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Child Acting Coach 
Exceptionally versed in the business of Hollywood, Ellen is highly respected children's acting, staging, and improv coach. She is also mother to two of the most talented and sought after young Hollywood actors of today, Vanessa Marano, who currently stars on "Switched At Birth," and Laura Marano, best known for her starring role as Ally on Disney's "Austin and Ally."
Emily Klaparda has a B.S. in Interior Architecture and worked in the corporate design world for many years. After her children came into the picture, Emily turned her love of all things design into a creative outlet for designing parties and event. Emily's award winning designs have been published by many party blogs, as well as printed publications. Elegant, classic, and minimal, you will be inspired by Emily's creativity!
Sarah Pollak of Mom's The Word clothing boutiques Sarah's love for fashion is focused in pregnancy and post pregnancy style. With boutiques in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles, Sarah caters both to the celebrity set and to every woman, teaching you how to embrace your new and growing body, all the while looking and feeling your best from the bump and beyond!
Stacy Rappaport-Thomes 
Stacy truly believes that in today's chaotic world, organization is your key to success. Luckily for us, Stacy has always been obsessed with organizing. With a professional background in television production and development (for companies such as The Jim Henson Co., Saban and Fox), Stacy has always been uber organized and excelled at organizing projects and people. In 2009, Stacy created Strive to Organize out of her sheer passion for helping people simplify their lives. She loves to help empower people to achieve their dream of living in a clutter-free, functional environment.


Lisa Tiano, MomPersonal & Inner-Star Girl
With a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and having worked in excess of 15 years with children and families, Lisa has found that parents and their pre-teen/teen daughters commonly address the same issues- the desire to “fit in” with their peers, moodiness, needing privacy, expressing concern for their physical appearance, challenging the rules of their parents and others in the world, academic pressures, and the obsession with social media – pretty much the entire gamut of young adulthood!

Kim Saunders

Musician, entertainer, classically trained pianist, guitarist, and music teacher, "Miss" Kim is a beloved children's music aficionado in Los Angeles. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, she completed a year of post graduate work in Music Composition and Music Teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She then received Children's Music Specialist training at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and teaches both at the preschool and elementary school level.

Mara Beck, Speech & Language Pathologist. 
A Double major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders from Arizana State University, Mara completed her Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Her expertise is in Speech Language Pathology and has worked extensively in medical, school and home settings for over 18 years, specializing in early intervention and school aged pediatric speech and language concerns.
Dr. Elena Rumack is amongst a select few of Board-Certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She has been providing exceptional care to infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs since 2002.  She believes that part being a good pediatric dentist means focusing on preventative dentistry. After obtaining her DDS degree from UCLA and completing one year of General Practice Residency, she returned to UCLA to complete another residency specializing in Pediatric Dentistry. She is currently a Lecturer and provides clinical instruction at the UCLA Department of Pediatric Dentistry, teaching both pediatric residents and dental students. Dr. Elena is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Society, California Dental Society, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, and the Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children

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Chef Beth holds a Master of Public Health degree, a degree in Dietetics, certification in Childhood Weight Management and in Adult Weight Management. 
A registered dietitian, she also graduated from professional culinary school and teaches cooking classes emphasizing easy, nutritious family meals.  She was a writer and editor at Muscle & Fitness HERS magazine.   
Dr. Lauren, ob/gyn, is Yale
educated, Board Certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology whose patients can ask her ANYTHING! 

Dr. Lauren appears as a regular on the Hallmark Channel Home and Family Show. 
Jen Levinson - This super-mom of 5 boys does it all!  In addition to being founder and author of the super popular ‘Jen’s List’ daily newsletter and blog
reaching thousands of subscribers daily, Jen is Parent Faculty Association President at a popular L.A. elementary school and a stay at home mom to her 5 boys including TWO SETS of identical twins.   
Bette Alkazian is a world class Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent and Family Coach who is featured in Parenting Magazine and on Good Morning America.  

​For more than 20 years she has been helping parents fill their parenting "tool belts" and empowering families to be the best that they can be.  
Patricia Friberg specializes in pre and post-natal Pilates, Spinning, Kickboxing, Step, BOSU, Body Pump, Circuit, Outdoor Boot Camp and Yoga programs designed to be safe and healthy for women of all fitness levels and in all trimesters of pregnancy. 

​Patricia trains players in the NBA and NFL, teaches at Harpo Studios and contributes to Shape Magazine.
Dr. Tanya, pediatrician, is a best-selling author, network television parenting expert, entertainment industry consultant and American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson.  UCLA trained, Dr. Tanya is a child health expert for numerous talk shows and news programs, including The Today Show, The View, KTLA Morning News and Dr. Oz. 
Imagine calling your best girlfriends every time you need parenting advice.  

​Now imagine that your best girlfriends are among the most world’s most valued parenting experts!


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