CD(DONA), LCCE

MelissaLamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, & Birth Doula

Melissa has been a DONA certified birth doula and Douglas College trained Breastfeeding Educator since 2011.

Melissa enjoys teaching evidence based birth strategies and hopes that all of the families she meets can gain confidence in their birthing and parenting choices. Since each birth and family is different, she is constantly gaining knowledge from each family that she works with.

Melissa has 3 boys who are all obsessed with hockey and baseball, and she is likely to make several sports references in any conversation!

 Jenny Jackson, B.Sc., RD

Registered Dietitian

Jenny is a registered dietitian who is passionate about working with parents, infants, toddlers, children, and anyone looking to improve their relationship with food and their bodies. She uses principles of intuitive eating, division of responsibilities in feeding, and health at every size to guide her in meeting the holistic health needs of her clients.

Working as a doula and nanny while studying dietetics at McGill University, Jenny affirmed her passion for working with families. She completed her nutrition internships in perinatal nutrition, supporting kids with sensory disorders and parents with eating disorders. She moved back to Vancouver Island in 2016 to be closer to her family, and work in the community where she was raised. She currently works as a dietitian in several Victoria care homes and with clients across Canada. She is proud to join the team at Mothering Touch.

Jill Moran, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

While at University of Guelph, completing her degree in Bio_Medical Science Jill was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese philosophy.  Before embarking out West to follow her curiousity in both the West coast and Acupuncture she completed a diploma at George Brown College in Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician interning as Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.  Realizing that this was not her passion she moved to Victoria BC to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She completed a five-year diploma in Doctor of Chinese Medicine and in 2004 she completed in internship at the #1 University Hospital of  Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of HeiLongJiang, in Harbin China.

Jill has continued her education  in ear acupuncture, musculoskeletal conditions such as Matt Callison's Motor Point course and Women's health training with the likes of Debra Betts, Ravine Lewis and Jane Lyttleton. She has studied Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran, and Shonishin - Pediatric Needleless acupuncture. Jill is currently studying to become a fellow with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

When not in the clinic you will find Jill exploring the diversity of the West Coast, trail running in the wild, surfing in the waters of Jordan River or stretching and breathing in her dedicated practice of 17 years of Iyengar Yoga.