We caught up with pediatrician and entrepreneur Dr. Eduard Valenzuela. Dr. Eddie spoke to us about his shampoo, Happy Cappy, why he became a pediatrician, and shared his rap skills with us. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Doctor Eduard Valenzuela:
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be a doctor?
Eduard Valenzuela: I grew up seeing my dad, a family practice doctor, taking care of people and he enjoyed taking care of people, and they were happy to be taken care of by him, and it seemed like a great fit for my personality.
TDQ: Are there any other doctors in your family?
EV: My mom is also a registered nurse.
TDQ: What made you decide to focus on pediatrics?
EV: In med school you rotate through all the specialties and when I landed in pediatrics I really fit in with the personalities of my teachers, and I enjoy children.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
EV: I follow my own moral compass and like to do unto others as they would do unto me. When it comes to news I like NPR, Flipboard the news aggregator and I enjoy KCRW in Los Angeles for music.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
EV: “Hard work pays off!”
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
EV: I was kind of a pain in the butt when I was younger. Some people thought I would never make it to med school, and luckily I paid no heed and pressed on!
TDQ: Your shampoo won the 2018 National Parenting Product Award, what can you tell us about Happy Cappy Shampoo?
EV: It’s da bomb! Happy Cappy first emerged 10 months ago as a medicated shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis that has eliminated flakes on thousands of scalps in children of all ages. With over 120 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 rating we are happy to have brought joy to many families. Of note, many people refer to seborrheic dermatitis as “cradle cap.” Our newest offering, the Daily Shampoo & Body Wash is a dermatologist tested, pediatrician-designed moisturizing cleanser that soothes dry, itchy, irritated, sensitive skin for children of all ages, and we are very grateful that the good people over at the National Parenting Products Awards (NAPPA) thought so highly of us. An excellent sensitive skin care regimen should avoid scent and color. Those with eczema should have a fragrance-free and dye free shampoo and body wash. Our Daily Shampoo & Body Wash does just this. Formulated with oatmeal extract, licorice root extract, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, and provitamin B5 for soothing relief, Happy Cappy replenishes essential moisture with a luxurious lather leaving skin feeling clean, soft, and hydrated. All Happy Cappy shampoos are free of fragrance, dye, paraben, and sulfates to avoid irritation. For your readers who enjoy science… Happy Cappy has a mildly acidic pH (unlike most other soaps) to match the pH of normal skin, which preserves the barrier function, and antimicrobial activity of skin. The reference can be found on our website.
TDQ: Is it available in stores, or only online?
EV: It presently is available on Amazon, but come March 2019 we will be found in a couple very large nationwide retailers. Details to follow!
TDQ: What advice would you give an entrepreneur trying to break into an-already saturated market like children’s shampoo?
EV: It is not easy.
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
EV: Hopefully enjoying my family, working at my pediatric job a couple days a week, continuing to spread the good word about Happy Cappy and taking lots of lovely vacations!!!!