Dr. Karen Toker is a pediatrician with more than 45 years of experience in medical practice. During her years in pediatrics, much of her work has focused on caring for underserved and special needs children in urban areas. She has spearheaded innovative models of care, including a medical home model of care, and she has worked for a number of years in behavioral and developmental pediatrics and in school health programs including Head Start. Dr. Toker has practiced in New York City, Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Jacksonville, Florida area. Her experience ranges from academic pediatrics to private practice to public health departments. Her published work is in school health and Reach Out and Read, a program to promote reading and love of reading in children in underserved areas. Her present interest is in how the natural environment can promote children’s health and development in urban settings. Dr. Toker received her B.S in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and her M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.