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Meet Nathalie Bonafé, PhD

Nathalie is professionally trained to help with end-of-life care planning and coordination, enabling people to live optimally. She uses a holistic scientific approach and offers non-medical, pragmatic, non-judgmental support and resources in times of vulnerability to make people feel in control of their own life.  She acts as a guide, facilitator, navigator, emotional buffer, surrogate daughter or sister. 

 

As a patient advocate, her assistance to both patients and loved-ones is based on their own values, for a precious peace of mind.  Far from being a narrowly-trained specialist, Dr. Bonafé prides herself on being a generalist – the glue that brings and holds all of the support systems together for her clients.  

 

She acts as an adjunct to hospice and palliative care teams, and works with everyone involved, including physicians, family members, attorneys, financial advisors, conservators. 

Insured and bonded, she is Doulagivers®- and NPEC-certified, and a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA).  Further, in addition to being an active direct-care hospice volunteer and a mentor to doulas in training, she gives workshops to educate communities about the importance of advance healthcare planning, and how to support and care for loved ones facing the end of their lives. 

 

Nathalie comes from 25 years' experience in the rigorous field of biomedical science. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology, Biology & Health, from Montpellier Medical School, France, after which she moved to the United States where she conducted collaborative scientific research first at the N.I.H., then at the Yale Medical School, and the last 12 years in the biotech industry.  

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

The Power of Presence

“I could not have been assigned a better mentor than Nathalie. She has been my mentor since Sept. 2018, and continues to offer me her expertise. She epitomizes everything one could look for in a mentor. Her knowledge as an EOL Doula is superior, and she patiently and willingly offers it up. She goes above and beyond to make sure her mentee's have all the necessary tools at their disposal to be sucessful. She will guide you every step of the way. She is my role model, and I will be forever grateful that she took me under her wing.”

— Jill, Certified EOL Doula