Office Manager – Ellen Bryan, CMM

Ellen, a Certified Medical Manager, joined AACPP in early October 2013. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Ellen resides in Sinking Spring with her husband Mick, and Gabby and Olive their Wheaton Terriers. Ellen attended Essex Community College in Baltimore and Albright College in Reading studying business administration. When not working, Ellen enjoys singing, the theater, gardening, and baking.


Pediatricians:

C. Eve J. Kimball, MD, FAAP – Founder of All About Children Pediatric Partners, PC

Dr Kimball loves journeying to far places. Her favorite phrases are “opportunities to excel!” and “The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer!”

Education:
Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts – BA

University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA – MD
Rotating Internship – Fitzsimons Army Hospital (First woman pediatric intern in the US Army!)
1st Year Pediatric residency – Madigan Army Hospital, Fort Lewis, WA
2nd Year Pediatric residency – Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Practice of Pediatrics:

Founded and grew two private pediatric practices:
Silver Spring, MD, 1980-85, and 
All About Children Pediatric Partners in Reading, PA – 1991 to present
Pediatrician, The Reading Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Clinic – 1989-1991 
Pediatrician, US Army Exceptional Family Member Department, Landstuhl, Germany – 1985-1989
Pediatrician with multi specialty group practice – Yater Medical Group, Washington, DC -1975-1980
Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Health Clinic, DC – 1973-1975
Pediatrician, private practice with Carolyn S. Pincock, Silver Spring, Maryland – 1971-1973

Consultant:
Reading and Berks County Head Start programs since 1991
Cleft Palate Clinic – TRHMC 1989-2000
Chapter Oral Health Advocate, PAAAP and Physician advisor to Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children

Faculty appointments:
Current: Hershey Medical Center and Rochester Institute of Technology
Past: George Washington University Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Catholic University, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center 
Community Activities:
Current: Church bell choir and choir, Board Member-Reading Choral Society, Stephen Minister-Atonement Lutheran Church
Past: Reading School Board, Girl Scouts, Campfire, Zacchaeus Free Clinic, Holy Cross Refugee Clinic, Church flute group, PTA co-president, Child Care Center Boar

Awards:
Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatrician of the Year – 2009
Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna – Berks County – 2003
B’nai Brith American Freedom Award – 1999 
US Army Patriotic Civilian Service Award – 1989 
County Executive Award for service in Refugee Clinic – 1985
Nominee for Berks County Chamber of Commerce Athena Award – 2001

Professional Organizations:
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Berks County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association
Member, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Certifications:
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Pediatric Advanced Life Support and BLS certified
Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics and Voluntarily Recertified in 2009

Practice contributions:
Oral Health Advocate for the PAAAP
Oral Healthcare/Fluoride Varnish Application Practice Educator
Pediatrician Advisor for Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children project of the PA Chapter AAP
Quality initiatives Coordinator:
  Newborn screening Quality Project for the AAP QuIIN Network
Practicing Safety Quality Project for the AAP QuIIN Network
Chronic Otitis Media Quality Project for the AAP QuIIN Network
Lead physician – AACPP delegation to PA Governor’s Chronic Care Initiative
Medical Home Advocate
Dr. Kimball’s husband is a retired Army Internist/Hematologist/Oncologist/Program Director and Commander.  They have three grown children, who are pediatric physical therapist, Army pediatrician, and Army helicopter pilot/West Point history professor/General Staff Officer! She enjoys playing with her five grandchildren, having interesting adult conversations with her children and their husbands and wives, playing flute and bells, singing in choir, walking, and taking trips with her husband, Dan. Her most exciting recent activities were a trip to China and Korea in 2001 (September 11, 2001 in Guilin, China!) followed by a trip to Tibet, Nepal, and Thailand in 2002 where she visited a Well Baby Clinic in Lhasa, Tibet and in 2010 a “Pharaohs Journey” trip to Egypt and the Passion play in Oberammergau, Germany. It was especially gratifying to see a unified Germany.  Most recently she and Dan spent January 2014 on a trip to Australia and New Zealand.  She especially loves caring for children with special challenges.


Abimbola Ajayi, MD, FAAP

Devoting time to her spiritual connections and her Nigerian roots are important to Dr. Ajayi.

