Our Experts are the best in Delaware and the surrounding area. Each of these independent healthcare professionals brings their knowledge, wisdom and guidance to programming at The Mothers’ Space. With their support we ensure that programming at The Mothers’ Space is safe, accurate, evidence based and meets the needs of our community.
Katie Madden RN, IBCLC
Katie has been helping women reach their own personal breastfeeding goals for over a decade.She approaches breastfeeding with the humor, tough love, and compassion that you would get from a close friend (you know, the one who calls you out when you aren’t being your best self).
During the week, you can find Katie at The Birth Center seeing clients. Katie brings the services of her business Balanced Breastfeeding to TMS by offering afternoon support groups and weekend workshops on returning to work, weaning, and more.
Katie wants all breastfeeding mothers to know, “you are not just a set of boobs or a milk-making machine. You are a woman who is learning how to be a mother and your baby is a unique person. Together, you are a breastfeeding pair that exists within a family. Breastfeeding is a dynamic and ever changing relationship that requires the delicate balance of time and energy with reality and practicality.”
More fun facts about Katie:
She has a daughter, Lucy, is pretty spectacular. You may see her hanging around TMS because she happens to love babies as much as Katie. Katie is the coach for Girls on the Run for Lucy’s school and she finally found some hobbies in her thirties including running, photography and ornamental gardening.
Anne Collins Duch
Anne’s mission is to provide physical therapy and wellness services for women seeking restoration and/or preservation of obstetric, urology and gynecological health in an environment where each woman is respected and encouraged to be an active participant in her care.She is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of women’s health issues. Anne is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Biology in 1994 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 1997. In 2008, she became one of approximately 100 Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists (WCS) in the United States and is currently the only physical therapist with that distinction in the state of Delaware.Anne worked for the Christiana Care network for 11 years while taking over 500 hours of post graduate continuing education with a focus on manual therapy and women’s health. She is a Certified Healthy Moms exercise instructor and serve on the Healthy Moms Fitness Company’s Advisory Board. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Endometriosis Association, and a member of BirthWorks International. Anne teaches a women’s health special topics class for Del Tech’s PTA program, has presented case rounds at University of Delaware graduate physical therapy program, and is a regular presenter at The Birth Center in Wilmington.Anne’s practice is low volume and located in a beautiful, private setting which allows for quality, effective care. The women she treats come in at various points across the lifespan and with a wide variety of conditions. “My philosophy is one which focuses on partnering with the women I serve to achieve their goals for complete health. “
While physical therapy services are at the heart of my practice, I also offer personal training for athletes, women in the pregnant or postpartum period, women with osteopenia / osteoporosis, or those in need of guidance in the area of exercise and wellness. I have a special interest in the introduction of safe exercise for preservation and restoration of optimal health.
Malina Spirito, Psych D
Malina Spirito, PsyD., MEd., is a licensed psychologist at the Christiana Care Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness, specializing in support for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Spirito provides consultations, assessments, and treatment to women and their families regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Spirito is involved in ongoing program development for the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness and provides professional education and consultation to other health professionals and the public.
Dr. Spirito completed her undergraduate at Rutgers University, and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. Her dissertation focused on expanding prenatal care to include relationship enhancement components for first-time expectant couples. Dr. Spirito also earned a master of education degree in human sexuality from Widener University. Dr. Spirito has completed Postpartum Support International’s Components of Care, a nationally recognized, evidence based approach to working with perinatal mood disorders. In addition, Dr. Spirito has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for adolescents.
Prior to joining the Center for Women’s Emotional Wellness, Dr. Spirito served as the Clinical Director at Supporting Kidds, the Center for Grieving Children and Their Families, where she was responsible for overseeing all clinical and support programming.
Jessica Apel, D.O.
Dr. Jessica Apel is a Board Certified OB/GYN who works at Greenville OB/GYN and Christiana Hospital.
