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About Dr. Laura Jana

Dr. Jana is an Omaha-based pediatrician and proud mother of three, national speaker, health communicator, innovator and award-winning parenting and children’s books author.

Having received first received a BS Degree in Cellular-Molecular Biology, Dr. Jana received her MD from Case Western Reserve University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. After several years in private pediatric practice, she co-founded The Dr. Spock Company – one of the first online health sites – in the late 1990’s, and subsequently her own company – Practical Parenting Consulting. Dr. Jana is nationally recognized for her more than 2 decades worth of ongoing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for children and offer credible practical parenting advice to new and expectant parents. She serves as consultant to academic and government organizations, non-profits and corporations alike.

In addition to providing more than a decade’s worth of her reality-parenting advice to media outlets nationwide, including The Today Show, CNN, GMA, Parents magazine, NPR, Time, People, NYT and USAToday, Dr. Jana serves as a media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has served on the national Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care. Her efforts now focus on pediatric issues that extend beyond the four walls of a pediatric office – including everything from early literacy promotion and car seat safety to obesity prevention, immunizations, and the impact of technology. Her efforts have increasingly been dedicated to innovatively addressing the earliest and most urgent needs of children locally, nationally, and globally – especially those living in poverty. Dr. Jana is particularly focused on collective impact, technology-driven innovations in health and education, social impact finance, and fostering cross-collaborations to improve the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Dr. Jana served as founder and 9-year owner/operator of Primrose School of Legacy – a premier 200-student educational child care center in Omaha. She is also well recognized for her many years as parenting expert for Omaha’s NBC affiliate, the Omaha World Herald, and Omaha’s top-rated drive-time morning talk radio program, as well as her involvement in the community. She is also the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Business Award.