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Dr. Shaquita Bell Receives Award for Major Contributions to Native American Child Health

From Seattle Children’s On the Pulse


Senior Medical Director of Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC), Dr. Shaquita Bell, has been awarded the 2023 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH).

Dr. Shaquita Bell

The esteemed award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions toward promoting the health and well-being of Native American children and exemplifies a lifelong commitment to Native American children and their communities.

“It is an absolute honor to be given this award,” Dr. Bell shared. “I was nominated by my mentor Dr. Joey Bell, the first Native doctor I ever met. I remember first hearing him speak about his oral health work in the tribal community of Lumbee and hoping that one day, I too could make an impact as big and important as he did. Fast forward almost 20 years, it feels unreal to be receiving this award because of his nomination.”

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New Flyer on Psychiatry and Autism Center Locations and Services, Plus Other Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Providers

Flyer: Psychiatry and Autism Center services by location

Seattle Children’s provides a wide range of psychiatry and behavioral health services for youth at the main hospital campus, North Clinic in Everett, South Clinic in Federal Way, Seattle Children’s Magnuson and via telehealth.

To help healthcare providers understand at a glance what services are available where, we have created an Autism Center and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Service Locations flyer.

Questions about referring your patient? Seattle Children’s Psychiatry triage team is available to answer providers’ questions about referrals, including the status of a referral that has already been submitted, our services that are currently available and wait times for our services and locations. Contact our PBM Referral Intake Team at 206-987-2164, option 2, or email [email protected]. Our goal is to help you find the appropriate care for your patient, either at Seattle Children’s or elsewhere.

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New Medical Staff

Medical Staff


Sarah, Gabriel Elias, MD, Anesthesia

Morgan, Rachel C., MD, Community Pediatrics (active community medical staff)

Martin, Jan Anderson, MD, Neurology

Ariel Elizabeth Garcia, MD, community Pediatrics (active community medical staff)

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Common Concerns With Infant Feeding and Swallowing: A Q&A With Robin Glass, MS, OTR, IBCLC

Robin Glass is an occupational therapist and lactation consultant at Seattle Children’s with over 40 years of experience. She also holds a clinical faculty appointment in the Occupational Therapy Program at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. In addition to her patient care on the Infant Team serving inpatient and outpatient infants <1 year old, she is a national and international speaker on infant feeding and swallowing. She has numerous publications, including the seminal book Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infancy: Assessment and Management with co-author Lynn Wolf. She was a 2015 recipient of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Pioneer award and received the 2018 Dr. Nancy Danoff Spirit of Service award from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington and Nutrition First.


Primary care providers (PCPs) frequently encounter questions from parents regarding their infants’ feeding. PCPs also observe issues with growth that may result from feeding difficulties. In a brief office visit, providers may find it challenging to identify infant feeding and swallowing disorders. In this article, Seattle Children’s occupational therapist and lactation consultant Robin Glass addresses common concerns PCPs might see related to infant feeding and swallowing difficulties and describes methods of evaluation and treatment. She also offers guidance on referring to a Seattle Children’s specialist.

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Roundup of Mental Health News and Resources From Seattle Children’s

OCD Intensive Outpatient Program Now Has Openings for New Referrals

Seattle Children’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is once again being offered in person and is open for referrals. Offered at Seattle Children’s Magnuson building across from Magnuson Park, the program offers evidence-based cognitive behavior treatment for children and teens ages 11 to 18 (or older if they are still in high school). Participants must already be diagnosed with OCD and anxiety and not been able to make progress in regular outpatient treatment. To refer a patient, please write “OCD IOP evaluation” for the quickest routing within Psychiatry.

For more information, view the OCD-IOP program flyer, which includes detailed referral criteria.


4 FAST Trainings in April and May

The First Approach Skills Training (FAST) team is offering live, interactive trainings for managing common youth mental health conditions. FAST programs are designed to provide brief, evidence-based behavioral therapy for youth and families in primary care clinics and other settings where long-term treatment is not usually offered. The training is free.

Providers can learn more about FAST and access free assessment tools for initial screening, treatment planning and progress monitoring on the FAST website. Program materials were developed by a team of child and adolescent psychologists with funding support from the Washington State Healthcare Authority. Please direct any questions to [email protected].


4 Free “Finding Mental Health” Classes for Families, April–July

Nationally, one in five children and teens has a treatable mental health disorder, and half of these are not receiving help from a mental health professional. “Finding Mental Health Care in Washington State” is a free two-part class series from Seattle Children’s focused on educating families about resources outside of Seattle Children’s to help families connect to care as quickly as possible. Classes are 30 minutes. Families do not need to take Part 1 to take Part 2. Registration is required. Video recordings of the classes, without Q&A, are available on our website in English and Spanish.

