Jacqueline Winkelmann, M.D.

Pediatrician, Child Advocate, Mom, and Chef

The Pediatrician

Jacqueline Winkelmann, M.D. graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her Residency in Pediatrics at Hope Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She has been on staff as a hospital-based pediatrician at CHOC Children’s and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital since 2001, where Doctor Jacq has held many leadership positions, most recently as Chief-of-Staff.

Doctor Jacq has been nominated and awarded the “Physician of Excellence” in Pediatrics by the Orange County Medical Association since 2013.  In 2018, she was selected as a Top Pediatrician by the International Association of Pediatricians: Leading Physicians of the World. Doctor Jacq is well respected among her peers and medical community.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Council on Media and Communications. She is also a member of the American Medical Writer’s Association. She has written several textbook chapters and many peer-reviewed articles for medical journals and has presented research worldwide. She is a national and international speaker on Sports Nutrition and other topics related to pediatric and adolescent health. She has written articles and Blogs for local and national media and has participated in documentaries (“Do No Harm”, 2016) and interviews on local and national media, including the American Health Journal.

The Child Advocate

Doctor Jacq has been a volunteer pediatrician for Arpan Global Charities and has participated in medical missions to Latacunga, Ecuador (2013) and San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (2016).  In 2018, she is leading the next medical mission for Arpan in her home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they will bring much needed medical care to children in the most needy and devastated areas of Puerto Rico post-hurricane Maria.

Doctor Jacq has always been passionate about pediatric nutrition, participating as a Regional Medical Director fortheHealthy for Life Program, an obesity prevention and intervention initiative based in the public schools of Orange County from 2010-2013.  This passion for healthy nutrition led Doctor Jacq to launch a sports nutrition coaching and consulting practice, Doctor Jacq: Nutrition Coach for Young Athletes.  She focuses on educating parents, teachers, coaches, and young athletes on nutrition and well-being, using sports as a platform to teach children healthy habits for life.

In addition to sports nutrition, Doctor Jacq takes an active role in evaluating and consulting on a wide variety of products geared towards babies, young children, and teens.  Proper childhood development, safety, and overall health are central themes in all product-related consulting work Doctor Jacq performs.


The Mom

Doctor Jacq has been married to her husband Rob since 1993. They currently reside in Orange County, California with their two children – Megan (17) and Ryan (12). Megan has been a competitive figure skater for many years and represented Team USA at the Senior Synchronized Skating level, earning a silver medal in Scotland in 2017. Their son, Ryan, has been a competitive ice hockey player on the LA Jr. Kings AAA tournament team since the age of 6, competing throughout the US and Canada.  Doctor Jacq understands the challenges of feeding young athletes and has made every effort to teach her kids about the importance of food as fuel. With one picky-eater, a vegetarian, and very busy schedules, Doctor Jacq continues to reinforce that eating the right foods – at the right time – can make all the difference.

The Home Chef

Doctor Jacq has always had a passion for food and healthy cooking. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where her mother was a caterer and taught cooking classes for years. It was in Puerto Rico where Doctor Jacq developed a passion for cooking.

For the past several years, Doctor Jacq has participated in the Harvard Medical School/School of Public Health Nutrition Conference entitled “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives” at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, CA. She has attended cooking classes in Orange County, the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Vancouver, Spain and Tuscany. She believes healthy food can be delicious food and hopes to help families make the “Healthier Choice the Easier Choice.”

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