Our Owners

Kateri Kaloyanides, MFT, CBE, CLC, CLD, PICD
Owner & Instructor

Kateri lives in beautiful Bolton with her husband, 8-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son, and a very energetic goldendoodle! She has always had a love and passion for working with families. Originally wanting to be an elementary school teacher, Kateri switched tracks early in her undergraduate career after falling in love with psychology and ultimately completed a Bachelor’s of Psychology with a focus on child development. From there, Kateri went on to get a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked for several years with at-risk youth and their families, and eventually became the clinical supervisor for the program. With the birth of her first child, Kateri decided to switch gears to spend more time at home and went into private practice, working primarily with children and parents. When her second child came along, Kateri decided to take some time off to stay home with her little ones.

This is when she began attending a maternal wellness center, where she discovered support groups and classes for herself and her children. Slowly, the center became like a second home, providing the warmth, support, and guidance that Kateri needed during early parenthood. Due to her background in behavioral intervention and support, Kateri was eventually asked to take over teaching three parent support classes focusing on helping parents navigate the world of toddler and preschool behavior. After teaching for a year, Kateri started taking on more responsibilities at the center, ultimately leading to her role as Director of Education. 

Throughout this journey Kateri trained as a Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula and Infant Care Specialist, Birth Doula, and Childbirth Educator. She taught all of the prenatal offerings and ran all of the support groups at the center, while continuing to offer classes and individual consults for families coping with difficult behaviors at home. In this role, Kateri found her professional passion in combining her love for education, therapeutic support, and working with new mothers, children and families. Through this passion, and in collaboration with an amazing friend and colleague, the idea of Nature and Nurture was born! Kateri hopes Nature and Nurture will allow her to give back some of what she received early in her own parenting journey and will provide families with a comfortable and warm environment where they can access resources and support to help in their transition to parenthood.

Courtney Macedo, CLC, CD-PICD
Owner & Instructor ​

Courtney grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and has lived in Nebraska, Maryland, and Germany, before settling into her forever home in Amherst, New Hampshire, with her husband and high-school sweetheart, Jake, and their three amazing children. Courtney’s professional passion is supporting the overall well-being of the mother and infant, with a special interest in lactation support. In addition to working with new mothers and infants, Courtney has a breadth of experience working with toddler and preschool aged little ones, and takes immense joy in watching their growth and development. She takes pride in the details and hard work, and understands that success and happiness can mean different things for different people.

Through her own personal experience in failing to find consistent support during her postpartum transition to parenthood, Courtney became acutely aware of the importance of having a community of support. Though she had the support of friends and family, being a military spouse meant moving frequently and oftentimes being a world away from them both literally and figuratively. She realized that while certain initial basic necessities were being met for new parents and their children, so many of the resources vital to happy, healthy families were being ignored or were simply inaccessible. These experiences sparked a desire early on in her own journey to pursue a career in maternal wellness and infant care, which through the years only grew stronger and stronger. In 2020, after the closing of the maternal wellness center she worked in with her now business partner, she was inspired to pursue her own professional certifications. With her certifications completed, an innate need to help others, and a shared vision with an amazing friend and business partner, Nature and Nurture was born.

Our Instructors

Kateri Kaloyanides, MFT, CBE, CLC, CLD, PICD
Owner & Instructor

Kateri Kaloyanides is a Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and Infant Care Specialist, Labor and Delivery Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor. Previously working as the Director of Education at a maternal wellness center, she has been teaching prenatal classes for several years, including Preparing for Birth, Newborn Care, and Introduction to Breastfeeding. She also facilitated a number of support groups for new families, including a postpartum transition group, new mother’s group, toddler parenting group, preschool parenting group, and breastfeeding support group. In addition, pulling from her training and experience as a family therapist, Kateri has taught a number of parenting education classes and provided individual family consultations to help manage challenging family dynamics, behaviors, and stages of early childhood. Kateri’s education and previous career as a Marriage and Family Therapist informs and strengthens all of her work at Nature and Nurture. Kateri has spent the entirety of her career focused on supporting and uplifting families and children, and Nature and Nurture is her next adventure on that journey!

Courtney Macedo, CLC, CD-PICD
Owner & Instructor ​

Courtney is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula (CD-PICD), who has been an international preschool classroom co-lead in the Netherlands; an international child development center toddler room lead in Germany; an infant care room attendant in Massachusetts; and an in-home child care provider for a number of families during her professional career.  Courtney also has worked with a number of families and children with a variety of physical disabilities and behavioral concerns.  Most recently in her career, Courtney worked at a maternal wellness center that focused on supporting families through the ages and stages of early parenthood, and it was there that her true passion developed.  Courtney immersed herself fully into the world of prenatal and postnatal support, receiving several certifications and eventually teaming up with a colleague and close friend to develop what has become Nature and Nurture! She is an empathetic and caring person through and through, seeing the good in everyone and supporting and nurturing those around her to be the best versions of themselves. 

