Author Bios

Dr Ari Brown and Denise Fields

Ari Brown, MD, FAAP (lower left) is an award-winning pediatrician and the coauthor of Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year (Windsor Peak Press, $14.95), Expecting 411, and Toddler 411.

Brown graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in child development. After receiving her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, she did her pediatric residency at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital. She performed additional fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

In private practice since 1995, Brown is the founder and CEO of 411 Pediatrics, in Austin, TX.

Her passion to educate and empower families with accurate health information is evident in her clinical work, public speaking, advocacy, and broadcast and print media experiences.

She is a trusted voice for children’s health, serving as a medical advisor for Parents Magazine and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has appeared in countless national publications including the Wall Street Journal and as an on-camera expert on the Today Show, CNN, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Rachael Ray. She currently hosts the Growing Up Texas health segment for Austin YNN News.

Dr. Brown is the lead author of the AAP’s 2011 policy statement on media use in children under the age of two. She chairs the AAP’s Media and Children strategic planning group. She has received the prestigious Dr. Ralph Feigin Award and 2012 AAP award for her advocacy work.

Dr. Brown lives in Austin, TX with her husband, two teenagers, and a small but mighty Jack Russell terrier.    

Denise Fields is a well-known consumer advocate and the coauthor of Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year (Windsor Peak Press, $14.95).

With her husband Alan Fields, she has written a number of critically acclaimed best-selling titles for consumers, including Bridal Bargains, Your New House, Baby Bargains, and Toddler Bargains.

Fields is a seasoned media veteran who has been widely quoted in such print media as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on many television shows, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Dateline NBC.

Fields earned a BA from the University of Colorado. She is the mother of two children, and lives with them and her husband in Boulder, Colorado.