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   2. Analytics:

  •         2.7 million pages opened in 2018 (cPanel)
  •         Podcast lifetime downloads= 129,000 (blubrry stats)
  •         Visitors/year-
  •         Audience composed of adults interested in child health and parenting topics.
  •         I have a committed audience who averages 5 minutes per visit on my site.


3. Dr. Smolen:


Paul Smolen MD, FAAP,

also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 36 years of experience caring for children and families.  He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982).  At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his recertification in 2014. For the last 36 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. He is also the author of a parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should.  With 36 years under his belt, Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health.  Imparting practical and useful advice is the goal of every “Pedcast”. Smiling along the way can’t hurt!


4. Comments from Users, other pediatricians, Press, and Organizations:

–Article in the Charlotte Observer, June 1, 2015: Charlotte pediatrician offers parenting advice in book, blog

–Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine Magazine, Fall 2015 edition, Alumni Profile, page 50

–Cynthia comments on Facebook:

“Most Brilliant Children’s Doctor !!! Could not have raise my two daughters without him. So practical. Always calmed my nerves and cured my kids! Forever Grateful! Now The Podcasts are wonderful and his voice reassuring. Thank you, Sir, for your years of common sense meets medical genius.”

–Carol comments on Facebook:

 “March 23, 2017Doc Smo gives us so much practical, useful, and thought provoking information! He is a treasure to his patients, their parents, and all of us who enjoy and appreciate the time he puts into sharing his thoughts with us!”
–Whitney says about this pedcast on infant sleep:

Doc Smo, I love your blog and podcast! … Also, I would love to hear your advice on naps for infants. We have a 5 month old that will not sleep longer than 30 min. Sometimes crying it out works, but most of the time it does not. I think some sleep training is necessary, but don’t know what to do!

Thank you!


–Pediatrician Dr. Laura Pridemore says about this pedcast

“Couldn’t agree more!! Constant snacking, crunching and munching creates bad habits of eating all day and filling up on poor quality fake foods. Good info Doc Smo!!”


–Lisa comments on this pedcast:

“I was delighted to read your article about Veggiecation! Beth Anderson and Jen Wentzel’s boys attend my school, Village Montessori and Preparatory School. Jaime Coxon is our Veggiecator and makes her rounds to 8 of our 10 classrooms once a month to teach kids about veggies and make delicious recipes that the children get to taste. They sometimes help her make the recipe and after they sample the veggies each child receives an ‘I tried it!’ sticker. We have an organic school garden and we use veggies and herbs from it for recipes. We also have a strict snack policy, which consists of ‘no artificial anything’ and <8g of sugar per serving.

I am thrilled to see a pediatrician using his influence to get the message out about the importance of serving fruits and veggies to children. As a school owner, I’ve seen first-hand how a poor diet can affect behavior and learning to the point where we’ve recommended changes in diet to parents whose children display behavior problems.

Thanks for what you do!”

–Pediatrician Dr. Ana Marie Temple comments on this pedcast:

“This is such an important topic. A topic which I address with my patients daily. Many folks out there are so eager for the quick fix, and lots of times the quick fix in medicine appears to be antibiotics. Thank you for summarizing these findings which clarify that there are no easy nor quick fixes when it comes to our health. Children’s health is mostly importantly about prevention and disease is so much more then just medications.”

5. Video of Dr. Smolen’s TV appearances

WCNC Summer 2015-Two Appearances

6. Contact Information

Dr. Paul Smolen

2142 Edenton Rd

Charlotte, NC 28211

iTunes pedcast: Portable Practical Pediatrics

7. Selected “Doc Smo Pearl” Quotes:

How to Discipline Your Child…with Respect!
“If you don’t treat your child with respect when they’re young, they won’t treat you with respect when they grown.”

Starting Young Children towards a Life of Literacy

“Parents create their child’s reality.  If your child’s reality is visits to fast food restaurants, video games, and soda, parents created that reality. But if their reality is visits to the museum, reading daily, and nutritious meals, parents create that too.”

Shaping Your Child’s Character, Leading by Example
“Little eyes and little ears are watching and listening.”
“Children are like mirrors, they reflect what they see. Make sure what they see in you is mostly goodness.”

