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)

Melissa K Allen, RN CNP
Sheila K Anderson, RN CNP
Sara K Andrews, RN CNP
Andrea J Bemis, RN CNP
Lori L Bishofsky, RN CNP
Peter J Blair, RN CNP
Valerie L Blatnik, RN CNP
Megan L Borgos, RN CNP
Linda C Brakke, RN CNP
Crystal F Buesking, RN CNP
Patricia V Cabrera, RN CNP
Janet W Chen, RN CNP
Therese M Chenevert, RN CNP
Candace E Coonrod, RN CNP
Martha P Dugan, RN CNP
Pamela J Fjellanger, RN CNP
Kristen S Forseth, RN CNP
Bethany G Fransen, RN CNP
Julie A Fraser, RN CNP
Janette L Gauger, RN CNP
Ann E George, RN CNP
Leticia A Gillespie, RN CNP
Robyn L Gizzi, RN CNP
Melissa A Gould, RN CNP
Linda E Graeve, RN CNP
Jodi L Haniwalt Kreiser, RN CNP
Laurie J Hansen, RN CNP
Shelly A Hansen, RN CNP
Gretchen L Hanson, RN CNP
Jayne M Havig, RN CNP
Jeanne A Heppelmann, RN CNP
Rachel L Hovland, RN CNP
Susan J Humphrey, RN CNP
Monisha K Husom, RN CNP
Breanna L Jacobs, RN CNP
Bria M James, RN CNP
Heather M Jaynes, RN CNP
Deanna E Johnson, RN CNP
Teri L Johnson, RN CNP
Loreen L Kimble, RN CNP
Joelle I Knopf, RN CNP
Deb K Kuehn, RN CNP
Deborah L LaLonde, RN CNP
Debra L Lesslie, RN CNP
Janet G Lindquist, RN CNP
Tammy R Lyons, RN CNP
Roger G Martin, RN CNP
Angela L Matthews, RN CNP
Cynthia J McCarty-Dawson, RN CNP
Kristin L McCullough, RN CNS
Jennifer L McNamara, RN CNP
Vicky J Mecl, RN CNP
Janell K Melhouse, RN CNP
Susan J Mesecar, RN CNP
Maegan B Nelson, RN CNP
Stephanie A Noe, RN CNP
Duane H Otten, RN CNP
N Robert Payne, MD
Sarah K Pelinka, RN CNP
Judy L Peterson, RN CNP
Karen L Sadler, RN CNP
Andrea M Saugstad, RN CNP
Diane M Schmidt, RN CNP
Nancy L Schult, RN CNP
Tamara L Sipp, RN CNP
Sally J Sobel-Radke, RN CNP
Jennifer L I Suchy, RN CNP
Sabina T Szabala, RN CNP
Ke-Ni Niko Tien, RN CNP
Stacey E Tilbury, RN CNP
Cecilia L Tubolino, RN CNP
Emily M Utech, RN CNP
Nicole L VanLangendon, RN CNP
Lorraine C Victor, RN CNP
Heather L Ward, RN CNP
Nancy B Watkins, RN CNP
Julie A Wirth-Schuster, RN CNP
Marlene D Wuethrich, RN CNP
Craig A Zlimen, RN CNP
Jane E Barthell, MD
Shannon K Bateman, RN CNP
Ellen M Bendel-Stenzel, MD
Mark J Bergeron, MD MPH
Tiffany A Brende, RN CNP
Diane J Camp, MD
J Michael Coleman, MD
T Bruce Ferrara, MD
Erik A Hagen, MD
Ronald E Hoekstra, MD
Virginia A Hustead, MD
Kathleen M Kinney, RN CNP
Andrea L Lampland, MD
Bonnie G Landrum, MD
Mark C Mammel, MD
Jeanne D Mrozek, MD
Neil P Mulrooney, MD
Nina R Perdue, MD
Thomas J Pokora, MD
Aaron W Swenson, MD
M Kathy Teufert, RN CNP
Jill M Therien, MD
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