Vermont Organics Medical Advisory
Meet the Vermont Organics advisory board of pediatric medical and nutritional experts.
Vermont Organics Medical Advisory
Meet the Vermont Organics advisory board of pediatric medical and nutritional experts.

Vermont Organics Infant Formula Medical Advisory

Vermont Organics is proud to maintain an advisory board of pediatric medical and nutritional experts. Practicing pediatricians, academic medical researchers, and registered nursing and dietician experts all contribute to the nutritional and science direction behind our organic infant formulas.

Lisa Thornton, MD

Dr. Lisa Thornton is on the Vermont Organics Advisory

Dr. Lisa Thornton is a mom and a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children with disabilities. She is passionate about providing reliable health information for families and believes that childhood is the best time to develop good habits for the body and mind. Dr. Lisa has practiced medicine in a busy clinical setting for more than 15 years, has lectured widely, and provides health commentary for network morning shows and various other media outlets. Her friendly, engaging, straightforward style makes health information accessible whether she's talking to a private patient or a network audience. Aside from raising her own children, Dr. Lisa's next greatest passion is partnering with parents to help them guide their children to the best life possible.

Dr. Lisa is the founder and director of C.A.M.P. Schwab (Children with Adapted Mobility Play), whose mission is to encourage athletic participation among children with disabilities. She has lectured at academic institutions (Fisk University, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of Chicago), corporations (Boeing, Kraft Foods, National Association for Black Journalists, Safeway, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation),and for the Michigan Legislature. She has led audiences to a greater understanding of a variety of topics including childhood obesity, childhood disability, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness.

Dr. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency at Children's Memorial Hospital Northwestern University.

William Petri, MD

Dr. William Petri is on the Organic Formula Advisory

Dr. William Petri is the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University. In addition, he is president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Petri majored in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and received medical and philosophy degrees at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He returned to the University of Virginia as a fellow in the infectious diseases division headed by Gerald Mandell, MD.

James Sutphen, MD

James Sutphen, MD, University of Virginia Infant Formula Expert

Dr. James Sutphen founded the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at University of Virginia in 1981 and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Virginia. He is certified by and was a past national chair of the Sub-Board for Pediatric Gastroenterology of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sutphen completed his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University, earned his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the Children's Hospital, Harvard University Medical School.

Anthony Kovatch, MD

Dr. Anthony Kovatch is a Pediatrician and Infant Formula Expert

Anthony Kovatch, MD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to attend medical school at Hahnemann Medical College, which is now part of Drexel University. He continued his pediatric training at Pediatric Cornell North Shore University Hospital and served a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. For the past 30 years, he has been a practicing pediatrician in Pittsburgh and is currently working at Pediatric Alliance.

Barbara Dehn

Nurse Barbara Dehn is a Women's Health Expert

Barb Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, award winning author, and a nationally recognized health expert. She holds a BS from Boston College and earned her Master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco. An in demand and popular national speaker on all aspects of women’s health, she also lectures at Stanford and is a frequent health expert on television. She has appeared on CBS, ABC, CNN, Good Morning America Now and NBC’s iVillageLive.

Barb started her own health publishing company, Blue Orchid Press, LLC to “Empower Women with Information.” She writes and publishes this series of innovative and award-winning women’s health guides with titles ranging from Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Fertility, Healthy Bones and Menopause. The Blue Orchid Guides are used by millions of women across the country.

She practices with Women Physicians in the heart of Silicon Valley. She has more than 20 years of experience listening to and caring for women. She’s helped countless women and couples navigate their way through infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. She’s adept at listening, validating and explaining complicated health matters in a straightforward, easy to understand, warm and friendly style.

Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

Elizabeth Ward is a Dietician and Expert on Nutrition

Elizabeth Ward is a registered dietitian, freelance writer and mother of three. Her latest book is MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better: Decoding the Dietary Guidelines for Your Real Life. Ward is also the author of Expect The Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler. Ward is a contributing writer for Men's Fitness magazine, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and WebMD.

As a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for nearly 10 years, Ward was featured in nearly 1,000 print and broadcast interviews, including CNN, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. She has also been a guest on The Today Show and The Dr. Oz Show and regularly appears live on the Morning News on Fox 25 in Boston.

Ward created and conducted corporate nutrition education programs for five years at Medical Care Affiliates in Boston, where she also counseled patients. She has worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the American Heart Association, and for seven years counseled children and adults about healthy eating and disease prevention at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston.