Our Experts

Our editorial policy states that we should listen to the experts. So, here are the experts we’ve listened to and referenced in our articles.

Please note: The following experts have not endorsed or are affiliated with Best For Parents in any way, whenever they have been mention it is through their work that they have published online or in books.

Secondly, these are the experts that we generally subscribe to as parents ourselves.

Sarah Ockwell-Smith

We could go on and on about our love for Sarah – we wanted to be gentle parents and Sarah’s numerous books (they just keep coming!) helped us get there.

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a well known parenting expert and a highly regarded popular childcare author who specialises in the psychology and science of parenting, ‘gentle parenting’ and attachment theory, with a particular interest in child sleep. She has authored 13 parenting books, translated into over 30 languages, which have sold almost half a million copies.

Lucy Upton

Lucy is a qualified Paediatric Dietitian and Feeding Therapist, practising since 2010 when she graduated with her Master of Nutrition degree from the University of Nottingham.  She quickly chose to specialise in Paediatric Nutrition & Dietetics and has since enjoyed working with hundreds of children and their families in both specialist and clinical settings.

Dr. Pat Spungin

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I am a child psychologist with a life long interest in family psychology, especially parenting. 

Born in the North of England, Pat completed a BSc and MSc at the London School of Economics and then a Phd at the Institute of Education (University of London). Her PhD thesis was a study of Sibling Rivalry and its Socialisation.

Caleb Wegener, Ph.D

Caleb has a passion for the interaction between footwear and the body and has made his passion his career through a structured plan to gain knowledge and expertise in the field. His career goals are to improve the lives of others by bringing his knowledge to life by working with teams that share his vision for the development of innovative product.

Salena Zanotti, MD

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Dr. Zanotti graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1997. She works in Avon, OH and 1 other location and specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Zanotti is affiliated with Fairview Hospital.

Traci C. Johnson, MD

A native of Columbus, GA, Traci C. Johnson, MD, moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, graduating with degrees in biology and religion. She earned her medical degree at Emory School of Medicine and continued her training at Grady Hospital with Emory’s OB/GYN residency program. There, she served as chief administrative resident and received awards for excellence in teaching. She has been in private practice in Snellville, GA, since 2002, serving as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastside Medical Center from 2012 to 2014. She is married with three children (including twins). She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.

Sophie Martin

Taken from Sophie’s own blog – “I am a midwife in a busy London hospital, where I have worked for nearly 8 years.” and from Instagram “Mother to Cecil & Wilfred, who never made it home, And to Percy that did. IVF aficionado. Midwife to many.”

My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for several years. In 2018 we conceived identical twins thanks to IVF. In 2019 I sadly went into premature labour and our sons Cecil & Wilfred were born, and subsequently died.

Dr. Hilary Gordon, MD

Dr. Hillary Gordon, MD is a pediatric allergy specialist in Philadelphia, PA. She currently practices at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia and is affiliated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She accepts multiple insurance plans. Dr. Gordon is board certified in Allergy & Immunology.