About Our Experts

Dr. William Schoolcraft is the founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, the oldest fertility clinic in Colorado and one of the most renowned clinics in the nation. In the last 25 years, Dr. Schoolcraft and his colleagues have helped families conceive more than 15,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) babies. CCRM has pioneered significant research breakthroughs in IVF treatments. Considered a leading authority on fertility, he has been interviewed by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, Men’s Health, Today.com, and has appeared as a fertility expert on numerous television programs, including Good Morning America, The Doctors and multiple Colorado news programs. Dr. Schoolcraft is also the author of the book “If At First You Don’t Conceive: A Complete Guide to Infertility from One of the Nation’s Leading Clinics.”

Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D., is a behavior psychologist, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Toddler Center), and has been a professor on faculty at Barnard College since 1995. Professor Klein and her research team study children’s social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children’s development, and the experience of being a parent in the early years. Her research focuses on the transition to parenthood for mothers and fathers, work/life balance issues for families, and the impact of trauma on young children and their families. Recent studies also examines toddler play- how toddlers communicate through play and use play to process and learn about emotions, from everyday/typical situations (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., a new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic situations. She is a developmental advisor for Sesame Street, and serves on the advisory boards for Room to Grow, Rawanda Educational Assistance Project and NYC Voices of Childhood. She is the author of “How Toddlers Thrive,” a guide to understanding parenting toddlers. She is the mother of three boys.

Dr. Helen S. Colen is a a practicing surgeon and a member of the American Medical Association and many other medical societies. She has achieved the AMA Physicians Recognition Award since 1982, and has been included in Town and Country Magazine‘s best doctors list in 2001. She has been featured in Glamour magazine, USSelfWVogueCosmopolitanTown and Country, and more. Currently she is Clinical Associate Professor (Plastic Surgery) in the NYU School of Medicine, department of Surgery. She also has lectured and written extensively on various plastic surgery procedures.

Dr. Michael Rossitch is a pediatric dentist known to his little patients as “Dr. Mike,” was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated with a BS in Biology. In 2001 he graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry with highest honors. Dr. Mike is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the the American Dental Association, the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Northwest District Dental Society and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. In 2006, he achieved Diplomate status as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr Mike resides in Kennesaw with his wife, Shannon, three sons and his golden retriever.

Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD is a pediatrician known to her patients as Dr. Jen – is the co- founder of Baby Bundle App. She is a nationally renowned parenting expert, board-certified pediatrician, and has maintained a successful private pediatric practice in New York City for the past 18 years. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and mother of three children. Dr. Jen has appeared numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show and CNN, and has published two parenting books, The Smart Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids through Check Ups, Illnesses and Accidents (2009), and Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children (2007), as well as authored frequent articles on health and parenting topics, including child development, childhood obesity and sleep issues. During her free time, Dr. Jen enjoys reading, yoga, playing with her kids outdoors, nature walks, bicycling, and swimming. She and her husband live just outside of New York City, where they are raising their three children.

Leigh Anne O’Connor is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Parenting Expert. She has over than 17 years experience working with families. She is the past President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), and a member of many other lactation consultant associations. She lectures for professional organizations, consults with companies to set up Corporate Lactation programs, teaches breastfeeding classes, leads support groups, and sees private clients all over New York City. She has appeared on television, radio and in documentaries internationally as an expert and advocate for breastfeeding, promoting its importance as a health issue for babies, mothers, families and society at large. Appearances have included Fox’s Good Day New York, Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels and CNN’s John King USA, The Doctors, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby, and she is seen regularly on the Newborn Channel. She also is a sought after parenting expert. She blogs at www.mamamilkandme.com She lives in New York City with her husband, Rob, and their three children.

Dr. Lynn Friedman is an OB/GYN based in New York City. She has been listed in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area from 1998 yearly up to and including this year (2008) and the 2007 NY Magazine’s Top Doctors List for primary care physicians in OB GYN. She is also an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 30 years.

Jody Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the New York City area, with a regular practice in Staten Island. Her objective is to help guide others along through whatever life throws at them, in a healthy and therapeutic manner in which the person can be at ease and safe with themselves. She assists others in starting to understand difficult emotions including grief, anger, childhood events, anxiety, trauma and others, so that they can begin healing work and move through such emotions in a positive and healthy way. She describes her goals by saying, “I want to help you create a positive healthy change in your life that works with you. Remember, change is rarely easy but positive change is always worth it because you are worth it.”