Like A Girl

DrGreene Founder Alan Greene and Cheryl Greene. Like a girl.In 1995, shortly after the birth of our son, I co-founded DrGreene.com, cited by the American Medical Association as “the pioneer physician website”. My co-founder is my husband, Dr. Alan Greene. We joke that he’s DrGreene and I’m dotcom. When we started this (at the time, revolutionary) web site, I knew nothing about creating or running a web property. In fact, I have an MA in theatre.

To get started I wrote a proposal to Silicon Graphics and we received a grant that included an SGI Indy (then selling for $40K). I had to learn everything needed to launch a web site, and in 1995 we didn’t have the tools we have today.

Early on we were considering a partnership with a tech firm. Their CEO declined the partnership because “they didn’t think a stay at home mom could run a web site.”

I’ve continued to run our site (and our education business) for the last 20 years. We’ve moved with changing technology. We’ve rebuilt the site five times with constant updates to the backend between rebuilds. We’ve also met our goal of helping parents understand more about their kids’ health, in fact we’ve served almost a hundred million unique users, most of them parents.

But here’s the thing, if that CEO hadn’t challenged me, if he hadn’t indicated that somehow being a woman was an issue, we might not still be doing what we’re doing. His words have propelled me more times than I can count, so women, I encourage you to take the challenge. You can do it. You need to do it. We, the other women out there trying to show who we are, we need you to do it! #LikeAGirl

Cheryl Greene

Cheryl Greene is the co-founder and Executive Producer of DrGreene.com. She is a mother, a breast cancer survivor and a foodie. Cheryl is active in social media and can be found on Facebook and Twitter as @MsGreene.

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  1. Paul Grieselhuber

    Cheryl, having worked closely with you for the last several years, I can confidently say the world needs more ‘girls’ who do it like you do. Congratulations on 20 years!!

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    • Thanks for your kind words and your congratulations. As you know, we love what we do.

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  2. Mark

    Congratulations on 20 years, Cheryl and Alan! You are both pioneers and have made a tremendous impact on childrens’ health everywhere. Thank you for being trailblazers in the online health info space.

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    • Thanks for your kind words Mark. It’s a pleasure to work with so many others working to improve the health of others. Thanks for all you do!

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  3. Cheryl Tallman

    Thank you for sharing that great story and happy 20th anniversary! There is something certainly fulfilling about doing it yourself and what fantastic accomplishments. You and Alan have always inspired me to follow my vision. Thank you and I wish you the best of success in your next 20!

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  4. Glynna

    Way to go……. you GIRL !! You have had an amazing ride so far and I am sure it will continue with more successes and challenges. Congratulations on 20 years. And to think it started on your kitchen table !! We are so proud of you.

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    • Yes, it’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years. We had a lot of help along the way. Thanks for all your support!

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  5. Dr. Amy Herold

    Cheryl, we are so grateful to count you and Alan as friends and colleagues. Thank heavens for that fateful convergence of paths in a little Palo Alto office so many years ago. Here’s to 20 more years of the amazing content you share on DrGreene.com. Cheers to Dr. Greene, and cheers to dot com! Never been prouder to do things #LikeAGirl!

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    • Thank you so much. Yes, to fateful convergences. Can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring for all of us!

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  6. Terry Graedon

    Cheryl, you are an inspiration! You and Alan are doing a wonderful job for parents with DrGreene.com. Keep on showing us what stay-at-home moms can accomplish!

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