Debra Holtzman, J.D., M.A.
Debra brings integrity, professional credentials, technical expertise and experience to your community outreach and media campaign.
A nationally acclaimed safety and health expert, parent educator, and an award-winning parenting author, Debra is a respected technical consultant and spokesperson for high quality products and services that support children, motherhood, families and a healthy living lifestyle. She has a law degree, an M.A. in occupational health and safety (OSHA), a B.A. in communications and she is the mother of two beautiful children. Debra 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.
Her books, The Safe Baby (Sentient Publications, 2nd edition, and 1st edition), and The Panic-Proof Parent (McGraw-Hill, 2000), have received rave reviews and endorsements from leading parenting authorities and safety and health organizations. The Safe Baby won the National Parenting Publication 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
Online-Training Course and Handbook (StayWell Publishing, April, 2014). Debra also served as Subject Matter Expert in the development of the 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
Debra co-wrote the script for the nationally distributed video program, Safety Starts at Home: The Essential Childproofing Guide (InJoy Videos. 2012). She also served as 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 SafetyDebra has been featured as safety expert on hundreds of radio and television shows around the world, including NBC's Today Show, ABC World News, Weekend Today, Dateline NBC, CNBC Asia Market Watch, MSNBC, John Walsh Show, 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 series, Make Room for Baby. She has been quoted in Dr. OZ, The Good Life, CNN, Parents, Newsweek, Child, Parenting, Fit Pregnancy, USA Weekend Magazine, People, 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, ABC News and Washington Post. Debra's best-selling books, parenting articles, news releases, and appearances reach millions worldwide. And Debra’s website, TheSafetyExpert.com is ranked #1 in Google, Bing and Yahoo for "Child Safety Expert", “Baby Safety Expert” and “Safety Expert”.
A former Mrs. Florida, and chosen by Reader’s Digest as an "Everyday Hero," Debra Holtzman has a dynamic, yet down-to-earth style that makes her the ideal personality to serve as a spokesperson.