Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists
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Micheal A. Andry, RN Micheal A. Andry, RN
Micheal A. Andry, RN serves as a registered nurse in the Children's Continence Center at Riley Hospital for Children. She completed her bachelor's degree at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Micheal joined the pediatric urology ream in 2016, as a urodynamic and clinic nurse. Her experience includes registered nurse on an adult urology medical-surgical unit. IN 2017, and 2018, she has presented in the Riley Research and Evidence Based Practice program. Currently she is a member of SUNA and is pursuing the certification of Urologic registered nurse.
Natalie Barganski, RN, CPNP Natalie Barganski, RN, CPNP
Natalie Barganski, RN, CPNP is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in May 2000. Mrs. Barganski started her nursing career as a newborn ICU nurse at Driscoll Children's Hospital. She wanted to do more to make a difference in the lives of her pediatric patients. She went back to school to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2004 from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She has been a nurse practitioner for 14 years and has served complex pediatric patients for the majority of her career at Driscoll Children's Hospital. She currently practices in the Pediatric Urology clinic and cares for patients with complex urological illnesses. She started the Bedwetting and Incontinence Clinic at Driscoll Children's Hospital as well as the urodynamic program. The urodynamic program has been in existence the longest in the history of the hospital under her watch. She currently performs pediatric urodynamics and has trained advanced practice nurses in her area in the performance and interpretation of pediatric urodynamics. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Urology, the American Urological Association, the International Children's Continence Society, and the Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists Group.
Cheryl G. Baxter Cheryl G. Baxter
Cheryl G. Baxter is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her master's degree in nursing and advance practice at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a full-time pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric urology problems including complex bladder and bowel reconstruction surgical patients, urinary tract infections, and bladder and bowel dysfunction. She is active in clinic research of spina bifida patients and urinary tract infections. She has lectured at a local and national level on pediatric urology topics. She is currently the Chair of Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists.
Kristina M. Booth, MSN, FNP Kristina M. Booth, MSN, FNP
Kristina M. Booth, MSN, FNP serves as an Advance Practitioner Nurse at the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction (CCPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her Master's degree in nursing and advance practice at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. Kristina joined the Pediatric Urology team in 2008, as the urodynamic nurse specialist. She has lectured both locally and nationally on pediatric urodynamics. In September of 2014, Kristina joined the CCPR Team. She has a special interest in caring for patients with complex colorectal and urological conditions. Kristina supports the CCPR as a Coordinator for the Advance Practice Nursing Team focusing on specialty services including Gynecology, Urology, Motility and the CCPR-Ohio State transition center. Kristina is an active member of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association and the Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists, where she serves on the Executive Board.
Carin Cappadocia, PT, DPT Carin Cappadocia, PT, DPT
Carin Cappadocia, PT, DPT specializes in pelvic health physical therapy at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. She started the Pelvic Physical Therapy program at Albany Medical Center in 2013 and works exclusively with pediatric and adult patients who have orthopedic, urologic, gynecological and colorectal dysfunctions. Her training was completed through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY.
Brandi Capps, BSN, RN Brandi Capps, BSN, RN
Brandi Capps, BSN,RN has served as the Duke Pediatric Urotherapy Nurse Clinician for 5 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Brandi has worked at Duke for 18 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently runs all of the Urodynamic and Biofeedback studies for Duke Pediatric Urology. She has been a PUNS member for 5 years and is a part of the Urodynamics SIG Group.
Dr. Wolfgang Cerwinka Dr. Wolfgang Cerwinka
Dr. Wolfgang Cerwinka graduated from Karl Franzens University Graz in Austria. He then completed his residency at the University of Miami in Florida. He also completed fellowships in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and Pediatric Urology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Cerwinka's areas of urologic expertise are pediatric urology and treatment of congenital genitourinary diseases. He has published numerous papers in leading medical journals and contributed to several text books. He also conducts research in stem cell biology and tissue engineering.Dr. Cerwinka lives with his wife and twin boys in Gwinnett County and enjoys sailing, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking.
Angelique Champeau Angelique Champeau
Angelique Champeau is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Continence, Spina Bifida and Urology clinics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She started UCSF's Pediatric Continence Clinic, where she developed a procedure for treating urinary incontinence in otherwise healthy children. This procedure is part of the clinic's Pediatric Urology Parent Seminar, an educational seminar that teaches parents about continence issues in post-potty trained children. She is particularly interested in treating incontinence complicated by birth defects such as posterior urethral valve, bladder exstrophy, prune belly and neurogenic bladder as well as the urologic evaluation of children in need of a kidney transplant. She participates in research and teaching as well as caring for patients and their families. She has attended and presented at urology conferences worldwide. She is a member of the Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists and has served as a board chairperson and board member.