  • April 19: Part 1 – Outpatient Services (English)
  • May 17: Part 1 – Outpatient Services (Spanish)
  • June 21: Part 2 – Higher-Level Services (English)
  • July 19: Part 2 – Higher-Level Services (Spanish)

Please share this class information with any families who may be interested. More information is available on our website.


“You Are a Miracle”: One Patient’s Journey With an Eating Disorder

Read the inspiring story of 19-year-old Emme’s personal experience at Seattle Children’s, in her own words — from diagnosis to ongoing recovery and the lessons she learned along the way.

Emme’s story reminds us that early intervention and treatment are effective, recovery is possible and many people live healthy, fulfilling lives when they get the right help.

Seattle Children’s Eating Disorders Recovery Program diagnoses and treats children and teens with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders. All patients referred to the program will receive a one-time telehealth visit with either a medical provider, psychologist or mental health therapist depending on their needs. If you are referring a patient, please review our eating disorder referral guidelines.


New Handout for Families: “5 Most Common ADHD Questions Asked by Parents”

The 5 Most Common ADHD Questions Asked by Parents, written by Seattle Children’s Erin Gonzalez, PhD, addresses common questions from concerned caregivers and parents. It discusses ways to support children with ADHD, school resources and answers common questions about medications. Gonzalez provides links to many ADHD resources for parents and caregivers, including Seattle Children’s videos and classes.

We encourage providers to share this article with patient families who may be concerned about their child with ADHD.


Reminder: Seattle Children’s Mental Health Hub Is a Resource for Providers and Families

Additional resources on common pediatric mental health concerns are available at Seattle Children’s mental health resources hub. To let patients and families know about these resources, print and share our Mental Health Hub flyer, available in both English and Spanish.



CMEs, Grand Rounds and Other Events


  • 18th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference, July 20 to 22, hosted by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. Can criteria such as citizenship, cognitive disabilities, mental health or the absence of social support be used to decide who qualifies for a transplant? Should children be prioritized over adults for transplant? We’ll tackle these subjects and more at the 18th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Join us a day early on July 20th for our inaugural nursing bioethics conference “Pediatric Bioethics at the Point of Care: A Critical Examination of Ethical Issues in Pediatric Nursing” hosted by Seattle Children’s Center for Pediatric Nursing Research. Learn more and register at seattlechildrens.org/pbc.



  • Sports Cardiology and Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention. April 17, 2023, 6 to 7 p.m. (virtual). Category 2 CME. Learn more and register.
  • Pediatric Mental Health Event hosted by the Partnership Access Line. April 22, 2023, in Bellingham, WA. Learn more.
  • Is It Just Growing Pains? A Multidisciplinary Approach to Bone and Joint Pain. April 29, 2023 (virtual). This highly practical course will provide a framework to primary care providers and specialists who encounter patients with bone and joint pain. Learn more. Register.
  • Team-Based Approach to Caring for Children With Complex Airway and Esophageal Conditions. May 2, 2023, 6 to 7 p.m. (virtual). Category 2 CME. Learn more and register.
  • Updates on Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases for the General Practitioner. May 6, 2023, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (virtual). Learn more. Register.
  • Epilepsy Surgery in Children. May 18, 2023, 6 to 7 p.m. (virtual). Category 2 CME. Learn more and register.
  • Caring for Gender Diverse Youth, Series I – A Project Echo. Monthly virtual sessions from April through September 2023. Each session includes a didactic presentation and a case discussion. Curriculum: affirming clinical environment, supporting families in schools, mental health, social transition, eating disorders and neurodiversity. Category I CME credits and Quality Improvement MOC (Part 4) credits are available. Registration is free. Learn more and register by March 31, 2023.


Nursing Events

  • Spring 2023 Continuing Nursing Education Spring Series. See the flyer. Register online.
    • April 5, 2 to 3 p.m.: Foundations of Orthopedic Surgeries, Pediatric Rheumatologic Conditions
    • April 26, 2 to 3 p.m.: Bowel Management Treatment Program, Pediatric Seizures
    • May 24, 2 to 3 p.m.: Eating Disorders – Management and Care Coordination, second topic TBD
  • Nursing Research Symposium: May 11, 2023. In-person and virtual options available. Flyer.


Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

  • April 6, 2023: Tic Talk: Trauma Informed Care That’s Possible, Practical and Productive (Virtual). Holt Webster Child Abuse Lecture. Heather Forkey, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Attending Physician, Child Protection Program, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, Worcester, MA.
  • April 13, 2023: Are Black Girls Undergoing Puberty at Younger Ages? Examining Implications of Race-Based Teaching About Puberty (Virtual). Lisa Swarts Tobor, MD. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University; Director of Pediatric Endocrinology, Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
  • April 20, 2023: Is That Malaria on Your Breath? Malaria Clinical and Diagnostic Update for a “Post-COVID” World. Resident/Fellow Research Day. Audrey John, MD, PhD. Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Stanley Plotkin Endowed Chair, Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
  • April 27, 2023: Fetal Care: An Early Start on the Journey to Best Outcomes in Children. Tapper Surgery Lecture. Oluyinka Olutoye, MD, PhD. Professor & E. Thomas Boles, Jr., Chair of Pediatric Surgery, OSU College of Medicine Surgeon-in-Chief, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
  • May 4, 2023: Prevention of Preterm Birth and Neurodevelopmental Delay Using Chewing Gum. Greg Valentine, MD, Med, FAAP. Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Adjunct Assist. Professor, Oral Health Sciences & Mechanical Engineering, UW & Seattle Children’s.


Nursing Grand Rounds

First Thursday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn more.

  • April 6, 2023: Tracheostomy Safety and Education for Caregivers – Safe Care at Home. Leslie Elder, MSN, RN, CCM. See the flyer (PDF).


Psychiatry Grand Rounds

First Friday of every month October through June from 8 to 9:20 a.m. Learn more.

  • April 7, 2023: LGBTQ-Affirmative Mental Health Care: From Theory to Trials to Community Implementation and Global Dissemination. John Pachankis, PhD, Susan Dwight Bliss Professor Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health.

New Medical Staff

Medical Staff

Agnes Chao, MD, Neonatology

Violeta Gomez, MD, Community Pediatrics

Siegfried Hirczy, MD, Neurology


Allied Health Professionals

Maria Brnjic, ARNP, Pain Medicine

Emily Kesheimer, CRNA, General Anesthesia

Jumie Lee, ARNP, Emergency

Tamara Morgan, ARNP, General Anesthesia

Jennifer Nathans, ARNP, Otolaryngology

Atylana Singh, LMHC, Psychology

Gurleen Kaur Singh, BCBA, Psychology

Sarah Stein, ARNP, Community Pediatrics

New Medical Staff

Medical Staff

Jesse Michael Adams, MD, Child Psychiatry

Rebecca Mae Allen, MD, Child Psychiatry

Joshua David Bess, MD, Child Psychiatry

Anna Borisovskaya, MD, Child Psychiatry

Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Neurology

Theresa Laguna, MD, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Aaron Bertrand Low, MD, Anesthesia

Shani Kay Norberg, MD, Neurology

Travis Piester, MD, Gastroenterology

Nazia Henna Rahman, MD, Emergency/Urgent Care

Jessica Yen, MD, Neurology


Allied Health Professionals

Chelsea Bajet, PA-C, Child Psychiatry

Jennifer Marie Cadigan, PhD, Child Psychiatry

Taira Alma Chaudry, ARNP, Child Psychiatry

Ko Eun Choi, BCBA, Child Psychiatry

Ileen Faith Cronin, ARNP, Cardiology

Katie Renee Emanuelson, ARNP, Hematology/Oncology

Sarah Nicole Herrington, ARNP, Neonatology

Sandra Lorena Benitez Kruidenier, PA-C, Anesthesia

Kelly Phuong Ha Thanh Luong, PA-C, Neonatology

Rose Kimberly MacLeod, LMFT, Child Psychiatry

Ashlee Marie Nollette, LMHC, Child Psychiatry


Roundup of Seattle Children’s Impact in FY2022

Seattle Children’s annual Facts and Stats is now available online. It offers a snapshot of Seattle Children’s in FY 2022, including:

  • 373,939 patient visits
  • 9,490 workforce members
  • 10 regional clinics and 24 outreach sites and clinics across Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WAMI)
  • 11,250 outpatient surgeries and 3,902 inpatient surgeries
  • $260,659,000 in uncompensated care
  • Ranked 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pediatric research institutions

Find more information online at Seattle Children’s Facts and Stats: FY 2022 or download the Seattle Children’s Facts and Stats brochure.

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Special Update: Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

December 28, 2022:

Seattle Children’s has temporarily closed the second floor of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) Othello to repair water damage from a fire that occurred on December 19th on the floor above the clinic. OBCC Othello is located inside the Orenda at Othello Square building.

  • OBCC’s first floor was not impacted which means Dental and Rehab appointments at OBCC Othello will continue as normal.
  • Medical appointments which normally would take place on the second floor are being rescheduled as telehealth visits or in some cases as in-person appointments at either the main hospital campus or South Clinic in Federal Way.
  • We are contacting affected families to reschedule their appointments.
  • Families with questions may call OBCC at 206-987-7210.

We apologize for this unforeseen event and are doing everything we can to get the clinic’s second floor repaired and re-opened as soon as possible. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Learn more about OBCC.