// Physicians

Steven B. Spedale, MD, FAAP

Steven Brian Spedale, MD, FAAP, President is a 1985 graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed both his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Dr. Spedale is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He serves as the Chief of Neonatology at Woman’s Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet.

Cynthia A. Voelker, MD, FAAP

Cynthia A. Voelker, MD, FAAP is a 1989 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed her residency in pediatrics at LSU and fellowship in neonatology at LSU and Tulane Medical Center. Dr. Voelker is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine. She serves as the Chief of Neonatology at Lane Regional Medical Center.

Kimberly M. Stewart, MD, FAAP

Kimberly M. Stewart, MD, FAAP is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Stewart is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Henry Skipper Smith IV, MD, FAAP

Henry Skipper Smith IV, MD, FAAP is a 1999 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He completed both his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Louisville, Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Smith is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Donald F. Meyn Jr., MD, FAAP

Donald F. Meyn Jr., MD, FAAP is a 2003 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed both his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Meyn is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Thomas D. Soltau, Jr., MD, FAAP

Thomas D. Soltau, Jr., MD, FAAP is a 2003 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He completed both his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Soltau is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Haritha Vellanki, MD, FAAP

Haritha Vellanki, MD, FAAP, is a 2003 graduate of Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. She completed her residency in pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and fellowship in neonatology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vellanki is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Nicole R. Mitchell, MD, FAAP

Nicole R. Mitchell, MD, FAAP is a 2003 graduate of the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee and fellowship in neonatology at the University of Utah. Dr. Mitchell is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Danielle E. Thompson, MD, FAAP

Danielle E. Thompson, MD, FAAP, is a 2012 graduate of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She completed both her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology at LSU. Dr. Thompson is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board certified in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

Komalpreet K. Brar, MD, FAAP

Komalpreet K. Brar, MD, FAAP is a 2014 graduate of the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Basseterre, St. Kitts. She completed her pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO in 2017 and her neonatology fellowship at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO in 2020. Dr. Brar is board certified in pediatrics and sub-board eligible in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

// Nurse Practitioners

Amanda L. Searle, APRN NNP

Amanda L. Searle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1986 and a Masters in Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1994 Sciences Center. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse by the National Certification Corporation in 1994.

Penny W. Blanchard, APRN NNP

Penny W. Blanchard received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1985 and a Masters in Nursing with a dual focus of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2005 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 1995.

Lee G. Brown, APRN NNP

Lee G. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1990 and a Masters in Nursing in the Maternal Infant Nursing-Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Option from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation in 1994.

Amber B. Verdun, APRN NNP

Amber B. Verdun received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and a Masters in Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2011. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation in 2011.

Michele R. Thibodeaux, APRN NNP

Michele Thibodeaux received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University School of Nursing in 1990. Michele completed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1994. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 1994.

Kathrine R. McGehee, APRN NNP

Kathrine R. McGehee, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012 and obtained her Masters of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 2014.

Emma L. Hodgkins, APRN NNP

Emma L. Hodgkins received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Tennessee in 2007 and a Masters in Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in 2016. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation in 2016.

Catherine M. Marcus, APRN NNP

Catherine M. Marcus received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College of Nursing in New Orleans, LA in 1991 and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 2006. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner by the National Certification Corporation in 2007.

George J Rome III, APRN, NNP

George J Rome III, APRN, NNP, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana in 1993. He received his Master of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in December 1995 from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his certification from the National Certification Corporation in 1996.

Patricia McRae, APRN, NNP

Patricia McRae, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University School of Nursing in 1988. She received her Master of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in December 1995 from Louisiana State University School of Nursing. She received her certification from the National Certification Corporation in 1996.

Jamie A. Hernandez, APRN, NNP

Jamie A. Hernandez, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2002. Jamie obtained her Master of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from The University of South Alabama in Mobile in 2006. She received her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 2007.

Amy L. Rhoades, APRN, NNP

Amy L. Rhoades, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 2006. Amy obtained her Master of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from The University of South Alabama in 2010. She received her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 2011.

Erin O. LeBourgeois, APRN, NNP

Erin O. LeBourgeois, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette in 1997. She received her Master of Science in Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from The University of South Alabama in Mobile in 2006. Erin received her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 2007.

Michelle L. Cambias, APRN, NNP

Michelle L. Cambias received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1990 from Louisiana State University School of Nursing. Michelle completed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 1994. She was certified as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 1994.

Catelyn Myers, APRN, NNP

Catelyn Myers, APRN, NNP, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McNeese State University School of Nursing in May, 2014. She received her Master of Nursing in the specialty of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in August, 2020 from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She received her certification from the National Certification Corporation in 2020.

LaVonna Parham, APRN, NNP

LaVonna Parham, NNP graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with degrees in Respiratory Therapy in August, 2011, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in August, 2016 and Master of Science in Nursing in August 2016. LaVonna received her certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation in 2020.

// Physician Assistants

Claire Roethele, PA-C

Claire Roethele, PA-C, received her Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University In 2016. Claire completed the Physician Assistant Studies from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2020. She received her certification as a Physician Assistant from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants on June 1, 2020.