Meet Dana! While some know her as the cheerleading wife of Chef Brian Lewis (think OKO and The Cottage), Dana is mom to twin 5 year old boys and a nurse practitioner with almost 20 years of experience, who recently opened her own practice, DPL Aesthetics! As her own skin became a primary focus, she recognized her desire to make taking care of your skin as accessible and simple as getting your hair or nails done. In her free time, she loves Compo Beach, visiting her family in Newfoundland (where she’s from), and date nights at Tavern at Grey Barns! For anyone who knows Dana, she is a powerhouse – authentic as it gets, humble, and incredibly driven. We can’t wait to support her on this next endeavor!
A self-proclaimed “hustler,” Emily just published her 6th novel – and first psychological suspense book – Pretty Revenge! After an early career in TV and then as Editor-in-Chief of a regional magazine, Emily decided to try writing her own book, and her success has been tremendous in a field many struggle to enter. When not writing, Emily loves boating with her family, eating delicious food (especially at a Bill Taibe restaurant!), and in another life would be a chef – or a therapist. Emily is a straight shooter – and as loyal a friend as they come. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is, and is thrilled to have the Westport community supporting in this exciting next step in her career! Are you a Kerrie or a Jordana? Check out her book to find out!
If you have never heard of Connecticut Children’s, the non-profit children’s hospital based in Hartford with specialty care centers in Fairfield and Danbury, it is a truly incredible resource. Robyn Matloff, pediatric nephrologist (kidney doctor), and mom to two young girls, recently became their Medical Director of Physician Liaisons for Fairfield County, enabling her to work with local pediatricians, hospitals and practices to make sure they know all the amazing services that Connecticut Children’s is bringing to our backyard. Thrilled to no longer be commuting, Robyn loves days – or nights – at Compo, swears by Sharkey’s tropical hair oil, and would be a Disney Travel agent in a next life. She wishes she could have grown up in a community like this, and feels incredibly lucky for the “framily” she has found here. We are lucky she found us!
Katie is mom to two young boys, and is very excited to bring her experience as a registered dietician and wellness to her hometown, where she can help individuals and families looking to live a healthier lifestyle. After years in finance, she followed her passion for nutrition and wellness and spent time in NYC working with corporations on wellness in the workplace. Though Katie misses the city, and especially the Japanese handrolls from her favorite spot in Brooklyn, she and her family love being back! Katie is an organizer at heart, loves working with people, and is constantly coming up with creative ways to make eating more enjoyable for kids – and adults. We’re glad to have you back Katie!
Director of Westport’s NEW One River School of Art + Design (opening June 15th!), Alyson grew up in Westport, and moved back two days after having her second child (yes- straight from the hospital) into the house she grew up in! Alyson loved art, art history and education from a young age, and a Bedford Middle School trip to DC was a defining moment in her future as a museum educator. Alyson can make anyone belly laugh (without even trying), and it could be that her sense of humor came from her parents telling her and her sister that she arrived as the prize in the cereal box one day. =) She is honest, incredibly bright, passionate and loves ice cream and landscaping in her free time. The opportunity to bring art education to her own community felt like the chance of a lifetime, and she hopes everyone will come visit when they open!
In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness month, we wanted to share the story of a Westport Mom who is a brain tumor survivor, and recently published a book sharing her story. Titled “8-Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor” because the number 8 was the only thing she could see after her brain surgery, Nathalie details for her daughter life before her tumor, and the many challenges she faced after, including having to relearn how to read and write at age 35. Today, Nathalie loves time at the beach, margaritas at BarTaco and is grateful to the many friends who have been like family to her. Nathalie’s is a story of hope, resilience and persistence – and a reminder that we moms are often even stronger than we ever knew we needed to be!