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Lisa Thornton, MD

Pediatrician and Infant Nutrition Expert

Dr. Lisa Thornton is a mom and a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with disabilities. She is passionate about providing reliable health information for families and believes that childhood is the best time to develop good habits for the body and mind. Dr. Lisa has practiced medicine in a busy clinical setting for more than 15 years, has lectured widely, and provides health commentary for network morning shows and various other media outlets. Her friendly, engaging, straightforward style makes health information accessible whether she's talking to a private patient or a network audience. Aside from raising her own children, Dr. Lisa's next greatest passion is partnering with parents to help them guide their children to the best life possible.

Dr. Lisa is the founder and director of C.A.M.P. Schwab (Children with Adapted Mobility Play), whose mission is to encourage athletic participation among children with disabilities. She has lectured at academic institutions (Fisk University, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of Chicago), corporations (Boeing, Kraft Foods, National Association for Black Journalists, Safeway, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation),and for the Michigan Legislature. She has led audiences to a greater understanding of a variety of topics including childhood obesity, childhood disability, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness.

Dr. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency at Children's Memorial Hospital Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

Author and Registered Dietician

Elizabeth Ward is a registered dietitian, freelance writer and mother of three. Her latest book is MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better: Decoding the Dietary Guidelines for Your Real Life. Ward is also the author of Expect The Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler. Ward is a contributing writer for Men's Fitness magazine, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and WebMD.

As a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for nearly 10 years, Ward was featured in nearly 1,000 print and broadcast interviews, including CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. She has also been a guest on The Today Show and The Dr. Oz Show and regularly appears live on the Morning News on Fox 25 in Boston.

Ward created and conducted corporate nutrition education programs for five years at Medical Care Affiliates in Boston, where she also counseled patients. She has worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the American Heart Association, and for seven years counseled children and adults about healthy eating and disease prevention at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.

Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD

Author and Chief Pediatrician of RealAge

Pediatrician Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD - known to her patients as Dr. Jen – is a mom who serves as chief pediatric officer of RealAge. She is a nationally recognized parenting expert and the author of Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children and The Smart Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses and Accidents: Expert Answers to the Questions Parents Ask Most. Dr. Jen has practiced pediatric and adolescent medicine for more than 15 years and maintains a successful private practice in New York City.

Dr. Jen is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has appeared on NBC's Today show and CNN's Headline News and has been widely interviewed by magazines and newspapers and on the radio. She has written articles on various health and parenting topics, including child development and childhood obesity. She and her husband live just outside of New York City, where they are raising their three children.

Dr. Jen earned her undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition, as well as her MD, from Cornell University.

William Petri, MD

Pediatric Medical Researcher, University of Virginia

Dr. William Petri is the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University. In addition, he is president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Petri majored in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and received medical and philosophy degrees at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He returned to the University of Virginia as a fellow in the infectious diseases division headed by Gerald Mandell, MD.

James Sutphen, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Switching Formula Study Author

Dr. James Sutphen founded the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at University of Virginia in 1981 and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Virginia. He is certified by and was a past national chair of the Sub-Board for Pediatric Gastroenterology of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sutphen completed his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University, earned his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the Children's Hospital, Harvard University Medical School.

Anthony Kovatch, MD

Pediatrician and Infant Feeding Expert

Anthony Kovatch, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to attend medical school at Hahnemann Medical College, which is now part of Drexel University. He continued his pediatric training at Pediatric Cornell North Shore University Hospital and served a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. For the past 30 years, he has been a practicing pediatrician in Pittsburgh and is currently working at Pediatric Alliance.

Barbara Dehn

Author and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Barb Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, award winning author, and a nationally recognized health expert. She holds a BS from Boston College and earned her Master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco. An in demand and popular national speaker on all aspects of women’s health, she also lectures at Stanford and is a frequent health expert on television. She has appeared on CBS, ABC, CNN, Good Morning America Now and NBC’s iVillageLive.

Barb started her own health publishing company, Blue Orchid Press, LLC to “Empower Women with Information.” She writes and publishes this series of innovative and award-winning women’s health guides with titles ranging from Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Fertility, Healthy Bones and Menopause. The Blue Orchid Guides are used by millions of women across the country.

She practices with Women Physicians in the heart of Silicon Valley. She has over 20 years experience listening to and caring for women. She’s helped countless women and couples navigate their way through infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. She’s adept at listening, validating and explaining complicated health matters in a straightforward, easy to understand, warm and friendly style.

