About the Practitioner
Jennifer is a stay-at-home wife and mother. She is also employed part-time designing and presenting Abstinence Education curriculum for the local pregnancy crisis center. In addition, she is frequently asked to speak on a range of topics such as Theology of the Body, Abortifacient Birth Control, and Fetal Development & Abortion Procedures. Before having children, Jennifer worked for twelve years in the local schools teaching music to grades 5 through 12. She has a BA in Music Education, BA in East Asian Studies, and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) from Lewis & Clark College. She also spent two years in Japan as an exchange student and enjoys martial arts, flower arranging, and traditional tea ceremony.
Initially, Jennifer learned a sympto-thermo method of Natural Family Planning. Creighton Model System was recommended to her after she discovered an infertility issue. CrMS was an excellent fit because of all the information that the chart gave about her gynecologic health. During a diagnostic laparoscopy, Dr. Hilgers discovered that she indeed had extensive pelvic adhesive disease (as a result of a ruptured appendix) and endometriosis. It took two more NaPro surgeries to remove the endometriosis and scar tissue, and to re-open her fallopian tubes. With progesterone support, Jennifer and her husband were able to conceive and carry to term a child in 2012.
After her experience with CrMS, Jennifer felt strongly called to become a practitioner herself. She would like the system to be more widely available to women and couples, especially here in the Northwest where it is still fairly unknown. Jennifer is approved to teach long distance and now has many clients from all over the state of Oregon, and a few in California, Washington and Arizona.
Jennifer has been charting with the Creighton Model System since 2004. She studied to become a FertilityCare Practitioner under the sponsorship of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
St. Gianna FertilityCare Center was established in 2009 and is currently the only FertilityCare Center in the state of Oregon.