Meet Our Providers

Pediatric Neurology

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Britton Zuccarelli, M.D.

Born with congenital heart disease, I've been tied to the medical community since an early age, and I felt a natural calling to care for children and their families. During my medical training, I was particularly drawn to children with neurological conditions. I am proud to provide child neurology sub-specialty care to the Salina community, helping take care of your children's headaches and seizures, among other challenges, and watching them grow and develop.

In addition to seeing patients in Salina, I also have outreach locations in Hesston, Manhattan, Russell and Concordia.

Undergraduate:  Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Residency:  Child Neurology - Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Board Certified: Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology

General Pediatrics

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William Unsderfer, M.D.

Before coming to Salina, I spent seventeen years as a general pediatrician in Hutchinson, Kansas. I have over 20 years of experience, with special interest in asthma and behavioral pediatrics. I also enjoy working with children with ADHD, autism, and special needs pediatrics as well. My practice expertise is in caring for children ages birth to 21 years of age.

After my undergraduate work in biology and anatomy at Wichita State University, I attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed by residency through the University of Kansas at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Undergraduate:  Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS

Residency:  University of Kansas, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS

Board Certified:  American Board of Pediatrics

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Julianne Schwerdtfager, M.D.

I am excited to return to my hometown to practice at Salina Pediatric Care! I have always known from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor, but it was at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where I discovered my passion for working with children and their families. I enjoy working with children of all ages, whether it be for a well visit, an illness or a chronic health problem. I want to help keep children healthy, manage and coordinate care for any health problems they might have, and equip each family with the resources needed to live healthy lifestyles

Undergraduate:  William Jewell College - Liberty, MO and Homerton College - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Residency:  University of Kansas Medical Center - Kansas City, KS

Board Certified:  American Board of Pediatrics

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Kraig Bertram, D.O.

Whether earning an Eagle Scout badge during my childhood in Overland Park, Kansas or starting my medical career as a Care Assistant at Children's Mercy Hospital, helping children and serving those in need has been a passion and guiding principle.

In my practice I focus on building strong relationships of respect and communication between patients and their parents. My goal as a pediatrician, in addition to providing excellent care, is to educate patients and their parents. I want them to understand the medical decision-making process and feel actively involved in their care.

Undergraduate:  Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Medical School:  Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

Residency:  Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Board Certified:  American Board of Pediatrics

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Rebecca Martin, M.D.

I am excited to serve in Salina as a pediatrician. I've spent most of my life in Kansas and am happy to be living closer to family and friends.

In late elementary school I decided to become a physician in order to make people well. Through my jobs at local clinics and my small-town hospital, I fell in love with spending time with patients and families at the hospital bedside and clinic. Pediatric medicine, family education, and childhood development were especially intriguing to me, so I became a pediatrician.

Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS

Residency:  Creighton University of Nebraska Children's Hospital, Omaha, NE

Board Certified:  American Board of Pediatrics

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Jacob Hessman, M.D.

The opportunity at Salina Pediatric Care is a perfect fit for a person born and raised in Southwest Kansas. My intention was always to return to a rural area after completion of my training at The University of Kansas Health system.

My training was completed with a Bachelor's Degree from K-State in Interior Architecture and Product Design, then a post-Baccalaureate study in Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas, with research experience in the Biochemistry Department and KU Med prior to entering medical school. Medical School and Pediatric Residency were both completed at KU Med.

In my practice communication is key, both with patients and families, as well as all other partners involved in the care of a patient. Other professional interests include medical education. Salina has a robust medical community that has performed to superior standards for medical education and my time spent with residents and students is incredibly rewarding.

Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Residency:  University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Board Certified: American Board of Pediatrics

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Mercedes Ryan, M.D.

I am proud to work as a pediatrician here in Salina. I was born and raised in Kansas and am excited to be practicing in a Kansas community. I have always known that I wanted to work with children and was given the great honor of getting to do medical school in this community. While going through my medical school training in Salina followed by residency in Wichita, my love for pediatrics continued to grow. I enjoy being able to build relationships and partner together with children and families to keep infants, young children, and adolescents happy and healthy. Particular interests include preventative medicine and I find it vital to take care of the whole child including physical, mental, and emotional health in order for them to thrive.

Undergraduate: Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Salina, KS

Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS

Board Certified: American Board of Pediatrics

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Keri Kavouras, APRN

I was attracted to the field of nursing after caring for ill loved ones and spending time on the other side of healthcare as the patient during my teenage years. I wanted to find a way to help better people's lives in a way that promoted health and well-being. I enjoy working with all ages of children in all realms of care; wellness, illness, sports, and injury.

I completed my LPN in 2001, loved nursing and knew immediately I wanted to further my education. After completing my BSN in 2004, I returned to my Alma Mater, Vermont Tech, to teach. Realizing I loved teaching, I jumped in to a teaching program where I completed my Master's in Nursing Education in 2007. After moving to Kansas in 2008, I joined Salina Regional Health Center. Discovering I wanted to get back in to patient care, I returned to school to complete my nurse practitioner training. I completed a post-master's certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner studies in 2013. I am a member of the Kansas Air National Guard as a traditional Guardsman and proudly serve my country and state as a Nurse Practitioner. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our community and care for your family as a team member at Salina Pediatric Care!

Practical Nursing Certificate: Vermont Technical College, Newbury, VT

Bachelors of Science in Nursing: Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Masters of Science in Nursing: Walden University, Baltimore, MD

Family Nurse Practitioner: University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Board Certified: American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Family Practice

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Monica Woolsoncroft, APRN

I am proud to be part of the Salina Pediatric Care team! I've been serving the patients of Salina and the surrounding communities for over 20 years. One of the greatest joys is to watch children grow into adulthood and start their own families. Raising 3 children of my own has allowed me to gain experience and guide other parents through the struggles and successes of parenthood. I feel blessed to provide care for the children of the region.

After completing my BSN at Fort Hays State University, I worked as a pediatric nurse in Salina. Wanting to further my education and increase my knowledge, I completed the MSN program at the University of Missouri Kansas City with a certification as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I am Board Certified by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Master of Science in Nursing: University of Missouri, KSOM

Board Certified: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certification

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Jessica Scott, APRN

After caring for my terminally ill mother during her courageous battle with ovarian cancer, I knew I belonged in the healthcare field. There's nothing more satisfying than bringing comfort to patients in their most vulnerable state. My nursing experience ranges from working as a CNA in college at an orthopedic clinic to working as a registered nurse both on a surgical floor and in a neurosurgery clinic. I am a Salina native and have been with Salina Regional Health Center since 2010.

As a mom whose children happen to be patients at Salina Pediatric Care, I value the warm, energetic and friendly atmosphere that Salina Pediatric Care offers. In my practice, I promise to take the time to listen to all concerns, educate families, provide appropriate resources and work in collaboration with my patients and their family members to allow each child to maximize their health potential. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with this team of respected providers and am excited to be a part of such a successful clinic in my hometown. I'm proud to serve the pediatric population of Salina.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Master of Science in Nursing: Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Board Certified: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certification