Karen Scott, Makeup Artist

Karen Scott is a Los Angeles makeup artist and eyebrow shaper extraordinaire. After working for both Estee Lauder and Chanel, she has created her own makeup line called Karen Scott Cosmetics. Her unique brow shaping technique has been called a “natural mini-eye lift” because of its anti-aging capabilities. Karen’s expertise ranges from makeup application to eyebrow shaping to lash tinting and she provides her clients with extensive advice about beauty, makeup, anti-aging techniques and how to fix over-plucked and tweezed brows. This beauty industry over-achiever is full of one-of-a-kind tips and tricks that she loves to share. Check out Karen's website KarenScottCosmetics.com

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Drs. Gil & Zol Kryger, Board Cerified Plastic Surgeons

Gil & Zol Kryger are board-certified plastic surgeons, and founders of the Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery in Thousand Oaks, California offering a full range of both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. They are both Stanford-trained, have published numerous scientific papers, and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Microsurgery. Gil Kryger, MD is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons. Zol Kryger, MD is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

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Laura Burak, Registered Dietitian

Laura Burak is a registered dietitian and a bona fide foodie. She became passionate about delicious, fresh food at an early age and began cooking healthier meals for her family as a child. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Penn State, and completed her dietetic internship and nutrition master's degree program at New York University.

For the past 13 years, she has worked with patients of all ages, from all cultures and backgrounds; from an  8-year-old picky eater to a poorly controlled diabetic to a new mom struggling to lose the baby weight. Although the majority of her time has been spent working in hospital and private practice settings, she has been an adjunct professor at NYU, written for several food and nutrition-related publications, and most significantly, is mom to a 3-year-old girl and baby boy.

For the past five years she worked for the private practices of Joy Bauer Nutrition and Brown and Medina Nutrition as a nutrition counselor, and as a clinical dietitian at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to that, she worked in the intensive care units as a critical care dietitian at Beth Israel Hospital in downtown Manhattan.

Laura finds no greater pleasure than helping a client struggling with weight management, chronic disease, or ailment. She relates to her clients and their struggles, and works with them in the most realistic way to improve their lives. She strives to create a positive, comfortable environment for people to discuss what can sometimes be very serious and sensitive topics.

Many of her clients have been through the gamut of diets, gimmicks and impractical meal plans but learn to appreciate the power their food has on their health without sacrificing pleasure from eating and enjoying life.
Laura is thrilled to have recently opened her own nutrition practice, Laura Burak Nutrition in Roslyn, NY and is now able to bring her  lifelong passion for health, food and nutrition from NYC out to Long Island and provide the same exceptional quality of nutrition services.

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Caren Gitlin, L.C.S.W. & Jessica Battaini, L.C.S.W.

Caren Gitlin and Jessica Battaini are the founders of BabySpace, a unique, supportive Parent and Me community for parents to transition into their new and exciting roles, embrace parenthood, and build confidence in their parenting skills. In this nurturing group environment, parents and babies learn, play, connect and have fun. Weekly groups provide parents a designated time to share experiences, discuss relevant issues, and make new friendships.

BabySpace offers the following groups and services:
Parent and Me Groups
Second-time Parent and Me Groups
Moms-to-be Groups
Baby Care Class
Phone/In-home Consultation
Lectures by Parenting Experts

Caren Gitlin, L.C.S.W.*

Caren is a therapist specializing in early childhood development. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan and her Masters at Loyola University in Chicago. Post masters, Caren worked as a therapist for children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. After moving to Los Angeles, Caren trained at Cedars Sinai’s Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center. Following her internship, she joined as staff therapist. During her time at Cheerful Helpers, she opened a private practice specializing in child and family therapy.

Jessica Battaini, L.C.S.W.*

Jessica is an early childhood development specialist. She received her masters from UCLA. Upon graduating, she earned The California Society for Clinical Social Work Gerda Lawrence Award for outstanding graduate academic and field studies with children. Jessica went on to complete an internship at Cedars Sinai's renowned Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center where she was then hired as a child and family therapist. She has worked in private practice and has served as guest lecturer at UCLA speaking on the topic of attachment and parenting.

*Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Cara Natterson MD, Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.  Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web at Kidsinthehouse.com. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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Emily Brands & Jenn Garcia-Alonso, Travel Experts at Purple Passport

Emily and Jennifer have successfully worked together for 3 years as founders of The Purple Passport and have traveled together for over a decade. The Purple Passport is a result of their personal passion for experiencing the world's cities in style, sharing with us a collection of chic, one-stop-shop guides for the urban traveler.


Emily C. Brands,  Co-Founder

Emily is a former public relations professional who worked with global companies in the financial services industry developing strategies to promote their brands. She has lived in a range of cities including New York, Chicago, and Beijing, and, from a young age, spent summers in Taiwan, Japan, and Spain. Fluent in Mandarin and proficient in French, she holds an AB from the University of Chicago and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to her love of traveling to places far and wide, Emily is enamored with finding and cooking foods from all nooks of the world. These days she is also endeavoring to cultivate the Southern belle within her.

Jennifer Garcia-Alonso, Co-Founder

Jenn is a former investment banker and management consultant focused in the consumer products andfinancial services space. In her consulting role, she has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to define and execute growth strategies. She has lived in many great cities including New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Madrid, and now Abu Dhabi, and has been an avid traveler from a young age. She is fluent in Spanish. Jennifer holds a BS from Georgetown, an MA in Spanish Literature from Middlebury and an MBA from Wharton. She loves running (her favorite race to date was the 2008 NYC Marathon), but the recent move to the desert climate has caused her to rethink her hobby- and she is learning to cook Spanish food.

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Elissa Kravetz, Anti-Bullying Advocate and PR Executive

Elissa Kravetz is an advocate for anti-bullying and speaks at camps and schools throughout the country. In 2011 she founded the 501c3 non-profit organization The Farley Project, named after her middle school in Framingham, MA. Elissa is also a highly successful Public Relations Executive having started her own company, Spin Shoppe PR before launching Kravetz PR, a thriving agency in Los Angeles, with her sister Jessica in 2007.   Elissa began her career as a personal intern and muse for shoe industry giant, Steve Madden and worked in the West Coast office of People’s Revolution.  Elissa is currently a featured blogger on the Huffington Post.  

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Brett Lechtenberg, Personal and Family Safety Expert

Brett Lechtenberg is a nationally recognized expert on personal and family safety. Dubbed Utah's Leading Family Safety Expert, Brett has trained thousands of everyday people to empower themselves both physically and mentally, as they learn the safest and most effective methods of personal protection. Brett has also been teaching anti-bully skills to children and adults for almost twenty years and is the author and creator of The Anti-Bully Program and the Anti Cyber Bully Program and others. Learn more at Brett's websites http://www.antibullyprogram.com and http://www.brettlechtenberg.com.


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