Meet The Experts: Bloom 2022

Iowa City Moms will host the 9th annual Bloom: A Mini Conference for Moms on Sunday, March 27, 2022 from 1:00-4:00pm at Celebration Farm. After two years of virtual conferences we are excited to see you all in person! We are proud to host this wonderful event for area moms to gather, connect and learn again in 2022. Special thanks to our co-host sponsors University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, The Bails Team at Urban Acres Real Estate, Chomp Delivery and title sponsor Team Iowa Physical Therapy.

Bloom 2022 Sponsors

We hope you can join us for an amazing afternoon filled with connections, camaraderie, community resources, shopping, snacks, TONS of giveaways, and our absolute favorite part: the expert panel.

Tickets are required so be sure to click here to reserve your spot for the Sunday, March 27th event. BONUS: Every attendee at Bloom will receive a $5 gift card to Chomp!

We are so, so grateful to these incredible experts from our community who have agreed to come and share their knowledge with us.  For those of you who have never been to the event before, the panelists will each take about 2-3 minutes to introduce themselves and tell you more about what they have to offer to moms and families in our community.  After that, we will open it up for questions from the audience.  This is such a powerful part of the event; we absolutely LOVE watching moms ask all of the questions they’ve wanted to ask, and to have all of the right people there to answer them!

Meet the 2022 Panel of Experts:

Diana Bayer, DO
University of Iowa Health Care
Connect with her here.

Allergy & Immunity Expert
Diana Bayer, DO, is a pediatric allergist and immunologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Iowa Health Care. Dr. Bayer received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Des Moines University, completed pediatric residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.

Laura Dellos, ARNP, CNM
University of Iowa Health Care
Connect with her here.

Women’s Health Expert
Laura Dellos, ARNP, CNM, is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Midwifery at University of Iowa Health Care. With over 30 years of experience, she is an expert in assisting with procedures such as newborn delivery and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Dellos received her master’s degree in Nursing at the University of California.

Pam Hoogerwerf, BS
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Safety Store
Connect with her here. 

Children’s Safety Expert
Pam grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa where she became a die-hard Hawkeye on the cheerleading squad. She majored in broadcasting journalism and health promotion but first went to work for United Airlines as a Flight Attendant. Her fiancé and now husband lured her back to Iowa City where she began her career within University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She transitioned over to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in 2008 where she began her role as Director of Community Outreach and Injury Prevention. She has obtained special certification in injury prevention and is a certified child passenger safety technician. One of the programs she manages is the Safety Store, where customers can obtain assistance with children’s injury prevention products including car seats, BOB strollers, HALO swaddles, cabinet locks and bike helmets. She is passionate about keeping kids safe and enjoys traveling the state promoting messages related to that. She has been married for 35 years and has a 32 year old daughter and a 20 year old son so she feels like she has been a mom for a long time. She loves all kinds of fitness and being outdoors.

Alta Medea
Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)
Connect with her here.

Domestic Violence Expert
Alta Medea started her work to end domestic violence and building resources for victim-survivors at a young age. Ms. Medea has worked for over 20 years strengthening her community and supporting those most vulnerable through direct action, volunteerism, service, and advocacy. She officially began her work with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) as first a volunteer, then a board member, and has served as Director of Community Engagement for DVIP since 2017. Over the past 4 years she has written multiple pieces on behalf of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and developed a curriculum on marketing domestic violence services, “How to Market A Secret.”

In her spare time she seeks to find joy in the ridiculousness of life. She lives in Iowa City, IA with her two hilarious sons, an overly active dog, and three moody cats.

Joy Moel, PhD
University of Iowa Health Care
Connect with her here. 

Mental Health Expert
Joy E. Moel is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Health Care. She specializes in perinatal mental health and provides consultation, assessment, and therapy for individuals and couples in the Women’s Wellness & Counseling Service. She also provides training and supervision for students and residents regarding the experience and treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, attachment, loss, and relationship difficulties during reproductive transitions. Moel completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology in 2007 at the University of Iowa.

Kim Richards-Passini, DTP
Team Iowa Physical Therapy
Connect with her here. 

Physical Therapy Expert
Kim Richards-Passini is a physical therapist at Team Iowa Physical Therapy. After graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2017, she and her family settled in Iowa City area. She primarily focuses on pre/postpartum care, pelvic floor health, and orthopedics. She is also trained in Integrative Dry Needling.

Meghan Randig, M.A., CCC-SLP
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center
Connect with her here. 

Speech Pathology Expert
As a speech-language pathologist at Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, Meghan meets children where they are at, offering resources and education in a creative and fun environment! She loves building connections with students and families, working as a team to collaborate on a plan that will help children reach their goals, and helping kids to feel confident when communicating with peers, family members, and other adults in their day-to-day relationships.

Lauren Siebrase-Wilkes, ARNP, MSN, FNP-C

University of Iowa Health Care

Connect with her here. 

Pediatric Neurology
Lauren Siebrase-Wilkes is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pediatric Neurology at UI Health Care.

If you don’t have your tickets to Bloom yet, ACT QUICK. Click here to get yours!

Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. She's still teaching Spanish wherever and whenever she can, but her true passion is owning Iowa City Moms and building this community alongside her amazing team. Sara is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for City Mom Collective, and the owner of Cowork Collective downtown Iowa City. Common denominator in all of these jobs: community, community, community.

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