Featured Guests

Paying tribute to Guests featured on Eczemablues.com – because they have been very helpful and generous with their time, keeping parents more informed about helping their children with eczema!

Doctor Guests

Dr Donald J Davidson MBChB PhD is the MRC Senior Research Fellow and University of Edinburgh Senior Lecturer. The Davidson Group within the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research focuses on understanding the physiological importance of cationic host defence peptides (CHDP) to host defences against bacterial and viral infections. Dr Davidson is a medical graduate of the University of Edinburgh who chose to pursue a scientific research career. He completed a PhD at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, studying the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis lung disease, then was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travelling Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral training in innate immunity research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. You can read more of his research interests here. Dr Davidson helped to explain more about his latest published study on skin natural defences against staphylococcus aureus bacteria here.

I also wish to thank Jen Middleton Ph.D, the Press and PR Officer at University of Edinburgh for facilitating the interview with Dr Davidson. It is always encouraging to see universities and research centers responding to public queries on their studies, and raising awareness of the research interests and findings.

Dr Steve Xu MD MSc, who is currently a 2nd year dermatology resident at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He earned his MD from Harvard as a Soros Fellow, and a Masters in Health Policy and Finance from The London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar. He completed a BS in bioengineering at Rice University. For his academic interests, Steve is focused on consumer education and the intersection between health policy and clinical medicine. His publications have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, and PLOS Medicine garnering broad press attention from sources such as CNN, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. Dr Steve has created a web resource for patients with eczema and contact dermatitis at itchyrash.org. See also Dr Steve’s publications at the end of the 1st part interview with him on Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)AAD is the largest and most influential dermatology group in the US and active in skin education and awareness through social media. For the AAD A:Z video series, I’m privileged and grateful that AAD and the respective dermatologists made the following Q&A for the following videos available:

Dr Lawrence F. Eichenfield, M.D., who is the Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology of Rady’s Pediatric Eczema Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Eichenfield’s clinical interests include atopic dermatitis, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and periodicals, and is Co-Editor in Chief of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr Eichenfield helps to answer questions on AAD Video: Eczema: Bleach Bath Therapy and How to Treat Diaper Rash.

Dr. Daniela Kroshinsky M.D., MPH, who is an Associate Professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School in Boston and the director of pediatric dermatology and director of inpatient dermatology, education, and research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr Kroshinsky helps to answer questions on AAD video: How to Treat Shingles and Cold Sores.

Dr Thomas Rohrer, dermatologic surgeon at SkinCare Physicians, and previously served as the Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at Boston University Medical Center and Boston Veterans Administration Hospital for eight years and as the Director of the Boston University Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. Dr Rohrer is passionate about education and is the editor of six cosmetic and laser surgery textbooks and guest editor of numerous journals. Dr Rohrer helps to answer questions on AAD video: How to Shave and How to Treat Sunburn.

Elisabeth Briand –  Dr. Elisabeth Briand, R&D manager at Skintifique, holds an Engineering Master’s degree in food industry and a PhD in chemistry.She had 10 years experience in academic research as a physico-chemist, in France at Paris VI and Paris XI faculty of Pharmacy and in Sweden, at Chalmers University of Technology. She helps out with Science of Skincare Products here.

Anna Jacob – Anna Jacob is the Director of Nutrition from Abbott. She oversees medical affairs in Singapore, Cambodia and Myanmar. Prior to joining Abbott, she was a founding partner and Director of Food and Nutrition Specialists P L, a nutrition consultancy firm set up in Singapore since 1989. Through this period, she also served as the Associate Director, Scientific Programs for the International Life Sciences Institute Southeast Asia Region (ILSI SEAR).

Anna is a co-author of FirstFoods, SmartFoods for Tweens, Fit Not Fat and The Essential Guide for First-time Asian Mums and Dads, published by Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd. Anna graduated from Women’s Christian College, Madras University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science Degree in Food Service Management and Dietetics. Anna is a member of the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) since 1985. She has served as President (2 terms) as well as Editor of the Journal of the SNDA. She helps out with Abbott’s sponsored Feeding Kids Healthy series here.

Dr Chu Hui Ping – Dr Chu Hui Ping MBBS (S’pore), MRCPCH (UK) is a pediatrician at Raffles Children’s Centre, awarded the MOH HMDP award in 2010 and did her subspecialty training in paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition in Great Ormond Street Hospital and paediatric hepatology in Kings’ College Hospital in London. She also completed her Diploma in Dermatology with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in 2011.

Prior to joining Raffles Hospital, Dr Chu had been practicing at KKH as a Consultant in Paediatric Medicine as well as a Specialist in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition service. She manages general ambulatory paediatric conditions including childhood vaccinations, developmental assessment, and common paediatric illnesses.

