Meet the Experts

Dr. Murray Clarke,

D.Hom., M.Hom., L.Ac.

Founder + President

Dr. Murray Clarke, the developer of ChildLife Essentials®, holds licenses and doctorates in three fields of medicine: naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine and Chinese medicine (including acupuncture and herbology).

He moved to the United States from New Zealand 35 years ago and has since become a pioneer in the field of holistic pediatrics.

He blends a number of medical modalities including homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition to help patients with hard-to-treat conditions. He has become the “go-to” doctor for pediatricians whose standard pharmaceutical approaches haven’t been successful.

Dr. Murray Clarke continues to focus his experience, treatments and quest for knowledge on how to treat and prevent childhood illness at its root cause.

Dr. Katie Friedman

Pediatrician

Dr. Katie Friedman is a board certified pediatrician, writer, spokesperson, and mother.

Dr. Friedman completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. She currently practices pediatric emergency medicine in South Florida. She divides most of her working hours between the emergency room and the blog she created with her sisters, ForeverFreckled.com, where she serves as an educator and spokesperson.

Using her passion for preventive medicine and pediatric safety, Dr. Friedman has worked alongside several brands and companies, to guide parents through obstacles of childhood safety, illness prevention, and pediatric medicine. In addition to her hospital work and writing obligations, she also serves as a medical correspondent for Lifetime’s Access Health and The Balancing Act.

In her free time, Dr. Friedman loves spending time with her family, traveling, and early morning runs!

Dr. Nicole Avena

Expert in Childhood Nutrition

Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction, with a special focus on nutrition during early life and pregnancy. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Avena has written several books, including What to Eat When You’re Pregnant, What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler and What to Eat When You Want to Get Pregnant. She regularly appears as a science expert on the Dr. Oz Show, Good Day NY, and The Doctors, as well as many other news programs.  She has the #2 most watched TED-ED Health talk, How Sugar Affects Your Brain.

Dr. Avena blogs for Psychology Today. You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook and Instagram, and at www.drnicoleavena.com.