Nkem NdefoPresident, Director of Certification,
The Resilience Toolkit Certification Trainer

Nkem Ndefo is the founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit. She is a skilled practitioner, dynamic speaker, and valued strategist. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.

Her career began in the late 1980’s, providing community health education to distressed populations including IV drug users and youth in foster care. She witnessed intense suffering in these communities; her desire to relieve this suffering spurred her pursuit for the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to bring health at its deepest level to all age groups.

Licensed as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Nkem holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies, including Level 3 certification in Tension/Trauma Release Exercises and Level 5 certification in Emotional Transformation Therapy.

As a clinician, Nkem has worked in settings ranging from large volume hospitals to mobile community clinics. She founded and operated a full scope midwifery and homebirth practice from 2000-2007. And she has maintained a small holistic private practice in Los Angeles since 2007.

She worked for California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative researching maternal death outcomes and served on the Los Angeles County Trauma-and Resilience-Informed Systems Change Initiative Workgroup. Currently she is an advisor to Trauma Informed LA (formerly the Trauma-Informed Task Force of Greater Los Angeles).

Nkem provides:

  • Private sessions
  • Group facilitation
  • Program planning, implementation, and evaluation for agencies and organizations
  • Holistic critical incident management
  • Certification curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Conference presentations and speaking engagements
  • Consultation and subject matter expertise
  • Community engagement
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Location: Northeast Los Angeles

Schedule an appointment with Nkem

New clients: If this is your first appointment, please contact the office at info@lumostransforms.com or 323.254.7775. Online scheduling is available only for existing clients and trainees.


  • As Social Entrepreneurs, our members are driven by making a positive impact in their community and in their business practices. Nkem Ndefo's instruction acted as a catalyst for our members to recognize not only the role of trauma in their own lives but the role trauma plays in the communities they serve. They came away from the trauma-informed workshop inspired and energized.

    Anastasia Butler, Board Member of Social Enterprise Alliance  Los Angeles
    Anastasia Butler, Board Member of Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles
  • Nkem has an amazing combination of bright clarity softened by attunement and the ability to provide a connective container for her students. Maybe it’s a midwife thing - she knows you can’t have the baby for someone, so it’s paramount that she give the client/student the sense that they can do it and that she is here with them and yet they need to step up in whatever way (or slow down and pay attention). She does it beautifully.

    Hilary Stripp, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy practitioner
    Hilary Stripp, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy practitioner Victoria, Australia
  • Nkem is a super mentor. Simultaneously, she was able to enlighten, encourage, instruct, inspire, and support me in my journey to become more capable as a TRE practitioner. In my experience, the quality of Nkem's counsel is rare indeed and I feel so fortunate to learn from and work with her.

    Nan Ayers, Certified TRE® Provider, Certified Pilates Instructor
    Nan Ayers, Certified TRE® Provider, Certified Pilates Instructor Richmond, CA
  • Nkem Ndefo, CNM, is a gifted speaker who not only educates, but truly motivates! She not only delivers information that is beneficial to providers who care for women who have experienced stress and trauma, but cleverly has participants “take a selfie” to reflect on their personal areas of stress and unreleased tension. I was floored to think that my own unresolved tension and trauma could affect the relationship with my patients and potentially influence their health outcomes. Nkem’s message that we must learn to release tension/trauma is a critical one for providers, therapists, and, frankly, for any person desirous of healthy personal and professional relationships.

    Ruth T. Mielke, PhD, CNM, WHNP, Assistant Professor, California State University Fullerton, School of Nursing
    Ruth T. Mielke, PhD, CNM, WHNP, Assistant Professor, California State University Fullerton, School of Nursing Pasadena, CA