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LILAC Faculty

Core Faculty

Casey Rosen-CaroleCasey Rosen-Carole, M.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.

Fellowship Director – Chief, Division of Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine

Dr. Rosen-Carole created the LILAC fellowship after being contacted by people around the world, hoping for a way to train in breastfeeding and lactation medicine without having to relocate to New York. During the COVID pandemic, it became even more apparent that long-term, virtual solutions to advanced training were needed. Dr. Rosen-Carole was honored to receive the Dean's Teaching Fellowship through the University of Rochester which provided the mentorship and support needed to develop the LILAC program. She has been pleased to partner with experts around the world who gave their generous time and expertise to provide the Lessons in Lactation – Advanced Curriculum. The name "LILAC" derives from the flower of the City of Rochester, NY, which blooms with abundance every spring. Thereby, it acknowledges the foundational work of Dr. Ruth Lawrence, a pioneer in the field of Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine.

Allison PerelandraAllison Buckingham, M.S., C.D.N., C.L.C.

Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine, Coordinator of Education and Program Evaluation

Allison Buckingham is a certified dietitian-nutritionist and doctoral candidate in Behavioral Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a masters degree in human nutrition, a masters of business administration, and a bachelors degree in biology and nutrition. She is a lecturer at St. Joseph’s University in Brooklyn, NY, teaching nutrition in their undergraduate nursing program. Additionally, Allison co-owns and operates Perelandra Natural Foods, New York City’s largest independently-owned natural food store. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children (both breastfed until they were 4!)

Her dissertation is a program evaluation of Lessons in Lactation Advanced Curriculum. Research interests include breastfeeding in inherited metabolic disorders, social determinants of breastfeeding, and the development/impact of breastfeeding curriculum for clinicians.

Miena-HallMiena Hall, M.D.

Adjunct Professor of Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine, Teaching Assistant for the Class of 2025

Dr. Hall is a board-certified family medicine physician and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has been supporting breastfeeding families since 2005. She first became involved with lactation as a La Leche League Leader and Area Coordinator of Leaders for La Leche League of Illinois, while at home establishing her family. Later, after matriculating at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she worked as a clerkship instructor teaching her fellow medical students about breastfeeding. Since graduating from residency at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale Hospital in 2021, Dr. Hall has been practicing breastfeeding and family medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago and is the current president of the Northern Illinois Lactation Consultant Association. She is also a member of the inaugural class of the University of Rochester Lessons in Lactation Advanced Curriculum (LILAC) Fellowship. Starting in July 2023, Dr. Hall will be working as a Clinical Instructor and Primary Care Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to develop clinical imaging tools to quantify mammary hypoplasia and better identify prenatal patients who are at risk of insufficient milk production. She credits her breastfeeding journey with her four children as her continuing inspiration to help lactating dyads in need.

Anna SadovnikovaAnna Sadovnikova, Ph.D., IBCLC, M.P.H., M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Breastfeeding & Lactation Medicine, Research Curriculum Director

Dr. Sadovnikova, is a comparative mammary gland biologist, clinical lactation specialist, and NIH F30-funded medical student in the MD/PhD program at University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She has been a practicing IBCLC since 2018. For her PhD dissertation, Dr. Sadovnikova was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH NICHD) to study hormonal regulation of milk production, specifically the role of glucocorticoids in lactose synthesis, using different animal models. Her masters work was in public health nutrition (MPH) and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies (MA) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she studied international policies and practices related to human donor breast milk donation. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of California, Berkeley, in comparative literature and molecular and cell biology. Anna is a mama to a 4 year old boy (breastfed for 3+ years) and 1-year old girl (current breast milk monster!).


Kaitlyn Doud

Administrative Assistant