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 and Grandkids? 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
Jessica Adams, LCSW
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
Yekaterina Batilova, MD
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 and Grandkids? 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
Katie Butler, FNP
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
Kelly Day, PA-C
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
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
Michelle Laufer, MD
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
Lori Porter, MD
Personal interests: Travel "off the beaten path," photography, hiking/skiing,Japanese language and culture.
Professional interests: Neurology, growth and development, obesity prevention.
Favorite books: 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: MDWashington University School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency St Louis Children’s Hospital
Shaina Rogers, DO
Personal Interests? Spending time with family, travel, reading, being active outdoors
Professional Interests? Asthma, food allergies, childhood obesity, history of medicine
Favorite Book(s)? The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Kids? 1 very sweet little boy
Why did you choose pediatrics? I love the sincerity, honesty and resilience of children, they make working in this profession so very enjoyable. I also really love working with families doing preventive care, seeing their children develop and grow over time. Being part of that journey is such a privilege.
Education: DO: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pediatric Residency: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Cathy Stange, CPNP
Personal Interests? Biking, Gardening, Sewing, Travel
Professional Interests? Temperament and Development
Favorite Books? Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Kids and Grandkids? 3 children and 7 grandchildren!
Why did you choose pediatric(s)? 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
Thad Woodard, MD
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