Kirsten Joyner
First Steps in Music Instructor

Kirsten earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in 2009 and is a certified First Steps in Music instructor through the Feierabend Association for Music Education. She has several years of experience teaching early childhood music and has been teaching private voice lessons and directing adult and children’s choirs locally for the past 10 years. Kirsten lives with her husband, Tim, and four rambunctious kids in Bolton, MA, where she hopes to continue helping children to become Tuneful, Beatful, Artful, compassionate citizens of the world.

Krista Gordon
Yoga Instructor

Krista Gordon, founder & educator for Tranquil Little One, is a certified Yoga teacher for children from 6 weeks old up to teenagers, a Reiki Practitioner & strategy partner for families looking to add movement and mindfulness into their everyday practice. As a mother of two children with Anxiety and Sensory Processing issues, she understands the need for having additional tools in your toolbox!  She has made it her mission to empower children and their families to learn a variety of easy strategies to use at any time. By teaching specific yoga poses & flows, breathing techniques, mindfulness exercises, brain organization skills, and body/emotion check in’s, families learn valuable strategies while having fun! Krista currently brings yoga to children in wellness studios and schools either in group classes or one on one sessions.  Students and families regularly mention the positive impact that Krista’s work has on their lives and she is grateful to have the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.

Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L
PRISM Parenting Group

Erin is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts and registered with NBCOT with a specialty in pediatrics. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University where she was a member of the Pi Theta Epsilon honor society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from College of the Holy Cross. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including public/private schools and Boys & Girls Clubs and has run community-based parent/child sensory motor groups. She is certified in the Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. She is also trained in the SOS oral motor program, iLs: Integrated Listening Systems home programming, and trauma informed care. She completed the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship program at UMass Boston in 2019. She is on the IRB board of The Spiral Foundation and serves on the Spiral Foundation’s faculty. Being a parent herself, Erin is passionate about working with children and their parents to build positive relationships and understanding. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time traveling on cycling vacations with her husband and visiting with her children and grandchildren.

Melanie Salort, OTR/L
PRISM Parenting Group

Melanie Salort has worked as an occupational therapist for over 20 years, specializing in the area of Sensory Processing and working with individuals from infants to adults. In 2017, Ms. Salort completed UMASS Boston’s Infant Parent Mental Health fellowship, to further her understanding of the parent child relationship.  Her therapeutic approach sees the child as part of the family unit and supporting the whole family allows for a greater potential for change.  Ms. Salort has a strong interest in blending her knowledge in sensory processing to support mental health concerns, trauma experiences, and the parenting experience.  

She works in private practice and at the Center for Family Connection in Worcester, MA using a family centered approach. Beyond her OT life, she spends time with her husband, two sons, and (very) energetic dog.  She enjoys reading, going to CrossFit, and spending time outdoors.

Megan Smith
Mighty Muscles & Babbling Babies Instructor

Megan Smith has professional teaching licenses in Early Childhood Education and Moderate Disabilities. She taught integrated preschool for 6 years before transitioning to her current role as a Toddler Teacher at the Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program. Megan pulls from her ample experience working with children of all abilities and backgrounds to provide engaging, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate classes. Megan lives in Bolton with her husband and young toddler.

Katie Schiering
Little Music Makers Instructor

Katie is an early childhood music & theater educator, as well as a local mom to two little ones. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in performing arts education. For nearly ten years, Katie was the Program Director for the “LINX Theater” in Wellesley, MA which offered award-winning after-school musical theater programs for children ages 3 and up. During the Summer months, Katie led a team of early childhood educators at “LINX Camps”, a premier day camp serving families in the Metro West of Massachusetts. Katie’s passion for early childhood music began at “Family Music Makers”, a Boston based program where Katie was first trained to teach. In 2019 she launched Firelight KIDS and began teaching music & movement classes in the Nashoba Valley community. Katie is proud of the fun and refreshing curriculum she’s developed, which gives children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect through music. Katie’s education includes training at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, and most recently she graduated from Emerson College with a Masters in Theater Education.

Nancy Brown
Tiny Dancers Instructor

Nancy is a proud girl mama, avid yogi, and a music & movement enthusiast. With a passion for hoop dance, nature, and art, Nancy loves making adventures with her daughter and husband! Nancy has been a proud supporter of Nature and Nurture for over a year, attending many programs with her 3 year-old daughter. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team!