Meet Our Practitioners
Samantha Corsiglia, Founder, Consultant, & Integrative Women, Children & Family Health Practitioner
Samantha Corsiglia is the Founder of Coastside Birth Options and EarthDancer Wellness.
Samantha was raised in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, being a fifth-generation-Northern Californian. She was trained as a dancer, raised in the country, growing food, and livestock.
As a young adult, her quest to educate herself in ancient, traditional Health Philosophies, drew her to study, worldwide. Not only did she want to learn how to counter familial genetic weaknesses, but she wanted to be strong, for herself, and her future family. Samantha is honored to be the mama of two healthy children. She had the great fortune to be able to custom home school them, whilst traveling around the world continuing her own studies, and showing them how to become responsible, caring, World Citizens.
Her diverse experiences of birthing her children, naturally- first in a hospital, and second, at home, has shaped her vision to support mamas, parents, and families in her Village, and beyond.
Samantha has had the unique opportunity to follow her passions and fuse multiple ancient, traditional health philosophies, and modalities, together, to offer her client's service, as an Integrative Women, Children, and Family Health Specialist.
Whether utilizing her herbalist background; in making tinctures, topical salves and ointments, medicinal oils, cough medicines, utilizing food as medicine, or applying hands-on therapeutic bodywork techniques, of various origins- she is known to treat: the injured construction worker, beat up surfer, assist with fertility, help prenatal people stay comfortable, turn breech babies, encourage labor, provide labor support, bring mamas back together-postpartum, give babes Cranial Sacral and Reiki to balance after birth, to assisting those encountering menopausal symptoms, organ prolapse, andropause, digestive and prostate issues. With her dance and yogic background, she serves the Coastside, with Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga, Yoga for Everyone, BirthDance™ classes, to balance the need for appropriate movement for all.
Her 30 years of tenured experience and education has led her to bring her vision to fruition- providing, Full Spectrum Model of Care, utilizing her Village of Support Team, within, Coastside Birth Options. It is within this model she feels parents and families, receive the complete support they require to stay integrally whole, unified, and thrive in their journey into Parenthood.
Samantha is an Integrative Health Practitioner for ALL HUMANS. She strives to support, educate and empower those who seek to improve their own health stories, well being and thrive within our world.
2018-Present-Founder of Coastside Birth Options, Providing Full Spectrum Model of Care & Education for families
1998-Present-Founder of EarthDancer Wellness, Integrative Women, Children, and Family Health Practice
Lifetime Homesteader-Raising Livestock, Designing & growing gardens, orchards, Culinary & Medicinal Herbs, as a Master Gardener & Herbalist, Wildcrafting Native Medicinal Plants, and Educating adults and children.
1992-Present- Veteran Parent & Homebirther
2020-Certified Advanced Level: Type 1 Diabetes care, Virtual College, UK
2006-2019- Creator of Mama Earth Parenting Classes for Pediatric Alternatives, Mill Valley, CA
2018-Creator of BirthDance™ classes, lifetime dancer
2017-Certificate Neonatal Resuscitation Program, with Karen Strange, Los Altos, CA
1999-2017- Veteran Custom Homeschooler
2015-Certified Lighting the Path Yoga Teacher Training, with Pete Guinosso, San Francisco, CA
2015-Certified Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training, Jane Austin, San Francisco, CA
2013-2014-Hearts & Hands Midwifery Training; Birth, Postpartum Doula & Midwife Assistant, with Elizabeth Davis, San Rafael, CA
2013-Trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine Placenta Tincturing & Encapsulation, with Sharon Economides, LMW
2009- Alive & Well Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Corte Madera, CA
2000-2006-Level Four Certified ATMAT (The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy) Practitioner & Self Care Instructor, with Rosita Arvigo, DN, Belize, Central America
2001-2005-Certified Snowline Hospice Volunteer, Placerville,CA
1997-2003-Certifed Reiki Usui Master Teacher, with Lynda Marinics, Camino, CA
2003-Ordained Minister, Universal Life Church, CA
1997-2003-Certified Herbal Consultant & Teacher, EverGreen Herb School of Integrative Herbology, Advanced Western Herbology & Ayurveda, Placerville, CA. Fusing Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Maya traditions.
2001-Trained Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers, with Kalena Babeshoff, Sonoma, CA
1998- Alive & Well Certified Massage Therapist, Corte Madera, CA
1994-1996 Trained in Cranial Sacral, Rincon Valley Chiropractic, Santa Rosa, CA
Erin Acharya, HypnoBirthing
Erin is a certified Hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. She has been working with individuals and families first as an educator then later becoming a hypnotherapist. She specializes in working with women who are finding their path to creating the family they want, be it looking to conceive, pregnant or many years postpartum. She teaches group HypnoBirthing classes between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica and works with clients one-on-one through her hypnotherapy practice, The Nest Hypnotherapy.
She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and then trained and was certified as a hypnotherapist at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, CA. She was certified as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator through HypnoBirthing International.
Marta Barensfeld, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Photographer, Placenta Specialist
Marta began her doula journey in 2016, but her passion for birth and reproductive health began years earlier. As a child she knew her birth story from an early age: that birth was an incredible right of passage, which should be honored. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Photography and working in the field for several years, she could no longer ignore her true passion calling. She completed her doula training and certification in 2017 and has been supporting families all over the Bay Area since.
Marta believes all birthing people and their families deserve compassionate evidence- based care uniquely catered to them. She meets families where they are in their pregnancy journey, lending a nurturing ear, and providing an abundance of community resources and referrals. During labor, she is a constant reassuring presence, experienced in a variety of physical and emotional comfort measures. Marta understands that everyone’s path to parenthood is different and is always looking for ways to expand her practice to be more culturally competent and accessible to all genders and races.
Marta is also a Certified Placenta Specialist, birth and family photographer, and a volunteer doula at San Francisco General and St. Luke’s hospitals. She lives in Half Moon Bay with her partner, son, and little pup.
Sunil Bhat, Osteopathic Physician
Dr. Sunil Bhat is an Osteopathic Physician with dual board certifications in Family Medicine, and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulation. While he does not deliver babies anymore, during his Family Medicine training from 2014-2017 in Tacoma, WA he delivered over 200 babies and focused on assisting his patients from birth to death in obtaining a higher quality and function of life at all stages. He developed his skills in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by treating the majority of his patients both in and out of the hospital, including laboring and postpartum moms, and hours old newborns with his hands. He continued to hone his manual medicine skills by completing a fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in Corvallis, OR where he continued to treat moms, newborns, and children in both hospital and clinic settings.
Osteopathic treatment is a way for traumatic forces that are held within a patient's body, whether physical (pregnancy/labor/birth), chemical, electrical, emotional, or in any other form, to be released through precise and intentional interaction with the musculoskeletal system. Many other physical modalities like chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, and most massage techniques including craniosacral therapy were all born out of Osteopathy, yet Osteopathic Manipulation is generally received as a deeper and more integrated and longer-lasting treatment, while still feeling more gentle compared with some of those other modalities. Osteopathy can help support each individual own healing ability to increase their functional state naturally.
Krista Brenner, Photographer
Hi, I'm Krista and I am a natural light storytelling photographer. Your story is what interests me. Photographing the moments of your story is what matters most. My goal is to photograph the moments that move you, make you feel alive, make you smile and make the happy tears flow.
The journey of Pregnancy and Mamahood is the most beautiful story of all. The gift of growing life and wearing your heart on the outside is an honor to photograph. I specialize in Pre Natal, Post Natal, and Family Photography. I would love to photograph your story.
Christy McKee Contreras, Acupuncturist
Christy McKee Contreras, M.S., L.Ac., is a California licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She graduated with a Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. While studying, she had the opportunity to treat senior citizens at Akiyama Wellness Center and veterans through the school's Veteran Outreach program. With well over 3,000 clinical and academic hours under her belt and over 4,000 treatments given, she finds that her best work is with fertility, women's health, and pain.
