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The Parents Expert Review Board is made up of a diverse group of recognized experts with up-to-date credentials and certifications, a science-backed view of health and parenting topics, and a passion for sharing accurate information with the masses. With their help, the Parents editorial team can make sure the very best, unbiased parenting information gets into the hands of millions of users and helps create impactful, positive change.

Read on to learn more about the skilled members of the Parents Expert Review Board.

Pediatrics

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Mona Amin, D.O.
Pediatrician

Mona Amin, D.O., is a pediatrician, mom, and creator of The New Mom’s Survival Guide based in Florida. She works in private practice and, through her brand Pedsdoctalk, her goal is to provide relatable and easy-to-digest education for the modern parent regarding the health and wellness of their child. 

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Antwon Chavis, M.D
Pediatrician

Antwon Chavis, M.D., is the assistant professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has experience providing comprehensive and evidence-based medical services to children from birth through adolescence.

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David L. Hill, M.D.
Pediatrician

Dr. Hill has been practicing pediatrics in the outpatient and inpatient settings since 1998. He has written and edited three books for the American Academy of Pediatrics, including the best-selling Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the North Carolina Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics, most recently on the AAP Council Management Committee. Dr. Hill has a long career in broadcasting as well, currently co-hosting the AAP's flagship podcast, Pediatrics on Call.

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Wendy L. Hunter, M.D.
Pediatrician

Wendy Hunter, M.D., is an associate physician at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in La Jolla, California. She was formerly an associate professor at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine and worked as a general pediatrician in the emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

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Dr. Natalie Muth
Natalie D. Muth, M.D.
Pediatrician and Registered Dietitian

Dr. Muth is a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in Carlsbad, California, founder and director of the WELL Clinic, which helps children and families optimize health, and an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA where she teaches an introductory nutrition course. Dr. Muth is an award-winning author, having published several books for parents including The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes and How to Raise Healthy Eaters: Starting Solids.

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Emergency Medicine & Public Health

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Monika Goyal, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist

Monika Goyal, M.D., MSCE, is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist and associate chief, director of academic affairs and research in the division of emergency medicine at Children's National Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Varuna Srinivasan
Sexual Health Consultant

Varuna Srinivasan is a gender justice activist, writer, and sexual health consultant. They are also co-chair of the Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale University, which focuses on contemporary issues affecting women and gender minorities surrounding mental health, as well as a published writer on intersectional feminism, reproductive health, gender, and sexuality.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pregnancy, Doula

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Yamel Belen, R.N., CLC
Registered Nurse, Professional Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor

Yamel Belen is a registered nurse with over a decade of experience in pediatrics, a professional doula, a certified lactation counselor, as well as a certified childbirth educator based in Tampa, Florida.

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Iya Mystique Faodugun, M.S., CFSD, CBS, CLE, CBE
Full-Spectrum Birth Worker and Student Midwife

Iya Mystique Hargrove is a full-spectrum birth worker, member of the Queer Doula Network, and student midwife at Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. They have served as a midwifery school instructor, lactation educator, childbirth educator, doula/birth work trainer, guest lecturer, and workshop facilitator specializing in the topics of trauma-informed care, inclusivity, intersectionality, anti-Blackness, and LGBTQIA+ advocacy.

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Shieva Ghofrany, M.D.
OB-GYN

Shieva Ghofrany, M.D., is a board-certified OB-GYN in Stamford, Connecticut with 23 years of experience as a physician caring for people of varied ages, genders, races, sexual orientations, sizes, and insurances.

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Kiarra King, M.D., FACOG
OB-GYN

Kiarra King, M.D., is a Chicago-based physician who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She believes that education is empowerment and actively works to ensure her patients and community are informed.

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Lulu Zhao, M.D.
OB-GYN

Lulu Zhao, M.D., FACOG, FASAM is a board-certified OB-GYN with advanced training in women's mental health. Dr. Zhao is the assistant professor of OB-GYN and psychiatry and part of the reproductive psychiatry team at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland. She's also the director of the RISE-Moms Perinatal Addiction Clinic, a contributor to the National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry (NCRP), and a former board member of the North American Board of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG).

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Mental Health

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Wayne Fleisig, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Wayne Fleisig, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Birmingham, Alabama and has been working with children and parents for close to 30 years.

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Janet Taylor, M.D.
Psychiatrist

Janet Taylor, M.D., MPH has been an adult psychiatrist for more than 30 years with a specialty in Community Psychiatry and working in under-resourced areas. An expert in urban mental health and wellness, her passion has been teaching parents how to utilize their own strengths and backgrounds to make them more aware of their children's psychological development and enhance their communication.

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Stacey R. Younge, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Stacey Younge is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in the mental health field for 15 years. She conducts trainings for a variety of nonprofit organizations on topics such as community and self-care, trauma, and youth engagement. Stacey owns Sixth Street Wellness, a group private practice in NYC specializing in trauma, anxiety, and depression.

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Dermatology

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Kim Nichols, M.D.
Dermatologist

Kim Nichols, M.D., is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in private practice in Fairfield, CT. She is also the author of "The Book of Skin," which she self-published in 2021.

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Jody Alpert Levine, M.D.
Dermatologist

Jody A. Levine, M.D., is the director of dermatology at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. Prior to co-founding the practice, Dr. Levine worked in private practice in Manhattan, was the medical director of a medical spa in Brooklyn, and served as head of pediatric dermatology at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Currently, Dr. Levine is an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, as well as an associate adjunct surgeon at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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Nutrition

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Jill Castle, M.S., RDN
Pediatric Dietitian

Jill Castle, M.S., RDN, is a child nutrition expert, pediatric dietitian, owner of Jill Castle Nutrition, and author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters From High Chair to High School. She previously served as a clinical pediatric dietitian at both Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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Allergy

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Michael Pistiner, M.D.
Allergist

Michael Pistiner, M.D., is director of food allergy advocacy, education, and prevention for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Food Allergy Center in Boston. He has a special interest in food allergy and anaphylaxis education and advocacy, infant food allergy management and prevention, and maintaining quality of life in children and families with food allergies.

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Education & Development

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Heather Clarke
Educator, Disability Advocate, and Parent Coach

Heather Clarke is an educator, disability advocate, lecturer, and parent coach. She's the founder and CEO of The Learning Advocate and she also serves as an adjunct professor of special education and elementary education and early childhood development and education at Brooklyn College and Queen's College, CUNY, as well as an adjunct professor of special education at New York University.

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Sleep

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Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D.
Pediatric Sleep Expert

Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., DBSM, is the associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University. Dr. Mindell has written extensively on pediatric sleep disorders and has been on the board of directors of the National Sleep Foundation, a foundation established to educate the public about sleep and sleep disorders, as well as for the Sleep Research Society.

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