Meet the team

Midwest Fetal Care Center combines years of experience for the diagnosis and treatment of complex fetal conditions. Our multi-disciplinary team is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care plans available while achieving excellent outcomes.

Thanks to the unique collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, you also have, if necessary, the support of specialists in cardiology, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, genetics, obstetrics/perinatology, radiology, nursing and neonatal medicine.

Our team of doctors, nurses and perinatal social workers coordinate all aspects of your care from diagnosis to postoperative recovery and long-term follow-up. It’s this collaboration that allows us to create the very best care plan for your unique situation.

Pediatric and fetal surgeons

Brad Feltis, MD, PHD

BRAD FELTIS, MD, PHD

Surgical director, fetal care program
Pediatric surgeon

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Fetal intervention
  • Board certification:
    • Pediatric surgery
    • General surgery
  • Professional education:
    • PhD Surgery, General – University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
    • MD – University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
  • Residency:
    • Surgery, General – University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis
  • Fellowship:
    • Surgery, Pediatric – University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

JOSEPH LILLEGARD, MD, PHD

JOSEPH LILLEGARD, MD, PHD

Research director, fetal care program
Pediatric surgeon

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric surgery
    • Pediatric-related liver disease
    • Fetal intervention
  • Board certification:
    • Pediatric surgery
    • General surgery
  • Professional education:
    • PhD Philosophy, cell and molecular biology, University of Nevada School of Medicine
    • MD, University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Residency:
    • Surgical Resident, Mayo Medical Center
  • Fellowship:
    • Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Clinical Investigator Training Program, Mayo Clinic
    • American Society of Transplant Surgery Research Fellow, Mayo Medical Center

Maternal fetal medicine specialists

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DAVID LYNCH-SALAMON, MD

Medical director, fetal care program
Maternal fetal medicine specialist

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Fetal intervention
  • Board certification:
    • Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Professional education:
    • MD – University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency:
    • University of Alberta Hospital
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Cincinnati

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MARIJO AGUILERA, MD

Maternal fetal medicine specialist

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Fetal intervention
  • Board certification:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Professional education:
    • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Residency:
    • University of Minnesota
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Minnesota

lisa saul

LISA SAUL, MD

Maternal fetal medicine specialist

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Clinical quality
    • Health disparities
  • Board certification:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Professional education:
    • University of California, Berkley
    • University of California, San Diego
  • Residency:
    • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Fellowship:
    • University of California, Irvine

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ELIZABETH BALDWIN, MD

Maternal fetal medicine specialist

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal and fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Special interest in fetal cardiac anomalies
  • Board certification:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Professional education:
    • Hamline University
  • Residency:
    • University of Minnesota
  • Fellowship:
    • Mayo Clinic

Fetal program manager

Pam Velasco

PAMELA VELASCO, RNC, BSN

Manager of fetal care program

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Certifications:
    • Inpatient obstetrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Phoenix

Perinatal nurse care coordinators

Professional nurses are an integral part of a great medical team. Our perinatal care coordinators are specially trained registered nurses who know about the unique care that mothers and babies need. Through constant communication with doctors, surgeons and other members of our extensive staff, our care coordinators help you and your baby experience seamless access to the health care you need.

Melinda Leiran

MELINDA LEIRAN, RN

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention
  • Professional education:
    • Winona State University

Kimberly Palmer

KIMBERLY PALMER, RNC, BSN

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention
  • Professional education:
    • St. Catherine’s University
  • Certification:
    • Inpatient obstetrics

Shannon Van Brunt

SHANNON VAN BRUNT, RN

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention
  • Professional education:
    • University of North Dakota

Shelly Wenner

MICHELLE WENNER, RNC, BSN

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
    • Care coordination for fetal surgery and intervention
  • Professional education:
    • Winona State University
  • Certification:
    • Inpatient obstetrics

Maternal fetal specialist in genetics

A maternal fetal genetics specialist helps families who may have a health problem that is passed from parent to child. Our geneticists work with doctors and families to look at possible health complications a fetus might face. They also use their years of experience to help counsel families on the implications of some situations.

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HEIDI THORSON, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Genetics
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Board certification:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of South Dakota
  • Residency:
    • Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Genetic counselors

Jamison Beek

JAMISON BEEK, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancies)
  • Professional education:
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Beth Hall

BETH HALL, MS, CGC

Certified Genetic Counselor

  • Professional education:
    • Olaf College, BS
    • University of Pittsburgh, MS
  • Certifications:
    • Certification by American Board of Genetic Counseling

Neonatologists

Neonatologists are physicians with special training to handle complex and high-risk pregnancy and newborn situations. Our neonatologists understand that pregnancy complications, birth defects, illness and injury involving a new baby are stressful experiences. By working with a well-rounded team of professionals, our neonatologists will make sure your baby gets the best possible care.

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ELLEN BENDEL-STENZEL, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Neonatology
  • Board certification:
    • Neonatal-perinatal medicine
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
  • Residency:
    • Pediatrics – University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis
  • Fellowship:
    • Pediatrics – University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis

Andrea Lampland

ANDREA LAMPLAND, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Neonatology
  • Board certification:
    • Neonatal-perinatal medicine
    • Pediatrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
  • Residency:
    • Pediatrics – University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis
  • Fellowship:
    • Neonatology – University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis

jeanne mrozek

JEANNE MROZEK, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Neonatology
  • Board certification:
    • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
  • Residency:
    • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis

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NEIL MULROONEY, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Neonatology
  • Board certification:
    • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
  • Residency:
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
  • Fellowship:
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati

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GRETCHEN VOGE, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Neonatology
  • Board certification:
    • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
  • Residency:
    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Fellowship:
    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Pediatric cardiologists

