|Newborn Folllow Up Clinic - Clinic Staff|
MYRIAM PERALTA-CARCELEN, MD
Newborn Follow Up Clinic Director and a board certified developmental pediatrician.
Dr. Peralta is the Director of the Newborn Follow Up clinic and the only board certified developmental pediatrician in the state of Alabama. She splits her time between The Children's Hospital, Newborn Follow Up Clinic, Primary Care Clinic, and the Autism Clinic. Her specialties include: General pediatrics, ambulatory care, Autism, Newborn Follow-Up, Child Development Clinic, Behavior and Development, Adolescent Follow-Up.
KATHLEEN NELSON, MD, FAAP
Founder of the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and a pediatrician at University Hospital.
Dr. Kathleen Nelson has been with the Follow Up program since it began in 1977. She is a board certified pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at UAB School of Medicine. She trained in New York, California and Connecticut before arriving in Alabama in 1976. She has cared for about 3000 children whose birth weights were <1000 grams and is nationally recognized as an expert in follow-up of high risk nursery graduates.
FRED BIASINI, PH.D.
Clinical psychologist who specializes in children with developmental disabilities related to cognitive and communication development.
Dr. Fred J. Biasini, is Director of Interdisciplinary Training at Sparks Clinics and Director of the UAB Early Head Start Program. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1975. Dr. Biasini received his B.A. degree from St. Vincent College (1973), his M.A. from St. Francis College (1976), and his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, with an emphasis on developmental disabilities, from the University of Alabama (1984). He is an Associate Professor at UAB and teaches courses in developmental psychology and developmental disabilities. In addition, Dr. Biasini has published articles related to cognitive and communication development in young children with disabilities. He has been with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since 1981.
KRISTEN JOHNSTON, CRNP
Nurse practitioner for the Newborn Follow Up Clinic
Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1997) and her Masters of Science in Nursing (2000) from Samford University. She is a certified family nurse practitioner through the ANCC and the AANP. The majority of her experience has been with premature babies in the Continuing Care Nursery at University Hospital. She has also worked in the well-baby nursery. Her love for babies and especially premature babies and their families makes working in the NBFU clinic the perfect place for her.
HARRIET CLOUD, MS, RD
Registered Dietician who specializes on special needs and high risk children regarding their nutrition.
Harriet received her Bachelor's Degree from Kansas State University and went on to receive her Master's in Nutrition at University of Alabama. She has been with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since its inception in 1977. Harriet currently splits her time between the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and various Early Intervention Programs including: Service Guild, the Bell Center, Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind, Shelby County Association of Retarded Children, as well as Brookwood Hospital and Glenwood Mental Health. She has also authored numerous publications about special needs children regarding their nutrition.
MARGARET SUMMERSELL, MS, RD
Registered Dietician who specializes in providing pediatric nutrition support to premature children and special needs children.
Margaret completed her undergraduate degree at Auburn University and went on to do an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She returned to the Sparks Clinic in Birmingham to complete a pediatric traineeship and obtain a Master's Degree from the School of Nutrition Sciences at UAB. At that time, Margaret began working with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and developed a special interest in providing pediatric nutrition support to premature children and special needs children.
SALLY WHITLEY, MA, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist who provides evaluation and treatment for babies at the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and in the NICU at University Hospital.
Sally obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She provides evaluation and treatment for babies in the NICU at University Hospital and Brookwood Hospital. She has worked with the Newborn Follow Up Program since it began 30 years ago. In fact, three of Sally's four children were born prematurely at 28 weeks gestational age.
SHEREE YORK, MS, PT, PCS
Physical Therapist who specializes in developmentally delayed children and is the Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention at The Children's Hospital of Alabama.
Sheree has been with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since February of 2006. She is the Director of Physical and Occupation Therapy and Early Intervention at The Children's Hospital of Alabama. She has worked with newborn and high risk follow up for about 25 years. In addition, Sheree is involved in national pediatric physical therapy organizations.
ANDREA R. BELUE, MS, PT
Physical Therapist who specializes in pediatrics and sees children at The Children's Hospital of Alabama and the Newborn Follow Up Clinic.
Andrea obtained her Master's Degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. She is a physical therapist at Children's Hospital where she splits her time between the outpatient department at Park Place and seeing infants in the hospital. She has worked with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since February, 2006.
LINDSAY HUSSEY, MS, PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist who specializes in children both at the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and at The Children's Hospital of Alabama.
Lindsay is in her sixth year as a pediatric physical therapist. She has been at Children's Hospital since February, 2005 and involved with Newborn Follow UP clinic since January 2006. It is fun to see these children clinic after seeing many of them in the NICU.
JULIE WOODRUFF, AuD, CCC-A
Doctorate in Audiology specializing in early identification of hearing loss and auditory brainstem response testing.
After working as an audiologist for a private Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic in Georgia and an audiologist at the Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, Julie moved to Birmingham in June 2000 and began my tenure at UAB's Civitan Sparks Clinics. Julie has a Bachelor's of Science and Education from the University of Georgia (1993), a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of South Alabama (1995), and a Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida (2000). Her main areas of interest include early identification of hearing loss and auditory brainstem response testing. At Sparks, we serve a multitude of families and children in the birth to 21 year old population with many different needs and concerns. If you have questions regarding your child's hearing or need an appointment you may contact Angie DeVaux at 205-934-1049.
NATE STEINHAFEL, OD
Pediatric Optometrist who performs full, dilated eye exams to evaluate health of children's eyes.
AMY BOTTOMLEE, RN
Clinic Nurse Coordinator of the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since 2004 and specializing in pediatrics since 2003.
VIVIEN PHILLIPS, RN, BSN
Research Nurse Coordinator involved in the development, coordination, and organization of division research projects at UAB Division of Neonatology since 2001.
Vivien is the Follow Up Coordinator for the long term studies at the Newborn Follow Up Clinic. She has been involved in the development, coordination and organization of division research projects at UAB Division of Neonatology since 2001. Previously, Vivien worked as a staff RN at the UAB Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) for 8 years.
Program Coordinator assisting with special protocol as well as assisting Hispanic Families during Newborn Follow Up Clinic visits.
Lara graduated with a degree in Spanish and Social Work from UAB. She is a program coordinator for the Hispanic Intervention study within the Newborn Follow Up Clinic. In addition, Lara also helps the Hispanic families with translating at clinic visits, filling out Medicaid forms, etc. and is a real asset both to the families and the NBFU Clinic.
JULIE MCLENDON, LBSW
Clinical Coordinator and Social Worker assisting famiies with Medicaid/Insurance issues, SSI issues and other needs of the families of the NBFU Clinic
Julie graduated with a BA in Social Work from the University of Montevallo and is a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work in the State of Alabama (LBSW). She has been a social worker for 11 years and previously worked in the Regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) at UAB Hospital.