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Assistant Director, Advanced Practice Provider Service

My passion for neonatology began when I was young and grew throughout nursing school. I am drawn to the smallest patients because they make the largest mark on my heart. There is nothing better than watching critical neonates that you have cared for grow into young children.

Address: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women 6621 Fannin Street, Suite A0480.17 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6242

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners

Goals of clinical excellence: adhering to evidenced based practice, mastery of specialized skills, and promotion of healthcare serve as a foundation in my role as an Acute Care PNP in the level 2 Neonatology unit.  In a collaborative effort, with various medical services, i strive to promote and... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6747
I find the role of a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner as diverse and challenging.  I love taking care of critically ill infants and taking care of the whole family unit.  I also love attending high risk deliveries and going out on ground and air transports.  There are also a lot of opportunities for... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
I am passionate about providing quality care to high risk neonates and their families. I am actively involved in teaching NNP students via Simulation at Texas Children’s and The University of Texas Medical Branch. I am involved with teaching and developing our current NNP Skill’s Competency Course... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Melissa Ashlin


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Leah Best


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
My passion is caring for babies in the NICU. I found my niche as a neonatal nurse practitioner. I love working with babies and their families. I also enjoy teaching and research.  My areas of interest include, but are not limited to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), thermoregulation and infection...

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Mary Colby Hale


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
I have been a neonatal nurse for over 30 years and a neonatal nurse practitioner for over 17 years. I enjoy providing bedside neonatal care in all NICU levels, attending deliveries and transports and providing neonatal resuscitation and stabilization.   My primary focus, outside of bedside... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Deborah Dinwiddle


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Christopher Dischler


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
LaShonda Foster


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
It is my mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to the most fragile of patients; all the while promoting the natural parental role in a stressful environment. My clinical interests include delivery room resuscitation, surgical neonates, quality improvement initiatives, and... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6259
Jamie Gilley, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC is a board certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH). From the beginning of her career, Jamie’s passion has always been caring for the most critically ill neonates and their families... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
My philosophy of care is to provide each patient with the best care that can be given, to support the family through their difficult time in the NICU, and to involve the entire medical team in managing the patient’s daily care in order the enhance the best care that our small patients require.

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
From an early age, I had exposure to complex medical conditions of others. This lead me to recognize the impact that diseases and conditions can have not only on the individual but also on the family dynamics. This gave me motivation to understand and provide the best care to infants, that would... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-7781
Kari Hostler


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) at Texas Children’s Hospital and specifically as an NNP who often works closely with complex newborns and the families of newborns born with congenital heart defects, I see myself as a facilitator and an advocate for their needs. I strive daily to be an... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
My career at Texas Children’s Hospital has reduced knowledge gaps in neonatal care, improved proficiency in my profession, and has enhanced my multidisciplinary collaboration and communication skills. My passion includes active involvement in various quality improvement initiatives to improve... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
My philosophy of care is to treat every infant in my care the same way I would want someone to treat my own child, with respect and with a caring hand.  This includes treating the parents the way I would want to be treated.  My clinical focus is on infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernias,... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Deborah Laster


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Laurie Moe


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Working in the neonatal intensive care unit has always been a passion of mine. It brings me joy to make a big difference in the lives of the tiniest patients. My philosophy is simple; I strive to always do my best, to keep an open mind, to appreciate even the smallest victories, and to never stop... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
My passion for neonatology is based on the philosophy that seeks to deliver the art and science of nursing to my patients and family in a holistic, compassionate and dignified way.  My area of interest include, but are not limited to family centered care, creating a conducive environment for... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6205
Paula Patterson


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Sol Reyes


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Randi Russell


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
My passion as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner caring for neonates of all background lies in my belief that every family is treated with dignity and respect no matter their socioeconomic background, religion or values. 

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
I have worked in the Texas Children's Hospital Neonatal ICU/Newborn Center since I graduated from nursing school in 1978. I have worked in a variety of roles including management and currently as a nurse practitioner. My interests have included thermoregulation and the use of simulation in... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Meghan Skakun


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Mary Lou Spray


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
My philosophy is to render comprehensive care to the most vulnerable population of neonates and to their families. I believe in the Bible verse Matthew 25:40: "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6155
Makayla Tipton


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
I am passionate about my job and believe that every one of my patients and their families deserves the very best care. I love taking care of the sickest, most challenging patients. I love patients with BPD, CDH, other GI surgeries, and ECMO. I also love to teach and almost always have a student... Read more

Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-824-6235
Maritza Vias-Marreno


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Felicia Wrice


Address: Texas Medical Center Texas Children's West Tower, Level IV NICU - 6621 Fannin Street Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas