GOLD Speakers


Akane Sugimoto Storey, MSc, CPM, RSME

  • Speaker Type: 2024 Main Presentations
  • Country: USA

Akane Sugimoto Storey (she/her) is a midwife and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). As a mechanism to promote change, Somatic Movement invites creating space for the nuances and perceptions of the body from within. Akane believes her experiences as a mixed heritage and race U.S.- Asian- and- Latin- American, and her lifelong love of movement, brought her into Somatics.

Akane has found vast opportunities to apply training from the Eastwest Somatics Institute (USA) and Upledger Institute (Mexico) to clinical care, clinical instruction, and beyond. Her professional experience includes provision of full-scope midwifery care, pre-service and in-service clinical education, advocacy, and accompaniment in post-conflict settings.

For many years, Akane led care at Luna Maya Midwifery in Chiapas, Mexico. Most recently, she has provided instruction and clinical direction at the National Midwifery Institute, a direct entry midwifery learning program; and, through the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), implemented programming to strengthen clinical competencies and the midwifery model in Afghanistan. Akane has a B.A. in International Studies; an MSc with Distinction in Maternal and Infant Health; and, with strong aspirations to shift systems and structures to become conducive and enabling for midwives, is eager to begin her Doctor in Global Heath Leadership and Practice (DrGH) this Fall.