Pediatrician and co-founder,
Dr. JJ Levenstein has spent the last quarter of a century caring for children. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, and remained in San Francisco to serve as a research associate at the Children's Cancer Research Institute. After that, she graduated summa cum laude with a second undergraduate degree from Duke University, and completed training as a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she served as a pediatric Physician Assistant with a large HMO. Five years later, she was accepted at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, during which time she got married, had a baby, and finished in four years! While at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, she was acknowledged as the outstanding pediatric intern, and was also recognized as one of the top three graduating residents in her class. Dr. JJ and Dr. Diane became fast friends during their training at CHLA – and the MD Moms have been friends and colleagues ever since!
Recently retired from the thriving private practice she founded in Southern California, Dr. JJ continues as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the clinical staff of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was voted one of the Best Doctors in America® 2004 through 2012 and also recognized as one of the Top Pediatricians designated by The Leading Physicians of the World 2012. She remains committed to teaching, and is focusing her current efforts on volunteer work, writing, and consulting. Dr. JJ is committed to promoting infant and child health by serving as an educational and media speaker and is also a regular contributor to several parenting websites. She sits on the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles, and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Peanut Board.
Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician-moms.
Eczema (in Greek, means to “boil over”) is a condition of the skin thought to affect 10% of the general population, although it seems as though more babies and kids present with this as a complaint in the office setting. Eczema is thought to stem from a defect in the skin cells tight junctions (think of them as grout on a tile floor) – they are lacking, and as a result skin cells essentially can’t join forces to retain moisture, and many portals of entry exist for irritants to worsen the condition. Secondly, the immune system in children with eczema tends to over-react, with a more brisk response to inflammation and itch than normal.