Babies can have specialty physicians just like adults do. A pediatric cardiologist is trained in the systems of the heart, but instead of concentrating on adults, they study the tiny hearts of babies and children. The professionals at Children’s Minnesota and The Children’s Heart Clinic are called in when a doctor suspects a heart condition, sometimes even before the baby is born. Our pediatric cardiologists work with the other medical team members to find the best course of treatment for you and your child.

kirsten dummer

KIRSTEN DUMMER, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric cardiology
    • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Board certification:
    • Pediatric cardiology
  • Professional education:
    • University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson
  • Residency:
    • Pediatrics – University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship:
    • Cardiology, pediatric – Children’s Hospital Boston

david gremmels

DAVID GREMMELS, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric cardiology
  • Board certification:
    • Cardiology
    • Pediatrics
  • Professional education:
    • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency:
    • Pediatrics – University of Colorado Hospital and health Science Center
  • Fellowship:
    • Cardiology, pediatric – University of California Medical Center, San Francisco

Pediatric otolaryngologists (ENT)

Childhood illness, disease or birth defects that affect the ear, nose and throat are referred to a pediatric otolaryngologist, or pediatric ENT. These doctors study as ENT specialists, and then receive extra training to address the special needs of children. Our pediatric ENT staff works with the entire medical team to treat ear, nose and throat issues as part of an overall treatment plan.

Abby Meyer, MD

ABBY C. MEYER, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Otolaryngology
  • Board certification:
    • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency:
    • University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Washington

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ROBERT J. TIBESAR, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Otolaryngology, Pediatric
  • Board certification:
    • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency:
    • Mayo Medical School
  • Fellowship:
    • University of Minnesota and Pediatric ENT Associates

Pediatric neurosurgeons

A pediatric neurosurgeon is a highly trained surgeon who performs procedures on the brain, spine and nervous system of babies and children. Our pediatric neurosurgeons are experienced doctors who often establish a lifelong connection with their patients and families.

mahmoud nagib

MAHMOUD NAGIB, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Trauma services
    • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Board certification:
    • Pediatric neurological surgery
  • Professional education:
    • Cairo University, Egypt
  • Residency:
    • Neurosurgery – University of Minnesota School of Medicine
    • Neurology – Oslo University, Norway

joseph petronio

JOSEPH PETRONIO, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Board certification:
    • Neurological surgery
    • Pediatric neurological surgery
  • Professional education:
    • Northwestern University Medical School
  • Residency:
    • Neurosurgery – University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Fellowship:
    • Neurosurgery, pediatric – University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Meysam Kebriaei, MD

MEYSAM KEBRIAEI, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Professional education:
    • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Residency:
    • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Fellowship:
    • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Obstetric anesthesiologists

There are a variety of pain management options during childbirth. We have experienced obstetric anesthesiologists who administer local or regional pain medication including epidural, spinal and general anesthesia. Working closely with your obstetrician, the anesthesia team is here to help you during labor and delivery, and in special cases, during fetal surgery procedures.

fiona danahy

FIONA DANAHY, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Obstetric anesthesiology
  • Professional education:
    • University of Minnesota School of Medicine

steve dentz

STEVE DENTZ, MD

  • Specialties:
    • Obstetric anesthesiology
  • Board certification:
    • Anesthesiology
  • Professional education:
    • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Residency:
    • William Beaumont Hospital
  • Fellowship:
    • Duke University Medical Center

Perinatal social workers

Perinatal social workers provide a single point of contact to support pregnant patients and families across the continuum of care from pregnancy through discharge. Perinatal social workers will address the social, developmental, behavioral, financial, educational and medical needs to provide the best outcomes for patients and their families. Perinatal social workers are licensed, independent clinical social workers who are able to provide mental health services such as adjustment, post-partum depression assessment/support, and grief/ loss services.

jill carlton

JILL CARLTON, MSW, LICSW

  • Specialties:
    • Clinical social work
  • Professional education:
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

heather daugherty

HEATHER DAUGHERTY, MSW, LICSW

  • Specialties:
    • Clinical social work
  • Professional education:
    • University of Illinois

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MARTHA RIAD, MSW, LICSW

  • Specialties:
    • Clinical social work
  • Professional education:
    • Case Western Reserve University

anne seaton

ANNE SEATON, MSW, LICSW

  • Specialties:
    • Clinical social work
  • Professional education:
    • University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work

Sonographers

Sonographers perform diagnostic tests using ultrasonic imaging. This non-invasive imaging allows doctors to get a look inside the body. Our fetal care program has an experienced staff to administer and read sonograph images to help you and your medical team understand any issues you may face.

jeanine walk

JEANINE WALK, RDMS

Lead sonographer at Midwest Fetal Care Center

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal-Fetal Medicine and high-risk obstetrics
    • OB/GYN
    • Abdomen
  • Certifications:
    • Registered diagnostic medical sonographer
    • Fetal Echo
  • Professional education:
    • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

ellen carlson

ELLEN CARLSON, RDMS

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrics
  • Certifications:
    • Registered diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Professional education:
    • Catherine’s University, St. Paul MN

paula wickham

PAULA WICKHAM, RDMS

Ultrasound supervisor, Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

  • Specialties:
    • Maternal fetal medicine and high-risk obstetrics
  • Certifications:
    • Registered diagnostic medical sonographer
    • Fetal echo
  • Professional education:
    • Tidewater College, Virginia Beach, VA

Learn more about the conditions we treat and services we offer.

CONTACT US

Appointments & Referrals
855-693-3825
(855-MWFETAL)

ADDRESS

Midwest Fetal Care Center
902 E 26th Street, Suite 1700
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Map & Directions

Located in the first floor front entrance of The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis.