Krista Gray (Scholarship Year 2011 from Egypt)
I am honored to have been the Trudi Szallasi Memorial Scholarship winner for 2011. Receiving this scholarship enabled me to continue my studies and in 2013 I sat for, and passed, the IBCLC exam. With all of the changes that came about in certification during those years, and not having a medical background, I had to take additional college courses to meet the requirements. With this additional expense, receiving the Trudi Szallasi Scholarship truly allowed me to continue my studies and enter the lactation profession.
Since becoming an IBCLC I have continued to volunteer as a La Leche League Leader both in the UK and US. I have partnered with those serving Arabic-speaking populations in England to provide lactation support to immigrants. And I currently have a Private Practice, Nursing Nurture Lactation Services, which is based in the US but I provide consults worldwide via Skype and FaceTime.
Working as an IBCLC lactation consultant is such a rewarding and fun field. I feel very blessed to enjoy what I do and I am grateful to Health-e-Learning and the Trudi Szallasi Memorial Scholarship for helping to make this possible.