Grandma, Cod Liver Oil, and the 2011 News Regarding Vitamin D
“Grandma didn’t waste her time recommending things that weren’t important.”

Tincture of Time
“Trust your child’s body; it has been practicing medicine longer than any doctor alive.”

“Sit Down and Listen”
“Grandma was so smart that if she had been a stock trader, she would have been the Warren Buffet of her time.”

Getting the Dose Right!
“Janie’s dose of medicine shouldn’t depend on your silverware pattern, should it?”

Holiday Message 2013 (Pedcast)

“Making the babies was the easy part of parenting!” 

Kids, Holidays, and Sugar

“Don’t  allow your children’s nutritional wants to overtake their nutritional needs.”

Doc Smo’s Holiday Message 2017

“It’s hard to be fearful of people that you know.”

8. Books authored by Dr. Smolen



Can Doesn’t Mean Should, Essential Knowledge for 21st Century Parents,  Torchflame Books, February 2015.

In his first book, Dr. Smolen, a seasoned pediatrician and pediatric blogger, provides parents current, research based information to help them make informed decisions about family life. He provides practical tips and strategies for parents in the 21st Century:

Food-optimal nutrition and consequences of poor choices

Screen-the influence of quantity and type of screen time

Chores-responsibility shapes character

Money-value and management

Balance-academics, extra curricular activities, and unstructured play


Great Kids Don’t just Happen, manuscript in production, anticipated publication 2019

Dr. Smolen’s next book distills the essential ingredients parents need to provide for their children to maximize their healthy psychological development. He explores this subject by citing current research in child development with a mix of stories, experiences, and observations gathered during his 36 years of pediatric practice.

9. The Portable Practical Pediatrics Team

The Doc Smo Team:

Doc Smo Team Photo




(top L-R) The Rocket-Man Barrister, Seth Jaffe; The Maestro, Ben Smolen; Doc Smo;

(bottom L-R) The Digital Wizard, Sarah Smolen; Head Legal Counsel, Wendy Smolen



Sarah Smolen,


the daughter of DocSmo, is also known as the digital “Wizard” at the blog. She is the webmaster, managing all the digital content for the “Portable, Practical, Pediatrics” website. She comes at her work with great credentials having a Photojournalism and Art history degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010), as well as a webmaster certificate from North Carolina State University (2011). She is also an award winning photographer with exhibits in art galleries and museums.  She is currently working as a search engine optimization, website design, and internal marketing specialist at a web design firm in Apex, NC. Check out some of her other work at



Benjamin Smolen


is the son of DocSmo and the previous occupant of studio 1E. He serves as the resident musician, content editor, and one of the creative forces behind “Portable, Practical, Pediatrics”. He has a Music degrees from Princeton University (2007) and The New England Conservatory of Music (2009). Benjamin’s accomplishments are numerous, the latest of which include playing principal flutist for the Pacific Symphony in Los Angeles, CA., playing on numerous movie soundtracks, and releasing his first CD, “Bach to Beaser, by Duo Musagete. Check out his other pursuits at



Wendy Smolen

is the wife of Dr Paul Smolen and the manager of the LLC. She is a graduate of the following universities: Duke University BA 1974, Princeton Seminary M Div 1978, and Wake Forest School of Law JD 1982. She has practiced law for many years and served on numerous boards during her career. She edited Doc Smo’s first book, Can Doesn’t Mean Should.  Her amazing talents provide direction and guidance to the family project we call



Seth Jaffe,


nephew extraordinaire, is the jack of all trades at He does a little editing here, a bit of webmastering there, and pitches in where he can. Seth brings to the table 15 years experience as a NASA flight controller for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He has also been a professional fashion photographer, designed robotic cameras, and developed security systems for a living. For his fifth act, Seth has become an intellectual property attorney and cybersecurity expert.  Learn more about Seth at



Anne Gessner, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC

has worked with Doc Smo for the past 17 years after earning her undergraduate degree (1994) and a Masters in Nursing (1998), both from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. In 2005, she completed the training to become a certified lactation consultant; at Providence Pediatrics, she has been able to combine both practices. Currently she is a graduate of the Haden Institute of the Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, NC. This will allow her to be a spiritual director, helping others with life’s hard issues. In Anne’s free time you will find her in the clay studio or knitting.  Her two school aged boys also keep her busy.

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