Education:
University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria.  B.Sc,  MbChB.
Medical school elective period in Obstetrics at the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital,  UK.
Residency in Radiology : Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex.
Internship and Residency  in Pediatrics :  Howard University Hospital, Washington DC

Practice experience:
She was in private practice in Texas prior to joining All About Children Pediatrics
Professional Organizations:
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Montgomery County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association
Member, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Certifications:
Board certified, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Advanced Life Support and BLS certified

She enjoys reading, gardening and traveling. She volunteers at her church’s monthly community outreach lunch program. Her daughter is an engineer and they both share a love for cooking.


Vaishnavi Harding, DO

Education:

Villanova University, Villanova, PA – BA

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Pre-medical Post-baccalaureate

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA – DO

Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA – Internship/Residency

 

Community Activities:

Past: Relay for life, St. Barnabas women and children shelter, Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, Primary Care Scholars Program, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, Water Street Ministries Health Services

 

Awards:

Was recognized twice with The Gerald B. Kolski Award for outstanding dedication and teamwork during residency 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.

 

Professional Organization Memberships:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Pennsylvania Medical Society

American Medical Association

American Osteopathic Association

 

Certifications:

Pediatric Advanced Life Support and BLS certified

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

 

Dr. Harding was born in India and moved around quite a bit before settling in Pennsylvania with her family at 7 years of age. Dr. Harding’s husband is a Certified Public Accountant. She loves traveling, especially visiting her sister and niece who now live in Italy. She also enjoys going on walks and spending time outside in the fresh air, as weather permits.


Shilu Joshi, MD, FAAP

Dr Joshi and her husband are so proud of their children! Her husband is a pediatric psychiatrist.

Education:
Pediatric Residency, John H. Stroger, Jr Hospital, Cook County, Illinois

Practice of Pediatrics:
All About Children Pediatric Partners, PC

Professional Organizations:
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Berks County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association
Member, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics 

Certifications:
Board certified, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Advanced Life Support and BLS certified

Medical Practice contributions and interests:
Childhood obesity, ADHD

Family:
She enjoys time with her husband and their two children.


Abdullah Sakarcan, MD, FAAP

Education:
While only with our practice since August 2014, Dr Sakarcan has quickly become a valued contributor to the practice and partner-in-healthcare to our families. Our students and families especially appreciate his teaching abilities.
Education:
Medical Diploma from Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1985
Pediatric Residency- 1991 from Univ. of Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship-1994 from Southwestern Med. Ctr, Dallas Texas

Dr. Sakarcan served as a Chief of Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of South Carolina, and most recently Nemours/ A.I DuPont Hospital for Children between 1996-2013.

His academic career started as an Assistant Professor in Louisiana Health Sciences Center in 1996. He holds the title of Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.

He is the author of more than 30 articles in peer reviewed journals. Areas of particular interest are blood in urine, high blood pressure, constipation, urinary tract infection, obesity, and protein in urine.

Dr. Sakarcan lives in Villanova, and is proud of the accomplishments of his family. His wife works at Saint Christopher Hospital for Children. His oldest daughter is a medical student. His younger daughter also has an interest in medicine. His son is a freshman in high school.

He enjoys playing soccer, and running the many trails in Wyomissing and Reading.


Anna Karasik, MD, FAAP

Education:
BS, Medical Sciences, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Medical school : Tel Aviv University – Sackler School of Medicine- graduated in 2006
  • Pediatric Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia – completed in 2012

Certificates:
Board Certified, American Board of Pediatrics
PALS

Practice:
2005-2009 – Captain, Medical Service Corps, Israeli Defense Forces
2005-2007 – Physician, Term Nursery-Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tigwa, Israel
2012-2015 – Pediatric hospitalist, Nemours Dupons Pediatrics at Bryn Mawr Hospital

Research/Publications:
Endocrine effects of valproate in adolescent girls with epilepsy
Assessing care of children with ADHD in a primary care setting.

Volunteer activities:
Tutor, “Perach”, educational project for children in developing areas (Israel)
Organized and developed individual play therapy with hospitalized children

Interests: reading, traveling, hiking, photography

Languages in addition to English:
Russian
Hebrew


Desiree Mae Williams Webb, MD, FAAP

Dr. Webb was born in the Bronx, New York to Clarence and Molvie Williams, natives of Antigua, West Indies. Her early childhood was divided between the United States and the Caribbean. Dr. Webb has lived in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, California, Texas and now Pennsylvania. She is married and has twin daughters. As time permits, Dr. Webb enjoys reading, playing the piano, and Bible study. Fun facts: Dr. Webb and her husband have driven from California to New York. Her siblings include an assistant principal, an attorney, a minister and a published author.   She was invited to and attended the inauguration of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president.

