The team behind the BIRTHFIT movement consists of individuals who have made it their mission to improve the way the world views birth. From behind-the-scenes work to showing up physically, our team is here to raise the standard, challenge the status quo, and make change.

Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC

Founder and CEO

Lindsey Mathews is a doctor of chiropractic, birth doula, NLP practitioner, and strength and conditioning coach. Lindsey started BIRTHFIT in 2011 as a blog with a deep desire to support and educate all humans throughout the motherhood transition. BIRTHFIT started expanding in 2014 and since then has doubled in size each year. BIRTHFIT is a movement!

Lindsey currently calls Austin, TX home where she takes on personal training and doula clients as well as teaches the BIRTHFIT Prenatal Series. Lindsey’s roster and schedule fills up in advance, so be sure to visit to schedule your consult or session with her. Lindsey is a passionate believer in magic and love, views every obstacle as an opportunity to learn, and is a woman in pursuit of truth through food, travel, and relationships.

Lindsey’s core values are LOVE, GROWTH, FREEDOM, RESPECT, and CONNECTION.


Laura Mattison

BIRTHFIT Staff and Leader Director

Laura Mattison is a BIRTHFIT Coach in Atlanta, GA as well as a strength and conditioning coach. Laura’s paradigm for birth first shifted when she was exposed to alternative birthing and mothering experiences in a college course, then again in graduate school when she first saw a pregnant woman working out. Since discovering BIRTHFIT back in its blog days, Laura has been inspired by this movement and is thankful to now be part of the work BIRTHFIT is doing to change how the world views birth and motherhood.

Laura brings energy and enthusiasm to her coaching and her pursuits. A lifelong athlete, she loves movement and sport and is fascinated by how our bodies move and work. She strives to love and encourage others and is on a path of lifelong learning and growth. An Atlanta-area native, Laura and her husband now live in Jefferson, GA.

Leah Barto

Online Program Director & Coach Staff

Leah is a gym owner, strength and conditioning coach, and a birth doula. Born and raised in Houston, TX, Leah, her husband Aja, son Kai and their two dogs still call Houston home. Leah started coaching in 2010, and they opened their affiliate in 2012. 

In addition to loving the entire birthing process, Leah has always been most passionate about supporting women through the ebbs and flows of life. Leah especially loves coaching movement and educating women on healthy lifestyles to support them through their female cycle, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journeys. She enjoys any opportunity to learn, travel, connect, love, and have deep, meaningful conversations.

Leah’s core values are connection, mindfulness, empathy, courage, and boundaries.

Emily Russak

Coach Staff

Emily has been in the fitness world for 9 years with a background in D1 athletics and a lifetime of sport. Along with sport, she has had a love and passion for pregnancy, birth, and babies. These two fell beautifully hand in hand when she found BIRTHFIT back in 2011. From then she began learning the specifics that go into prenatal and postpartum training and hasn’t looked back! Through this process, she completed the DONA Birth Doula Certification at Bini Birth and has attended 17 births. Emily has the pleasure of coaching at DEUCE Gym in Venice Beach, CA and watches transformations through fitness daily! With fitness, nutrition, mindset and connection practices, Emily not only fulfills her life through BIRTHFIT but most importantly shares this growing community with the women around her. Her most influential transformation to date was becoming a mother herself. Not only did this change and enrich her personal life on the deepest level, it has made her practice as a coach that much more impactful and connected.

Nast Whitson

Coach Staff

Nastaran (or Nast) was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Boston, and now resides in New Jersey. Nast attended her first BIRTHFIT Basics Workshop in November of 2014 and was inspired to bring the BIRTHFIT movement to the Northeast in 2015. Today, she continues to serve as a doula, Co-Director of FAITH RX’D Northern NJ, and as the owner of BIRTHFIT NJ. Nast, along with her husband, David, owns and operates CrossFit SOAR and Happy Go Run in Hawthorne, NJ where they aim to connect with their community through fitness to help them feel empowered, confident and supported.

