Nutrition for Families supports pediatric health professionals and families on the health benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet from pregnancy through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. We are especially determined to assist clinicians and families in the critical first 1,000 days – pregnancy and the first two years of life. Increasing nutrition education both during training and for experienced clinicians is critical to our mission.

Program Objectives

  • Research and summarize relevant medical and nutrition peer review literature.
  • Create booklets, factsheets, webinars, newsletters, and other resources in support of families and clinicians.
  • Develop both Parents and Clinicians Advisory Councils.
  • Launch practical research, starting with a survey on pediatricians’ attitudes and support needs on plant-based nutrition.

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Brenda Davis, RD

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Ronnie Hasson, RD

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Allan Kornberg, MD

United States
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Niklas Oppenrieder, MD

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Carissa Pitalo, Program Manager

United States

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Reshma Shah, MD

United States
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Dagmar Struncova, PharmD

Czech Republic
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Carolin Wiedmann, MD

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Brenda Davis RD is a pioneer in plant-based nutrition, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and an author/co-author of 12 books. Her most recent work, co-authored with Dr. Reshma Shah, is called "Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families." Brenda lives with her husband in Calgary Alberta, Canada.

Ronnie Hasson M.Sc. RD is CEO of PAN Israel. She’s a registered dietician and nutritional scientist with years of experience leading national and community health promotion projects for various target audiences: professionals from various fields, parents, teens and children.

Dr. Allan Kornberg served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Buffalo, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University.

He has served as medical director with managed care organizations and provider institutions, as well as government and advocacy groups, typically working with complicated populations, both clinically and socioeconomically.

Dr. Kornberg received his BS in Biology from MIT, his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and his MBA from the University of Rochester.

Niklas Oppenrieder is a physician specializing in pediatrics at Aschaffenburg Hospital in Germany.

Being both PAN International’s Medical Director and Chair of the Board of PAN USA, he heads the strategic development of both organizations, applying his medical and scientific expertise as a pediatrician as well as his first-hand technical knowledge as a member of several different medical associations.

Carissa Pitalo brings years of experience in business management, plant-based education, and public speaking, with a demonstrated history of working in the nonprofit sector, to her role as PAN’s Nutrition for Families Program Manager. She is a passionate advocate for a whole food plant-based diet for good health, as well as environmental stewardship. Carissa’s studies include business management, accounting, and plant-based nutrition.

Reshma Shah, MD, MPH is a board-certified pediatrician and adjunct instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the co-author of "Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families." She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. Most Sundays, you can find her at the California Avenue Farmers Market in Palo Alto where she finds inspiration for weekly family meals.

Dagmar Struncova is the co-founder of PAN Czech Republic. A pharmacist with clinical experience from Edinburgh, UK and State Institute for Drug Control, Czech Republic, she is now a Ph.D. student in the field of plant-based nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University, CZE and a proud mother.

Carolin Wiedmann MD is a pediatrician specializing in pediatric nutrition. She works in a pediatric clinic in the greater Munich area and consults with families about whole food plant-based nutrition during pregnancy and childhood. Carolin co-founded PAN and serves as its first chairwoman.