Back Row: Jessica Adams, LCSW; Yekaterina Batilova, MD; Katie Butler, FNP; Michelle Laufer, MD; Lori Porter, MD; Kelly Day, PA-C; Shaina Rogers, DO
Front Row: Jayme Ellerbe, CPNP; Samuel Abernathy, MD; Thad Woodard, MD; Cathy Stange, CPNP
We are pleased to offer you the expertise of our specially trained pediatric staff. To ensure that your child is receiving the best care we encourage to follow our tips for good health care below. In return for your involvement and communication, we promise to do our best. We believe the result will be better care and a stronger relationship.
Choose one of our pediatricians or nurse practitioners as your child’s primary health care provider (PCP). When your child’s provider is unavailable we will arrange an appointment with another provider on your PCP's team. A consistent provider and their respective team improves continuity, communication, and care.
Follow the Well Child Schedule for physicals and immunizations recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. At these visits we assess growth, development, nutritional status, safety risks, and screen for illness. It is a great time to ask questions.
Share all information with us regarding your child’s health even if you think it embarrassing, too personal or unimportant. Let us know if your child is seeing other health professionals and/or is receiving treatment not prescribed by us. An accurate assessment requires the “whole picture”.
Follow the recommended treatment plan and report any problems. Please let us know if you are confused about a treatment or prescription or if your child’s condition worsens.
Realize that any treatment (vitamins, herbs, prescription drugs, alternative medications, over-the-counter medications, chiropractic adjustments, etc.) has potential risks and benefits. The best treatment is safe and effective. Sometime this means no treatment at all, just cautious observation and rest.
Tell us when something is troubling you, whether it’s that the front door is difficult to open, that one of us was short-tempered with you, or that the prescription doesn’t seem to be working. If we know when you’re unhappy or not fully satisfied, we can more easily fix the situation.
Personal interests? family, comic books, strongman, exotic pets
Professional Interests? childhood obesity, nutrition, sleep, sports medicine
Favorite Books? The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (by JRR Tolkien), Game of Thrones (by George RR Martin), The Name of the Wind (by Patrick Rothfuss)
Kids? 1 son, a parrot, and a cat
Why did you choose pediatrics? I chose pediatrics largely from growing up with a sister who has special needs. I can make a positive impact on children's lives and am inspired by their resilience. Children have an amazing way of bouncing back from illness while inspiring those around them to continue to love life and explore the world with enthusiasm.
Education: MD University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency: UW Seattle Children's Hospital
Personal Interests? Hiking, fishing, reading and spending time with family
Professional Interests? Evidence based parenting interventions (The Incredible Years!) and behavioral therapy for ADHD
Favorite Book(s)? The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Kids? 3 children
Why did you choose pediatrics? Of all the jobs a person can have, I believe that parenting is the most important, challenging and underrated job. I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with parents to navigate and find solutions for the many challenges that come with raising tiny humans!
Education: Masters Degree in Social Work, University of Alaska, Anchorage
Personal interests? Enjoying the great Alaska outdoors, trying out new recipes, salsa dancing, painting.
Professional Interest?: Asthma, Allergies, Preventive medicine
Favorite Books? Pride and Prejudice, anything by Malcolm Gladwell or David Sedaris
Kids? Does an adorable German Shepherd count?
Why did you choose pediatrics? Because children are fun, playful and sincere and as a pediatrician I can make a significant difference in a child’s life. I truly cannot imagine having a more rewarding career!
Education: University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency University of California, Irvine/ Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Personal Interests? Skiing, Running, Travelling
Professional Interests? Childhood Obesity
Favorite Book(s)? The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson; Oh! The Places You’ll Go! Br Dr. Seuss; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Kids? 3 rambunctious little boys!
Why did you choose pediatrics? Because I really enjoy educating and supporting families through transitions and challenging times in the their life.
Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner focus, University of Alaska Anchorage
Personal Interests? Outdoor fitness, guitar & banjo, time with family and friends
Professional Interests? Nutrition, Lactation, Food Allergies, Sensory Processing, Infectious Disease
Favorite Book(s)? The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; The Kids from Nowhere by George Guthridge; The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Kids? 1 son & 1 daughter
Why did you choose pediatrics? I chose pediatrics because of the joy I receive working with children and their families and also because my fellow colleagues and co-workers in pediatrics are a wonderful group of people!
