Lactation Consultants

Kyna Patrick, IBCLC, RLC

Kyna Patrick has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009. After graduating from Texas State University in 2003 with a degree in Family and Consumer Science-Nutrition and Foods, she began her career in 2004 as a Nutritionist for the WIC Program for 6 years. Her experience with WIC incorporated breastfeeding counseling which led her to certify as a Lactation Consultant. She has worked as an IBCLC in various hospitals and NICU’s in Austin and opened her private practice in 2011 assisting mothers and babies with various breastfeeding issues. When she moved to Houston in 2012 she began working at a hospital and was a key component in the training of staff and designation of the BFHI. Kyna has been with Dr. Liu’s office since 2015 and thoroughly loves working with the mammas and babies. When not working, she is home with her husband, 2 year old daughter, 17 year old stepson, dog and 2 cats.

Tessa Gardin, IBCLC, RLC

Tessa, a mother of two, is an IBCLC with over 8 years of clinical experience. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Science in Maternal and Child Health and Human Lactation. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2010 and is a current member of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). In the last eight years, she has utilized her knowledge in the field working as a hospital based lactation consultant at the largest delivering hospital in Houston. Along with providing personal direction for mothers and their families, during this time she was also integral in establishing the first baby friendly hospital in Houston, Texas. Her family life directly led to her interests in cases and conditions connected to tongue tied babies as both her daughters were born in need of intervention. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two wonderful daughters, cooking, taking road trips and crafting. In addition to family time she enjoys catching up with longtime friends, running outdoors and improving her yoga practice.
“I have a true passion for helping moms breastfeed their babies, I can’t believe I get to do what I love for a living. I am truly blessed.”

Suzanne Juel, IBCLC, RLC, CLC

Suzanne began her career as a Breastfeeding Educator, and founded Merry-Go-Round in Kingwood in 2003. Merry-Go-Round quickly became known as the go-to resource for new parents in the area as it provided everything from private practice lactation consultations to breast pump rentals to hosting a weekly breastfeeding support group. While in private practice, Suzanne provided comprehensive lactation support to thousands of local mothers in the North Houston area and became known for her expertise in handling complex breastfeeding issues. In 2010, she received the Family Time Woman of Achievement in Business Award, recognizing the contributions that her business had made to the community.

In 2014, Suzanne transitioned from private practice to working for The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. While working at the hospital, Suzanne not only provided lactation support to mothers in the early postpartum period, but she also was instrumental in helping the hospital attain and maintain the Baby-Friendly designation. In 2015, she also began working with Dr. James Liu at Adult and ENT & Allergy of The Woodlands to provide lactation support for mothers and babies with complex breastfeeding issues caused by tethered oral tissue (Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie). In 2016, Suzanne was excited to return to Private Practice, this time with Tessa Gardin, IBCLC, founding Bayou City Breastfeeding to provide in-home lactation consultations to mothers in Central and North Houston.

Over her lactation career, Suzanne has continued to pursue additional lactation training and certifications, becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor and eventually an International Certified Lactation Consultant. She continues to pursue advanced lactation training to further her knowledge by taking classes and attending conferences. She is a member of ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association), USLCA (United States Lactation Consultant Association), HALCEA (Houston Area Lactation Consultant and Educator Association) and IATP (International Association of Tongue-Tie Professionals).

Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, reading, biking, cooking and painting.

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