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Breastfeeding Support

Founded in January 2013, the Greater Ozarks Regional Breastfeeding Coalition is a collaborative group of lactation professionals, health workers and interested community members dedicated to promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding in our community. Representatives from Cox Health, Mercy-Springfield, Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department work together to improve the health of our community by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the normal method of infant nutrition. This is undertaken solely as a public health initiative to achieve optimal health, enhance child development and foster effective parenting.

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Dental Advice

‘Dr. Craig’ Rechkemmer earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in May 2002. He spent six years on the Tooth Truck providing dental care to at-risk children in the Springfield area. In 2008, Dr. Craig joined the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where he created a state-wide Dental Outreach program and provided care to children of all needs and abilities. After four years with the Children’s Hospital, he has returned to Springfield to create Little Grins Dental, where he continues to provide care to children in a warm and friendly environment.

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Julie Durand

Designer’s Corner

Julie R. Durand, Owner & Principal Designer of Inspired Design by Julie, LLC, has over 16 years of experience in many facets of design. Her love of architectural details coupled with her creative ability to mix textures, patterns, and color creates an interior space that is inviting and timeless. As a mother of 5 children, Julie understands the challenges that families face and uses that understanding to create spaces that her clients grow with and enjoy for many years. She has a passion for working with people and takes pride in contributing to the community by giving back to multiple causes and organizations.

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Fitness Fix

Glynis Nelson is the owner of Go Momma Fitness Springfield, which provides fitness classes for moms, such as Momilates, Stroller Moves and HIIT It. She holds prenatal and postnatal exercise certifications and is certified in group fitness by American Council on Exercise. Glynis resides in Springfield with her husband and four children.

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Forever Family

Bobi is blessed with three precious daughters, ages 4 years to 7 years old. Among other things she is a malaria prevention, social justice and anti-racism activist who is on the board of Directors of Adoptive Families of SW Missouri. She enjoys creating community service educational programs in her community and partnering with communities in her children’s birth counties to support community-identified priorities such as malaria prevention and education, children education & sponsorships, and basic needs of clothing and shoes.

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From the Guidance Office

Shayne Brock, LPC, is a Professional School Counselor in the Nixa School District. She has been in the education and counseling field for 16 years.

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Homeschooling Families

Jackie Wedge has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Missouri State University and likes to joke that she attended school to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool her three boys. She is also involved at her church, where she volunteers and works in the Early Childhood Department. She has a heart for single moms and is the Children’s Program Director for SingleMomzRock. Visit her website, www.hopeineverything.com, dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless through real life stories, including resources for military families and single moms.

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Ms. Mahan’s Art Time

Jessica Mahan, an art teacher for the Republic School District, is also an area artist. Her artwork can be viewed at www.facebook.com/JessicaMahanArt

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Mrs. White Hearts Art

Jessica White is a K–5 art teacher for the Republic R-III School District. For more art project ideas, visit her blog at www.mrswhite-hearts-art.blogspot.com

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Thrifty Tips

Cris Swaters is the communications coordinator at White River Valley Electric Co-op and a lover of extreme couponing, frugal living, social media and healthy home cooking. Get more tips and healthy eating recipes from Cris at www.purrfectportions.wordpress.com

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