CARA NATTERSON, MD is a New York Times bestselling author. She has published several books about child health and wellness, writing for both adult and YA audiences. The most well-known among them are the updated version of The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls and the all new The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls. These books launched in 2013 and have already sold well over a million copies each. In 2015, she released The Care and Keeping of Us, a 3-book set teaching parents and kids how to speak about issues around puberty.
Cara travels the country speaking to kids and their parents about how to take ownership of their health and wellness. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for people of all ages... and she knows how to make kids laugh. She started her career in medicine at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, where she cared for thousands of infants, children, and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara's consulting has extended beyond individual families to include teaching tweens in various school settings about their bodies. Cara also consults with fortune 500 companies seeking child health and wellness advice. For many years she has appeared as an expert on television, in print, and on multiple web-based health and parenting outlets.
Cara is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cara sits on the Medical Board of Advisors for The Honest Company and she serves as a Director for the Global Board of Starlight Children's Foundation. She has held seats on the Board of Directors of Baby2Baby and the Board of Trustees of the John Thomas Dye School. Cara is married to cardiologist Paul Natterson and anyone who knows her knows that Cara practices what she preaches: she takes the health and wellness of all kids to heart, particularly her own 10-year old son and 12-year old daughter.