Meet Shelly 


"Within my practice, I provide inclusive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care that is compassionate, respectful, and culturally appropriate for all clients, parents, babies, and families. I have a personal and professional passion to help people feel empowered, knowledgeable, and confident."

"After a long journey and series of circuitous events (including a brief enlistment in the U. S. Army), I am finally pursuing my dream of becoming a midwife! Currently a 'Phase Two' student at The Midwives College of Utah pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Midwifery, and an apprentice midwife/birth assistant with Trillium Birth Services". 

Shelly also works in partnership with Northwest Ohio Birth Services, Feel The Knead Center for Massage Therapy, Massage Bliss, and Ann Arbor Doulas.

When not at work, you will find Shelly studying for her midwifery degree, assisting community midwives and Doula clients at births, or hanging out with family and friends in the Old West End.


  • BLS, ACLS, and NRP Certified

  • Certified Pre-& Perinatal Massage Therapy

  • Infant Massage

  • Spinning Babies

  • Upper Body Protocols of Myofascial Release (I)

  • Lower Body Protocols of Myofascial Release (II)

  • Full Body Myofascial Release (III)

  • Neuromuscular Therapy (Level I, II, & III)

  • Sports Massage (Level I & II)

  • Birth Doula – DONA International

  • Crystalline Consciousness Technique 

  • Usui Reiki Energy Practitioner

  • Certified Midwife Assistant 

  • Posturology Assessment

  • Homeopathy for the Birth Bag

  • Vaccines & Informed Choices Childbirth Education & Breastfeeding Basics Aromatherapy, Flower Essences, Homeopathy 101

  • Intro to Craniosacral Therapy

  • Reflexology I

  • Shiatsu

  • Soap Documentation



In 2006, I founded and maintained Kneading Time Holistic Therapy Center in Sylvania, Ohio. Together with many of our area’s practitioners, we presented a multi-disciplinary practice that offered nutrition counseling, energy healing, hypnosis, massage therapy, and many educational classes and workshops. One of the most popular events that still exists is the Natural Living Festival and the monthly 'complimentary' education and healing-share events. Unfortunately, the center closed in 2009 but within the next 5-10 years, I intend to re-establish a wellness center focusing on midwifery and holistic practices for all ages and phases of life.


My Philosophy Of Care

As an integrative, holistic birthing practice I recognize that each individual is part of a larger system of influences. This life-course approach addresses the belief that the health and well-being of the pregnant person, and their growing baby cannot be compartmentalized and treated separately, but are always connected and evolving. There are many aspects of a person's overall sense of self, well-being, or attachment to ideas that shape beliefs -often generationally influenced, that affect us on all levels. While honoring your current experience, I acknowledge the past and how it affects your health, your baby's health, and the ability to nurture one's self. 

During every visit, I will ask how you’re feeling, with a commitment to honor your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical state. This intention will be maintained your labor, birth, and the healing postpartum phase of your care. Occasionally, it may be recommended to incorporate additional holistic health practitioners, or modalities (like chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, nutritionist, lactation consultants, etc).  I have a reliable resource network to ensure a referral that provides you with the most comprehensive care available. 

At Kneading Time my commitment is to help you

find and maintain balance,

to help you function

at your personal best.

Contact me for more information

© 2018 Shelly DeMeo

Three location options:

  • Massage Bliss 610 Adams St. Toledo, Ohio  

  • 5166 Monroe St #302, Toledo, Ohio

  • Old West End - Home Office (Established Clients)

(419) 699-2279