Dr Chu’s main areas of interests are recurrent abdominal pain, constipation, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and feeding issues. She is also experienced in performing oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (OGD), colonoscopy as well as 24 hour pH and impedance studies in children. She helps out with Abbott’s sponsored Feeding Kids Healthy series here.

Dr Cheryl Lee Eberting, M.D. – Cheryl Lee Eberting, M.D. is a Board Certified Dermatologist and a past clinical research fellow of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the American Contact Dermatitis Society and and has a deep interest in chemical allergies, toxicities, and the role of the skin barrier in atopic dermatitis. She has recently published regarding skin barrier repair in atopic dermatitis, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis.  Dr. Eberting invented the TrueLipids skin barrier optimization and repair technology; a technology that helps the skin to repair itself by recreating its own natural environment.  Dr. Eberting’s expertise in treating eczema  has led people to come from all over the world to seek her care and to the development of a dedicated eczema care clinic online. She helps out with the Skin pH and Eczema series here.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)AAD is the largest and most influential dermatology group in the US and active in skin education and awareness through social media. For the AAD Skincare video series, I’m privileged and grateful that AAD and the respective dermatologists made the following Q&A for the following videos available:

Dr Jessica Krant, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate in New York City on Face Washing

Dr Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and board-certified in Dermatology on Skincare.

Dr Lawrence F. Eichenfield, M.D., Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology of Rady’s Pediatric Eczema Center and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine on Eczema Tips.

Dr. Sonia Badreshia-Bansal MD, who is the CEO, co-founder, and medical director of Elite MD on Sunscreen.

Dr Thomas Armstrong – Dr Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker. He has authored 15 books that have been translated to 26 languages, including In Their Own Way and Neurodiversity in the Classroom. Dr Armstrong has lectured in over 20 countries and featured in many prominent newspapers, magazine and TV and radio programs. He offers an insight into multiple intelligences here.

Dr Verallo-Rowell – Dr. Verallo-Rowell is a dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and dermatology/laser surgeon who founded VMV Hypoallergenics, and is also an author, esteemed researcher and speaker. Her research has made her a frequent lecturer in the fields of dermatology, dermatopathology, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, laser therapies, and applied cosmetic dermatology (such as skin care products, hypoallergenicity, sunscreens, and cosmeceuticals) at professional meetings around the world. She helps with the Skin Health series here.

Dr Susan Huang – Dr Huang is the chief resident of Harvard Dermatology Residency Program, and works at many hospitals including the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Childrens’ Hospital of Boston, Boston VA Medical Centers, and the Lahey Clinic. She is also the author of DermBytes.com and has written book chapters, published peer-reviewed articles and presented at multiple national dermatology conferences. She helps out with Parent (Patient) Eczema Consultation Series here.

Dr Robin Schaffran – Dr. Robin Schaffran, M.D., a caring mom and Pediatric Dermatologist, is a board-certified Dermatologist and attending staff physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She attended the University of Toronto Medical School where she graduated as a member of the Alpha-Omega-Alpha Honors Medical Society. She helps with Common Summer Skin Rashes in Kids Series here.

Dr Claudia Aguirre – Dr. Claudia Aguirre is a neuro-scientist and a skin industry expert at The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. She is passionate about skincare, frequently lectures worldwide, and is an editorial contributor to global trade and consumer media. She helps with explaining her eczema video here, skin aging video here and stressed skin here.

Dr Rosina McAlpine – Dr Rosina McAlpine is a mother and an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, with a masters and PhD in education. She has developed the Inspired Children Program and won numerous national and international awards for her teaching and research work. Read Inspiring Eczema Kids through Building Life Skills series with Dr Rosina here.

Dr Clay Cockerell – Dr. Clay Cockerell is the clinical professor of dermatology and pathology and the director of the Division of Dermatopatholgy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was the president of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005 and a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist in U.S. He also co-founded TopMD Skin Care, the company behind CLn® BodyWash. Read about Staph Bacteria series with Dr Cockerell here.

TCM Physician Lau Kiew Teck – Physician Lau Kiew Teck of Raffles Medical Group, Raffles Chinese Medicine Clinic, graduated from Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1977 and has been practising TCM since. Physician Liu’s special interests include treating skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. In pediatrics, he specializes in treating asthmatic conditions. Read about Understanding Eczema from TCM’s perspective here.

Dr Jeff Benabio – Dr. Jeff is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles, a book and quoted in notable publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street JournalDermatology News, Dermatology World, CNN, Fox News and WebMD. Read more about him on TheDermBlog.

