Teal considers herself extremely lucky to be getting her degree in SexEd, as she is in the process of completing her Masters of Education of Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. While working on a paper for class, Teal stumbled upon Lotus Blooms and was immediately struck by the store’s educational focus and the passion of the staff and owners, and HAD to join the team! Don’t let her serious background with teens and mental health fool you. More often than not, you’ll hear her laugh before you see her bright red hair.
Favorite Product: Hades Shoes and Boas (cannot pick just one!)
Lauren is the Distribution Manager aka the Toy Wrangler for Lotus Blooms. Their background is in Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Sexuality. When they’re not Bloomin’, they are a Relationship and Sexuality Therapist offering kink-aware, research-based therapy. In their “free time”, they volunteer for the Center for Positive Sexuality, write a biology textbook for therapists, learn mechanics, and have intense conversations about sex toys... you know, for fun.
Favorite Product: Bendable Glass
Alyssa is passionate about creating inclusive, safe, and pretty spaces where everyone can be their most authentic selves. Her goal in everything she does is to help people feel comfortable, empowered, and celebrated in their body. By working in the store and as a full-spectrum doula, she hopes to help people see just how cool their body is. Alyssa is a sex educator and manager at Lotus Blooms. If given an option, its a safe bet she'll choose purple or spicy.
Favorite Product: Je Joue Mimi Soft (purple!)
Rachel has a Bachelors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has spent the past five years working with student, patients, and community members surrounding issues of reproductive and sexual health. When Rachel is not at Lotus Blooms she is usually found trying to achieve the title of “World’s Best Cat Mom”.
Favorite Product: Jimmyjane Form 2
Katie Shepherd, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who has been an educator with Lotus Blooms for almost 3 years. When she's not in the store extolling the benefits of lube, she works in a private practice as an individuals and couples therapist. Her practice is focused on facilitating communication in service of healthier, happier realtionships and sex-lives, as well as providing LGBTQ and kink/poly-friendly therapy. She's passionate about her clients in and out of the store feeling comfortable and actualized in their lives. She's currently completing post-graduate training in sex therapy, and plans to focus on body and trauma work when those studies are complete. When she's not working, she enjoys travelling, baking, yoga, and cuddling with her partner and dog.
Favorite Product: Rope
Helena started working as a sex educator at Lotus Blooms in May of 2016, following her graduation from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is passionate about women and girl's health, LGBTQ advocacy, and all things sex education! She also likes to sing, make and look at art, write poetry, read, and rock climb. She doesn't yet know where life will take her, but will always try to be the change she wishes to see in the world.
Favorite Product: Je Joue G-Kii
Anita is a Sex Educator with Lotus Blooms with her Masters in Social Work. She has experience in preventative health and positive sex education within diverse groups. Often when Anita isn't out and about talking to everyone and anyone promoting and sharing her excitement about pleasurable sexual experiences --- you can find her traveling or enjoying a great glass of wine with a side of life!
Favorite Product: LELO Ina 2
Hancie joined the Lotus Blooms team in September 2016 after looking for a sex positive shop in the DC area. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at American University. In the spring of 2016, she spent the semester in Amsterdam studying international perspectives on gender and sexuality, all while working at feminist-focused shop that tapped into her love for sharing the joys of a healthy sex life. When she isn't at Lotus Blooms, Hancie can be found exploring the museums in DC, seeking out the best new coffee spots, and raving about her favorite lubes.
Samantha joined Lotus Blooms after a career in nonprofits left her feeling disconnected from people. Working as a sex educator gives her the opportunity to help people find pleasure, joy and power in their bodies. When she's not talking enthusiastically about lube in the store, she's completing a graduate degree in Maternal and Child Health, supporting families during birth and postpartum as a doula and placenta encapsulator, being her mom's running buddy, finding good food and singing in the car.
Favorite product(s): Uberlube, Cupid's Arrow Corset