Meet the Experts!
DR. ARI BROWN
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 under the tutelage of acclaimed pediatrician, T. Berry Brazelton, MD. She is board-certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In private practice since 1995, Brown is a partner at Capital Pediatric Group in Austin, TX. She teaches monthly prenatal and baby care classes, and volunteers with the Texas Pediatric Society, promoting children’s health issues through political advocacy.
A widely quoted baby expert in such media as Wall Street Journal and American Baby, Brown is an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Texas Medical Association. She was named “Outstanding Young Professional” by her university’s alumni association, and received the prestigious “Profiles in Power Award” from the Austin Business Journal for her professional excellence and community service. She is married and the mother of two children.
She lives in Austin, TX.
DR. MICHELE HAKAKHA
While growing up on the island of Maui, Dr. Hakakha knew at a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in women’s health. After attending medical school at the University of Hawaii and graduating at the top of her class with honors, she completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She established her private practice in Beverly Hills in 2002 and has recently opened a state-of-the-art office, offering patients an array of procedures in a safe and comfortable environment.
Dr. Hakakha prides herself in establishing a meaningful relationship with each patient in order to provide the most individualized care possible. Her philosophy includes exploring each patient’s needs to offer the least invasive treatment. She and her staff work together closely to provide patients with compassion, respect and privacy.
Over the years Dr. Hakakha has developed a special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies as well as caring for adolescents who are transitioning to adulthood.
Dr. Hakakha is Board-Certified and is an active member of both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.After being in private practice for many years and having patient after patient dissatisfied with the current educational books available to expecting mothers, Dr. Hakakha decided to co-author Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy. This book is the first pregnancy book written by two physicians (an OBGYN and a pediatrician) who are also mothers. The result is a down-to-earth, “no paranoia” guide through pregnancy that offers mothers-to-be the most current medical information delivered in a girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone.
Learn more about Dr. Hakakha’s book, Expecting 411.
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.