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Dana Silver, MD, FAAP, FABM
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The Ties that Bind- or Don't
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USA Dana Silver, MD, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Dana Silver is a general pediatrician and Director at Greenspring Pediatric Associates, the outpatient department for the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1987, and her M.D. from University of Maryland in 1991. She then completed residency and chief residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Silver’s interests within the field of general pediatrics span the diverse areas of breastfeeding, and learning and behavior problems in children. She co-authored the 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) book “Guide to Learning Disabilities for Primary Care.” In terms of breastfeeding, she has lectured extensively across the mid-Atlantic region on breastfeeding, and has worked on advocacy and legislative issues including the use of donor human milk in Maryland’s NICU’s and insurance coverage of breast pumps. She recently developed and recorded 3 hours of CME webinars for physicians at hospitals preparing to go Baby Friendly through Lactation Education Resources.

Dr. Silver serves currently as Vice President of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition and Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2013, Dr. Silver received the honor of being named a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, one of fewer than 200 worldwide. In 2014, the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics named her Pediatrician of the Year.

Robert M. Marcus, DDS
For more than forty years, I have endeavored to contribute to the health, happiness, and well¬-being of my amazing family: Judi, Rachel, David, Emily, Benjamin, and Jackson. After my formal education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, including specialized training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, I was fortunate to open my pediatric dental office in Reisterstown Maryland. My practice focuses on complete, compassionate dental services for infants, children, teens, adults, and those with special needs.
The rewarding experiences in the treatment of thousands of babies and older patients by dental laser surgery for their lip and tongue ties have encouraged me to enhance my education. Additional training in breastfeeding medicine, speech and language pathology, skeletal development, feeding disorders, and cranial sacral therapy, will provide lifelong improvement in feeding and oral motor skills for my patients. My commitment to continuing education allows me to discover and share the newest advances in dentistry and oral healthcare with my patients and colleagues. I truly enjoy being a part of my family’s fun activities by traveling to visit my daughter Rachel in New York City, my son David and his wife Emily in Massachusetts, and my future partners, their twins, Ben and Jack (18 months). My camera is always at the ready whether we are swimming, sightseeing, or doing obstacle course racing, (Spartan races). I have to keep active because my wife is a world class chef! Always learning!

Earl H. Harley, M.D.
I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and reared in Detroit, Michigan. I attended the public school system in Detroit, graduating from the former Eastern High School. I eventually enrolled in Delaware State University, graduating with a degree in chemistry. I attended medical school at Howard University. After medical school I went on active duty and served a full career as a doctor from a period which spanned the Vietnam War to the first Persian Gulf War. My Navy career included two tours as a Naval Fight Surgeon in addition to my position as an Otolaryngologist. Since retiring from the Navy I have served on the faculty of Georgetown University.
My professional training includes an initial residency in pediatrics and later training to become an Otolaryngologist followed by two years of pediatric otolaryngology fellowship in Washington, D.C. and Boston. I am a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to being a member of the American Medical Association, I also hold memberships in the National Medical Association, The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, The Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Currently I am a professor of Pediatrics and Otolaryngologist at Georgetown and serve as an attending Pediatric Otolaryngologist. I continue to be very active in undergraduate and graduate medical education here.

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Biomechanics of milk extraction during breast-feeding
Available in: Infant Suck Lecture Pack

David Elad is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University since 1985.  He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering on 1973, M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on 1978 and 1982, all from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. He was then awarded the Rothschild and Bantrell post-doctoral fellowships at Imperial College London and M.I.T.     
David pioneered computational studies of biofluid transport phenomena in the nasal cavity in the late 80's. In the early 90's he established a comprehensive research program in bioengineering of human reproduction, both at Tel Aviv University. He developed his expertise in the fields of Respiratory Biomechanics and Reproductive Bioengineering, from complete organs all the way to the cellular levels. The respiratory studies included integrative assessment of respiratory muscles, transport phenomena in the human nose, objective noninvasive evaluation of nasal function and mechano-transduction of nasal epithelial cells cultured under air-liquid interface conditions, including effects of air-pollution. The reproductive studies included the role of uterine peristalsis in early human life, pre-implantation embryo transport after IVF, feto-maternal blood circulations in the placenta, transport of nutrition, pharmaceuticals and carcinogenic materials across a tissue engineered placental barrier, mechano-transduction of cultured ovarian cancer cells and biomechanics of infant breastfeeding. He published over 120 articles in peer-review journals and was the leading editor of 5 special journal issues in reproductive bioengineering, respiratory biomechanics and biofluid mechanics.
David has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, City College New York and Columbia University. He is a member of the World Council for Biomechanics (2002-14) and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2004), the Biomedical Engineering Society, USA (2005) and the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (2013). 
Dr. Elad is currently on sabbatical leave from Tel Aviv University and affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Columbia University.

