Li’l Baby Sprouts was born from Fanak Ojani’s passion as a new mother in 2008. Fanak recognized the need for quality baby products as well as resources to learn about all aspects of raising a healthy baby, from baby care and nursing support for new moms, to music and other developmental classes for babies.
“I love being a mother and sharing the combination of fine baby products and an intimate classroom setting for new mothers in Orange County,” said Fanak, now the mother of a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. “I am very selective in purchasing high quality products – many which are organic and made in the U.S. – and am truly excited to bring these together at Lil’ Baby Sprouts. I love sharing my passion with customers, and becoming a part of the community and its next generation.”
Fanak graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Accounting from City University London in UK.
Nazanin Asgarian is a fashion & textile Designer; she studied in the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in Holland. Being a designer and the passion for material and style she is planning to bring more exclusive products for babies to Li’l Baby Sprouts. Nazanin says,” I share the joy of being part of young Li’l Baby Sprouts family “. She has an eye for high quality, beautiful, functional and well-made products. She has 20 years of experience in the fashion industry in Europe. “As a mom I find it difficult to find well-designed comfortable clothes and products for my kids, and I am very excited to bring my experiences as a mom and designer to Li’l Baby Sprouts”.
Britton Lunde, B.A., CCE, CPE, earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Child Development from UC Irvine. She received her Childbirth Educator Certification and Postnatal Educator Certification through International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), is a Kindersign Instructor and an experienced Infant Massage instructor. She has 14 years experience in the field of Parenting, Prenatal and Postnatal classes. Her passion is to reach out to all new mothers and parents to empower them to be the parents that they are made to be. She continues to support mothers and families with her classes and workshops throughout Orange County. Britton is a proud mother of three daughters and can relate to all the challenges that motherhood brings.
Elizabeth Olsheim, MSED, LE, received a Masters in Education from Pepperdine University and has 10 years of experience working with children and their parents as a public school educator. In 2009, Elizabeth received her Lactation Educator Certification from UCLA and joined the lactation team at The Pump Station & NurturyTM where she has supported many breastfeeding moms. Elizabeth teaches prenatal breastfeeding classes, baby care classes, and leads breastfeeding support groups for new mothers, working moms and second-time moms. The proud mother of two young boys, Elizabeth understands the challenges that today’s parents face. She is dedicated to helping mothers successfully breastfeed while meeting their families’ changing needs.
Melanie Silverman is a registered dietitian (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk outpatient follow-up clinic. She is a preceptor for various dietetic internship programs around the country and has lectured at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, March of Dimes and Prader-Willi California Foundation. Her consulting practice is based in Laguna Beach, California, but she provides nutrition and lactation services nationwide.
Michelle Donaghy Certified Gentle Sleep Coach. Michelle is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach who offers parents a gentle and loving approach to helping their little one learn sleep.
Through her years as a therapist, a mother and a sleep coach, Michelle’s approach offers tired parents an alternative to the ‘cry it out’ method. Her proven solutions are medically and developmentally appropriate and look at all aspects of your child.
After her formal education in Psychology and Clinical Social Work, in 2010 Michelle furthered her education by graduating as the first class from the Gentle Sleep Coaching Program. She is an ‘Ask the Expert’ columnist for Parenting OC Magazine and sits on the annual speaker list for many parenting groups such as the OC Down’s Syndrome Association, MOMS Club and MOPS. She lives with her husband and two children in Brea.
Yvette B. Casal was born and raised in Southern California. Yvette studied dance and theater at Loyola Marymount University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Upon graduation she traveled the world to dance and eventually came back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Pilates. After the completion of Marie-Jose Blom’s extensive teacher training course in 2001, Yvette has found herself teaching across LA and Orange counties. Most notably for the Brighton Institute of Physiotherapy in Beverly Hills, Sony Picture Studios, as part-time faculty for the LMU Dance Department, Triad Yoga, Prana Pilates and Studio Seaside.
In a continued effort to broaden her knowledge, Yvette came across the MELT Method and quickly realized this was the missing link to help her clients improve their workouts. The MELT Method soon proved to be a profound way to help people rid themselves of aches and pains along with balancing their nervous system.