 

Education and Medical Training:

The Bronx High School of Science

Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, AB in biochemical sciences

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD

Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Residency in Pediatrics

Board Certified in Pediatrics since 1998

 

Military Experience:

3 years active duty in the United States Air Force, Sheppard AFB, Texas

 


Diana M. Schlesinger, MD, PhD, FAAP

Dr. Schlesinger is very much a part of the AACPP family and now takes on an administrative role with the practice.

Education:
McGill University, Montreal, Canada – BSc
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia – PhD
Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – MD
Pediatric Internship and Residency – Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Practice:
Dr. Schlesinger has practiced general pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary medicine at several university and hospital medical centers, as well as in pediatric offices and her own pediatric practices.

Professional Organizations:
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Member, Montgomery County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association
Member, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Certifications:
Board certified, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Advanced Life Support and BLS certified
Board Eligible – Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Schlesinger is married to Harvey. When she is not in the office, she enjoys cooking, reading mystery novels, and traveling to new places. Her special interest, besides playing with the growing babies in the office, is caring for children with asthma or other lung conditions.


Nurse Practitioners

Gloria J Hutzell, CFNP

Mrs. Hutzell loves to spend time with families to make sure they are receiving just the right care to fit their needs. Her broad life experiences make her especially qualified to help families of children with special abilities.

Education:
Reading Hospital School of Nursing – Diploma – 1977
Kutztown University – BSN – 2000
Widener University – MSN, CRNP-Family Nurse Practitioner – 2004

Experience:
Reading Hospital & Medical Center- ER, Cardiac, Surgical, IV Nursing
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, CT- ER Nursing

Certifications:
ANCC – board certified – Family Nurse Practitioner
Basic Life Support
Past certification – Emergency Nursing, ACLS, PALS, BLS Instructor

Professional Organizations:
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society- past President Xi Omega Chapter
PA State Nurses Association- District 2- Nominations and Bylaws Committees, Past Committee Chairperson
Berks County Nurse Practitioner Group
PA Coalition Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP)

Community Activities:
Congregational Care Committee, Parish Nurse – Calvary U.M. Church, Mohnton, PA
She likes working with all ages of children and their families to promote, teaching, and advocating for preventive healthcare. Holistic healthcare is very important to her because children are part of a bigger “whole” called FAMILY! Family dynamics are very important for a child to grow and develop to their utmost potential. Teaching proactive healthcare and dental care to families is a top priority for her.
She is married to Dan, the mother of two married daughters, and grandmother to two granddaughters. She enjoys babysitting, gardening, reading, biking, traveling, hiking, and being a homemaker.


Jan Jackson, CRNP

Mrs. Jackson is also a school nurse in the Reading School District. We are pleased to have her with us during the summer and on Tuesday afternoons/evenings in the winter.

Education:
St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing – Diploma
University of the State of NY, Albany – BSN 1997
Gwynedd Mercy College – MSN, CRNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Experience:
University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville – Pediatrics: 2 years
University of New Mexico Medical Center– Pediatrics: 4 years
The Reading Hospital and Medical Center – NICU Nursing: 4 years
Reading School District: since 1985 – School Nursing
Berks Pediatrics – CRNP part time
AACPP – CRNP; some evening and summertime service

Experience:
Certified in School Nursing
Certification as School Nurse Practitioner

Community Activities:
Interest in School Health: Leadership position in RSD School District Health
Services
Member of Berks Immunization Action Coalition
Previous member of Berks County Nurse Practitioners
PA Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
Member of Berks NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) –previous Board
Member
Berks County Chapter GRMHA (Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance)

Special Interests:
Mental Health in children and Preventative Care to promote wellness and learning
In all school-age children
Special love: Infants and Babies at all ages and stages.

Jan is married to husband, John and they have three adult children. Daughter, Sarah, recently started as an RN in the NICU in Reading Health Systems and shares her mom’s love of infants.


Adrienne Salaneck, MSN CRFNP

Mrs. Salaneck began with All About Children as a parent. She continued as RN, BSN, and finally returned as Nurse Practitioner! Her heart is definitely at AACPP!
Education:
1994 – RN – The Reading Hospital Medical Center School of Nursing

May 2000 – BSN from Kutztown University

Aug 2005 – MSN degree and family nurse practitioner certificate from Widener University.

