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Do you have questions about child development or children’s general health, mental health, or dental care? Or maybe you need to know how to find and select a daycare. Would you like to know what resources are available to help you navigate your journey through parenthood, and where to find them? Perhaps you just want to know whether your child’s diet of nothing but buttered noodles will eventually lead to scurvy or rickets. Well, our Ask-an-Expert section will strive to answer these questions and more.
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Jenn Messina, RD

Wellness Coach | Dietitian

Hi lovely Mamas, my name is Jenn Messina and I am a Registered Dietitian here in North Vancouver. I work at Canopy Integrated Health in Lynn Valley but I also provide virtual telehealth services all over the province! When I am not working, I am chasing my energetic 3 year old boy and fiery 5 year old girl through the mountains of the North Shore. I also love to create delicious, family friendly recipes so my kitchen is my second home.

Donna Pratico-Lehto, RN, BScN

Public Health Nurse, VCH Early Years Program

I am a Public Health nurse and have been working in public health for the past 15 years. I graduated from the Foothills School of Nursing [in Calgary] 25 years ago and soon thereafter moved to Utah with my husband. It was there that I had my first taste of working in Public Health in the area of early intervention.

Dr. Zina Alkafaji

Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry

Hi! My name is Zina Alkafaji, I am a mother of 3 young children and I am a certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. After I graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois- Chicago I practiced general dentistry for 2 years before pursuing my true passion- dentistry for children. I realized that the magic of children kept me enchanted and challenged at work each day. I wanted to become an expert in children and their little teeth so I spent 3 extra years studying at UBC to become certified in pediatric dentistry and received my masters in Craniofacial Science. When I’m not working I enjoy exploring the beauty of the west coast with my husband and children, I love cycling and skiing the local mountains.

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