Health & Wellness

071 Lesley Butler on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

071: Lesley Butler — What’s For Dinner? This Smart Oven Is Doing the Cooking

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Since the pandemic began, families have been opting to eat at home instead of dining out and premium delivery services have become not only ubiquitous, they’re necessary. This new food tech startup sends you premium meals with a subscription, but you get something else — your very own smart oven. It’s called Tovala. You simply scan the barcode and the oven knows exactly how much time to cook it for. What I was most fascinated about is that it can scan other bar codes like frozen foods from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

On today’s episode, I interview Lesley Butler, CMO of Tovala. A proud Canadian, she holds a BComm from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard. She’s spent 15 years in consumer marketing, innovation, and strategy roles at Pepsico, Bain, and Kraft. Most recently at Pepsico, she co-led marketing for the Quaker brand and oversaw innovation, launching over 30 products generating $200MM in revenue. Tovala has become a dinnertime savior in her busy life with two young boys. Her favorite ingredient is basil.

Since joining Tovala in 2018, Lesley has helped drive 5x growth and deliver over 1MM meals to customers. At Tovala Lesley oversees all marketing efforts across the customer journey including new user acquisition, customer experience, brand and design.

Prior to joining Tovala, Lesley was founder of The Growth Project, a strategic marketing advisory business helping early stage food & beverage startups chart a consumer-led path to growth. Previously, Lesley spent nearly 15 years in the CPG Food & Beverage industry where she held a number of senior roles in marketing, innovation, and strategy at Pepsico, Bain & Company, and Kraft Foods. During her time at Pepsico she launched over 30 new products generating over $200MM in annual revenue.

Originally from Canada, Lesley holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 young boys.

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68 Nicole Cannon on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

069: Nicole Cannon — Toddlers and Sleep: Routines, Regressions, and Remedies

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An age old problem we face as parents is getting our kids to sleep. Regressions, routines, daylight savings, traveling and what tools we can implement to help our toddlers fall asleep and stay asleep.

Nicole Cannon is a certified sleep consultant, founder of Sleepy Mama, wife, and mom of 3 kids ages 7, 5, & 3 with her 4th child on the way!

She has worked as a nanny, babysitter, and baby planner and in 2012, she completed the Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Course through the International Maternity Institute to become a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants. Through this certification, she has been educated on numerous methods that help families get more sleep. She looks at sleep holistically and addresses all elements in a child’s day-to-day life that may be preventing him or her from sleeping well. She recently completed a certification in Infant Mental Health and a course in Maternal Mental Health. Her goal is to be sensitive to both the mother and the baby during the sleep work process.

However, the biggest change came when she welcomed her son in February 2013. From the start my son was a terrible sleeper. Suddenly Nicole was one of those sleep-deprived parents and she never imagined how hard it would be to go through sleep issues first hand!

Thus, during one morning of sleep-deprived delirium, Sleepy Mama was born. Nicole is here not only to help you and your loved ones get better sleep, but also to let you know you are not alone! Part therapist/part sleep consultant, this Sleepy Mama will work with you for a healthier, happier, well-rested family.

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066: Dr. Melissa Garofalo Monaco, MD — A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Covid-19

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We are facing unprecedented times and as parents, we have an added responsibility of decision making for our children. We may be working from home, but should they homeschool or go back for live sessions or do a hybrid of virtual and in-person.

Today I am joined by my kids’ beloved pediatrician, Dr. Melissa Garofalo Monaco of Forest Pediatrics in Paramus, NJ.

Originally from Saddle Brook, NJ, Dr. Garofalo had been practicing pediatrics in New Jersey since 2008. She started as a graduate of the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Hackensack, NJ. She then graduated with high honors from the combined BS/MD program though Stevens Institute Technology, Hoboken NJ and New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ. She completed her pediatric training at Schneider Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and also served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics. Her interests include promoting breast feeding and obesity prevention. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the NJ AAP section on Breast Feeding and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2007. Her hospital affiliations include Hackensack University Medical Center and Valley Hospital. She has been the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award and NJ Kids Favorite Docs.