Jean Dearn, BSN, CURN Jean Dearn, BSN, CURN
Jean has been a pediatric nurse for 25 years at Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH), with the last 16 years working in the pediatric urology clinic. With the support of ambulatory leadership, she created the Urodynamics Speciality Program at SCH in 2006 and has invested much of her career to the practice and enhancement of pediatric urodynamics. She has volunteered with IVUMed and traveled on surgical workshops to Mongolia, Honduras, Nepal, Vietnam and Trinidad. Jean rekindled the Puget Sound Chapter of the the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, serving as president from 2006- 2009. She has recently published her research" Variations in practices to prepare children and families for pediatric urodynamics" and in 2013 co authored "Effective and organ specific radiation doses from urodynamics in children." Other interests include travel, camping, fly fishing, birding, knitting, crafting and fitness.
Karla Giramonti, FNP-BC Karla Giramonti, FNP-BC
Karla Giramonti FNP-BC has worked in urology for over 15 years. Prior to urology she was an advance practice nurse in neonatology for 18 years. She sees all pediatrics urology concerns as well as prenatal consults. In addition, she does circumcisions both in the office for newborns and in the OR. She is involved in research and has published several papers and authored chapters for both SUNA core curriculum and Handbook of Pediatric Urology.
AnnMarie Hannon, MSN, CPNP
AnnMarie Hannon has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Urology at University of Utah, Division of Urology at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah for more than 15 years. She primarily cares for patients with neurogenic bladder, voiding dysfunction, enuresis, UTIs and reflux. She has been performing urodynamics for 9 years. She is the co-chairperson of the Special Interest Group for Urodynamics for PUNS. She has lectured and published on urodynamics, nocturnal enuresis and other common urological issues.
Andria L. Haynes, BSN, RN Andria L. Haynes, BSN, RN
Andria L. Haynes, BSN, RN is the Clinical Procedure Nurse within the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO and started at Sigma-Aldrich as an Analytical Biochemist in 2006. Andria pursued her love for science as a Chemist until 2010 when she enrolled in the Second-Degree Nursing Accelerated Program at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio for her Bachelor's in Nursing. Upon graduation, Andria worked as an RN for Mount Carmel East Hospital in the Surgical ICU and Neuroscience ICU for 3 years prior to accepting the Urology Procedure Nurse position at Nationwide Children's Hospital in July 2014. Andria transitioned into a leadership role as the Clinical Procedure Lead in July 2017 managing the busy clinic procedure room and minor surgical procedures performed by the Urologists in clinic. Andria is an active member of the Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists.
Shelly King, MSN, CPNP Shelly King, MSN, CPNP
Shelly King MSN CPNP is a pediatric nurse practitoner at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University. She is the manager of the Children's Continence Center, and has more that 30 years experience in the field of pedIatric urology.
Her clinical expertise is in the care of neuropathic bladder, surgical reconstruction of the urinary tract, refractory bladder and bowel disorder, and sacral neuromodulation. As an past advisor to the pediatric urology nurses board and a past chair of the organization's section of the AAP, and director of the urodynamics course at SUNA she serves the professional community.
Many educational tools for parents and patients were developed by MS. King. To her credit are multiple professional publications, lectures and awards. As adjunct faculty to IU school of nursing, she works with nursing students and educators. Her personal committment is to continence and urinary health in children.
Dr. Barry Kogan Dr. Barry Kogan
Dr. Barry Kogan is the Chair of Urology at Albany Medical College, is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics and holds the Falk Family Chair in Urology. He went to medical school at Northwestern University and did his residency at the University of Michigan. After a fellowship in Pediatric Urology in Liverpool, England, he joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco where he was promoted from Assistant Professor to Professor of Urology and Pediatrics over 15 years. In 1997, he came to Albany Medical College.
Dr. Kogan has an active clinical practice in Pediatric Urology, with a wide range of primary to tertiary care cases. These include the full range of pediatric urology, including hypospadias, undescended testes, childhood neurogenic bladder, urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux, prenatal and neonatal hydronephrosis and especially disorders of sex development. He has developed a number of new techniques that have altered pediatric urology.
Dr. Kogan is also an active investigator with experience in NIH funded basic and clinical research, investigator initiated clinical research and industry-sponsored clinical trials. He has published extensively in many areas of pediatric urology and investigative urology.
