Hi. I’m Dayo Lanier, M.D. (affectionately known as Dr. Dayo to the students I’ve worked with), and I’m a pediatrician, turned writer (of articles and songs). 🙂
I’ve always had a special interest in combating childhood obesity through education and prevention. My desire to focus on teaching children how to stay healthy, rather than treating them after the fact, led me to transition from practicing medicine, into the world of consulting.
I received my middle and high school education in Buffalo, NY at City Honors School. I earned a B.A. in Biology and Society from Cornell University and received an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I completed my pediatric residency training in Austin, Texas.
In 2007, I started Pediatric Wellness Consultants, a consulting company focused on developing and implementing community-based health, fitness, and nutrition education programs for children and their families, primarily in pre-schools, elementary schools, and churches.
Soon after, I began writing and recording children’s songs which encouraged exercise and dance, inspired healthy eating and promoted self-confidence, through lyrics geared just for that purpose. My debut single, “Drink More Water,” was released in August 2010.
Since that time, diagnoses of ADHD x 3 in our family shifted my focus to what can only be described as a personal, scientific study of parenting and family life (and other things) with ADHD… more on that later!
I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to create a unique path in life, by finding ways to use my gifts and talents, while exploring a variety of interests.
I’ve been able to delve into every artistic thing I’ve wanted to try, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and ballroom dance lessons; learning to play the guitar, bass, and piano; taking guitar and voice lessons; and writing children, gospel/contemporary Christian, and jazz songs.
This wonderful exploration allowed me to hone in on my passions and solidified my belief that I’m called to learn, teach, share and encourage others through writing, music, and education.
On this website, I’ll lend my introverted, ADHD, multipotentialite, Coach’s wife, Christian mom, arts & science perspective (along with a background in medicine), to offer encouragement, insights, and information on a variety of topics, ranging from health & wellness, creativity & music, education, parenting and self-development.
The Reserved Rebel Mission: Encouragement to honor your differences, embrace unconventionality, live authentically, and create a balanced life.
I hope you enjoy it!