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Exploring Food Allergy Families

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Exploring Food Allergy Families

Tamara Hubbard, LCPC (The Food Allergy Counselor website)

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Hosted by licensed therapist Tamara Hubbard, LCPC, Exploring Food Allergy Families is a podcast with real talk, relatable conversations, and practical advice focused on navigating the impacts that food allergies have on families, mental health, and emotional well-being. Subscribe now so you don't miss any episodes! (www.FoodAllergyFamilies.com. Music by Scott Holmes.)
 
Join CertiStar CEO, Shandee Chernow, as she explores food allergies, business, and life’s moments. Each week she will have special guests from all walks of life including chefs, restauranteurs, celebrities, food allergic innovators and other industry leaders. Feel inspired and motivated as you hear success stories and other incredible life experiences.
 
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Tamara Hubbard, LCPC, is the Founder and CEO of The Food Allergy Counselor (FAC), providing psychosocial resources for the allergy community & behavioral healthcare providers. The goal has always been to be a one-of-a-kind resource, helping the food allergy and allergic disease community to effectively navigate psychosocial impacts and positively i…
 
For 14 years, Chef Brad has been the President and CEO of HRBUniversal and director of all divisions. Chef Brad has been an industry veteran for over 30 years and brings real-life experience to his work. He is a Certified Master Trainer and is one of the only master trainers in the United States and Internationally that is approved to administer an…
 
Dr. John James is an Allergy, Asthma and Immunology specialist certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, particularly interested in pediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He has a strong family history of asthma, food allergies, and eczema and has been diagnosed with FPIES*. After 30 years in a clinical setting, he wanted a change…
 
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Insightful, inspiring, and captivating. she will excite you with her passion for a more mindful existence. Aleasa Word is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT). FAACT’s mission is to educate, advocate and raise awareness for individuals affected by food allergies. She is the found…
 
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Katie Moreno is the go-to advocate for food minorities, such as those impacted by food allergies. She leads an inclusive movement within the hospitality industry to create a more welcoming environment. Katie has made it her mission both personally and professionally to dedicate herself to thoroughly researching how restaurants meet these needs. She…
 
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Rafi Taherian is the Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality at Yale University. Still, his journey started in Iran, and he shares his intriguing story that exemplifies an immigrant's journey to the US. Rafi is a dining services revolutionary who has forged partnerships with Yale University and the food industry to create positive change on ca…
 
Meet Brittany Charlton, Founder, and CEO of Ohh! Foods. Brittany is on a mission to bring awareness to food allergies while creating innovative snacks that are free from the top 10 food allergens. Her motto is “turning the ‘but’ into an ‘and,’” and she is doing precisely that. Brittany suffers from a peanut and tree nut allergy and lactose intolera…
 
Joanna Fantozzi, a self-proclaimed “Comfort Food Enthusiast in High Heels”, is a journalist writing about the restaurant and hospitality industry. She is currently Senior Editor for Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality. Joanna shares her journey to journalism and why specifically the food, restaurant and hospitality niche. Joanna exp…
 
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Joel Schaefer, CCC, CDM, CFPP, joins Shandee in this week’s episode to talk about his brand new cookbook, At Home with Your Allergy Chefs: Cooking Up Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Meals Everyone Will Enjoy. Chefs Joel and Mary Schaefer are food allergy sufferers, culinary instructors, cookbook authors, and co-founders of Your Allergy Chefs. For …
 
The first American-born to win The Gelato Festival America’s highest honor came in 2019 to Chef Michael Guerriero. His winning flavor was ‘Blueberry Basil.’ Chef Mike attributes his success in part due to the peer-to-peer influence he experienced as a teen. Obviously, he is an expert in making gelato and ice cream, and he shares his knowledge with …
 
Mealtime can be a challenge if you have food allergies. It can be arduous to find recipes that don't include the ingredients you're allergic to. Angie Nelson created a way to have meals without the top 9 allergens, and the end result was her innovative idea of meal delivery kits. And with the help of an incredible chef, Executive Chef Gilbert Junge…
 
She won National Chef Educator of the Year in 2011 and received the Cutting Edge Award in 2015 from the American Culinary Federation. Dina Altieri, M.S.Ed., CEC, CCE, CHE, has had a storied career in culinary education and is currently Director of Membership Development for the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Dina shares her chef journey and ho…
 
Dr. Scott H. Sicherer is the Director of the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute and the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. He is Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Clinical Research Unit, a component of Conduits-the Institutes fo…
 
Grapes grow in the Arizona desert, and Sam Pillsbury, Owner, and Founder of Pillsbury Wine Company, proves that by producing award-winning wine in Cochise County, AZ. He joins Shandee to share the fascinating life journey that led him from Connecticut to New Zealand and back to America and why he settled in Arizona. Sam wants to make a living while…
 
