Meet the Team

At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, our cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, children’s heart specialists and other highly trained caregivers have the expertise, training and equipment to give the treatment your child deserves.

Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians are experienced treating all children’s heart problems.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s pediatric heart care among the best in the region. We provide a network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky, including Frankfort, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah. Our Southern Indiana locations stretch from Madisonville to Evansville and include New Albany and Corydon.

Your child can stay close to home for quality care.

Cardiothoracic surgery

General pediatric cardiologists

Adult congenital heart disease

Fetal Heart Team

Heart failure and heart transplant

  • Joshua Sparks, M.D. (Medical director)
  • Cassie Blandford, BSN, R.N., CCRN
  • Mary T. Massey, APRN, MSN, FNP-C, CCTC, CPN
  • Jennifer D. Thomas, DNP, R.N., CCRN (Transplant administrator)

Outreach and telemedicine

Pediatric and adult congenital cardiac catheterization

Pediatric and adult congenital electrophysiology

Pediatric cardiac anesthesia

  • David J. Brenneman, M.D., MBA
  • Walter Rose, D.O. (Medical director, Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia)
  • Ryan Swain, M.D.
  • Nadine VanWyk, M.D.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • John W. Berkenbosch, M.D., FAAP, FCCM
  • Aaron W. Calhoun, M.D., FAAP, FSSH
  • Christine R. Bailey, M.D., FAAP
  • Natalie S. Henderson, M.D.
  • Mark J. McDonald, M.D., CPE, FAAP (Medical director, Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center)
  • Vicki L. Montgomery, M.D., FAAP, FCCM (Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care)
  • Karen L. Orman, M.D., FAAP (Medical director, “Just for Kids” Transport Team)
  • Erin B. Owen, M.D., FAAP
  • Eleanor B. Peterson, M.D., FAAP
  • Melissa B. Porter, M.D., FAAP (Medical director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit)
  • Katherine E. Potter, M.D., M.Ed., FAAP, FCCM
  • Michael D. Ruppe, M.D., FAAP
  • Mary K. Sandquist, M.D., FAAP
  • Janice E. Sullivan, M.D., FAAP, FCCM (Chief, Division of Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research)
  • Deanna R. Todd Tzanetos, M.D., MSCI, FAAP (Medical director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)
  • Sara E. Aldridge, APRN-PC/AC
  • Alecia S. Cline, APRN-PC
  • Misty D. Ellis, DNP, APRN-PC/AC
  • Debbie L. Farrell, APRN-PC/AC
  • Jodie Lynn Hignite, APRN-FNP/AC
  • Amelia C. Lewis, APRN-AC
  • Emily M. McRae, APRN-PC/AC
  • Jessica Storch, APRN-AC

Cardiac perfusionists

  • Trevor Church, CCP
  • Olivia Isaacs, CCP
  • Ray Keijner, CCP
  • Vince F. Olshove Jr., CCP, FPP (Chief, Pediatric Perfusion)
  • Stacey Ousley, CCP

Cardiovascular nurse clinicians

  • Renae L. Akins, R.N.
  • Violet A. Carey, R.N.
  • Hope Hodges, R.N., BSN

Heart Institute management and care team

  • Teresa Bacon, R.N., A.N.D. (Care Manager)
  • Lisa M. Baker, BSN, R.N. (Supervisor, Invasive Cardiology)
  • Enitan Bethel, MSW (Social Services)
  • Jenna Blyth, MS, CCC-SLP (Speech Therapy)
  • Sara Chandler, R.D., L.D. (Dietitian)
  • Stephanie Cline, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Heather Damhoff, PharmD. (CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist)
  • Allison Fears, MS,CCC-SLP (Speech Therapy)
  • Stacy L. Flanders, DNP, R.N., CCRN-K, NE-BC (Nurse manager, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)
  • Jessie Gordon, M.Ed., CCLS, CIMI (Child Life)
  • Robin Gowin, MS, CCC-SLP (Speech Therapy)
  • Stacie Hartlage, R.N., BSN (Norton Children’s Heart Institute Nurse Navigator)
  • Christy Henry, RN, BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Michelle Hicks, OTR/L, CNT (Occupational Therapy)
  • Mary Jo McIver, BSN, R.N. (Assistant nurse manager, Cardiovascular Surgery)
  • Rose Pasqualini, BHS, RRT (Director, Norton Children’s Heart Institute)
  • Jackie Pollard, MS, CCC-SLP (Speech Therapy)
  • Nancy Marshall, PT, DPT (Physical Therapy)
  • Crissy Merideth, PT (Physical Therapy)
  • Jo Scroggin, PT, DPT (Physical Therapy)
  • Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Manager, ECMO and VAD)
  • Susan Skutt, RN, BSN (Care Manager)
  • Amy Stiles, OTR/L (Occupational Therapy)
  • Dana J. Thompson, B.S., RDCS, CCT (Manager, Non-Invasive Cardiology)
  • Kristy Trimble, OTR/L (Occupational Therapy)

Norton Children’s Heart Institute

Norton Children’s Heart Institute at Norton Children’s Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40201
(502) 629-2929

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(502) 629-2929

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