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065: Anibal Soler, Jr. — Back To School Or Not? Safety and Guidelines

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According to, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that based on each region’s infection rate, schools across the state are permitted to open this fall. Every region’s infection rate is below the threshold necessary by the State’s standards to open schools. The Department of Health will review submitted reopening plans from school districts and notify districts of their status on Monday. Out of 749 school districts across the state, 127 have not yet submitted plans to the Department of Health, and another 50 are incomplete or deficient. The determination of how individual districts reopen – in-person vs a hybrid model – will be made by local school districts under strict Department of Health guidelines.

The Governor also announced that school districts must post their remote learning plan online as well as their plan for testing and tracing students and teachers. Schools must also have three to five public meetings prior to August 21 with parents – who will be allowed to participate remotely – as well as one meeting with teachers to go through their reopening plan.

“Based on our infection rate, New York State is in the best possible situation right now. If anybody can open schools, we can open schools. We do masks, we do social distancing, we’ve kept that infection rate down, and we can bring the same level of intelligence to the school reopening that we brought to the economic reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. ” Our school guidance has been touted as the smartest in the country. Our economic reopening guidance was the smartest in the country. So, if anyone can do it, we can do it. But we have been successful because we’ve been smart and we have to continue to be smart. Parents and teachers must feel safe and secure in each school district’s plan to return to school, and those plans must adhere to the Department of Health’s guidance. To ensure that is the case, New York’s family’s must be fully informed and part of the conversation. And so, over the next several weeks, school districts must engage: Talking to parents and teachers and getting all parties on board.”

Of the 70,170 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 714, or 1.0 percent, were positive.

Today I am joined by Superintendent Anibal Soler.

Mr. Anibal Soler, Jr. is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Batavia City School District. A small city school district located in Genesee County that serves approximately 2,200 students.

Before his appointment as Superintendent of Batavia City Schools, Anibal served as the Associate Superintendent of Strategic Alignment and Innovation for Buffalo Public Schools, the second-largest school district in New York State. In that role, his leadership focused on building and supporting Strong Community Schools, a turnaround strategy used to move the district’s lowest-performing schools to schools in “good-standing”. He also supervised District Athletics and Adult Education Division and lastly the district’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Prior to his role as an Associate Superintendent, Anibal was a Principal at North Park Academy in North Buffalo, where he helped establish North Buffalo’s first community school and helped transition the school from a 5-8th grade school to a new PreK to 8 Community School.

Previous to his role at North Park Academy, Anibal served 7 years as a high school Principal in the Rochester City School district where he led the district’s largest comprehensive high school. Through his professional journey, he also has served in prior capacities as an Academy Director, Instructional Technology Teacher, and Art Teacher.

In 2014, Anibal was recognized by President Obama and The White House as a Latino Educator Champion of Change for his leadership and commitment to positive change for the Latino community.

Additionally, Anibal is a member of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) a national organization that advocates for Latinos and Latino educators. In 2011-12, Anibal was a Charter Member of the inaugural ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy in 2011-12. Currently, he serves as the Communications Officer and Regional Board member for the New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (NYSALAS) representing Western, NY.

This past October 2019, Mayor Byron Brown of the City of Buffalo recognized Anibal as a Champion of Education as part of Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Finally, Anibal is a husband and proud father to four amazing kids. He enjoys sports, staying current with technology trends, and reading education-themed articles and books.

Most recently, in December 2019 Anibal was selected as the next Superintendent for Batavia City Schools in Batavia, NY.

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064: Alice Benedict — Back To School Or Not? An Insider’s Take

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Parents are in a state of frenzy as we navigate Back To School season. Gone are the days of buying binders and decorations for our kids lockers. Now we’re ensuring our Wifi is up to the mark and are having our kids become acclimated with Zoom, Google Meet, and Google Classroom.

Alice Benedict is a retired paralegal and president of the board of education in Botavia City School District in upstate New York since May of 2020/elected in July 2020. Our school district has approximately 2200 students.

She’s also a mother of three. Mother of three children since 1978. They are all adults now.


061: Kori Estrada — Kids & Dental Health

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If you’re still using conventional toothpaste, know that the biggest brands in oral care have often been the biggest culprits for containing harmful ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and calcium chloride to name a few. It’s safe to say, we unknowingly ingest a lot of poison every year just by brushing our teeth.

Risks from simply ingesting a fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism.

