Pediatrics – Nutrition & Fitness for Life
Carine Lenders, MD, MS, ScD
Dr. Lenders has been the medical director of the NFL Program since 2003. She also heads the Pediatric Nutrition Support Services at Boston Medical Center, and she serves as attending physician for the Nutrition Support Team at the Children's Hospital of Boston.
Dr. Lenders is a former family practitioner with a master’s degree in tropical medicine, who graduated with honors from the State University of Liege, Belgium. She spent several months in the Congo with Médecins sans Frontières and three years in Bangladesh at the International Center of Diarrheal Diseases and Research.
She was a fellow in pediatric nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine), a resident in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellow in the Combined Program of Pediatric Gastroenterology (MGH and Children’s Hospital of Boston-CHB) at Harvard Medical School. She also served as the co-director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at CHB from 1998 to 2003.
She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Dr. Lenders is also an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and on faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has received several education grants and is involved in the vertical integration of nutrition at BUSM. She recently edited a clinical guide book on overweight and obesity with Caroline Apovian, MD, that earned an outstanding review in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Her current research interests include the relationship of selective dietary components and medications to weight gain and obesity-related conditions.
Aimée Lim-Miller, MSW, LICSW
Aimée Lim-Miller is the clinical social worker for the NFL Program, providing individualized psycho-social assessments and interventions for patients and their families. She has clinical experience in acute pediatric psychiatry, family and individual therapy and pediatric psychotherapy groups. She was the Senior Clinical Case Manager for McLean & Franciscans Children’s Hospital Inpatient unit.
Aimée has a BA in Psychology and Art from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh and Master's in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work . She is a 2009 Fellow graduate of the Children's Hospital Boston LEND program at the Institute for Community Inclusion focused on public policy, advocacy, diversity, stigma, human rights, and developmental disabilities. Her graduate clinical training was in outpatient psychotherapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and in a community nursing and rehabilitation center. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is interested in nutrition, community health, cross-cultural issues and social barriers related to obesity. She enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, cooking, organic gardening, and travel.
Alan Meyers, MD, MPH
Dr. Meyers is an attending physician for NFL as well as a primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City and both his pediatric residency and fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Meyers is also currently an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. He has special interests in the nutritional health of children in disadvantaged populations, and he enjoys reading, riding his bicycle, woodworking and taking pictures.
Kathy Ireland, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Dietician and Program Coordinator
Kathy Ireland is a clinical dietitian for the NFL clinic as well as the clinic coordinator. As a dietitian with NFL, she helps families make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier weight. Whether talking about food, fitness, or parenting skills, Kathy always strives to motivate families to make the changes most relevant to them and creates a personalized approach to weight management for each family.
Kathy has been working as a dietitian since 2003 and her career has always focused on working with under-served communities. She got her start in New York City working first with a program that brought cooking and nutrition activities into classrooms and then managing Kids Cafes for the Food Bank for New York City. Since relocating to Boston in 2005, Kathy worked for 5 years in the Dorchester neighborhoods of Codman Square and Fields Corner managing a diabetes initiative for DotWell.
A proud native of Brockton, MA, Kathy got graduated from the University of New Hampshire before getting a graduate degree in nutrition from Penn State. Her master’s thesis focused on proper feeding practices for pre-school aged children. She completed her dietetic internship at the Hines VA Hospital outside of Chicago, IL. Kathy has also received a certificate in pediatric weight management from the Commission of Dietetic Registration. When not at BMC, Kathy can be found on the roads of Boston training for the Boston Marathon, running local road races, biking, hiking, or staying in her apartment cooking up a tasty (and healthy!) meal.