We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Zebron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alison, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
My desire and passion for being a doula and breastfeeding educator came from being a mom. I had a traumatic birth experience in the hospital setting. I didn’t feel prepared and I was scared. I suffered from a lot of anxiety and depression after having my baby. I didn’t want any mom to go through what I had experienced. So I looked into ways I could help and came across doulas and breastfeeding counselors. I immediately wanted to be one! Being a doula was the way I saw I could help make a change in maternal health in the US and around the world. So I started my own business doing just that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and I specialize in women’s health pelvic floor PT. I have worked in many settings including pediatrics helping with developmental milestones. I found interest in pelvic floor rehab once I became a mom as well. Helping women recover has been amazing. Spreading awareness about this type of physical therapy is so important because many women go untreated for issues that are definitely treatable! I was able to take many courses through the American Physical Therapy Association to gain more skills in this advanced specialty. It was a lot of of work to learn these new skills but once I took the classes I was able to help women feel better right away. The best part about Pelvic Floor PT is listening to women’s stories and bringing healing through therapeutic interventions. The women I have worked with have been ignored or mis informed for so long that they are grateful for someone who compassionately understands their pain.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting for a long weekend I would take her to LA Jolla to see the sea lions, cliffs, and the secret swing!. The next day I would also take my friends to see the beach of course at belmont Park in mission Beach. The last big place we would see is the San Diego Zoo. That is a whole day event. For food we would go to mostly all vegan places because I eat plant based and my friends are up to trying anything! The places for breakfast are Breakfast Republic which has both vegan and non vegan dishes, Farm to table, and my local coffee shop clairemint coffee. For lunch we would check out Sipz , Plumeria restaurant, Nikishi ramen, or one world beat Cafe ( my favorite ). For dinner I would love to take my friends to island spice jamaican restaurant, awash Ethiopian restaurant and Bombay Indian restaurant in clairemont. All the food at these places are excellent!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout Madriella, the organization I certified with for being a doula. I thank them for making the process affordable and accessible.