Two experts on food allergies will provide a free educational session for parents Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dakota County Heritage Library in Lakeville, 20085 Heritage Drive.
Nancy Ott, MD, a Mayo Clinic pediatric allergist who sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, and Nona Navaez, executive director of Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA), will combine for a session called: “What Parents Need to Know.” They will provide an overview of food allergies, talk about the latest research, and offer helpful tips on how to handle emergencies.
Dr. Ott practiced at Southdale Pediatrics for 22 years before moving to Mayo Clinic to add teaching and research to her practice. Dr. Ott’s personal experience with childhood asthma has informed her work as a pediatric allergist. At age 13, she spent nine months at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for asthma treatment.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, she is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.
Narvaez is a co-founder of AFAA and has served as its executive director since its inception in 2001. Under her direction, AFAA has grown to be the largest state food allergy organization in the United States. Narvaez has worked for the Minnesota Legislature and U.S. Congress as a policy research analyst, and has her M.A. (public affairs) and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota.
The session is sponsored by FamilyHealth Medical Clinic of Lakeville. FamilyHealth provides primary, specialty and urgent care services at its clinic at 9913 214th St. in Lakeville.