Education: Master of Physician Studies, Idaho State University
Personal Interests? multicultural healthcare issues, mental health, nutrition, breastfeeding, obesity prevention, dermatology
Favorite Book(s)? Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, any historical fiction including Game of Thrones, or anything by by Michael Crichton.
Kids and Grandkids? 3 kids and 3 grandkids!
Why did you choose pediatrics? Working with children and adolescents has always been a “given” for as long as I can remember. Kids are genuine and honest, and working with children is a way to help mold our world for the future.
Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Columbia University
Personal Interests? Time with family, walks with friends and reading the Sunday New York Times
Professional Interests? Development and parenting
Favorite Book(s)? Any book I am reading aloud to my kids (or they are reading to me). From I'll Love you Forever and The Napping House to The Hobbit and The Iliad.
Kids? 3 spirited kids
Why did you choose pediatrics? This is my dream job. I love the combination of the medical and social sciences and challenge that comes with joining kids and families in addressing health, parenting and development concerns.
Education: MD Yale School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency UW Seattle Childrens Hospital
Personal Interests? Running, Cooking, Baking, Reading
Professional Interests? Lactation, nutrition, immunization, growth and development, allergies
Favorite Book(s)? A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is always a classic.
Kids? 4 boys!
Why did you choose pediatrics? I actually didn't intend to do pediatrics. But as soon as I got to medical school and did my pediatrics rotation it was “love at first sight.” Kids are so smart and so funny. They make me laugh everyday!
Education: Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
Personal interests? Travel "off the beaten path," photography, hiking/skiing,Japanese language and culture.
Professional interests? Neurology, growth and development, obesity prevention.
Favorite Book(s)? The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien), Bridge Across Forever (Richard Bach), and Good Night, Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann)
Kids? Three children
Why I chose pediatrics? I don't remember my original reason for choosing pediatrics as a career--I was about 6 years old when I made that decision! Why do I love it? I have the opportunity to build a bond with both my patients and their families. I get to play a part in helping my patients thrive. Kids are resilient, funny, and totally honest. They can teach us a lot...if we listen.
Education: MD Washington University School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency St Louis Children’s Hospital
Personal Interests? My family, hiking, biking, camping, reading, drawing, gourmet cooking and classical piano.
Professional Interests? Adolescents, preventive care, ADHD/learning disorders, and working with families to prevent adverse childhood experiences
Favorite Book(s)? Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Kids? 3 children: Stella in college, Jack in high school and Luna in middle school, 2 dogs, a cat, and 15 quail
Why did you choose pediatrics? I love kids!!! I was that kid that loved babysitting and taking care of younger kids. I fell in love with science in high school and thought I might like to become a scientist. However, in college working in a lab without people was not a fit. I decided to go into medicine to study science and work with people. Pediatrics is a combination of all the things I love.
Education: College: New York University; Medical school: Uniformed Services University; Residency: Inova Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency
Personal Interests? Biking, Gardening, Sewing, Travel
Professional Interests? Temperament and Development
Favorite Book(s)? Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Kids and Grandkids? 3 children and 7 grandchildren!
Why did you choose pediatrics? Working with children has always been my first love in nursing. Maybe it stems from my childhood, taking care of siblings with chronic illness. I have always loved how children are so resilient!!
Education: Master of Science, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Arizona State University, Tempe
Personal Interests? Family, Golf, Reading
Professional Interests? asthma/allergies, parenting advice, development of the infant brain, long term effects of early experiences on physical & mental health, patient education
Favorite Book(s)? A recent favorite is The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris
Kids and Grandkids? 4 daughters, 1 granddaughter (finally!)
Why did you choose pediatrics? Primarily due to the amazing ability of children to recover from illness & adversity compared with adults, which provides the greater likelihood of a more rewarding experience for a healthcare provider
Education: University of Tennessee Center of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee; Doctor of Medicine