Meet Our Team

At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, 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 is experienced in caring for all types of children’s heart conditions.

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.

Cindy Baker, PA-C

Ann Lorimer, PA-C

Amy Elizabeth DiPietro

Lindsey Shader, APRN

Susan L. Greer, R.N., BSN

Cassie Blandford, BSN, R.N., CCRN

Emilee Yates, BSN, CCRN

Jennifer D. Thomas, DNP, R.N., CCRN (Director, Patient Care Services, Transplant, Hematology, Oncology, Renal Unit, Infusion Center)

Jenna Walsh, LSW

Sarah Chia, RN, BSN

Ashley Eastman, R.N., BSN

Barbara Russell, RN-C

Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Director,ECMO and VAD Program)

Cardiac Perfusionists

  • Jennifer Bezaire, CCP
  • Joe Deptula, CCP
  • Vince F. Olshove Jr., CCP, FPP (Chief, Pediatric Perfusion)

Cardiovascular Nurse Clinicians

  • Renae L. Akins, R.N.
  • Violet A. Carey, R.N.
  • Terri Wells, RN, RNC

Norton Children’s Heart Institute Management and Care Team

  • Teresa L. Bacon, R.N., AND (Care Manager)
  • Lisa M. Baker, BSN, R.N. (Supervisor, Invasive Cardiology)
  • Enitan V. Bethel, MSW (Social Services)
  • Jenna Blyth, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • MeganHerndon , R.N., MSN, CCRN (Nurse Manager, CICU)
  • Sara A. Chandler, R.D., L.D. (Dietitian)
  • Stephanie J. Cline, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Stephanie Johnson, Pharm.D. (CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist)
  • Allison P. Fears, M.S.,CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Stacy L. Flanders, DNP, R.N., CCRN-K, NE-BC (Director, Patient Care Services, PICU, CICU, PCU, ECMO, IV)
  • Jessie E.Kington , M.Ed., CCLS, CIMI (Child Life Therapist)
  • Robin D. Gowin, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Stacie M. Hartlage, R.N., BSN (Norton Children’s Heart Institute Nurse Navigator)
  • Christy L. Henry, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Michelle B. Hicks, OTR/L, CNT (Occupational Therapist)
  • Nancy Marshall, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Mary Jo McIver, BSN, R.N. (Assistant Nurse Manager, Cardiovascular Surgery)
  • Crissy Merideth, P.T. (Physical Therapist)
  • Rose Pasqualini, BHS, RRT (Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Services)
  • Jackie Pollard, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Jo J. Scroggin, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Manager, ECMO and VAD)
  • Susan A. Skutt, R.N., BSN (Care Manager)
  • Amy K. Stiles, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Dana J. Thompson, B.S., RDCS, CCT (Manager, Noninvasive Cardiology)
  • Kristy R. Trimble, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Rachel Waiz (Director, Pediatric Specialty Care Operations)

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

The Adult Congenital Heart Association has recognized Norton Children's Heart Institute for its expertise treating adult congenital heart disease.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified our cardiothoracic surgeons in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Adult Congenital Heart Association has accredited Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s Adult Congenital Heart Program as the only comprehensive care center in Kentucky and Indiana treating adults born with a heart defect.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has offices across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to bring quality pediatric heart care closer to home.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
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