Meet Our Team

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As a speaker, breastfeeding medicine physician, and researcher, Dr. Ann Witt’s speaking engagements focus on improving lactation support in the primary care office, early postpartum breastfeeding challenges, evaluation and management of acute and chronic breast pain, and Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML).

Dr. Witt founded Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio in 2008. A Cleveland native, she is a board-certified family physician who completed her training at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also completed additional clinical research training focused on improving lactation care for mothers through continued research. Uniquely, Dr. Witt is one of only a handful of physicians in Ohio who is a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and also a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Witt enjoys working with mothers and their babies to meet their personal breastfeeding goals.

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Kristen Auletta, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Kristen Auletta, served as a consummate Labor and Delivery Nurse at the MacDonald Hospital for Women at University Hospitals for years prior to joining the practice. She became a valuable member of the team as a Nurse Facilitator, answering parent questions with grace and professionalism while cutting through the health care maze. As a registered nurse (RN) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Kristen draws on these experiences during her lactation visits especially when guiding mothers through the early post-partum period. In addition, she is the Co-Facilitator of our One Month Group Well Visit.

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Maya Bolman, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Maya Bolman, a registered nurse (RN), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and third generation Lactation Specialist is renowned for her work in promoting hand expression in nursing mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Witt to create an instructional video and conduct research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.
For a 2014 interview with Maya, click here.

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Samantha Walters, MPH, IBCLC

Samantha Walters, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) officially joined our Breastfeeding Medicine team in 2016 after volunteering with the practice beginning in 2014, facilitating our PREP+ support group. A bilingual doula and passionate health educator, she is the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Northeast Ohio Doula Collective, a volunteer with Breastfeeding USA, and served as a School Health Educator with Planned Parenthood. Samantha is a dynamic facilitator and lactation consultant, and her passion for women’s health and breastfeeding is apparent in everything she does.

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Lauren Lasko, MS, FNP-BC, IBCLC

Lauren Lasko, CNP, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and received her education and training as a family nurse practitioner from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. Lauren has professional experience as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner in a medical center and family health center setting, but her passion is for women’s health. Lauren joined our Breastfeeding Medicine team part-time in 2016, and continues to work part-time at Neighborhood Family Practice.

Jennifer McKinnon DNP, RN, IBCLC

Joining our Breastfeeding Medicine team in September 2020, Jennifer McKinnon has over a decade of experience as a family nurse practioner and International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).  She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining us, Jennifer worked at LaTouche Pediatrics in Anchorage, Alaska, where she provided well and ill care to children, adolescents and young adults, and developed the lactation support program for the area.  Additionally,  Jennifer is former flight nurse and a Captain in the US Air Force.