Therefore, I encourage you to do your research and make a switch to organic oral care for yourself and most definitely your kids.

On today’s show, I’ll be chatting with Kori Estrada, the Co-Founder of the new natural oral care company RiseWell, and co-CIO of Axon Capital, an asset management firm in New York. With a focus on consumer, technology and healthcare related investments throughout her career in both public and private markets, Kori is passionate about innovative companies and brands that are moving the needle in these specific industries. Prior to joining Axon Capital, Kori was an Associate at Shumway Capital Partners and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at UBS Investment Bank. She received her BA from Columbia University majoring in Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time, she can be found fishing with her husband and fellow Co-Founder John in the North Fork of Long Island, spending time with her 2-year old son Leo or cooking healthy recipes for her personal blog

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060: Deep Shah — Get Flossy With Your Kids’ Dental Care

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Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your baby is due for his first dentist visit when he turns 1 or 6 months after his first tooth erupts? Don’t worry if you haven’t booked the appointment as yet. This episode will help answer any questions you have regarding your children’s dental health from baby to teenager.

I am joined by pediatric dentist Deep Shah, also known as the @superherodentist, to discuss the most common dental problems in children which include teething, cavities, tooth sensitivity, dental emergencies like a chipped or broken tooth, gingivitis, excessive thumb sucking or the use of pacifiers, and orthodontic problems. We’re also going to discuss homecare like the best toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.

Dr. Deep Shah, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, considers his role as a health care clinician for children to be a genuine privilege and blessing and believes that a customized oral health plan for each child is essential to the child’s overall well-being and continued growth and development.

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058: Jackie Elnahar — Keeping Your Family’s Health & Immunity Strong Through Nutrition

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Nutrition is important for everyone but especially for growing little humans in critical development stages. From infant to toddler, tweens to teens, it is important to take a look at the food and diet we give our little ones to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need and proper nourishment.

During the pandemic, we all are hyper aware of our health and are eager to learn ways to boost our immunity, as well as our kids, as we stay safe.

Jackie Elnahar is a registered dietitian, attorney and founder of TelaDietitian- the premier telehealth solution for nutrition counseling that was recently acquired by Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC). Jackie has successfully counseled many patients in nutrition using the latest evidence based research on diet and nutrition science. She believes in a nutrient dense approach that maximizes health boosting compounds such as phytonutrients and minimizes harmful ingredients like neurotoxins. Jackie has been featured in Today, Shape, Dr. Oz, Women’s Health, Glamour, Huffington Post, among others.

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056: Dr. Anate Brauer & Nathalie Carpenter — Let’s Talk About IVF

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Anate A. Brauer, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in treating all medical and surgical aspects of infertility. She serves as SGF New York’s IVF Director. Dr. Brauer earned her medical degree, with distinction, from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to opening Shady Grove Fertility New York, Dr. Brauer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous national meetings on various fertility topics and is a regular contributor on a variety of women’s health topics to local and national media. She is especially passionate about helping young patients with cancer build families, which has led her to serve on the Advisory Board of the Young Survivors Coalition. Dr. Brauer
She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Nathalie Carpenter is an infertility awareness advocate, blogger ( and marketing strategist who recently founded Well + Luxe which support brands in communicating their purpose and authentically connecting with their desired audience. Nathalie has 18+ years of luxury brand marketing and communications experience with brands including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Highgate Hotels, Grey Goose Vodka, D’USSE Cognac, Crumbs Bakeshop and Red Bull.

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049: Tejal V. Patel — Kids Can Meditate

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Tejal V Patel JD, is a former divorce attorney turned mindfulness, meditation and Ayurveda advocate for moms and kids. She’s the host of the Time-In Talks Podcast, speaker and author of the book Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities To Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety and Stay Focused.

It’s Tejal’s mission to support moms in their journey to become mindful parents and raise the first generation of mindful children and next generation of peace leaders.
Her fun, practical and simple way of infusing mindfulness and meditation into the lives of modern families in a way that is understandable to kids truly sets her apart from the traditional self-help crowd and makes her a go-to expert for modern moms seeking to raise calm, confident, and compassionate children.

Tejal lives in South Jersey with her husband, sons, and parakeet Skye.

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