More than twenty years ago, when I was studying to become a professor and researcher at Penn State's multidisciplinary Department of Human Development & Family Studies, little did I know that my career path would lead me to my own applied private practice, after having been a professor at Wheelock College. When I was a little girl in Greece dreaming of becoming a gynecologist or pediatrician, I could not have predicted the path that, in the context of human development, would allow me to incorporate medicine in the support and well-being of both mothers and children. My love of child development grew partly from my own upbringing in a close-knit immigrant family and also from the seed that was planted by the passion of my first undergraduate child development professor at Tufts University. Having worked with and studied under mentors in the subfields of linguistics, sibling and family relationships, behavioral genetics, theory of mind, and parental ethnotheories, I would later weave these threads into the tapestry of my life's work. My doctoral dissertation examining children's conceptions of child care vs. home would shine the light on that tapestry, with the child's perspective at its center. Complementing my holistic approach is the integration of the principles of food as medicine and mind-body wellness. Here's to parenting, teaching, and living with new perspective, balance, and whole health!