During her father's battle with cancer, she was amazed by the nurses' ability to change the dynamic of their patient's treatments. They were able to change the atmosphere in the room just with their presence. Inspired, she decided that she wanted to help people through their suffering. Her training as a Certified Nursing Assistant opened her eyes to the limitations of Western Medicine to deal effectively with such common afflictions like pain and insomnia. Her search for alternatives led to Traditional Chinese Medicine. She switched her college major from Nursing to Chinese Medicine and hasn't looked back since.
Christy believes that healthcare should be a partnership between the patient and the practitioner.
Karen Keefe, Australian Midwife and California Doula
I’ll never forget the first birth I attended, 16 years ago, it was a homebirth setting of one of my closest friends, in Mendocino County in Northern California. It was before I ever really knew what a midwife or doula was, as I always thought that in pregnancy, women only see doctors and birth only in hospitals on opioid drugs or with the assistance of doctors or surgery. That experience of meeting her midwife, of being an unofficial labor companion, shifted everything for me, in the moments shortly after seeing my friend and her husband and the new baby all tucked up in bed at home within an hour of her waterbirth. The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin was flowing all around! Then after doula training, I started attending births at hospitals in San Francisco and Hawai’i, witnessing the medical interventions and lack of informed consent, and felt even more pulled to support women and families so that they may make truly informed decisions in every labor & birth setting. That’s where my journey of doula work blossomed and continued into midwifery. I am passionate about women-centered care, promoting and protecting physiological birth, and supporting women with breastfeeding and transition to parenthood in the postnatal period. I advocate for and offer support to women to birth in any setting where they feel safe and private, to foster undisturbed labor and physiological birth. Here as a visiting practitioner in the SF Bay Area, I offer holistic doula services to the community. I have been a birth worker for 16 years, attending labor & births as a doula locally and in Hawai’i, and since 2008 practiced as a Homebirth midwife in New Zealand and providing primary midwifery care in birth centers and hospital settings in NZ and Australia, to families of diverse backgrounds from Maori/Pacific, Australian Aboriginal, Refugees, and NZ/Australian European. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Primary Maternity Care degree through Griffith University in Australia via distance education.
Additional offerings in work:
- Thought Field Therapy (“Tapping for Birth” certification, Bali 2018)
- Small-group holistic childbirth education classes in Australia since 2014.
- Mindfulness, Yoga, Acupressure, and various stress, tension & trauma release practices such as TRE
- ongoing interest/studies in Heart of Yoga YTT, Medical Qigong, Integrative Nutrition, Life Coaching
- Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree 2000, Humboldt State University
- Bachelor of Midwifery degree 2008, Massey University, New Zealand
- Certificate in Acupuncture (Midwifery/Obstetrics) 2009, New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Maggie Kler, Breastfeeding Consultant
Maggie Kler, IBCLC, has been with Healthy Horizons for 4 years. She has a BS from the University of Cincinnati and studied at the University of California San Diego and San Francisco State for her credentials as an IBCLC. She has first-hand experience as a working and breastfeeding mom and breastfed her first child until he was over three. Maggie lives in Pacifica and enjoys gardening and surf fishing.
Ashton Perroni, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Ashton Perroni is a Board Licensed Naturopathic Doctor and graduate from Bastyr University California. Dr. Perroni knew since she was a child that she wanted to be a doctor but discovered during college that she didn’t agree with the typical paradigm of western medicine. In her search for something that resonated more with her values and ideals she discovered Naturopathic medicine, immediately switched paths, and never turned back.
She wholeheartedly believes in the integration of mind, body, and spirit with the goal of stimulating each individual’s ability to bring the whole back into harmony. She is passionate about educating women on how to take an active role in their journey to health and making sure that each patient is fully informed on all of their options in terms of treatment and management of their condition. Dr. Perroni specializes in hormonal imbalances, including but not limited to fertility, postpartum depression, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, PCOS and thyroid disorders; hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, Hashimoto’s and Grave’s. She also utilizes craniosacral therapy to help with anxiety, stress management and headaches as well as IV therapy to help with nutritional deficiencies and immune support.