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Dawn DiSalvo, MSN, NNP, CLC
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The Development and Implementation of a Hospital-Wide Human Milk Storage and Handling Program
Available in: Preterm Lecture Pack
U.S.A. Dawn DiSalvo, MSN, NNP, CLC

I am a Board Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2010. I work in a 52 bed level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As a bedside RN for 8 years I assisted in the advancement of our lactation program by hosting Lactation Counselor courses, developed the human mil technician role, and assisted in developing the hospital standards for donor milk use in preterm infants. I am currently the Clinical Leader in which my responsibilities include the development of our hospital-wide human milk for our 900 bed hospital, educate and train human milk technicians, and ensure all human milk in our institution is handled and stored according to the highest National standards.

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Debbie Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC
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Late Preterm Infants: Not as Grown up as they look!
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Not always a safe place: Intrauterine Infections
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Canada Debbie Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC

Deb Fraser, MN, RNC-NIC is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Nurse Practitioner program in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. She holds an appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba (U of M). Debbie maintains an active practice in the NICU at St Boniface General Hospital and is the Editor-in-Chief of Neonatal Network: The Journal for Neonatal Nursing. She is the author of two nursing textbooks and over 70 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to high-risk newborns. Debbie was recently awarded the Canadian Nurses’ Association Order of Merit for nursing education.

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Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC
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USA Denise Altman, RN, IBCLC/RLC

Denise Altman is a private practice lactation consultant and owner of All The Best in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to that, she has worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare system from staff nurse to clinical educator, with experience in Maternal/Child Health since 1992. She has authored numerous articles for parents and healthcare professionals in print, as well as two medical textbooks, and has served on the Editorial Review Board for the Clinical Lactation journal since the first issue in 2010. She has established herself as a business mentor and enjoys coaching other small and microbusiness owners about methods for success. Her website is DeniseAltman.net. On a personal note, Denise is the mother of three children, and has been married since 1994.

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Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT
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When Mothers are Depressed: Understanding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Available in: Perinatal Mental Health: Research and Practical Applications Lecture Pack
USA Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT

Dr. Barnes is an internationally recognized expert on women’s reproductive mental health. A past president of Postpartum Support International, she currently sits on their President’s Advisory Board and is also a member of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and the statewide Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals. She wrote the assessment and treatment guidelines for perinatal illness for the Perinatal Advisory Council of Los Angeles County. In addition to private practice, she is often retained by legal counsel on cases of infanticide, neonaticide and pregnancy denial. The 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Eli Lilly Foundation, Dr. Barnes is the co-author of The journey to parenthood: Myths, reality and what really matters (Radcliffe, 2007) and editor and contributing author to a reference text on Women’s reproductive mental health across the lifespan (Springer, 2014).

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Diana West, BA,IBCLC
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Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Available in: Lactation Conference 2015
Breast Assessment: What, Why, How, and When
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Available in: Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant
Postpartum Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments, and Empathy
Available in: Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack
Sleep Training: History, Research, and Outcomes
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
Sweet Sleep: Bedsharing for Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Available in: GOLD Alumni 2016 Lecture Pack
USA Diana West, BA,IBCLC

Diana West is an IBCLC in private practice. She is the co-author of “Sweet Sleep: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk,” the clinical monograph “Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures,” and ILCA’s popular “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.” She is the author of the “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.” She is on the Editorial Review Board for the “Journal of Clinical Lactation,” a La Leche League Leader and the Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is the administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey in the United States.

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Diane Powers, BA, IBCLC
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Clinical Decision Making: When to Consider Using a Nipple Shield
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
USA Diane Powers, BA, IBCLC

Diane Powers was a LaLeche League Leader for 13 years; after which she was an LC in private practice for more than a decade. In 1999, she was recruited by a hospital where she established a lactation service line in their maternity ward. This is where she currently sees more than 1000 mother-baby pairs a year, both in-patient and in the clinic setting.
She has completed two research projects that were Medical Ethics Research Board approved and has published results of both. The first article was published in 1996, and the second research article in JHL in 2004, both in the Journal of Human Lactation. She has also published several other articles connected with breastfeeding.
She finds it rewarding and satisfying to be able to articulate to new mothers how to breastfeed with ease - using words that create visual pictures - so that the next time they breastfeed, without assistance, they are able to do so. Empowering women to succeed is a very satisfying part of her job.

