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Our People: Meet The Women Behind SpoonfulONE

January 27, 2021 2 min read

SpoonfulOne Founders

The science that powers SpoonfulONE is cutting edge and so are the people behind our brand. SpoonfulONE was founded by two incredibly smart women and moms: Ashley Dombkowski, PhD and Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD. Our products are based on the life’s work of Dr. Kari Nadeau, one of the world’s leading pediatric allergists and immunologists and the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.

As moms and scientists, they founded SpoonfulONE because they would not wait for the typical pace of science discovery to reach all homes and pediatric practices. SpoonfulONE is where we’re headed with eating (diverse diets in infancy, every day) and the solution itself is designed to change how parents know the new science and how they easily feed their babies...everywhere in the world.

As the inventor and co-founder of SpoonfulONE, Dr. Nadeau has spent her entire career working to disrupt and transform the food allergy category.

“I started SpoonfulONE because I saw the growth in food allergies and couldn't accept the status quo. I made it my personal mission to create a safe and convenient product to help give families, like yours, confidence. The power of early introduction starts with you.”

- Dr. Kari Nadeau, globally recognized pediatric allergist, SpoonfulONE co-founder & mom of five

Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School through the NIH MSTP program scholarships. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford and at University of California, San Francisco.

In addition to our powerhouse founders, our Chief Medical Officer is pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. Dr. Swanson leads efforts to foster conversations with clinicians and parents around the importance of early and consistent inclusion of potential allergens in the diet.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson

She is an author, mom, a prominent advocate of evidence-based medicine, and has devoted her career to prevention efforts. A graduate in Psychology from Kenyon College, Dr. Swanson earned her MD and MBE (Master’s in Bioethics) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine and then completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital with the University of Washington. She practiced community pediatrics with The Everett Clinic for 12 years. Dr. Swanson is a media contributor and functions as an official spokesperson for a number of leading pediatric organizations.