Dr Lynn Chiam Dr Lynn Chiam of Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic is a consultant dermatologist who subspecializes in paediatric skin conditions at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Medical Centre, Singapore. She was formerly the head of paediatric dermatology at National Skin Centre, Singapore before leaving for private practice. She has vast experience in childhood atopic dermatitis and childhood birthmarks. Apart from paediatric dermatology, her other subspecialty interests include adult pigmentary conditions and laser dermatology. Read her Friday Doctor Q&A on Teen EczemaFacial Eczema and Hand Eczema series, and Skin Function and Care series.

Dr Jennifer Shu – Dr Jennifer Shu is board-certified pediatrician and mom, and also the co-author of the award-winning parenting books “Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” and “Food Fights” as well as editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ book “Baby and Child Health” and the AAP’s parenting web site, HealthyChildren.org. Dr. Shu is also CNNHealth’s Living Well expert doctor and doctor on WebMD.

Dr Christopher Bridgett – Dr Bridgett returns as a featured guest in 2012, for a series on the Combined Approach. He is a psychiatrist with a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema, co-author of The Combined Approach, answers questions relating to eczema in children every Friday (November 2011 to February 2012).

Dr Liew Woei Kang – Dr Liew Woei Kang, Paediatrician with special interest in Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, practices at the SBCC Baby & Child Clinic and is also a visiting consultant to KK Hospital. He is also the President of Singapore’s Asthma & Allergy Association which is currently administering the very first eczema fund (initiated by MarcieMom’s donation) for low income patients in Singapore. Dr Liew answers Allergy Q&As every friday (MayJuly 2012).

DrSearsLean – Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. has a mission of building a healthier world one family at a time by focusing on Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition. The team comprises :

Dr. Bill Sears, one of America’s most renowned pediatricians, is the father of eight children, ages 17 to 42 years, author of over 40 books on childcare and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. His talks at Singapore’s Rise and Shine Expo on raising healthy children are featured Wednesdays of January 2014 here.

Dr Peter Sears – Interview of talk at Rise and Shine Expo on Raising Smart, Well-Behaved Child here.

Dr. Jim Sears is a Board Certified Pediatrician and co-host of the 2010 Emmy Award-winning informational talk show The Doctors.

Sean Foy (MA), Bob Hodgin, Mark Harris (DDS, JD), Dominique Hodgin (MA, NE), Allison Slade (CNT), Amy Quinn and  special thanks to Melody Gylling who helped me with the recommendations in the DrSearsLEAN series!

Prof Hugo Van Bever – Professor Hugo van Bever is the Professor in Paediatrics (MD, PhD) at the National University Singapore, and also the Senior Consultant in its Division of Paediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology. He answers questions relating to eczema in children every Friday (March to April 2012) and in September 2016, discusses topical corticosteroids withdrawal syndrome based on the systematic review by NEA.

Laura Verallo Rowell Bertotto and her mother, Dr. Vermén Verallo-Rowell – Laura is the CEO of VMVGroup and her company is the only hypoallergenic brand that validates its hypoallergenicityVMV Hypoallergenics is founded in 1979 by Dr. Vermén Verallo-Rowell who is a world renowned dermatologist. Dr. Vermén created the VH Rating System which is the only validated hypoallergenic rating system in the world and is used across all the products at VMV. See this sensitive product series where Laura and her mom provides useful advice on skincare for children.

Expert Guests

Alana MitchellAlana Mitchell, the founder of SkincarebyAlana.com, acquired her esthetician license from the State Board of Barber and Cosmetology of California, allowing her to practice skincare in the California state in her spa business. Alana has worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years, and teaches advanced education classes for esthetician students. Alana helped with Makeup for Sensitive Skin series here.

Natalia Stasensko – Natalia Stasensko, RD, a registered dietitian, has a Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. She founded her private practice Tribeca Nutrition and online nutrition class for parents of babies and young children at Feeding Bytes. Natalia is offering an online class for picky eaters. She helped to tackle Toddler Nutrition series in the month of June 2014 here.

Rania BataynehRania Batayneh, MPH, also known as America’s Eating Strategist™, is regarded as an expert in the field of Nutrition and Wellness. She is the author of The One One One Diet (Rodale, 2013) and has been a practicing nutritionist since 2001. She is a certified Wellness Coach through the American College of Sports Medicine. Rania has been featured in many TV, radio, print and online media, and helped with Tackling Obesity in Eczema Children here.

Heidi Murkoff – Heidi Murkoff is the author of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, a book conceived during Heidi’s first pregnancy and her What to Expect series has since sold more than 34 million copies in US alone and published in over 30 languages. It has even been turned into a film, ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’, starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, and Elizabeth Banks. She shares ‘What to Expect in the First Year’ here.

