Debra Smiley Holtzman

Debra Smiley Holtzman

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Debra Smiley Holtzman is a nationally recognized child safety and health expert and a specialist on the subjects of injury prevention, toxic chemicals, food-borne diseases, and more. She has a law degree and an M.A. in occupational health and safety, and is the mother of two children.

Holtzman was chosen an “Everyday Hero” by Reader’s Digest and was named a “Woman Making a Difference” by Family Circle Magazine. She is currently the Honorary Co-Chair of the Florida SAFE KIDS Coalition and was the child safety consultant for the nationally distributed video program Safety Starts at Home: The Essential Childproofing Guide, winner of the National Parenting Publications’ Gold Award.

She is a favorite on regional and national television as well as on radio shows across the nation and has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, The John Walsh Show, and MSNBC. She was the safety expert on Discovery Health Channel’s popular weekly TV series Make Room for Baby. She has also been quoted in top print media, including USA Weekend Magazine, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Woman’s World, and Parenting Magazine. She is a contributing writer for Today’s Parent,, and

Holtzman teaches infant and toddler safety classes at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.