Meet Dr. Dina and Dr. Anthony

At FEED, we’ve long delved into the details when it comes to the long-lasting impact and effects of a school meal, the process for distributing free school meals on the ground abroad (which we’ve even seen firsthand), and how the infrastructure and funding-required is provided for a free or reduced school meal program in the U.S., but when it comes to the science-backed nutrition behind why school meals – and food and nutrients in general – are so crucial for little ones, we’d like to know more.

We’d like to know what nutrients babies and children need, why they need them and how kids across the globe, from all different backgrounds, can get everything they need to grow, learn and thrive.

We are sure you have burning questions too, that are applicable to your real lives as parents, teachers, soon-to-be mamas, or just wellness and nutrition enthusiasts. Like how should you properly be storing your breast milk? What’s a good serving or portion size for my kids? If my daughter wants to be a vegetarian at age 5, how can I make sure she has everything she needs? What do I do if my toddler hates every food I try to give him?

We have great news – Dr. Dina and Dr. Anthony, our newly appointed resident nutrition experts, are here.

Dr. Dina is a board-certified pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of NYC and NYU Langone Medical Center, Dina has received numerous research awards, along with compassionate doctor recognition. She was listed as a New York Rising Star and a NY Super Doctor (!!) from 2016 to 2019. After attending Barnard College, where she graduated summa cum laude, she went on to attend medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s hospital at Montefiore and her hematology / oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

She has two daughters of her own and has co-authored The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers. She also contributes to The Bump, among other places, and lectures on a variety of topics. She is dedicated to clarifying the misinformation that’s out there and providing a guiding, factual voice for new moms and soon to be parents. Since she’s a proven expert, we’ll let her do the talking on all things nutrition for the next few months.

Dr. Anthony, her co-author in The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers, will join her  in crafting the responses to your questions! He is a board-certified pediatrician and board certified pediatric gastroenterologist. He currently is is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Yale University He has contributed articles to The Bump and is passionate about nutrition, especially in the care of children with difficulty gaining weight, feeding issues and celiac disease. He is a father of a toddler boy and a baby girl.

Every month, they’ll be here to answer your nutrition questions and provide sage wisdom for feeding the littlest (sometimes bossiest and pickiest) eaters in your household. Here’s hoping we’ll all learn a little something – spoiler alert, we definitely will.

Follow us on Instagram @FEED, to submit your questions each month. We’ll be posting an open call for questions each month, in our Instagram Stories, so be sure to follow along and send yours our way!

Follow Drs. Dina and Anthony @pediatriciansguide