Meet the People Parents Expert Squad! Doctors and Pros Who Have All the Answers

From concerns about milestones and maternity care to healthy eating and play, this crew knows everything

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Courtesy Melissa Halas-Liang

Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founder of SuperKids Nutrition, a mega site for kids' and family nutrition. Melissa has more than 20 years of diverse experience in clinical care, nutrition management, nutrition counseling, nutrition education, brand and product promotion, media and writing. She is also the creator of the Super Crew®, who get their powers from healthy foods and motivate young children to develop healthy eating habits from an early age! SuperKids Nutrition educates families that cancer prevention starts in youth, through its partnership in the Healthy Kids Today, Prevent Cancer Tomorrow campaign with the American Institute for Cancer Research. Halas-Liang is a past panel expert on Childhood Obesity for TedMed and current media representative for the California Dietetic Association. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.

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Courtesy Lani Hessen

Lani Hessen is a pediatric occupational therapist with advanced training in Sensory Integration and Clinical Supervision. Lani is also the owner and director of a San Francisco-based child development clinic, Kidspace, where she and her team of therapists are dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with a wide range of developmental challenges, including autism, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders and many other diagnoses. Through the Fenixia Foundation, Hessen and co-founder Lisa Valerio (among others), work to bring resources and support to children and families in areas otherwise lacking services for special needs kids, particularly in the Philippines.

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Thomas M.Kubik/Courtesy Elizabeth Sjoblom

Elizabeth Sjoblom RN, BSN and IBCLC, has worked for more than 13 years in maternal child medicine as a labor and delivery nurse while also working as an educator of breastfeeding, newborn care and childbirth. Appreciating the bumpy road many new parents travel while learning to care for their newborn, she began to practice as a lactation consultant in 2010. She currently works in a Chicago-based private practice, Lactation Partners, with two amazing women with my same passion for supporting new families. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, trying new wines and spending time with her two sons, her husband and their new dog, Milo.

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Courtesy Dr. Daniel Weissbluth

Dr. Daniel Weissbluth is a board certified general pediatrician and the founder of the Weissbluth Pediatrics Group. He is an instructor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and one of his main interests is helping families of young infants and toddlers get better sleep. He coauthored Sleep Consult with Dr. Marc Weissbluth (the author of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins) and regularly gives talks on this topic. "Dr. Dan" lives (and sleeps!) in Chicago.

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Courtesy Jamie Yaeger

Jami Yaeger is the owner of AustinBorn, a community for modern families offering comprehensive education and professional support. She is birth and postpartum doula and Lactation Educator Counselor (University of California San Diego), and is an active member of a movement to improve the maternal healthcare system in the U.S.

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Courtesy Dr. Sara Swift

Dr. Sara Swift is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she did her undergraduate studies in nutrition. She received her medical degree from Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, following which she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is currently practicing full scope obstetrics and gynecology in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with an interest in woman centered care and minimally invasive surgery. In addition to practicing obstetrics and gynecology, she teaches our next generation of doctors at the Medical College of Wisconsin-St. Norbert campus.

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Courtesy Helen L Egger

Dr. Helen Egger is the Arnold Simon Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health and the Director of the NYU Langone Child Study Center. Previously, she was Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and Director of the Early Childhood Research Program in the Duke Center for Developmental Epidemiology. Dr. Egger is a child psychiatrist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the developmental epidemiology and developmental neuroscience of early childhood psychiatric symptoms and disorders with a focus on anxiety and other emotional disorders. She also collaborates with pediatric mental health experts, computer engineers, software developers and data scientists to develop apps for parents that use automatic computer vision, interactive design, and machine-learning analytics to screen and monitor young children's behavior and social emotional development in their homes, schools, and communities.

Her team released the first pediatric Apple ResearchKit app, Autism & Beyond, in the fall of 2015 in the US with additional releases in South Africa, Argentina, Turkey and Singapore this upcoming year. Dr. Egger's goal is to encode in apps the clinical and scientific knowledge within the NYU Langone Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the field of child psychiatry so as to extend clinical and scientific expertise to children and families who do not have access to this knowledge or to mental health care. Her team is currently developing an app for picky eating.

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Jessica Litman is the founder, lead organizer and creative director of the professional organizing company and blog The Organized Mama. Over the past 5 years The Organized Mama has been teaching families how to lead neater and calmer lives, one drawer at a time. With a background in teaching, she loves showing families how to live an organized life. And, with two little kiddos at home, she understands how to create functional and aesthetically pleasing organizational systems for families. The Organized Mama has worked with brands including Lowe's Home Improvement, Sherwin Williams, The Container Store and Wayfair.

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