Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, FAAP, FAACT is an internationally recognized expert in Breastfeeding Medicine. She is a graduate of Antioch College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and trained in Pediatrics and medicine at Yale University. Dr. Lawrence is a pediatrician, clinical toxicologist, and neonatologist. She is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Ruth A. Lawrence Poison and Drug Information Center and of the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center and holds the Northumberland Trust Chair in Pediatrics. Dr. Lawrence advises providers worldwide on the management of complex breastfeeding problems through the Lactation Study Center.
Casey Rosen-Carole, MD, MPH, MSEd, IBCLC is the Medical Director of Lactation Services and Programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She completed her Pediatric residency at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital in 2008. In 2016, she completed a General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship with the first formal Breastfeeding Medicine fellowship under Dr. Ruth Lawrence. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and OBGYN at the University of Rochester. Dr. Rosen-Carole sees patients for breastfeeding related difficulties at our two outpatient clinic sites and works in the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Practice. She speaks French and Spanish.
Michele Burtner, CNM, MS, IBCLC is a Certified Nurse Midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has been practicing Midwifery since 2003 when she graduated from Oregon Health and Science University. Always having an interest in breastfeeding and wanting to assist more women in this area, she became certified as an IBCLC in 2011. Michele is also the Director of the Midwifery Division at the University of Rochester. Michele sees patients for breastfeeding related difficulties at our two outpatient clinic sites and works as a midwife at URMC Midwifery.
Our Lactation Consultants
Donna Barrows RN, BSN, IBCLC-RLC
Pediatric Lactation Coordinator at UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital
I started my nursing career as a bedside care nurse in the NICU over 35 years ago. I began my transition to my current Role as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant 14 years ago, and now coordinate the Pediatric Service needs in supporting, educating, and empowering mothers, and families to provide the single best gift they can give to their infants. I work also, with local Pediatricians in the community, to help mothers in their homes, providing evidence based breastfeeding support in the post hospital discharge, breastfeeding continuum.
Beverly Brewer, RN, BSN, IBCLC
I began my Nursing career in Medicine and Surgery, but quickly moved into Pediatrics, working in the Emergency Room and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I have always had a passion for the art of breastfeeding and began my journey as a Lactation Professional in 2010, when I became a Certified Lactation Counselor and worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor for the National Institutes of Health under the umbrella of the WIC program. My experience reaching mothers from all walks of life led me to become a La Leche League Leader. I have helped many mothers overcome difficulties in their own homes, led monthly support group meetings, and provided education and support in the early days of breastfeeding at the bedside. Now as an IBCLC I am able to help so many get off to great start and reach their breastfeeding goals. It's important to me to help mothers feel empowered to make their own decisions in their breastfeeding journey.
Perry Cox RN, BSN, CLC
I have worked as a bedside care nurse with breastfeeding mothers in the NICU for the past 6 years. For the past 2 years- I have been a Certified Lactation Counselor and have enjoyed supporting and encouraging mothers to enjoy their breastfeeding experience.
Carol Dengler RNC, CLC
I have provided bedside nursing care in the NICU for the past 28 years, supporting mother’s desire to breastfeed. In the past 2 years, I have participated in the Pediatric Lactation Team as a Certified Lactation Counselor. My goal is to help families achieve breastfeeding success in the NICU and after their transition to home.
I have been working with mothers and babies since 2004. I started working in the NBN/NICU in 2008. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2009. Since then I have enjoyed being a part of the Pediatric Lactation team. I really enjoy working with mothers and helping them to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Tracy Fusco, RN, BSN, IBCLC
I have worked with breastfeeding moms since beginning my journey as a NICU nurse in 2006. After receiving my certification as a lactation counselor in 2009, I have transitioned my RN role to primarily focusing on breastfeeding assistance and in doing so went on to achieve accreditation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2013. I strive to provide empowerment, teaching, and support so that any mother who chooses to breastfeed can do so with confidence.
Lynsey Garver BSN, IBCLC
I am a Registered Nurse in the NICU at UR Medicine Golisano Children's Hospital. I have been working with families and babies here for 15 years as a bedside nurse. I began to focus on lactation after beginning my own family. I obtained my CLC and went on to achieve accreditation as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2013. I strive to provide mothers empowerment and education so that they can provide optimal nutrition for their babies. I also work as an Lactation consultant providing lactation education and supports in the home post discharge.
Karlene Hill BSN, IBCLC
I have been a nurse since 1978, a lactation consultant since 1996, and am also a Certified Childbirth Educator and Infant Massage instructor. Like many Breastfeeding Champions, I became interested in educating women about preventing problems with breastfeeding after I had my own children. I believe that with knowledge and support, women can be more comfortable, successful and confident with breastfeeding. I enjoy empowering mothers and their families as they witness the communication skills of their newborn and gain confidence in their body to naturally provide for their baby. I have witnessed the lactation field grow tremendously from 1980 and look forward to being a positive change in the future.
Katherine E Karp
Nanette Lemieux-Allen RNC, CLC
I have enjoyed providing bedside care for NICU babies and their mothers for 34 years. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor a year ago and am now enjoying my new focus helping mother's be successful breastfeeding a high risk infant.
Marnie (Marnell) Socci RN, BSN, CLC
I have worked as a bedside care nurse in the NICU and with breastfeeding mothers for 30 years. I have participated for the past 2 years in the dedicated role as a Certified Lactation Counselor for the Pediatric Service-supporting mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Kerri L Starks
I have been working with lactation for the past 10 years. My passion with breastfeeding started after breastfeeding my first child 15 years ago. I love what I do, making a difference in the lives of mothers & babies.
Annette R VanAllen
I began my nursing career at URMC over 27 years ago with 10 years of that time in the Birth Center as a staff nurse. My personal experiences with breastfeeding led me to assist and educate mothers so they would be successful with nursing. From there, the role of an IBCLC emerged. For the past 8 years my mission remains the same – educate, assist, encourage, and help mothers feel empowered to nurse their infant even when faced with challenges.