About Us

The Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre is run by a dedicated group of Family Physicians who have specialized training in Breastfeeding Medicine. We are passionate about helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals while ensuring that their babies are receiving the nutrition they need. Breastfeeding can be challenging; at the Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre we aim to offer a timely assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan for the specific breastfeeding difficulties you may be encountering.

Doctors

Dr. Verity Livingstone

MBBS, FCFP, FABM

Dr. Verity Livingstone is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia. She has specialised in Breastfeeding Medicine for over 30 years. She obtained her International Lactation Consultant Board Certification and is a Fellow in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She founded the Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre in 1986 and has helped over 20,000 mothers and babies solve their breastfeeding difficulties. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters and educational resources on the topic of clinical breastfeeding management.

Dr. Judy Stringer

MBBS, MRCGP

Dr. Judy Stringer has an extensive background in community and family medicine and qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She joined the center in 1992. She is actively involved in teaching and research as well as clinical breastfeeding management.

Dr. Betty Lin

MD, FCFP, IBCLC

Dr. Betty Lin is a BC trained Family Physician and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr. Lin has a busy Family Practice in Burnaby and joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre in 2009. Dr. Lin is fluent in Mandarin and works at the Breastfeeding Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr. Kara Jansen

MD, CCFP, IBCLC

Dr. Kara Jansen was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2002, and went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Ottawa. She moved to Vancouver in 2004, and has been practising Family Medicine here since then. In 2009, Dr. Jansen lived in Melbourne, Australia, and studied Breastfeeding Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2010, the same year she joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Center. Dr. Jansen has three young children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and playing with her kids. Dr. Jansen is in the office on Mondays and Fridays

Dr. Leanne Rowthorn

CCFP-EM, IBCLC

Dr. Leanne Rowthorn is a BC trained family physician, with additional training in Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Obstetrics. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2013 and joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Clinic in 2014. She is a UBC Clinical Instructor and a mother of two young boys.


Staff

Alicia Ortega

Alicia Ortega is our Office Manager. She joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre in 2011 and helps ensure that we see our patients in a timely fashion. Alicia is fluent in Spanish.

Tammy Mainman

Tammy Mainman is our Medical Office Assistant. She joined the Vancouver Breastfeeding Centre in 2009 and has been a valuable part of our team ever since.