About ten toes

why ten toes?

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We want to provide these educational classes to all women and their families in a peaceful, yet powerful and non-judgmental setting.


Originally, classes were not scheduled to start until July 2007. However, advertising through health fairs and referrals by Obstetricians and colleagues encouraged them to start earlier in May 2007.   

Our main office was originally in the heart of New Dorp at 322 New Dorp Lane. We eventually transitioned to 16 Stebbins Ave - a private house with the basement converted to our office and class space. We have been so blessed with the amount of repeat clients and those referred by word of mouth that we we’re only working on private sessions.  However, with increased demand, we are opening up for group classes once again.

our mission and philosophy regarding labor and birth

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  • Fears and concerns of labor and birth can be minimized with childbirth education
  • Every woman is entitled to their desired method of pain relief without question or judgement
  • Breastfeeding is a personal decision that we encourage but will not force

Our Team

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Kathy Lewis

Kathy Lewis, a Staten Island native, graduated from Curtis High School as an LPN in 1986. She then attended SUNY at StonyBrook and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors in Physician Assistant Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. During that time she joined the Army Reserves and completed training as a 92B (Medical Laboratory Technologist) in 1990 and stayed active in the Reserves until 1998.

After completing PA School, she attended a Post-Graduated Residency Program in 1994 in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center/ North Central Bronx Hospital in the Bronx, New York where she performed and assisted in over hundreds of vaginal and cesarean deliveries. Since 1997, she has been employed at Richmond University Medical Center, (formerly St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of Staten Island) as a PA in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

Her Lamaze certification was obtained in May 2003, and since has been providing private classes to clients on Staten Island. She maintains her membership in The American Academy of Physician Assistants and Lamaze International. She graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration in May, 2009. In addition, Kathy became certified to instruct Red Cross First Aid and CPR for Adults/Children/Infants in September 2007 and is Board Certified for Lactation Consultation. She is also a certified American Heart Association Instructor for BLS and Heartsaver courses.

Philosophy of Practice:
Today’s woman strives to be better educated on medical issues that pertain to their-selves and their families. Clients deserve an open, honest, empathetic and practical application of medical based information that can be integrated into their medical care. I believe my ability to listen and provide a clear concise explanation to our clients will keep our classes informative and light-hearted.

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Leslie Potenciano

Leslie Potenciano grew up in Queens, NY. She attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY under a Presidential Scholarship. She was accepted into the accelerated Physician Assistant program where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science Degree along with her Physician Assistant Certification in 1999.

Her Physician Assistant career has always been in the Obstetric and Gynecological field. She initially worked at the Women’s Health Center of Jamaica Hospital and moved on to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where she received much of her training, performing and assisting in hundreds of vaginal and cesarean deliveries. She is currently employed in Richmond University Medical Center (formerly St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center) on Staten Island.

Leslie has always been fascinated with learning and higher education. She pursued her Lamaze Certification in 2003 and has since been holding private Lamaze classes. She graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business Administration in March 2009. She also became a Certified Red Cross Instructor and American Heart Association Instructor for First Aid and CPR for adults, children and infants. She passed her board examination for lactation consultation is now a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Leslie is a member of various medical and business organizations.

Philosophy of Practice:
I believe that all women should expect and be provided premium health services regardless of race, color, nationality or religion. Empathy, compassion, patience, motivation and friendliness are the ideals I teach and practice under. It is my hope that our clients will be comfortable with my style and that they will return for future sessions and/or refer our services to family and friends.