Clinic Staff

DOCTORS

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 one of four Board Certified Developmental Pediatricians in the state of Alabama. She splits her time between The Children’s Hospital, Newborn Follow Up Clinic, Primary Care Clinic, and the Medical Autism Clinic. Her specialties include: General Pediatrics, Ambulatory Care, Autism, Newborn Follow-Up, Child Development and, Behavior and Development.
   Medical Education
   School of Medicine: Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, 1983
   Internship: Henry Ford Hospital From 1984 To 1985
   Residency: Henry Ford Hospital From 1986 To 1988
   Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham From 1990 To 1992
Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, 1989
   American Board of Pediatrics - Recertification, 2003
   Board Certified - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician, 2003

CAROLYN S. ASHWORTH, MD
Dr. Ashworth is a Professor and holds the John W. Benton Chair in the Department of Pediatrics.  She is the Division Director of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
    Medical Education
   Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center, 1985-1987
   Residency - Medical College of Georgia , 1982-1985
   Internship - Medical College of Georgia , 1981-1982
   Medical School - Medical College of Georgia , 1981  
    Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics  

ALLURY ARORA, MD
Dr. Arora graduated from University of South Alabama in Mobile and transitioned to the primary care of newborns at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She developed her interest in both normal newborns as well as developmental follow up of preterm babies. Then she moved to Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and gave birth to twins. Here she works at three different locations- Newborn Nursery at the Women and Infant Center, Newborn Follow-Up clinic and supervises residents at the Primary Care Clinic seeing children for well check as well as sick visits.

CARIN A. RICHARD KISER, MD
Pediatrician at University Hospital and the International Adoption Clinic.

Dr. Carin Richard Kiser joined the Follow Up program in 2009. She is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Clinical Instructor at UAB School of Medicine. She provides care for newborns at University Hospital, helps prepare families for international adoption and provides care for internationally adopted children.
School of Medicine: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Internship and Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS
 
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. 

KRISTY DOMNANOVICH, PHD
Degree/Specialization: Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology
Faculty Title: Clinical Psychologist
Internship: UAB Psychology Training Consortium, Child Specialty Track
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics
Certifications: Alabama Licensure
Primary Role/Patient Populations: Outpatient evaluation of school-age children experiencing academic, behavioral, or emotional difficulties, evaluation of preschool to school-age children with suspected developmental delays, and developmental evaluation of children (aged 18 months to 3 years) born pre-term with extremely low birth weight.

LESLIE RODRIGUES, PHD
Dr. Leslie Rodrigues is a licensed psychologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, and a Master's in Psychology from the University of Memphis. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2007. Dr. Rodrigues completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a child clinical focus, from 2006-2007. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. Areas of clinical interest for Dr. Rodrigues include developmental disabilities, learning and behavioral disorders, and general psychological assessment of children and adolescents.

NUTRITIONISTS

HARRIET CLOUD, MS, RD
Registered Dietician who specializes in 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.

MAEGAN GUVEN, MS, RD
Maegan is a Registered Dietician who specializes in pediatric nutrition therapy for babies at the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic.  Maegan obtained her Bachelor's Degree at Auburn University.  She also completed an Early Intervention Training Program at Auburn University Graduate School.  Maegan completed her dietetic internship at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She went on to receive her Master's in Nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she completed a pediatric nutrition traineeship at Sparks Center.  She has worked in specialty clinics at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Children's of Alabama.

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.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

LAURA NIEMANN, OTR/L
I am a registered and licensed occupational therapist who specializes in infant/child development and feeding. I have certifications in Neonatal oral motor assessment scale administration and am a licensed instructor for NOMAS international. I am also certified with vital stimulation for pediatric dysphagia. I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1990 and the University of Alabama @ Birmingham OT school in 1992. I started the Pediatric Occupational Therapy program at University of South Alabama Doctor’s Hospital in 1994 as inpatient, outpatient and feeding therapy teams. I was employed at Childrens of Alabama 1995-2001 and 2012 to the present. I have been involved with the NBFU since 2013/2014.

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.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
 
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 has worked with newborn and high risk follow up for about 25 years. In addition, Sheree is involved in national pediatric physical therapy organizations.

CHANTEL M. JONES, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist who specializes in pediatrics and sees children with developmental delays and/or movement disorders for Children’s of Alabama Physical and Occupational Therapy Department and the Children’s Early Intervention Program.  Chantel also provides pediatric physical therapy services to the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children’s of Alabama and the Children’s Center for Weight Management.   Chantel obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  She has worked with the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic since 2008.

JILL PEACOCK, PT, MS
Jill is a physical therapist who specializes in pediatrics. She attended UAB’s physical therapy program where she received her Masters of Science in Physical therapy in 1993. Before her time at UAB, she attended Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services. She currently works for Children’s of Alabama in the outpatient facility and with Early Intervention. She has been working with the NBFU since 2013.

AUDIOLOGISTS
 

JULIE WOODRUFF, AuD, CCC-A
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 her 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.

ASHLEY CAMPBELL, AuD, CCC-A
Ashley is a pediatric audiologist who provides hearing evaluations and treatment for the Newborn Follow Up Clinic and for the UAB Sparks Clinics. Dr. Ashley Campbell completed her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Ashley completed her fourth year externship at Magnolia Speech School in Mississippi where she developed particular interests in pediatric hearing loss, pediatric amplification, and auditory processing disorder. Ashley has been involved with the Newborn Follow Up Clinic since 2011.

NURSE

VIVIEN PHILLIPS, BSN, RN
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 many years.

CLINIC COORDINATOR/NURSE

SARAH BROOKS, MSN, BSN, RN
Sarah graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2003 and from the University of North Alabama with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012. She has been a nurse since 2003 at UAB Hospital. In 2005, she transferred to the Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) at UAB Hospital and to the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (RNICU) in 2009. In 2015, she joined the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic staff as the clinic coordinator.

STAFF

WANDA WEEMS
Patient Service Coordinator
Wanda joined the Newborn Follow-Up Staff in 2010. She has an associate’s degree in Medical Billing and Coding. She works in both the clinic and office location of Newborn Follow-Up .

RAQUEL O’FRIEL
Patient Service Coordinator
Raquel joined the Newborn Follow-Up Staff in 2012. She works in both the clinic and office location of Newborn Follow-Up.