Consumer Advisory

Sandra Gordon

Author and Consumer Savings Expert

Sandra Gordon writes frequently about baby products, saving money, health and nutrition for books, leading consumer magazines and Websites including,, Parents, Vitality, Prevention, Family Circle, American Profile and Harvard Medical School. She has appeared on NBC's Today Show and as a baby safety expert on The Discovery Health Channel's "Make Room for Baby." She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two daughters. She's the author of nine books, including Consumer Reports Best Baby Products (the 8th, 9th and 10th editions) and Save a Bundle: 50+ Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear.

Michelle LaRowe

Author, Nanny, and Working Mom Expert

Michelle is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year. A career nanny specializing in caring for twins, Michelle has been partnering with parents in raising their children since 1994.

Although she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a certificate in pastoral studies, she has enjoyed her work as a professional nanny and now as an industry expert, parenting author and consultant.

Michelle is an active member of the nanny community and has served on the board of directors and as vice president of the International Nanny Association. She currently serves as editor in chief of Longhorn Leads, parent company of and as the executive director of their award-winning nanny placement agency, Morningside Nannies. Michelle is called on by the media as a parenting expert and has appeared on local, national and international television and radio and has been featured in print. She is also a national speaker, bringing a message of hope and empowerment to moms groups across the nation.

Michelle is the author of the Nanny to the Rescue! parenting series, Working Mom's 411 and A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists. She and her husband Jeff, reside on Cape Cod with their daughter Abigail and their son Luke.

Jill Smokler

"Scary Mommy" Author and Parenting/Working Mom Expert

Jill Smokler is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of A Scary Mommy (April 2012) and Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) (April 2013) as well as the owner all things Scary Mommy.

Jill's honest take on parenting has appeared in numerous publications and on television programs, including The Today Show, The New York Times, Good Morning America,Nightline and CNN. The website averages more than 3 million page views a month and the Scary Mommy Twitter feed keeps more than 310,000 followers entertained daily, including Tori Spelling, Nicole Richie, Cynthia McFadden, Holly Robinson Peete and President Obama. The Scary Mommy Facebook page boasts more than 90,000 active fans.

In February of 2011, The Scary Mommy Confessional was born. The Confessional offers a private and totally anonymous forum where moms and dads can spill their juicy secrets, their fears and more. Since its launch, the Scary Mommy Confessional has already garnered more than 340,000 confessions from women and men looking to tell somebody that secret that is eating them up inside. The Scary Mommy Community is a vibrant and thriving meeting place for over 10,000 moms, where we discuss everything from their fussy babies, to biggest pre-baby regrets to nightmare mother-in-laws.

Jill lives in Baltimore with her college sweetheart and three kids (Lily, 9, Ben, 7 and Evan, 5.)

Crystal Paine

"Money Saving Mom" Author and Consumer Savings Expert

Crystal Paine is married and the mother of three children (Kathrynne, Kaitlynn, and Silas. Crystal is a homeschool graduate and sister to six. She credits her financial savvyness to her parents.

Crystal's Frugal Journey
Crystal was introduced to couponing by her mom who made Crystal, her first coupon organization box, and gave her a copy of Miserly Moms. Growing up, Crystal was also charged with grocery shopping, menu-planning, and cooking for her family of nine.

When Crystal and her husband first married they were living on a beans-and-rice budget in order to stay out of debt while he went through law school. Crystal thrived on coming up with creative ways to pinch pennies. Crystal claims she didn't always enjoy barely making ends meet, but she loved the thrill of getting the best bang for her buck.

One way they saved thousands of dollars during those lean years was to keep their grocery and household products budget to $35 a week. Crystal spent at least a few hours each week becoming proficient in "couponese" and playing the "Drug Store Game."

Several years ago, Crystal briefly shared a bit about bargain-shopping on a former blog of hers. She was quickly inundated with questions on how her family managed to live on such a small grocery budget.

The questions kept coming despite writing a blog series, an ebook, and an ecourse on the subject of Supermarket Savings. As time marched on and the questions, requests, and emails continued to pour in, was born! In less than a year, quickly became one of the highest-trafficked personal finance blogs on the web.

Thanks in part to the revenue earned from advertising and affiliate sales on MoneySavingMom and the fact that Crystal and husband, Jesse stayed out of debt during law school, they were able to save up enough to pay 100% down for our first home near the end of 2009. The couple has now committed to give 100% of the proceeds from private ad sales to Compassion International and Show Hope.

Jamie Richardson

Author, Huffington Post Blogger, and Mom

Jamie Anne Richardson is an author and mother of three living in a Dallas suburb. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Faith Village, Babble, and Wow! Women on Writing. She is a blogger for Huffington Post and a Distinguished Voices columnist for Dallas Morning News. You can connect with her on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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