About us

Healthy Beginnings Lactation was created with a mission to provide excellent evidenced-based breastfeeding support services to families in our community. Our three Board Certified Lactation Consultants have over 60 years of combined experience working with childbearing families, and are passionate about helping moms and babies breastfeed.


Kelsey Stevens RN, BSN, IBCLC

A Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Kelsey has been working with moms and babies for over ten years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University and began work as an RN at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has continued to pursue her love of working with families at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, where she works as a Labor-and- Delivery, Special-Care and Lactation Nurse. Kelsey is fluent in American Sign Language and enjoys working with diverse populations. She is the proud mom to three children; six year old Landon and three year old twins Harper and Wyatt. Her breastfeeding areas of interest include delayed and insufficient milk supply, induced lactation / adoptive nursing and breastfeeding multiples. She is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association and was honored with the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses in 2008 for her work with breastfeeding families. When she’s not helping budding families, Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, gardening and camping.

Kellee Ellis RN, BA, IBCLC

A Pacific-Northwest native, Kellee attended school in the Edmonds school district and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. After working for a several years in the insurance industry, she went back to school, became an RN, and started working at Northwest Hospital as a Labor-and-Delivery and Postpartum Nurse in 1997. Always a strong supporter of breastfeeding, Kellee attained her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential in 2008 due to her desire to give new families more meaningful, research-oriented support in their breastfeeding efforts. She is one of several Lactation Consultants at Providence Hospital in Everett, and is an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Her main areas of interest are helping moms with nipple pain, low supply, over-supply, engorgement, and most importantly, issues with latch. Outside of work, Kellee is married, with two grown sons and a yellow lab named Sammy. She enjoys the outdoors, quality time with family and her dog, and spends every other possible minute knitting.

Sheila Martin RNC, IBCLC

Sheila is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association. She’s been helping mothers and babies breastfeed for the past 35 years and, having specialized in the NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit), has a passion for working with preemies and their moms. Sheila provides private and telephone consultations as a Lactation Consultant. She stays up-to- date with the latest research on lactation and attends many local and national conferences. Sheila strives to provide the information and support necessary for women to feel confident in their ability to feed and nurture their babies. The proud mom of three grown children, Sheila loves to spend her free time hiking, gardening, and snowshoeing in the great Pacific Northwest.