Practice experience:
Adrienne started her career as an RN with AACPP in 1995 after graduating from RHSN. Since then she has worked per diem, Part-time, and Full-time for AACPP, taking some breaks to further her education and expand her experiences in various aspects of healthcare, always being drawn back to the patients and staff here at AACPP. She has seen the office grow from a 1,500 patient, 1 doctor practice into a 15,000 patient, 2 building, multi-physician and nurse practitioner group – and we’re still growing!
Other work experience includes, Maternal Child Health home health care, lactation consulting, med-surg floor nursing, teaching in the nursing program at RACC (med-surg, pediatrics, growth and development, & OB) as an RN and practicing as an NP in pediatrics and family practice.

Certifications:
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

Previously certified – lactation counselor and pediatric BS (RN)

Professional Organizations:
PSNA District 2 Board of Directors, treasurer, and Nurse’s Week Committee
PSNA Government Relations Board of Directors
Berks County Nurse Practitioner’s Group, member
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Member, ANA

Community Activities:
Adrienne coordinates the Reach Out and Read program for the office and is on the Boone Area Library’s Board of Directors. She is married with 3 boys; 2 are in college and one is still at home. She enjoys reading, collecting teddy bears, baking, sewing, and crafting in her other spare time. She says, “I love working in healthcare. Every day is a challenge. Science and technology are ever changing and there is always something new to be learned. Not just from science but also from patients. I believe a good clinician should address individual patient needs, educate, diagnose and treat each patient/family holistically, recognizing the challenges and experiences that make each one of us unique.” Special interests include breastfeeding problems and adolescent GYN issues.


ERIN CHURICO, CPNP

Education:
Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences – RN Diploma
Chamberlain College of Nursing – BSN
Drexel University – MSN/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care

Certificates:
Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care, PNCB
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Advanced Certificate in Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CCIT) from Drexel University

Practice of Pediatrics:
Previous experience in labor and delivery, lactation and school nursing
Interests include special needs, adolescents and breastfeeding.

Community Activities:
Fundraising for Make a Wish Foundation and Give Kids the World

Interests, hobbies:
Erin has 5 wonderful children who keep her busy in her with their sports and dance.  She loves to bake, garden, weave baskets and loves anything Disney.


PENNY A. PORTER, RN, CRNP

Education
BSN East Stroudsburg State College, 1979,
West Virginia University Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, 1986,
Masters in Nursing – University of Maryland Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, 1990

Certifications:
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner –NCC
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner –ANCC
BLS and PALS Certifications

Practice Experience:
Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg NICU – Staff nurse -1979-1985 then
as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from 1986 until 1990
1990 – 2015, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Hershey Medical Center, for the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program, providing continuity of care from admission to discharge for complex patients
August 2014-2015 – part-time home health nurse, enjoying the one on one experience with a child and family

Community Activities/Volunteer Work:
Participated in 15 overseas mission trips to Ecuador to care for children with congenital heart disease
Helping Babies Breath program in the Philippines.

Personal Interests:
Penny lives with her 2 golden retrievers, enjoys traveling, reading a good mystery, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and time with her family. She always has more projects than time, her newest interest is organic gardening.


Susan Yoder, CPNP

Mrs. Yoder is our most experienced nurse practitioner. She came from Indiana to Berks County and stayed!!!! Her special interests are asthma and mental health.

Education:
BSN – Niagara University – 1979
MSN/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Indiana University – 1994.

Practice experience:
James Whitcomb Riley Children’s Hospital/Indiana University Hospital – 15 years – Her experience included neonatal /premature infants, pediatric urology and children with disabilities. Unit Director of level 2 Neonatal Nursery
Metrohealth Primary Care Pediatrics
All About Children Pediatric Partners since 2000.

Faculty Appointments:
Alvernia University Adjunct Professor BSN Nursing Program 2011-Present

Practice interests:
Asthma management and education; Immunizations
Mental Health: National Alzheimer’s Association

Certification:
National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners – 1994-Present

Community Activities:
Active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners
Past President and Vice President of the Berks County Nurse Practitioners Organization.
Actively involved with her church

Sue is married to Tim and has two daughters, one studying accounting at Penn State
University and one in high school who is active in equestrian competition and volunteers in therapeutic assisted riding. She is involved with both school and church activities. Walking with the family weimaraner, yoga and golf are her favorite activities for recreation.


Melissa Martin, CPNP

Melissa Martin, CPNP   5/2/18 – 9/8/18

We remember Melissa and the gifts she brought to All About Children Pediatric Partners with fondness. Her love of life, family, her profession, and Disney was a gift to our practice that we will not soon forget.