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WHO ARE WE?
We are a private group of dedicated professionals who are parenting specialists in the Los Angeles area with a mission to provide education, support and other imperative services to families.
Dr. Lindsay Heller seeks to promote positive relationships between families and their nannies that create strong, healthy, secure emotional bonds between children and their caregivers that will nurture future meaningful relationships. Dr. Lindsay Heller has been working with families and their nannies for over 10 years. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Heller was a well-respected nanny for over 10 years in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
Allison La Tona
Allison LaTona is a noted parenting consultant and psychotherapist whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. Focusing upon respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long term connections within a supportive community. Allison has fifteen years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's BabygroupTM with Donna Holloran, for nearly a decade. With eleven years "in the trenches" raising two young children, her personal path complements her professional credentials. Allison's empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.
Dr. Bruce Dolin is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of the upcoming book The Privilege of Parenting as well as his Privilege of Parenting blog. He has a private practice in Beverly Hills where he has a sub-specialty of working with parents in the service of their children, in which he draws on experiences ranging from consulting at private schools to working with group home kids and special needs children.
Dr. Esther Hess is a developmental psychologist. She specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with developmental delays and/or regulatory disorders such as autism and Asperger’s Disorder. Dr. Hess is the founder and executive director of Center for the Developing Mind, a multidisciplinary treatment facility for children, adolescents and young adults impacted by developmental delays and/or regulatory disorders in West Los Angeles. Dr. Hess can be contacted through her web site at www.centerforthedevelopingmind.com.
Dr. Jenn Berman is a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills. She works with individuals, couples, families, and children. She does parenting consulations, home visits and currently leads a group for working moms of twins. She is the author of the LA Times best selling books SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids. In May 2011 she will be releasing her first children’s book Rockin' Babies May 2011. Her “Dr. Jenn” parenting column is printed in Los Angeles Family Magazine and five other magazines every month is read by half a million readers ever month. Dr. Jenn is also on the Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine. She has appeared as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and is a regular on The Today Show, The Early Show, and CNN. She hosts a daily call-in advice show called “The Love and Sex Show with Dr. Jenn” on Sirius/XM’s Cosmo Radio 5-7 pm PST. In addition, Dr. Jenn has an eco-friendly clothing line for adults and children called Retail Therapy . All the tees have positive "feel good" messages and are made of organic and recycled materials. Dr. Jenn lives in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters. For more information on go to www.DoctorJenn.com or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/drjenn.com and www.Facebook.com/DrJennBerman.
Kim DeMarchi is the Co-founder of Empowered Parenting, an educational organization dedicated to equipping parents and teachers with tools to better understand children’s actions and provide the guidance necessary to positively discipline children lovingly and effectively. Kim has dedicated the past 2 decades to education. As an elementary teacher, administrator, certified parent educator and coach, and parent of twins, Kim's knowledge and experience coupled with her enthusiasm, humor and empathy, has helped thousands of parents, teachers, therapists and childcare providers in their daily struggles with children, toddlers through teens.
Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from the parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to "teach your kids to be polite." Becoming a mother and giving birth to two daughters, Sydney and Dylan, was the impetus for building a career in manners. Lisa knew that having this knowledge will allow her daughters to grow into confident, self-reliant, social human beings who will always feel comfortable in their own skin and know how to behave in any type of situation. Now her girls are learning the ropes firsthand by watching and interacting with their Manners Guru Mom. As far as honing her own skills, Lisa met etiquette expert, Diane Diehl when she was instructing a class called “Petite Protocol” at the Hotel Bel-Air. Diane had twenty-five years of experience in the etiquette business and took Lisa under her wing and taught her everything she knew. In the Fall of 2006, ready to break out on her own, Lisa founded Beverly Hills Manners, Inc., (“BHM”) an education company dedicated to promoting a new school style of manners and etiquette to both children and adults. Since its inception, Lisa’s philosophy has always been to teach manners in a fun and entertaining way, with a here’s-why-it’s-relative-to-you approach, that has proven to be a hit with both kids and their parents. Over the years, BHM has partnered with leading brand names to spread the word – from American Girl Place and the Montage in Beverly Hills to the famed Hotel Bel-Air and the Four Seasons-Westlake Village. Most recently she was approached by Tiffany & Co. in Beverly Hills to enhance their brand by collaborating on in-store and special events. Her straightforward and doable advice has been featured on CNN, NPR, KTLA and “The Today Show” and in popular publications from USA Today and the New York Post to Woman’s Day magazine. Her contributions to blogs and websites range from the Los Angeles Times, AOL and The Huffington Post to SheKnows.com and MomLogic.com, as well as numerous parenting websites including ParentsAsk, Momversation, New Parent and Buttoned Up. Lisa has been a guest expert on a number of reality shows including “Charm School” on VH1, “Living with Ed” for the Discovery Channel and the soon to be aired “Mrs. Anka’s New PA”. Lisa has established herself as the go-to-gal for all things manners in Los Angeles. This hard-earned status led to an opportunity to create a six week pilot etiquette program for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. In between work engagements, Lisa donates her time providing etiquette instruction to organizations such as Aviva Family and Children’s Services and countless local schools for their fundraising efforts. She is also a committee member for P.S. Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to providing arts education to underprivileged schools. Her popular etiquette parties continue to provide a much needed purpose for celebration in uncertain times. In the fall of 2009, after almost eight years of working in her field, Lisa furthered her education by enrolling in The Protocol School of Washington, the first and only nationally accredited school to meet the high standards set by the ACCET and the US Department of Education. She received her certification as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant. Lisa is a native New Yorker who was raised in Beverly Hills. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and currently resides in Beverly Hills with her entertainment attorney husband and two young daughters. www.beverlyhillsmanners.com
Melanie Prager is the Co-founder of Empowered Parenting, an educational organization dedicated to equipping parents and teachers with tools to better understand children’s actions and provide the guidance necessary to positively discipline children lovingly and effectively. Melanie is certified in multiple approaches to parent education, including Positive Discipline (PD), Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB), and has completed level one training in Reflective Parenting. Melanie, who is now a mother of three children, is also a former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney who worked in the juvenile justice system.
Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc. and is recognized as a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education. She is certified as a Child Safety Educator and Child Visitation Monitor, and has been working in the field of child advocacy for over ten years. As a former preschool teacher, Pattie blends her expertise as an educator and, more importantly as a MOM, to teach parents and kids every where the most effective, up-to-date safety strategies WITHOUT using fear tactics. Admired for her positive approach and warm, compassionate style, Pattie has created her unique brand of “Safe-Smarts” which parents and children are embracing across the country. Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc. Pattie worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy agency, Parents For Megan’s Law. Her published work has appeared in newspapers, parenting magazines, and trade journals throughout the United States, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, KCBS, KABC and KNBC news as well as countless national radio programs. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California. For more information, please visit www.safelyeverafter.com
Stephanie Meyer is a doctoral-level child clinical/developmental psychologist in the LA area specializing in comprehensive assessment of infant through preschool-age children. She is a frequent presenter to parents and professionals on topics related to early child development, and is Vice President of the Los Angeles Parenting Specialists Network. Dr. Meyer also provides research consultation to companies developing educational products and children's media programming. Dr. Meyer received her doctoral degree from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, conducted her dissertation research at the National Institute of Mental Health, and completed a child psychology internship and research fellowship at UCLA. Most recently, she held a faculty position in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. After taking two years off when her daughter Lucy was born, Dr. Meyer started a private practice through which she offers specialty services related to varied aspects of early child development, including testing for giftedness and developmental differences. Dr. Meyer also works closely with pediatricians and psychiatrists in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with attentional difficulties by monitoring the effectiveness of various forms of intervention through the use of computerized attention testing.