the village

You might often read, amongst our many blog posts, the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child“. This saying is probably quoted at nausea but we value the meaning deeply. It is our belief that each individual needs a community in which to grow, learn and develop and the two nourish community is a reflection of this ideal.  In order to make two nourish a community reflective of this principle we often ask our people within our own village to contribute articles so that we can pass on to you the nourishment and encouragement we receive. It is with hope that by providing a more diverse voice, we will help sustain who we are—our character, our values and our future—in a positive way.

contributing bloggers

Danae DiPilla-George, Physical Therapist and CrossFit TrainerDanae DiPilla-George | Cross[Fit] Pregnancy
Danae DiPilla-George, a soon-to-be new mother, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Children’s Hospital Orange County. DiPilla-George received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her Bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. She has been CrossFitting since 2005 and has coached for 2.5 years. DiPilla-George’s CrossFit certifications include: Certified CrossFit Trainer, Level 1 (since 2011); Certified CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer (since 2012); and Certified Dynamax Instructor (since 2012). Prior to CrossFit DiPilla-George danced for 22 years in styles such as jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. She competed in dance on her high school dance team all four years as well as on the 15 time National winning college dance team at Orange Coast College.

Eberly Family

Bryan Eberly | Gluten Free But Kid Approved Pancakes
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Bryan Eberly, founder and creator of Raw Mana, moved to Los Angeles in 2008. Throughout high school and college career Eberly struggled with his weight and health, and tried everything from weight loss pills, all veggie diets and calorie restrictions but found that nothing worked to get him in optimal shape. Even a 5-day work week was to no prevail. His journey to healthy-living brought him to a read a book entitled Wheat Belly which changed the way he approached food. He began a low carb, high fat and moderate protein diet and in less than a year was able to achieve his ideal weight. In 2015, Eberly founded Raw Mana because he felt that there was a lot of misleading products on the market that contained unhealthy and high inflammatory ingredients. He created a recipe that has zero refined sugars or processed carbohydrates.

Kim Grenawitzke, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, CBIS |
Pump Station Baby Led Weaning
Kim is a pediatric occupational therapist and feeding/swallowing specialist. Along with her work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Grenawitzke has a private practice helping children and families in home with feeding challenges. She also is a mentor for clinicians working towards a specialty in pediatric feeding.


JoshBioPicJosh Kastler | Toy Safety. Gift the Gift of Peace of Mind
Safe Ducky founder Josh Kasteler is a chemical engineer who spent over 10 years in Asia and the US as a factory and supply chain consultant, testing products for toxicity on assembly lines, alerting manufacturers to supply chain problems, and removing items with dangerous levels of harmful chemicals. He has deep domain expertise in chemical product safety and international compliance regulations. To launch Safe Ducky, he is personally going store to store in Los Angeles testing toys for toxic chemicals.


Board certified pediatric dentist practicing in San Diego

Kim Lugtu | Children’s Teeth 101
Dr. Kim Lugtu is a board certified pediatric dentist practicing in San Diego. She received her doctorate of dental surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry.  Following dental school, she went on to complete her pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she served as chief resident of the department her final year. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Dr Lugtu is currently a member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  She has enjoyed dental mission trips to Nicaragua and the Philippines.


Melissa McGee | Early Detection is the Best Protection. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Melissa McGee is a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant and has been practicing at CHOC Children’s Hospital for over 13 years. McGee is a wife and mother of four, as well a small business owner in Orange County. She received her AA and AS in OTA from Santa Ana College and her BASS/ED from Ashford University graduating Magna Cum Laude. McGee has been a volunteer with the Orange County Chapter of the Komen Foundation for 26 years, and been honored with participating as a Committee Member for Race For The Cure for the past 6 years. As the creator of Susan’s Garden for the Komen Foundation, she has the privilege of creating the ‘In Celebration’ and ‘In Memory’ posters that line the course on Race Day. For her many dedicated years of volunteering, McGee received the Volunteer Of The Year Award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation in 2013.

kellyn pakKellyn Pak | Be Prepared for CPR
Kellyn Pak RN, MSN, MICN, CEN is a Senior Nursing Instructor at LAC+USC Medical Center.  She graduated from USC with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and worked as an ER nurse at “the County hospital.”  She earned her Master’s in Nursing Education from Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU) and had since taught at nursing schools such as Azusa Pacific University and MSMU.  Currently, she owns and operates Resuscitation Basics, a healthcare education service taught by nurses.


karyKary Rappaport | Tongue-Tied
Kary Rappaport is a pediatric occupational therapist with advanced training and certification in feeding and swallowing.  She has 10 years of experience working with medically complex and fragile patients and her specialties including breastfeeding, tongue and lip tie, feeding infants with cardiac defects, and picky eating. Kary works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and she also provides private consultations and therapy services in the greater Los Angeles area. Kary has been published on the topic of feeding and she lectures locally and nationally. More information on Kary as well as her feeding blog can be found at

Scott Sakamoto | Doofus Dad

Scott Sakamoto has been a dad for all of two years with nearly all on-the-job training. One of the things he is less qualified to do than parent is write. So here is an article that he wrote on parenting.



apple headshotAviril “Apple” Sepulveda | Changing the way we view maternal mental health

Apple is a board certified pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience.   She is a certified lactation educator, infant massage instructor and VitalStim provider with advanced practice in feeding and swallowing and physical agents modalities.   She is a board member for 2020mom, a non-profit that bridges the gaps in maternal mental health through collaboration, education and advocacy.   She is also the founder of The En/ability Project, a Philippine-based non-profit that promotes awareness on early screening, detection, and intervention for prevention of developmental disabilities in underserved areas in Cebu, Philippines.

joyburkhardJoy Burkhard, MBA, Executive Director of 2020Mom |  Post-partum depression: Beyond Baby Blues

Joy Burkhard is a mother of two and founder of 2020 Mom. 2020 Mom is a non-profit organization that aims to close gaps in maternal mental health through education, advocacy and collaboration.


michelle selkoMichelle Selko, MS, OTR/L |  Post-partum depression: Recognizing the Signs

Michelle Selko is the Clinical Program Coordinator at the Maternal Wellness Program at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA.  Michelle is an occupational therapist and has been working with adults with mental health disorders for over 15 years.  Michelle is also a mother of an adorable 6-year-old boy and sits on the board of directors for 2020 Mom, a national nonprofit organization filling gaps in maternal mental health care.


hollyHolly Reams, COTA |  Choose JOY today.  Mourning Can Wait

Holly is a loving mother, a sister, a colleague, a friend.  Her heart is pure and unparalleled – and it is to no suprise she has dedicated herself to helping others (both in and out of the workplace) and to healthy living (of mind, body and spirit). Holly is a certified occupational therapist at CHOC, but she is also a musician, an artist, and a teacher.


Jessica Sparkles

Jessica helps out at Emergency Dentists USA as a PR manager. She’s one of those ex-cheerleader types who wants to channel her pep powers for good.



Adina Schwartz, OTR/L | Yoga: An Approach to Treating Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Adina Schwartz is a pediatric occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with 15 years of clinical experience.  She is also a yoga therapist specializing in management of chronic pain and adolescents with rheumatic diseases.


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