Meet Dr. Gore!

Tell Us What Brings You to Perinatal Support Washington:

My personal and professional background converges here at PS-WA, in a mission to bring about meaningful change in perinatal mental health. Change that ensures that the narrative is one of inclusivity, accessibility, and empowerment for all parents. I’m always so moved by our ultimate vision to revolutionize perinatal mental health support, ensuring that every parent, regardless of their background, has access to the services and education needed for a transformative journey into parenthood. I love being a part of a team that aspires to break down barriers, especially in BIPOC communities where such support may be less accessible or normed. Our goal is to create a landscape where perinatal mental health is not only acknowledged but prioritized, fostering emotional well-being and resilience in all parents. By providing a comprehensive range of services, from our Warm Line to culturally-matched peer support and education, we aim to empower individuals and communities to embrace parenthood with confidence and joy. In embarking on this transformative journey in perinatal mental health support, my personal experiences as a Black woman and mother have been instrumental. As someone who has navigated the intricate path of motherhood with two children, I intimately understand the fears and concerns that can arise when seeking adequate care throughout the journey to and beyond motherhood. My journey has been marked by the realization that the existing narrative needs to change, and it is this realization that propels me forward. I’m so excited to be a part of this work.

What Motivates you?

As an educator and non-profit leader, I am motivated by a deep sense of responsibility to alter the course of perinatal mental health to build equity. I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly from marginalized communities, face in accessing the support they need during the perinatal period. This firsthand experience, coupled with my professional roles, has fueled my commitment to lead initiatives that break down barriers, challenge disparities, and create a landscape where every parent, irrespective of their background, can embark on their parenthood journey with confidence, joy, and the support they truly deserve. In essence, serving our cause and inspiring others to join us in our mission is what motivates me each and every day. 

What Do You See as Our Greatest Strength?

The strengths and assets of our organization, led by a diverse team, are deeply rooted in cultural competence, empathy, and an understanding of the unique challenges faced by various communities. Our diverse staff brings lived experiences that resonate with the communities we serve, allowing us to bridge gaps in understanding and trust. We leverage this cultural insight to tailor our services, making them not only accessible but also relevant and relatable. The diversity within our leadership fosters a rich tapestry of perspectives, ensuring that our programs are inclusive, respectful, and sensitive to the cultural nuances of those we support. This unique combination of cultural competence, lived experiences, and a commitment to inclusivity positions us as a trailblazer in the perinatal mental health field, driving toward a future where equitable support is the norm for every parent.

What Do You Like To Do Outside of Work?

FITNESS! Especially dance fitness. I love to teach a class called VIRAL, where I show popular TikTok moves and we learn and dance for an hour. Participants always tell me their children are so shocked when they see they know the latest moves. But honestly, it’s about having fun and keeping our bodies moving and healthy. Outside of my 6 and 2-year-old keeping me busy, ensuring to get some movement in every day is my happy place.