Debra Holtzman, J.D., M.A.
Debra is a nationally renowned child safety and health expert, baby educator, crisis manager, and a specialist on the subjects of injury prevention, healthy living, toxic chemicals, child passenger safety, green products, lifestyle, nursery equipment, technology products, travel, food safety, healthy cooking, pet safety and more. She has been helping families for over two decades.
Debra holds a B.A. in communications from the State
University of New York at Albany, an M.A. in occupational health and safety
from New York University (OSHA), and a J.D. from St. John's University School
of Law, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class. As well as practicing law, Debra has worked as a industrial safety and
health consultant and inspected numerous plants and factories for hazardous
working conditions, dangerous equipment and unsafe practices.
Her books, The Safe Baby (Sentient Publications, third edition, 2018, 2nd edition, 2009, and 1st edition, 2004), and The Panic-Proof Parent (McGraw-Hill, 2000), have received rave reviews and endorsements by leading parenting authorities and safety and health organizations. The Safe Baby won the National Parenting Publications’ Gold Award, one of the country’s most authoritative consumer-awards recognizing the best in children's and parenting resources.
Debra served as a Subject Matter Expert for American Red Cross, Advanced Child Care
Online-Training Course and Handbook (StayWell Publishing, April, 2014). She also served as Subject Matter Expert in the development of the most recent version of
the American Red Cross’ Babysitting Basics course (released in April,
2013). She was responsible for thoroughly revising the course materials
(including an online learning course, a participant handbook and
co-wrote the script for the nationally distributed video program, Safety
Starts at Home: The Essential Childproofing Guide (InJoy Videos. 2012). She
also was the Content Consultant for Scholastic Books, Rookie Read-About
Safety, 2012 children’s book series: Internet
Safety; Bicycle Safety; Back-to-School Safety; Fire Safety; Never Go Anywhere
With A Stranger; Car Safety
Debra has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows around the world, including NBC's Today Show, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Weekend Today, Dateline NBC, CNBC, Asia Market Watch, MSNBC, John Walsh Show, WGN Superstation, The Daily Buzz, Washington Post Radio, "You, The Owner's Manual" hosted by Dr. Michael Roizen (who was regularly featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show), Associated Press Radio, NPR, Bloomberg News, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Debra also appeared weekly on the popular Discovery Health TV series, Make Room for Baby. She has been quoted in Dr. OZ, The Good Life, Parents Magazine, People, Newsweek, Parenting, Child, Fit Pregnancy, USA Weekend Magazine, Star, Us Weekly, First For Women, Woman's World, This Old House, Family Circle, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, America Online (AOL) homepage, UPI, New York Times, Washington Times, Toronto Star, and Washington Post.
Debra was chosen an "Everyday Hero" by Reader's Digest, and was named a "Woman Making a Difference" by Family Circle Magazine. She is also a former Mrs. Florida http://www.mrsunitedstates.com/history_states.asp?year=1995
She was the Honorary Co-Chair of the Florida Safe Kids coalition and teaches infant and toddler safety and CPR classes at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She is a certified child passenger safety technician and an
American Heart BLS CPR/AED instructor.
Debra is married to Robert, and they have two beautiful children.