Laurel Mellin, M.A., R.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Pathway. She is an associate clinical professor of family and community medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine, and the director of The Institute for Health Solutions. Dr. Mellin’s research and writing have received awards from the American Medical Association, the American Bariatric Society, and the U.S. Department of Consumer Education, and have been featured in Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Time, and on Oprah, Good Morning America, Today, and The Early Show. She lives in Marin County with her three children. Visit her website at www.thepathway.org.