Jess Ahlum

I came to the world of birth and babies through academics, on a search for what shaped human development. As a late teen myself beginning college, I found fascination with the adolescent development and family studies major. My advising professor (Dr. Supple) encouraged my exploration for “out of the box” applications of the science behind human development. 

Americorps came next, and my adventure out to Helena, MT to develop an experiential therapy program for pregnant and parenting young women. I quickly learned the sensitive nature of both adolescence and infancy. Both are huge times of brain growth largely shaped by experience. 

Being that the earliest experiences in life happen during conception, gestation, birth, and early childhood, I decided on a graduate degree in pre and perinatal psychology. 

But first, massage school… If I was going to understand the mind, I must also understand the body.

I opened my massage practice in Wilmington, NC (my hometown) in 2007 and started graduate school. I completed my clinical traineeship at Coastal Horizons Center in Shallotte, NC where I decided to learn a model for working with clients that was forward focused and wellness oriented. That’s when I began my training as an integrative health coach through Duke Integrative Medicine. 

Meanwhile, I was searching for ways to help families reduce the stress and maximize the joy of raising a young family. 

Unable to secure an internship within the women’s and children’s hospital, I decided to take a back door approach to gaining birth experience, and became a certified doula through DONA international. 

Over the years my practice has evolved, and will continue to evolve, as I find new ways to support young families, and adults interested in becoming happier people, regardless of their early developmental experiences. 





Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, pre and perinatal psychology: Santa Barbara Graduate Institute

Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, child and adolescent development: UNC Greensboro

National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach: International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching

Certified Integrative Health Coach: Duke Integrative Medicine

Licensed (NC#6879 )and Board Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapy Diploma: The Body Therapy Institute

Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hr: Kunga Yoga School, Wilmington Yoga Center

Fees: My business is fee for service. I accept cash, check, cards and electronic payments through Venmo and Paypal. Please contact me for specific service pricing. No insurance is accepted at this time. 

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed mental health therapist and my services should complement, not replace medical care. 

Policies: Let’s bring mutual respect to this professional working relationship.