Creating fun, informative, inspiring books takes a team!

Author
Riya Jain

Riya Jain is entering 9th grade in Chicago, IL. She co-authored The Class That Can: Food Allergies and all the books in The Class That Can: Staying Healthy series. She has been in multiple videos educating young people on health issues. Active in school, Riya enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and piano. Riya believes in developing a “CAN mindset” so you can focus on the positive and all the amazing things you CAN do!

Author
JJ Vulopas

With an approach that educators have called transformational, JJ inspires young people everywhere to become “Citizens of Can” by embracing the 14 Words of Can. His youth empowerment resources are used by schools and pediatricians’ offices nationwide. JJ is the author of Land of Not, The Class That Can: Food Allergies, and The Class That Can: Staying Healthy series. An analyst at Lucid Management and Capital Partners LP, JJ is a 2019 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City.

Illustrator
Bill Dussinger

Bill is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and educator from Lititz, PA. He has a BS degree in Art Education from Kutztown University. Bill has been in the design business for over 30 years for many clients such as Discovery Channel, the Oakland Raiders, East Coast Music Hall of Fame and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. He currently teaches graphic design and illustration at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, PA. In his spare time he loves to visit his four grandchildren, paint watercolor paintings and watch college football. Penny Lane Graphics, www.plgraphics.com.

Teacher
Mrs. Can

Mrs. Can CAN teach! Mrs. Can is the ultimate teacher, the one who inspires and empowers and compels every one of her students to be the best versions of themselves. By introducing her students to the 14 Words of Can, and by following the tenets outlined in the Can Constitution, Mrs. Can knows that she is creating a classroom of life-long leaders, a classroom where students will define themselves by their cans, look out for each other, and, ultimately, soar!

Our Medical Reviewers

Students deserve the best medical information available, which is why we surround ourselves with a medical review team that makes sure everything we create is medically sound. 

Pediatrician
Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Dr. Gupta is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern Medicine and has more than 16 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher. Dr. Gupta completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Louisville, and continued on to complete her medical residency at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She completed her pediatric health services research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and went on to receive her Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gupta is the director of the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR) within Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and is a clinical attending at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, where she is involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research. She is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in childhood food allergy and asthma prevalence. She has also significantly contributed to academic research surrounding economic costs, pediatric management, ED visits and hospitalizations, quality of life and community interventions, especially in schools. An author of The Food Allergy Experience, Dr. Gupta has over 100 publications and her work has been featured in major TV networks and print media.

Pediatrician
Dr. Kenneth Fox

Dr. Kenneth Fox does community pediatrics. He was appointed Chief Health Officer of Chicago Public Schools in December 2016. A Chicago native, Dr. Fox has worked in primary care for over 25 years in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia – in university and community clinics, hospitals, mission teams, an orphanage, a psychiatric ward and in private practice. He’s a graduate of the University of Chicago, trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and was an RWJ Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Bridging the disciplines of pediatric primary care and medical anthropology, Dr. Fox has served on medical school faculties—Harvard, Penn, Boston University, Northwestern and the University of Chicago—and held appointments at BU and Harvard School of Public Health. He’s worked on a range of editorial and non-profit boards and received grants and fellowships from the Ford, Fulbright, Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) and Kellogg Foundations, The Open Society Institute on Medicine as a Profession, and the Institute for Health and Social Justice. He’s currently an RWJ Foundation Clinical Scholar. He’s written and lectured widely on cultural and social justice issues in health and care and collaborated with Partners in Health and Physicians for Human Rights. His longstanding interests in global health have led him to work in Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and South Africa.

Dr. Raina Gupta

Dr. Raina Gupta is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellowship trained Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist located in Chicago, Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, completed her Adult Neurology residency at Rush University Medical Center, and her Sleep Medicine Fellowship at University of Chicago.

Dr. Gupta serves as the Medical Director, a Clinical Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist. As part of her practice Dr. Gupta has an opportunity to provide care for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central and Mixed Sleep Apnea, Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, as well as many other sleep disorders. She also provides care for patients with Stroke, Seizures, Altered mental status, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Headaches, as well as many other Neurologic conditions.

Dr. Gupta has been involved in teaching medical students, internal medicine residents, family practice and dental residents through lectures, clinical bedside teaching and multiple grand rounds. She has also given talks to primary care physicians, subspecialists, and at community events. She is a speaker for the American Dental Sleep Medicine Association courses and for Telespecialists.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson is a leading pediatrician, an entrepreneur and consultant, an author and media contributor and voice online. She was a health contributor to Seattle’s NBC affiliate station for 6 years, and continues to be an official spokesperson and public speaker. She is Chief Medical Officer of Before Brands, a health and wellness startup developing products and education to prevent food allergies based. She holds a master’s degree in bioethics and is the author of the book Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Child Health, Parenting, and World-Life Balance, in addition to her blog and podcast.

Her credentials also include: MD, MBE (Masters of Bioethics), and FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics). * Recipient of a Gold Award from Mom’s Choice Awards for her book Mama Doc Medicine. * Spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on Communications and Media. Close partnerships and work for various state Department of Health and for the Centers for Disease Control on education and health translation. * Previous  Huffington Post contributor, KING5 News medical contributor. * Quoted widely in press on pediatrics, health and innovation in print, online, and TV. * Past, Chief of Digital Innovation, Seattle Children’s Hospital. * Past, Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington. * Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine * Platinum Fellow & advisor to the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.