Meet Our Experts
Meet our team of Else experts who stand with us on our journey to revolutionize baby nutrition and meet the gold standard for nutrition in everything we do.
Else Advisory Board
Former Vice President, Global Medical Affairs at Mead Johnson Nutrition. Pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children's Hospital, Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Prof. Vanderhoof is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist in Boston, at Boston Children's Hospital, a Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He was Vice President, Global Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, for Mead Johnson Nutrition, published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and chapters in books in various areas of Pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, served as President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and on the Editorial Boards of numerous scientific and clinical journals.
Prof. Raanan Shamir
Prof. Shamir is the Chairman of the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
He is the past President of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), published more than 250 original papers, reviews and comments, book chapters and guidelines, and serves as an Editor for the pediatric section of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, is the Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN), and serves as a reviewer for journals in the field of Pediatrics, Nutrition, Gastroenterology and atherosclerosis.
Prof. Ron Shaoul M.D.
Prof. Ron Shaoul is the Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit at Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital, Haifa, Israel. He is a Member of the ESPGHAN Porto pediatric IBD working group and a Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and a member of the European Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Working Group. He has authored about 120 peer-reviewed articles, and is a reviewer for prestigious journals in the field of pediatrics and gastroenterology.
Prof. Yvan Vandenplas
Yvan Vandenplas did his medical studies at the ”Vrije Universiteit Brussel” and trained in pediatrics (1981‑1986) at the same University. He became Head of the Unit for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in 1987 and is Head of the KidZ Health Castle, at the University Hospital Brussels (UZ Brussel) and has the Chair of Pediatrics since 1994. He has more than 500 publications listed in Medline. His main interests are infant nutrition (probiotics, prebiotics, protein, cow's milk allergy), gastro-oesophageal reflux (diagnostic procedures, treatment) and functional gastro-intetsinal disorders. He is now associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Michael B. Montalto, PhD
Former Director in R&D, Medical Education and Medical Affairs at Abbott Nutrition, Pfizer Nutrition and Metagenics. PhD from Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences. Currently Principal at Montalto Consulting Services in Health Sciences.
Else Pediatricians and Nutritionists
Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg
Pediatrician Jen Trachtenberg, MD – known to her patients as Dr. Jen – is a nationally renowned parenting expert, board-certified pediatrician, and has maintained a successful private pediatric practice in New York City for over 20 years. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a mother of three children. Dr. Jen has appeared numerous times on NBC's TODAY show, CNN, and Fox News, contributes regularly with health and parenting topics, including child development, newborn care, nutrition, childhood obesity, and sleep issues to Parents Magazine, Romper.com, Today.com First for Women Magazine, NY Times, Fatherly, The Bump, Your Teen Magazine, USWeekly (Celebrity Baby Expert), Care.com and Good Housekeeping She has published two parenting books, The Smart Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids through Check Ups, Illnesses and Accidents , and Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children and now is creator of her one of a kind, video parenting manual Pediatrician in Your Pocket.
Dr. Leah Alexander
Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN is renowned for helping people of all ages embrace a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and fitness counseling. As a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer, her smart and sensible approach to pediatrics, weight loss, sports nutrition, allergies, cardiovascular health, pre/post natal, and other areas of clinical and lifestyle nutrition has resonated with hundreds of people across the United States. Robin received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Cornell and Columbia Universities.
Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and freelance writer with 13-years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She is the author of three books, including the Anti-Inflammatory Diet One Pot Cookbook. Through her writing she demonstrates her passion for helping people achieve ideal health and make transformational changes in their lives.
Lauren specializes in plant-based living and vegan and vegetarian diets for all ages. She specializes in writing about parenting and a wide variety of health, environmental, and nutrition topics.
Markita is a clinical dietitian with a passion for the biological, social, and cultural aspects of eating. She enjoys writing about nutrition and wellness, food justice and policy, cultural food ways, and the psychology of nutrition.
Shelley Maniscalco, MPH, RD is a Washington-DC based dietitian specializing in nutrition policy and communications. Prior to consulting, Shelley led up the communications for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. As a consultant, Shelley helps individuals, families, and organizations navigate the road to good nutrition—starting at home with her own picky eaters!