Doctors

Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, M.D.

Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, M.D.

Director, Newborn Follow Up Clinic
Board Certified Developmental Pediatrician

Dr. Peralta splits her time between Children’s of Alabama Hospital, Newborn Follow Up Clinic, and the Medical Autism Clinic. Her specialties include: Autism, Newborn Follow-Up, Behavior and Development.

Medical Education 
   School of Medicine: Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University
   Internship: Henry Ford Hospital
   Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
   Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics
   American Board of Pediatrics - Recertification
   Board Certified - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician  

Morissa Ladinsky, M.D.

Morissa Ladinsky, M.D.

Dr. Ladinksy is an Associate Professor for the Division of Academic General Pediatrics.

Medical Education
Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine, 1986-1990
Internship - Baylor College of Medicine/ TX Children's Hospital (Pediatrics), 1990-1991
Residency - Baylor College of Medicine/ TX Children's Hospital (Pediatrics), 1991-1993
Fellowship - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/ Children's Center (Pediatrics), 1995-1997

Certifications - American Board of Pediatrics

Allison Cavender, M.D.

Allison Cavender, M.D.

Assistant Professor - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Cavender is a physician at the Civitan-Sparks Clinics.

Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Board Certifications - American Board of Pediatrics

Kimberlly Stringer, M.D.

Kimberlly Stringer, M.D.

Dr. Stringer is an Associate Professor for the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Medical Education
Medical School - University of Tennessee
Residency - Texas Tech University
Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Clinical Psychologists

Fred Biasini, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

Kristy Domnanovich, Ph.D.

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.

Nutritionists

Harriet Cloud, MS, RD

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 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

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 Therapists

Sally Whitley, MA, OTR/L

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

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

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.

Audiologists

Julie Woodruff, AuD, CCC-A

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 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.

Clinic Coordinator Nurse

Sarah Brooks, MSN, BSN, RN

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

Raquel O’Friel

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.