About Us

Inceptive Education (“Inceptive”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Inceptive is a science-based early learning platform for parents of children between 0 and 5 years of age. We believe that equipped with the right tools and information, parents and caregivers are best positioned to help children reach their full potential in their early years. We make scientific tools and activities to support early development much more accessible so that parents can make informed decisions.

Our vision

To give every child the best start in life by supporting healthy development in the early years.

Our mission

To offer parents reliable, scientific tools from a variety of trusted sources and help them support their child’s development in early childhood.

The Inceptive Team

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Purva Gujar

Founder & President

Purva is fascinated by how early experiences affect brain development. She is passionate about ensuring that every child gets the best start in life.

While starting her preschool, Purva realized that parents are the first teachers for their children and every parent wants the best for their child. But most parents aren’t experts, and they need help long before their child starts preschool. She also met many parents who spent hours looking for evidence-based research online. Since there wasn’t a trusted source they could turn to, Purva decided to build one.

Purva has an MS from MIT, an MS from Auburn University and a BS from University of Pune, India.

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Kara Linse Buckley

Vice President & Treasurer

Kara is dedicated to elevating women in sports, including athletes, coaches and executives. Most recently, she was the Director of Olympic Games at Visa. Kara pioneered Visa’s acceptance campaign for Rio 2016 by making diverse athletes the cornerstone of Visa’s Olympic ads. 

Kara currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and an infant son. She is trilingual – speaking English, Spanish and Portuguese – and is currently working on adding a fourth language to her arsenal, Mandarin. She has also worked abroad with stints in Australia, Brazil, Chile and Spain.

Kara has a BA from the University of Oregon – Charles H. Lundquist College of Business with a double major in Business and Spanish. 

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Sheena Pakanati

Secretary

Sheena is a co-founder of Mockingbird, an online wireframing tool. As the third engineer at Stripe, she helped start the product team there that created the first versions of the Stripe API, dashboard, and platform products.

More recently, Sheena built Spoke, a voter contact tool that has been used by progressive political organizations like NextGen to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton; Color of Change to elect district attorneys that want to reform our criminal justice system; MoveOn to mobilize for activists pushing for single payer health care; and GetUp to pass same-sex marriage legislation in Australia.

Sheena has a BA in economics from Harvard University.

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Dr. Timoteo Alemdia, MD

Advisor (pediatric neurosurgeon)

Dr. Alemdia is a pediatric neurosurgeon trained in Brazil. He completed his post residency training in pediatric epilepsy surgery at University of São Paulo and skull base surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 

Dr. Alemdia’s research interests include preterm birth and neonatal brain hemorrhage, and neuroprotection. His current research is focused on the neuroprotection properties of cannabinol after neonatal brain hemorrhage.

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Dr. Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD

Advisor (developmental-behavioral pediatrician & developmental cognitive neuroscientist)

Dr. Feldman holds the Ballinger-Swindells Endowed Professorship of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, serves as the Division Chief for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Programs at Stanford School of Medicine and the Service Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She is board certified in pediatrics and developmental – behavioral pediatrics and has been practicing for over 35 years.

Dr. Feldman’s research interests include evaluating cognitive, language and behavioral development in children born preterm; and the impact of early focal injuries to the left hemisphere of the brain. She is also extremely interested in improving the delivery of healthcare to all children with developmental and behavioral disorders. Dr. Feldman is the author of the book, Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities.

Dr. Feldman attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of California San Diego Medical School and her fellowship at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She earned her doctorate (PhD) in developmental psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Myrto Frangos, MD​

Advisor (pediatric endocrinologist)

Dr. Frangos is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist specializing in the care of children with diabetes, growth disorders and other endocrine problems. She has been in private practice in St Louis for over 25 years.

Dr. Frangos attended medical school at St Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Texas and her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis.

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Dr. Dharam Goel, MD

Advisor (pediatric cardiologist)

Dr. Goel is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He specializes in fetal cardiology and the care of children with congenital cardiac defects.  He has been in practice for over 30 years. 

Dr. Goel attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at St Louis University School of Medicine.

 
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Dr. Michelle Guchereau, MD​

Advisor (psychiatrist)

Dr. Michelle Guchereau is a psychiatrist certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has over 14 years of experience as a psychiatric clinician, and earned her Medical Doctorate at the prestigious University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

An honorable veteran of the United States Air Force, she was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for her work supporting active duty military members and their families across the globe.

Dr. Guchereau is a volunteer assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She specializes in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, formerly called ADD), mood and anxiety disorders. She also has extensive experience helping families and individuals work through parenting and relationship issues.

Dr. Guchereau provides psychiatric evaluations, therapy and pharmacological treatment for children, adolescents, and adults in her private practice in San Francisco, California.

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Katie Howser, IBCLC

Advisor (lactation consultant)

Bio coming soon! 

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Tina Lin

Advisor (business strategy & marketing)

Tina brings over 20 years of marketing, operational and business experience in startups and large multinational corporations.

Tina has two children and understands first-hand the desire and challenges in figuring out how to give children the best start in life. She wishes she had had a resource like Inceptive when her children were infants.

Tina has an MBA from Stanford University and BS/BA from the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania.

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Françoise Sansoni​

Advisor (early childhood education)

Françoise grew up in Europe and is bilingual in English and French. She raised her own two children first in France, then in the US where they have lived since 1996.

Françoise has worked as a Montessori educator for over 20 years, and has certification from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for the ages 0-3, 3-6 and 12-18 (NAMTA). She has worked extensively with children from different cultures, backgrounds and ages, and has also been a training assistant, curriculum designer and consultant.

She currently lives and works in the Bay Area, where she loves hiking, discovering the beauty of this area and sharing her experience as a mother and educator through her blog.

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Colleen Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP​

Advisor (pediatric nurse practitioner)

Colleen Walsh earned the Bachelor and Masters of Science of Nursing from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis Missouri Suma Cum Laude.

Colleen has been practicing as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric cardiology for 9 years and in the field of pediatrics for 14 years.

Sources you can trust

Inceptive makes unbiased, reliable and scientific parenting information more accessible and discoverable. We curate data, papers, studies, presentations, videos and podcasts from world-renowned universities, research institutes, nonprofits, and early childhood development experts—health professionals and educators—from around the globe. We do this to ensure that parents and caregivers have the most recent and relevant information on every topic we cover.

Disclaimer

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