Dr. Apel completed her medical training at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine after graduating from the State University of New Jersey–Rutgers College with a BA in Biology. She joined Christiana Care for residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with Christiana Care, where she also serves on that department’s Residency Council.
A member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparascopists. She has also participated in numerous conferences and conventions, including the 18th Annual Comprehensive Workshop on Minimally Invasive Gynecology for Residents and Fellows, the 65th Annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference, and the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
She and her husband George enjoy time together at their home in Kennett Square, PA. Their daughter will be five in June and their son is three-and-a-half. Jess enjoys exercise; cooking in her kitchen with a fireplace; skiing; watching documentaries; and sitting on her porch with a hot cup of coffee. She is beyond excited to be a part of The Mother’s Space, helping mamas find ways to give themselves the self-care they deserve.
Stacey M. Boyer, PsyD
Is a mom and a licensed psychologist in DE, PA, and NJ who specializes in the assessment and treatment of women, and particularly women who are moms and survivors of trauma. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the prestigious Sheppard Pratt Trauma Disorders Program. Dr. Boyer has published and presented both locally and nationally on trauma and dissociation, gender, and sexuality. She has been deemed an expert by the courts in the areas of trauma, parent-child relationships, parenting capacity, bonding, and attachment. Dr. Boyer currently maintains a private practice in North Wilmington and provides psychotherapy and clinical supervision services at Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR). Additionally, she conducts parent-child evaluations for the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency and she serves as adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University.
In addition to her various professional roles, Dr. Boyer is a mom who is passionate about her recently-expanded family, animals, and the arts. Outside of the office, you will find her cuddling with her fur-babies while reading a good book or watching some sort of embarrassing television program; making music; geeking out with her family and friends over games; or enjoying a night out with her Mama Tribe. Dr. Boyer has faced a number of birth and feeding-related issues that have made her an advocate for “fed is best.” She seeks to provide a safe space in which moms can freely bust out breast or bottle to feed their babies—one in which moms can talk openly about the many triumphs and stumbles of parenting while supporting and nurturing themselves and others. To that end, Dr. Boyer leads a support group for formula feeders and various workshops here at The Mother’s Space.
Beth Wolske, LSW, MSW
Beth is a Licensed Social Worker, therapist, and psychology lecturer practicing in DE and NY. She specializes in positive parenting, couple/child relationship dynamics, behavioral therapy, postpartum complexities, and issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. She earned her Masters Degree from West Chester University and has held many roles throughout her career in mental health, serving as an Outpatient Therapist, Behavior Specialist, School Counselor, and college professor.
From a very early age, Beth has been drawn to people. Even as a young girl, she was often deeply concerned about the feelings and well being of others (even strangers) and wanted to connect. Since then, her passion for connection with individuals and families has only grown. Her career in mental health serves as a reminder of the strength she’s witnessed in mothers, children, and families she is so fortunate to work with.
Beth spends her days teaching (one of her greatest joys is working with young, eager minds), chasing after her energetic 3 year old son and spunky 1 year old daughter, and spending time with her husband. She’s passionate about a strengths-based approach to not only therapy, but parenthood in general. Beth recently completed her yoga teacher training and is looking forward to sharing the joy of yoga with other mamas.
Elizabeth Napolin, LPCMH, NCC
A licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience, Liz is passionate about creating a safe space for people to find peace in managing stress and feel a greater connection to themselves and their loved ones.
Liz is an outpatient therapist at Broudy and Associates where she works with adults, teens and children (ages 2 and up). Together with a team of therapists, she also runs groups designed to increase parents’ confidence in their ability to tune into their children’s needs and support them in a calm and mindful way. She is guided by an understanding of neurobiology and attachment-focused practices. Liz incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).
When not at work, Liz can probably be found thinking about working out, doing a jigsaw puzzle or at Longwood Gardens. Most likely all of these things will be while she is covered in baby spit up or chasing a puppy or 3 year old.
A message from Liz “I am continually inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit. It is an honor to be a witness to the power that individuals have within themselves to discover wisdom and walk through change with courage.”