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Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
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The Safe Sleep Seven: Middle Ground for Safe Infant Sleep
Available in: Infant Sleep Lecture Pack
What Would Mammals Do?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2014
USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of La Leche League International’s Sweet Sleep Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is also a co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of LLLl's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, motherhood in other mammals, and breastfeeding language. Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers. She has spoken in over 40 states and provinces and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

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Dianne Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, CCE
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Epidural Anesthesia and its Impact on Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
Paying it Forward, Support for the Breastfeeding Mother and Baby
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
Traumic Life Experiences and how they Affect the Breastfeeding Mother
Available in: Lactation Conference 2014
USA Dianne Cassidy, MS, IBCLC, ALC, CCE

Dianne Cassidy is a Lactation Consultant in Rochester, New York with Advanced Lactation Certification.  Dianne works in Private Practice, and in a busy Pediatrician office supporting mothers and babies. She also teaches prenatal breastfeeding and childbirth in the hospital setting.  In the fall of 2013, Dianne completed her MA in Health and Wellness/Lactation.  She is dedicated to serving mothers and babies, and has the unique ability to identify with the needs and concerns of new mothers.  Dianne has worked extensively with women who have survived trauma, babies struggling with tongue tie, birth trauma, milk supply issues, attachment, identifying latch problems, returning to work and breastfeeding multiples.

Dianne has 3 biological children, including twins, 3 step children and a wonderful husband.  Dianne is an author and public speaker and enjoys teaching caregivers how to support new families through breastfeeding struggles.

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Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC
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Antibiotics and Breastfeeding: Indications and Impact for the Dyad
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
USA Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC

Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC, has a Master’s Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Oregon. She began working with breastfeeding families in 1992 and became an IBCLC in 1998. She has worked as a lactation consultant in private practice, for county and state public health programs, and in healthcare settings. She began teaching lactation training courses in 2003, and has taught in hospital, community and academic settings. She currently works in Portland Oregon for Legacy Health in high risk maternal and pediatric hospitals. She also teaches lactation courses at Portland State University School of Community Health. She is an active member of the Oregon Washington Lactation Association, the US Lactation Consultant Association, and the International Lactation Consultant Association. She was a founding Board Member for Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, a HMBANA non-profit donor milk bank.

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Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC
Dr. Sanjay Prabhu, MD, DCH,IBCLC
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WHO Growth Charts: From Science to Implementation
Available in: Lactation Conference 2016
India Dr. Prashant Gangal, MD, DCH, IBCLC

Dr. Sanjay Prabhu is a senior pediatrician and lactation consultant working in the field of Infant and young child nutrition for past 20 years . He is an active member of Breast Feeding Promotion network of India and was the Secretary of the Maharashtra state branch. He has been closely associated with UNICEF INDIA and various State governments of india in rolling out their IYCN training plans. He was a part of the Breast Crawl video team and also the Hirkani room concept team. He has pioneered introduction of IYCN and SAM along with WHO growth charts in medical college curriculum in his state. He is actively involved in promotion of use of WHO growth charts in his country and was also part of guidelines committee to formulate IYCN guidelines for India.

Dr. Prashant Gangal is a Practicing Pediatrician in Mumbai for the last 25 years. He has also been Mother Support &  Training Coordinator of BPNI Maharashtra since 1995, Co-Coordinator of Mother Support Task Force of WABA since 2003, and a Lactation Consultant since 2009.
Dr. Gangal was trained in lactation management by Dr. Felicity Savage and has been a breastfeeding trainer and advocate for 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the first Mother Support Group in India (1995) and played a key role in training 500 Traditional Massage Women in Mumbai, Breast crawl rejuvenation (video, dossier and website), training thousands of Government health care providers in 6 Indian States with an innovatively written module in collaboration with UNICEF and organizing IBLCE exam for the first time in India (2009). He made significant contributions to LLLI publication ‘Hirkani’s Daughters’
Dr. Gangal has multiple publications to his credit and has been a speaker at LLLI conferences in San Francisco and Chicago. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mumbai Breastfeeding Promotion Committee in 2008 and WABA Secretariat award in 2010. He spoke on Breast Crawl at 2014 Gold Conference

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Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP
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Aerophagia Induced Reflux Associated With Lip and Tongue Tie in Breastfeeding Infants
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Symposium: Tongue-tie Research and Implications
USA Dr. Scott Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

Dr. Siegel is a pioneering Tongue Tie surgeon, mentored through medical school, residency and in private by practice by the late Elizabeth Coryllos, MD. He is a dual degree MD, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, lectures internationally and publishes on the topic of Reflux associated with Lip and Tongue Ties.

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Dr. Valerie Lavigne, DC, chiropractor, MSc, I.B.C.L.C.
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Neuromusculoskeletal disorders in the breastfed baby: causes, assessment, & treatment
Available in: Sucking Dysfunction & the Role of Bodywork for Lactation Consultants Lecture Pack
CAN Dr. Valerie Lavigne, DC, chiropractor, MSc, I.B.C.L.C.

Dr. Valérie Lavigne graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  in 1998. In July 2005, she became an IBCLC, the first chiropractor in Quebec with the title. She has her fellowship in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has graduated in November 2014 with a Master of Science  in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health from the Anglo-European Chiropractic College. She is working in private practice in her chiropractic clinic in Kirkland, Quebec.

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