Dr. Zahida “Rani” Maskatia is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy/immunology. She graduated with the highest distinction from Miami University, and then went on to complete her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency and then a dual fellowship in pediatric and adult allergy/immunology and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During her time at Baylor, she completed research in the fields of food allergy and asthma and published in several peer-reviewed journals. She then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine before moving to the Bay Area with her husband and two young children. Throughout her training and career, she has worked with many children and adults with food allergies, and has gained a unique appreciation for the difficulties they encounter. Dr. Maskatia is committed to changing the lives of food-allergic people by using evidence-based treatments to allow them to eat foods that were previously harmful, and to help free them from the constant worry of their food allergies.
While completing her master’s degree in nursing at UCSF, Allison began her career as a school nurse. Struck by the prevalence of asthma and food allergy in her school district, she pursued a specialty clinical rotation in the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Clinic, where she gained experience diagnosing and treating conditions related to atopy. Prior to joining Latitude Food Allergy Care, Allison worked at an asthma and allergy clinic in San Francisco and Marin, where she worked closely with patients to accurately diagnose and manage conditions such as allergic rhinitis, food allergy, asthma, and eczema. Allison loves working with children and their families to develop individualized plans that allow them to manage their chronic conditions so that they can enjoy full, active, and fun childhood experiences. She is excited to focus on food allergy and offer evidenced-based therapies to families living with food allergies.
For more than eight years, Julie Bitler built the community engagement, trial recruitment, and family support programs at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. After navigating a phase I clinical trial for food allergies with her own daughter, Julie was dedicated to helping countless other families go through the clinical trial experience and ultimately find paths to success.
Today, as a co-founder of Latitude, she is committed to creating access to diagnosis, treatment, and support for all families with food allergies. As the lead Patient Care Coordinator, she is available to families and helps guide them through their personal food allergy journeys.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College.