A big team of experts for the tiniest patients

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More than 500 professionals from Children's, Minnesota Neonatal Physicians and Associates in Newborn Medicine make up the neonatology team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. In addition to neonatologists and nurses, the team includes respiratory therapists, social workers, music therapists and more. Plus, other specialists including pediatric cardiologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric ear, nose and throat specialists and more who are available 24/7 at Children's. We believe that a multidisciplinary approach is the best way to address a baby's complete well-being.

Get to know some of the compassionate caregivers you may meet during your time at Children's.

  • Neonatologists are pediatricians who undergo an additional three years of training in the complex health needs of high-risk newborns. They head up the treatment teams of any babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and one of them is always at the hospital 24/7 to attend high-risk deliveries and care for extremely ill patients.
  • Nurse practitioners are nurses who undergo advanced medical training focused solely on newborn health. Nurse practitioners are available in our NICUs and special care nurseries at all times.
  • Neonatal nurses at Children's receive special training in advance of working on the unit.
  • Respiratory therapists address any lung or breathing challenges babies might face.
  • Nutritionists are busy counting calories, making sure newborns get the nourishment they need to grow and heal.
  • Occupational therapists help babies develop, recover or maintain the every day skills they need to thrive.
  • Case managers assist in the transition to home.

Pharmacists, home care specialists and professionals from a range of other disciplines are also an integral part of the team at Children's and provide the expert care our infants need.

It takes years of training to treat just-born patients

The nurses, physicians and the entire care team have put in the time to know how to expertly care for some of our tiniest patients. Leading the pack include:

Jill Therien, MD
Medical Director, neonatal services, St. Paul
Jeanne Mrozek, MD
Medical Director, neonatal services, Minneapolis

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota collaborates with a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and more to provide expert care to kids. See below for a list of all the all-star doctors and nurse practitioners in the neonatology program. (Click on their names to read their profiles)

Sara K. Andrews, APRN CNP
Peter J. Blair, APRN CNP
Megan L. Borgos, APRN CNP
Linda C. Brakke, APRN CNP
Crystal F. Buesking, APRN CNP
Patricia V. Cabrera, APRN CNP
Janet W. Chen, APRN CNP
Candace E. Coonrod, APRN CNP
Martha P. Dugan, APRN CNP
Diane E. Farley, APRN CNP
Pamela J. Fjellanger, APRN CNP
Kristen S. Forseth, APRN CNP
Bethany G. Fransen, APRN CNP
Janette L. Gauger, APRN CNP
Ann E. George, APRN CNP
Robyn L. Gizzi, APRN CNP
Melissa A. Gould, APRN CNP
Linda E. Graeve, APRN CNP
Andrea J. Greseth, APRN CNP
Debra A. Gutzman, APRN CNP
Jodi L. Haniwalt Kreiser, APRN CNP
Laurie J. Hansen, APRN CNP
Shelly A. Hansen, APRN CNP
Gretchen L. Hanson, APRN CNP
Jayne M. Havig, APRN CNP
Jeanne A. Heppelmann, APRN CNP
Rachel L. Hovland, APRN CNP
Susan J. Humphrey, APRN CNP
Monisha K. Husom, APRN CNP
Breanna L. Jacobs, APRN CNP
Bria M. James, APRN CNP
Heather M. Jaynes, APRN CNP
Deanna E. Johnson, APRN CNP
Teri L. Johnson, APRN CNP
Loreen L. Kimble, APRN CNP
Joelle I. Knopf, APRN CNP
Amanda M. Kotten, APRN CNP
Deborah K. Kuehn, APRN CNP
Deborah L. LaLonde, APRN CNP
Debra L. Lesslie, APRN CNP
Janet G. Lindquist, APRN CNP
Laureen A. Love, APRN CNP
Tammy R. Lyons, APRN CNP
Angela L. Matthews, APRN CNP
Cynthia J. McCarty-Dawson, APRN CNP
Kristin L. McCullough, APRN CNS
Jennifer L. McNamara, APRN CNP
Vicky J. Mecl, APRN CNP
Janell K. Melhouse, APRN CNP
Stephanie A. Noe, APRN CNP
Tara M. Papacek, APRN CNP
N Robert Payne, MD
Sarah K. Pelinka, APRN CNP
Judy L. Peterson, APRN CNP
Jennifer M. Rivera, APRN CNS
Andrea M. Saugstad, APRN CNP
Diane M. Schmidt, APRN CNP
Nancy L. Schult, APRN CNP
Tamara L. Sipp, APRN CNP
Lori A. Smith, APRN CNP
Jennifer L. I. Suchy, APRN CNP
Cecilia L. Tubolino, APRN CNP
Emily M. Utech, APRN CNP
Nicole L. VanLangendon, APRN CNP
Lorraine C. Victor, APRN CNP
Heather L. Ward, APRN CNP
Nancy B. Watkins, APRN CNP
Julie A. Wirth-Schuster, APRN CNP
Marlene D. Wuethrich, APRN CNP
Craig A. Zlimen, APRN CNP
Sheila K. Anderson, APRN CNP
Jane E. Barthell, MD
Ellen M. Bendel-Stenzel, MD
Mark J. Bergeron, MD MPH
Lori L Bishofsky, APRN CNP
Valerie L. Blatnik, APRN CNP
Diane J. Camp, MD
T Bruce Ferrara, MD
Erik A. Hagen, MD
Ronald E. Hoekstra, MD
Virginia A. Hustead, MD
Anastasia K. Ketko, MD
Andrea L. Lampland, MD
Bonnie G. Landrum, MD
Susan J. Mesecar, APRN CNP
Jeanne D. Mrozek, MD
Neil P. Mulrooney, MD
Nina R. Perdue, MD
Thomas J. Pokora, MD
Aaron W. Swenson, MD
M Kathy Teufert, APRN CNP
Jill M. Therien, MD
Gretchen A. Voge, MD
Tara G. Zamora, MD
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