I have over two decades of experience caring for children. I previously served as an affiliate clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Clinical Instructor at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University.

Currently, I am the co-director of The Learning Center at Plant-Based Juniors and teach as an instructor for Stanford’s Healthy Living Program. I am also honored to be a medical contributor for Support + Feed, a non-profit committed to mitigating climate change and increasing food security by driving global demand, acceptance, and accessibility of plant-based food.

In addition to my medical degree, I have a Masters in Public Health and further training in plant-based nutrition and cooking. My growing interest in nutrition and its role in supporting the health and well-being of families has lead me to understand that cooking for our families is a powerful way to not only nourish our bodies but also to nourish our spirits and our connections to one another. Through additional training and extensive research I have come to realize that a plant-centered diet is the foundation for good health, not only for ourselves and our families, but for the world at large.

On a more personal note, after living and working in Cleveland, Ohio for 15 years, my family and I moved to California in the summer of 2014. I love traveling, cooking, and having a long lunch with a good friend. I wear my heart on my sleeve, am most definitely an extrovert (though I love alone time too!), and have more books than I can manage on my bedside table. Most Sundays you can find me at our local farmer’s market in Palo Alto. It’s where I find weekly inspiration for our family meals.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

Johns Hopkins University, BA
Drexel University College of Medicine, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, MPH
American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Rouxbe, Plant Based Professional Cooking Certificatio

MY APPROACH AND PHILOSOPHY

As a mother and pediatrician, my mission is to empower families to thrive. I am dedicated to providing support and guidance to families and communities, offering reliable, evidence-based information that is accessible, informative, and practical.

While all of the recipes I feature are plant-based, I recognize the importance of flexibility and nuance. Families encounter various challenges, from financial constraints to health issues and the daily stresses of life. I understand that we are all doing our best. Even though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eating, moving towards a more plant-centered diet offers a healthy, sustainable, compassionate, and delicious way to nourish our families.

My goal is to make cooking plant-based meals approachable and inviting. I embrace the concept of ‘making the tent as big as possible,’ welcoming everyone to join me in the kitchen and in conversation. Let’s come together to celebrate food, health, and community.

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