Melanie Potock '93

(updated 1/6/17) Melanie Potock received a bachelors followed by a masters degree in 1993 in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from CU-Boulder. In reconnecting with her we soon discovered that not only is she a successful practicing SLP but an entrepreneur extraordinaire as well. At the beginning of her studies at CU, Melanie had an array of interests and explains, “It wasn't until 2 years into my first job that I realized my true passion was feeding. I could work with kids and food until the end of time. It's the best job ever!” "When I was in graduate school, there were several women in our class, about 1/4 of us, who had small children at home. My kids were 3 and 5 at the time. I don't know how we did it - we were going to school full time and taking care of young kids. Everyone was very supportive of each other and we received tremendous support for our professors. It was Betty Jancosek who encouraged me to do an honors thesis - something I never dreamed I could achieve. I flew to Albuquerque to study Hippotherapy and Speech Therapy on horseback and later took kids from Mapleton Rehabilitation Center to the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center to practice what I had learned. Thank you Betty!"

Melanie is currently a pediatric speech language pathologist and feeding specialist in private practice, visiting homes in the Denver/Boulder area. She recently published her fourth book, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes. Other books include the award winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater, written with pediatrician Dr. Nimali Fernando, and Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits, and Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Children about the Joy of Food. All of Melanie’s books, along with her children’s music CD (Dancing in the Kitchen) can be found on Amazon and most bookstores around the world. Melanie’s online course for parents and professionals, The Picky Eater Video Course, is available for individuals or classrooms. To attend one of Melanie’s 25 live courses taught each year, or access her publications, visit Melanie’s seminar page at  This is a website with many valuable resources!

Congratulations on all of your good work and publications in media and print, Melanie!