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Total Family Wellness - Leading The Way

Dec 06, 2021 10:27PM ● By Shanna Warner

Total Family Wellness
Leading the Way to a Better Quality of Life for Families and Communities

by Shanna Warner

Montika Collins is on a mission. She is the CEO and driving force behind Innovations Family Wellness and Total Family Wellness at 3336 East 32nd Street, Suite 107, in Tulsa. Her mission is to train women of different cultures and women of color to become birth workers that will serve and care for their communities. The goal is to grow and create economic stability and mentorship through birth work, and, in a natural progression, to take their business model to other communities so families get the support they need. 

Collins serves as an advanced holistic lactation consultant, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), holistic integrative nurse, health and wellness coach, body worker, medical herbalist and is on the nursing faculty at Oral Roberts University. 

As an activist, Collins is passionate about helping families, with her main focus on the mother/baby bond. She explains that this passion for helping women and their families brings tremendous joy to her life. “There is nothing like seeing a baby who was suffering with colic, able to finally rest and be happy. It completely changes the family dynamic. It’s such a blessing, and I love walking through the experience with families. It’s humbling and life-changing in a different way every time.”

Collins is quick to note that fathers are extremely important, too. Support and encouragement go a long way in a mother’s mental health, especially when breastfeeding challenges, such as colic, arise. She explains, “Colic is excessive crying in an infant for hours who is unable to be soothed. In general, it lasts for more than three hours and often happens daily. Many are told there is no reason or treatment for it.” Collins’s first child was diagnosed with colic. She was told to just leave the child to cry in the crib. That was not okay with her, so she began looking for answers. This was the beginning of her journey in holistic health.

Her passion for the health and well-being of minority women and children led her to cofound the 501(c)3, nonprofit organization Innovations Family Wellness, Inc, serving her community as the organization’s co-president & CEO. She served Oklahoma’s breastfeeding coalition, Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates, as chair and board member.   

Collins graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Master of Arts degree in Health and Wellness Coaching and a concentration in Medical Herbalism. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Northeastern State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She has earned more than 300 hours in continuing education courses specific to the care of the mother/baby dyad.   

In addition to teaching nursing students, she also trains healthcare professionals on how to utilize and integrate alternative healthcare practices into their medical practices. She also holds group training and seminars for various perinatal providers.  

Collins’s practice focuses on the health of the mother/baby dyad as a whole. She explains, “Caring for an infant is different for every family. My goal is to help parents find a plan that works best for their lifestyle while ensuring we protect the breastfeeding relationship. We address the dyad mentally, spiritually and physically.” If a family is struggling, she works to find the root cause of the problem. She specializes in complex breastfeeding issues and addresses everything from low supply, colic, tongue tie and structural issues to anxiety, re-lactating or pumping and everything in-between.   

She credits her faith as the driving force in shaping the way she relates to every member of the families she serves. Her deep beliefs give her an inner strength and heart for bringing healing to the people she serves. She is truly a woman on a mission, with a goal “to help every family truly have a better quality of life.”

Location: 3336 E 32 St. Suite 107 Tulsa. For more information on programs or products, call 918-398-3586. See our business listing with map here Business-Listing or visit tfwok.com


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