Meet Our Lactation Team
Valeri Gatlin MA, ICCE, IBCLC
Valeri Gatlin has been an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) since 2006. She has worked diligently and passionately alongside mothers and families to help them grow successful on their breastfeeding journey. She has experience with both term and medically compromised infants facing many obstacles. Tongue and lip tie, slow to gain, and maternal breast surgeries are among the situations she has experienced.
Valeri has an extensive teaching background. In 2000, she became a Certified Childbirth Educator with the International Childbirth Educator’s Association. She has written curriculum and taught classes to teens, as well as, for the home and hospital setting. She regularly lectures in the medical school and provides continuing education classes to nurses working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Family Care Units of local hospitals. She holds both a bachelors and masters degree in Speech Communications. She is an advocate for mothers nursing with adoptive children and the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas.
Personally, she is the wife to a wonderfully supportive husband and the mother to two beautiful grown sons, whom she breastfed for eighteen months each.
Brittney Shipley BSN, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Brittney spent the first 6 years of her nursing career on an adult Surgical ICU Unit. In 2020 her son, Barrett, was born and she learned firsthand the struggles of breastfeeding and tongue ties. Once she learned of Barrett’s tongue tie, she had Dr. Dusty perform his frenectomy, and Valeri assisted her and Barrett on their breastfeeding journey. It was in the hardships of her own journey that her passion to help other moms began. She knew she wanted to pursue a career as a lactation consultant.
In 2021, she became a certified lactation consultant followed by passing her boards in 2022 to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). As someone who personally knows the struggles of breastfeeding, she is humbled and honored at the opportunity to help other moms and babies on their own breastfeeding journeys. As an IBCLC, Brittney is here to help families achieve their breastfeeding and feeding goals.