Dr. Perroni is trained in several naturopathic modalities and spends quality time with each patient to educate and tailor treatment plans to individual needs. She strongly believes in the naturopathic principles of always starting with the least invasive treatment options by removing obstacles to cure and utilizing the healing power of nature using herbs, supplements, food as medicine and lifestyle modifications.
Credentials, Affiliations and Memberships
State Board Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Certified Craniosacral Therapist for physical and emotional ailments
Certified in IV therapy
Certified in Prolotherapy
Certified in PRP (platelet rich plasma) facials, face injections and joint injections
Certified Fertility Specialist via The Perfect Fertility Course
CNDA (California Association of Naturopathic Doctors)
AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians)
Sharon Potteiger, Midwife
As a small child both of my grandmothers were Ob nurses, I have memories of them drinking tea and discussing birth while I played with my dolls at their feet. Little did I realize at the time the impact they were having on me. I attended my first home birth in Santa Cruz when I was 18 years old, and I found my calling. I attended births in whatever capacity was needed in those early years, providing childcare, as a doula, then soon I found myself catching babies. (Including one in a dead show parking lot!)
I have been licensed by the California medical board since 2009, and have a thriving midwifery practice.
I draw on my many years of practice and study of midwifery, herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy acupressure, massage, and last but not least, motherhood.
Elena Salazar, Shamanic Healing
Elena Salazar has been a business owner of a healing studio, and lived with indigenous Peruvian shamans, learning their way of healing. Elena works with an altar, ritual, meditation, prayer, intentions and loving respect for the earth, herself, others, and the spirit world. She has 23 years of experience in healing and energy work, 12 years coaching as an active participant, and is a licensed Hypnotherapist. Elena's passion is to heal the wounds that bind us and help her clients know that within us all, is pure love and light.
Elena supports your transformation by removing the veil that obstructs your true authentic self. This is an active healing session, your participation is needed. Sessions are deeply personal, individualistic, and transformative. Her work is intuitive. She holds a safe space for you to move through what no longer serves you, for your highest good. She works through use of breath, hypnotherapy, journey/guided imagery, movement, ritual, energy balancing, and soul retrieval/soul recovery, coming to a place of gratitude. Elena was grated a ritual for loss of unborn children through miscarriage and abortion. Elena's work brings your body to a balanced and peaceful place which allows clarity to naturally arise in you.
Lisa Walsh, Chiropractor
Dr. Lisa Walsh was raised here in the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Human Biodynamics, originally planning for a career in Physical Therapy. While in school she was introduced to the wonderful world of chiropractic and its many amazing health benefits and decided to change her career path.
Dr. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Life West Chiropractic College in 2001. She is married with 5 children ranging from ages 3 to 22 years old! They contribute to her passion for treating women and children. She truly loves working with families as a whole to help create and foster an overall wellness lifestyle. Dr. Lisa has earned countless hours of post-graduate training in pregnancy, fertility, pediatrics, nutrition, and neuro-emotional techniques.
We are an office that specializes in taking care of kiddos with special needs (such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and learning disabilities) and helping them reach their full potential. We have the honor of helping kids stop wetting beds, start writing, use words for the first time, improve in their school work. Chiropractic adjustments are the foundation of this work because it will free your child’s nervous system from interference. This allows your child’s body to communicate with his/her brain more efficiently. In addition, Dr. Lisa implements a specific brain balance program focus towards your child’s individual needs; this is what we call our Neurosensory Program.
Dr. Lisa has been in practice in San Mateo for over 18 years and opened her doors, over a year ago, to the Pacifica community, which she is proud to say is her hometown for 7 years now! She is looking forward to reaching out and meeting with more of her fellow Coastal Families!