Jennifer IserlohSkinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh s a trained chef, certified health coach and healthy cooking celebrity. She graduated with honors from the Institute of Culinary Education, worked as a celebrity chef and became a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She shared her recipes of anti-inflammatory foods in this series.

Celia Imrey – Celia is an architect and co-founder of SpaceKit who is an Associate at the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) Accredited Professional. She has taught architecture and art courses at Yale, Brown, Columbia/Barnard and NYU, and shares on improving homes to minimize indoor allergens here.

Annie Fox – Annie Fox, M.Ed., is an internationally respected educator, award-winning author and a trusted online adviser, specializing in helping teens become people of good character who’ve got the social courage to do the right thing online and off. Shes shares on improving self-esteem for teens here.

Angela Jacobsen – Also known as OzSuperNanny, Angela has worked with children in different countries for more than 15 years, including for celebrities and also ordinary parents needing help. Angela has studied child care, personality development and pediatric first aid. Read her parenting tips here and her baby food tips here.

Judy Converse –  Judy Converse, founder of Nutrition Care for Children LLC, is a licensed nutritionist and a registered dietitian for more than 20 years and authored the first web-interface accredited learning module for health care providers on nutrition and autism. She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition. She authored 3 books and has also testified for safer vaccines and consulted with industry partners on specialized formulas for infants and children with inflammatory conditions. Judy helps in Eczema Kids Nutrition with Judy Converse series, here.

Kristan Serafino – Kristan Serafino began her formal training at Toni & Guy and was named a finalist in the Toni & Guy Photographic Awards. Kristan travels extensively and tends to a growing list of “A List” Celebrity, Royalty and styles hair for runways and fashion editorials. She offers hairstyle advice for those with scalp eczema in this 3-part series.

Julie Daniluk – Julie Daniluk, TV Host and Nutritionist, hosts Healthy Gourmet (OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network) and is a health expert for the Marilyn Dennis Show (CTV). She has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including The Dr Oz Show, CTV’s Breakfast TV and Wylde on Health (CP24). Her book, Meals that Heal Inflammation features a practical nutrition guide, menu plan and 130 easy and delicious recipes. Julie helps with Friday Q&A in Aug 2012, see the first of the Q&As here.

Sue Atkins – Sue Atkins is The Parenting Expert, and author of the best-selling book ‘Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children’ and also regularly appears on BBC Breakfast television, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 and has her own regular “Ask Sue” Parenting Q & A phone-in on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex. Sue helps with parenting advice for eczema children in Friday Q&A in June 2012, see the first of her Q&As here.

Toby Amidor – Toby Amidor (MS, RD, CDN) is a registered dietitian and the founder of Toby Amidor Nutrition where she provides food and nutrition consulting services. She is the Nutrition Expert for FoodNetwork.com and Nutrition Advisor for Sear’s FitStudio.com.  She is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Toby shares her thoughts on the Eczema Kids’ Nutrition series.

Nottingham Support Group for Carers of Children with Eczema (NSGCCE) – Amanda Roberts, the Parent Carer and Twitter representative of NSGCCE, a  joint initiative between carers of children and health care professionals that offers support to carers worldwide, shares in this post ‘How to Build a Vibrant Support Group in Today’s Society’.

Eczema Society of Canada (ESC) – Amanda Cresswell-Melville is the Executive Director of ESC and shares about their information series for Canada’s November Eczema Awareness Month here.

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Others

Zurina Bryant – Zurina Bryant is a mom who successfully turned her photography passion to a business, with celebrities, TV personalities as her clients. She shares on ‘Taking Eczema Kids in the Best Light’ here.

Bruce Sallan – Bruce Sallan is the host of every Thursday ET 9-10pm Twitter #DadChat and writes a weekly column from a Dad’s Point of View, has his own comic strip Because I Said Soradio show and wrote two books. He shares his views on ‘Being a Better Dad’ here.

ManHon Shiew, CEO of CreAgri International (interview here)

Craig Jones, founder of MooGoo (interview here)

Lori Lite, founder of Stress Free Kids® (interview here)

Kelly Northey, founder of  Bamboo Bubby (interview here)

Sarah Davies, co-founder of Silver Sense (interview here)

Eucerin Singapore (interview here)

The Honest Company, a company founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan (interview here)

Jo Fletcher, Operations Director of Espere  Healthcare Ltd/ Dermasilk (interview here)

Mölnlycke Health Care Limited/ Tubifast (interview here)

Paola Bassanese, founder of Energya Ltd (interview here)

Nikki Paquette, founder of Snuggle Paws (interview here)

Laura Berg, founder of My Smart Hands (interview here)

Andrea Thomas, founder of Short Stacks (interview here)

Jennifer Roberge, founder of EczemaCompany.com (interview here)

More on my other featured guests here.

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