Jess Brown

Coach Staff

Jess is the owner of BIRTHFIT Logan in Logan, UT where she resides with her husband and family. She completed her MSW at the University of Kansas before becoming a Mama. Prior to her first pregnancy, she found and fell in love with a gym that offered community.

She wanted to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle throughout her Motherhood Transition.  She learned more and more with the birth of each child. After her second baby, she found BIRTHFIT. She had a vision and a plan for the birth of her last baby which led her to creating a birth team. She was strong in mind, body and spirit making her birth the most empowering experience of her life.

While working as an individual, group and family therapist she was quickly able to experience the beauty in helping others through life’s challenges.  BIRTHFIT allows her to combine her passion of health and fitness with her desire to educate and empower others to be their best self.

Brittany Anderson

Professional Staff

Brittany Anderson is an integrative nurse practitioner and fitness & nutrition consultant providing holistic healthcare and coaching services in Nashville, TennesseeShe co-owns Praxis Strength where she offers BIRTHFIT classes and series. Brittany is also the creator of the Before the Bump preconception course and offers consultations through the BIRTHFIT platform.As a professional and full-time mama, Brittany understands the challenges of juggling parenthood with life’s demands, and that’s why she is passionate about supporting families through the parenthood transition.

Lacey Wilson

Professional Staff

Dr. Lacey Nevel is a doctor of chiropractic,  birth doula, a chiropractic start up coach, BIRTHFIT Professional, and BIRTHFIT Coach.

As an Oklahoma native, Lacey and her husband, Colten, have created Free Spirit Chiropractic which is a community centered practice that is dedicated to uplifting and empowering families in Tulsa. Throughout her journey in chiropractic school, she found her love for caring for families, especially in prenatal, postpartum, and pediatric wellness care.

Her life purpose is to serve humans with an abundance of love, using chiropractic as a portal for deep connection and understanding. She lives a life committed to elevating the consciousness and authenticity of others.

Lauren Keller

Professional Staff

Dr. Lauren is the owner of Elemental Chiropractic (located in Addison, IL) and she is a chiropractor, pelvic floor specialist BIRTHFIT Professional and so much more. Her passion and focus of her practice is helping support women through the motherhood transition from trying to conceive to pregnancy and postpartum. Her goal is to help women optimize their pregnancy and postpartum time period so they are able to enjoy and embrace the experience.

She is married to a fantastic man who supports her and together they have an amazingly feisty daughter who loves to keep them on their toes. In their free time you will find them gardening, hiking, playing at the park, rock climbing and just being connected to nature.

Kat Haggerty

Administrative Director

Kat (short for Kathleen) is a BIRTHFIT Coach, group fitness instructor, owner to Cam the Dog, founder to Chartered Creatives and ultimately a connector of people. She has a passion for her family, friends and strangers alike.

She claims to be built to talk but also built to learn and listen. She is constantly seeking the best for every human and strives to push others to find their purpose and passions through conversations and connections.

Behind the scenes admin work is something her company was founded on and works hard for fluidity and organization!

Melissa Guevar

BIRTHFIT For Everyone Director

Melissa is the power behind BIRTHFIT for Everyone which is a nonprofit agency providing physical, emotional, and informational support and advocacy for birthing people during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Melissa is a Special Education Administrator and BIRTHFIT Coach. She currently resides in Fairfield, California with her husband and son.

She has helped create the mission of the non-profit that will provide equitable access to prenatal and postpartum care and education to all birthing people throughout the parenthood transition so parents can make informed and empowered decisions about their body and their baby.

Melissa’s core values are INCLUSION, ADVOCACY, and CONNECTION.

Sarah Emmert

Blog and Content Director

Sarah Emmert is Blog and Content Director for BIRTHFIT. She and her husband live in Raleigh, NC with their three boys. She has a life-long love of functional movement, fitness, and wellness that expanded to include BIRTHFIT after her first pregnancy.

Sarah’s core values are respect, communication, movement, and constant learning.