We were honored to be joined by Anita Roach, Vice President of Community Programs and Education at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). She joined Shandee to talk a bit about the background and history of FARE and the vital work FARE is doing. Listeners will get to hear her perspective on the importance of patient advocacy and its role in deve…
 
Mark Retz is the Managing Director of Systems Evolution, Inc. (SEI), a business and technology management consulting firm. He built his expertise from working across many industries and has a diverse career and dynamic background. His goal is to help clients define the problem, identify solutions, implement plans, and get things done. He drives his…
 
Dr. Nikhila Schroeder is certified in Allergy & Immunology, and Pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder and her husband James founded Allergenuity Health to build an ideal care community for people affected by allergies while specializing in Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a safe process by which you and your allergist can work together to train your im…
 
Diane Neville is the Chief People Officer for Shake Shack Enterprises and has over twenty years of human resource experience. She is responsible for the national development and oversight of all human resources workforce strategies and functions. Diane tells her journey that led her to human resources and the hospitality industry in particular. Dia…
 
Wendy Gordon Pake, Founder, President, and Volunteer Executive Director of FOODiversity, focuses on health equity by providing a direct link to resources for those with food allergies and celiac disease. FOODiversity aims to provide access to safe food, which is often an unmet medical need. The organization works directly with physicians, social wo…
 
Alanna Zingano founded “Travel the World A to Z” and is a full-time travel content creator and vlogger. She was bit by the travel bug while studying abroad and was determined to make a career by doing what she loves. Alanna gets vulnerable as she shares with Shandee how she overcame her self-consciousness and the obstacles from learning as she work…
 
Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed is a food allergy mom that works nationally and internationally as a food allergy consultant and educator through her business, Mennett Lee Food Allergy Consulting. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary and Special Education. Through consulting and education, she creates s…
 
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Sonia Hunt is a food allergy activist, TEDx speaker, and best-selling author. She joins Shandee to share her food allergy journey. She tells her story of taking risks with her food allergies that led to her rock-bottom experience. She dedicated herself to "changing everything," advocating for herself, and drove herself to change her mindset. This j…
 
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Chef Martha Morgan is Founder of Allergy Dragon YouTube Channel (Awarded Top 15 Allergy YouTube Channel) and she recently started a website of the same name. She is a specialty diet and food allergy chef. She started cooking in restaurants with her first job at 16 years of age and has been cooking professionally for almost 30 years. In 2003 she bec…
 
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Cooking was her creative outlet, and the kitchen was her safe place. After her two daughters were diagnosed with environmental and anaphylactic food allergies, food was not only for sustenance and joy but also as a means of keeping her girls safe. Shahla Rashid tells the story about how two weeks completely changed her world, both personally and pr…
 
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David Stukus, MD, is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology and is Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is very active on social media and uses his popular Twitter and Instagram accounts @AllergyKidsDoc to dispel myths and combat misinformation and misconceptions…
 
Executive Chef David Fhima is a fascinating guest who will capture your heart with his passionate words and inspired cooking. He is Chef / Owner of Fhima’s Minneapolis and has partnered with Levy Restaurants at the Target Center to oversee Food and Beverage Operations. He tells the story of his life and childhood influences. He shares with us the i…
 
Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Nana Mireku has a passion. That passion is evident in everything she says and everything she does, and it certainly shines through every word of this conversation. Her mission is about reaching her patients’ goals through her food allergy knowledge. She is in love with the ever-changing science of allergy bu…
 
My guest Jo Frost (also known as Supernanny) and I chat about so many important topics in this 2-part episode, including how to live an empowered life with allergies, navigating various family/parenting dynamics including divorced/blended families, and how values can be the compass that guides you to living a safe AND full life with allergies. Jo a…
 
Dena Roché is a wine consultant and founder of Vin Roché, a private wine services business. She worked as a travel writer, and having experienced 35 wine regions around the world for over 10 years, she developed an expertise in wine. With changes in the business and Covid-19 creating havoc for the industry, Dena decided to make a career change cent…
 
My guest Jo Frost (also known as Supernanny) and I chat about so many important topics in this 2-part episode, including how to live an empowered life with allergies, navigating various family/parenting dynamics including divorced/blended families, and how values can be the compass that guides you to living a safe AND full life with allergies. Jo a…
 
Riya Miglani is a Food Allergy Advocate that is doing incredible things. Most recently, she co-authored an illustrated children’s book titled “The Hidden Hero.” She shares the journey, from inspiration through publication and beyond. Her goal in writing this book was to empower kids to be their own heroes. She hosts the podcast “Less Panic, More Pe…
 
Chef Brian Hay is Instructional Dean of Culinary, Pastry, and Hospitality at Dallas College. He is a Level Two Certified Sommelier and a Certified Specialist in Wine and Spirits. Pairing food and beverages is an art that Chef Brian loves to share with others, and he founded "Art of the Pair" to do just this. He was always drawn to food and cooking …
 
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