Tell us about your family: I married my husband Bruce almost 26 years ago. He saw me through medical applications and I made the choice to stay in LA to go to school and be with him. Our son Max was born my senior year at USC Medical School and was 9 months old when I graduated. Bruce stayed home to raise Max, and I started my career. After Max graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, Bruce and I both retired to enjoy our empty nest. We are lucky to have his family here in southern California, and the majority of my friends from San Francisco have relocated here- forming the perfect support network for us.
Tell us about your company:
MD MOMS was started by my business partner, colleague and friend Diane Truong, and I, 8 years ago after we couldn’t find appropriate solutions for skin care issues in the baby section. We set about to create a brand that was supported by our clinical knowledge, our respect for science, and our experience as mothers. MD MOMS Baby Silk was born, and alive and well. We have received several parent and press awards, but most importantly, have received the seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association for our core products. A big part of our mission is to raise awareness and dollars for Children’s Charities - and currently we are doing that for United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles - helping fund the UCPlay program that brings art services and floor time to children with autism, developmental and psychological disabilities in our local school systems.
What advice would you give moms about raising healthy eaters?
Give your child real food as soon as possible, and don’t be afraid to add herbs and seasonings to make it tasty. Stay flexible when your child turns 2-3, and rejects a previously wonderful diet - they will eventually circle back. Eat at the table, not on the go, and if you can grow a little of your food, with your children’s help, you’ll be surprised how invested they are in what they water!
What’s your favorite vegetable and your favorite way to cook it?
Broccolini - steamed until bright green, add a little lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper - delicious!
When nobody is watching, what is your favorite treat?
What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you?
Always believe you can do ANYTHING, and then do it.
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