Dr. Kogan has also been a major contributor to many organizations within urology, including the Northeastern Section (former President), American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Urology (former Chair), Society for Pediatric Urology (former President), the Society of University Urologists (former President), the Residency Review Committee for Urology (former Vice-Chair) and the American Board of Urology (former trustee and Vice President). He is currently a board member of the American Urological Association. His personal motto and the one he teaches is: "Make a Difference."
Dr. Tom Mazur Dr. Tom Mazur
Dr. Tom Mazur is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Oishei Children's Hospital. He is a clinical psychologist who, for more than 30 years, has had both clinical and research experience in the area of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Since moving to Buffalo in 1979 from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School, he has worked at Children's Hospital of Buffalo with not only the Chief of Pediatrics and Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, but also with Urology, Genetics, and other pediatric subspecialties in care of patients with DSD and their families. He developed a protocol for activating a DSD multidisciplinary team once such an infant or child is identified.
Lauren Mednick Lauren Mednick
Lauren Mednick is a clinical psychologist at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and an assistant professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She received her PhD in child clinical psychology, with an emphasis in health psychology, from The George Washington University and completed both her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at BCH. Dr. Mednick is also a certified Child Life Specialist. Dr. Mednick is the clinical director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Service and the director of the Medical Coping Clinic. Her clinical, teaching, and research endeavors largely focus on helping children and families effectively cope with medical stressors. Given her background in child life and pediatric psychology, she has a particular expertise in preparing parents and children for medical procedures. She has worked closely with the urology team at BCH to help their patients learn effective strategies for coping with medical conditions, getting comfortable with cathing, and preparing for invasive medical tests and interventions.
Kristen Nichols, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS Kristen Nichols, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID), BCPPS
Assistant professor of pharmacy at Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she teaches in various didactic and experiential settings. She practices at Riley Hospital for Children as a clinical pharmacist, and is also the co-director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. She is extremely interested in promoting the judicious and optimal use of anti-infectives in both inpatient and ambulatory pediatrics, optimizing antibiotic doses based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties, and in education of medical professionals. She has co-authored multiple publications in her area of interest and much of her research focus has been in extended and continuous infusion beta-lactams in children and in antimicrobial usage and adverse effects.
Natalie Platcher, CPNP, RN, MSN Natalie Platcher, CPNP, RN, MSN
Natalie Platcher, CPNP, RN, MSN is a graduate of Boston College with a degree in nursing and then obtained, masters degrees at the University of Pennsylvania both in nursing and health care administration. Practicing as a Nurse Practitioner since 1995 and serving as the Clinical Director in the Division of Urology since 2008 and the EMR Clinical Champion for the Department of Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since 2012. Focus areas include clinical care, use of the EMR and clinical outcomes. Clinical Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania APN program, and served as the past president of PUNS and the local Philadelphia chapter of NANAP.
Valre Welch, MSN, CPNP, PUNS Advisor to the Board Valre Welch, MSN, CPNP, PUNS Advisor to the Board
Valre has been working in the field of pediatric urology for over 30 years in several different clinical settings. She is a founding member of PUNS and served on the executive committee (served as Chair) and remained active in the organization for its entire existence. She has also been active in SUNA, serving in various capacities including Regional Director of the Northeast, Treasurer and President. Valre has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. She was one of the editors of the recently published Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing as well as one of the authors.
She has also published in other textbooks and journals.
She is currently working as a CPNP at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Division of Pediatric Urology. Valre sees patients in her clinical practice from birth to 18 years with a variety of urologic conditions, including evaluation of those patients with antenatally diagnosed hydronephrosis.
Kathy Wheeler, RN Kathy Wheeler, RN
Kathy Wheeler, RN has been a registered nurse since 1981; she has a vast experience in pediatric healthcare. Over the last 17 years she has served children in the pediatric urology clinic at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is an expert in the nursing management of complex pediatric urologic conditions and reconstructive surgery.
Melissa Young, MSN, RN, CPNP, PUNS Council Member Melissa Young, MSN, RN, CPNP, PUNS Council Member
Pediatric urology nurse practitioner at Riley Hospital for Children. She has been in practice for a little over five years and sees patients with a variety of urological conditions, including incontinence, urinary tract infections, vesicoureteral reflux, reconstructive urology, and spina bifida. She recently completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at IU Health, with her research project focused on sexual abuse screening for all pediatric urology patients. Melissa has served on the PUNS board for 3 years as the Special Interest Group leader and has enjoyed seeing the tremendous growth and positive outcomes achieved by our members.