Types of Providers
At Kids Plus, we have 3 office locations and 20 Providers who can see you in the North, the South, or the City of Pittsburgh. With all these great options, and all these great people, we thought you might want to know a little more about the different kinds of Providers we have.
A health care Provider is most easily defined as a person who helps to identify, treat, and prevent illness. At Kids Plus, we employ four different kinds of health care providers: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and two types of Physicians (M.D.s and D.O.s).
We’re proud to say that we’ve helped to train every one of our Providers, so we can guarantee that you’ll get consistent, top-quality care and treatment no matter who you see or where you’re seen. As a teaching practice, we’ve dedicated the last forty-plus years to providing the highest quality, most up-to-date, evidence-based pediatric care in the region.
A Physician Assistant (PA) completes, after college graduation, a formal secondary training program accredited through the Accreditation Education Commission for the Education of Physician Assistants. This training program can be completed in 2 years, if done on a full-time schedule. The training program includes classroom work, plus rotations in various medical specialties, including Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery, among many others.
PAs are required to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam before they’re eligible to practice, and they’re required to re-certify by exam every 10 years. PAs practice under the guidance of a Physician. They’re able to do many of the same things that a Physician can do — including history taking, examination, and treatment of the patient, prescribing medications, and following up with patients.
We’re proud to have six wonderful Physician Assistants on our team of Providers:
Travis Lewis, who’s also a certified Athletic Trainer, and who sees patients at both Cranberry/Seven Fields and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Brianna Mosso, who sees patients at Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Stacey Stratton, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
Alyssa Papa, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
Olivia Buterbaugh, who sees patients at Cranberry/Seven Fields and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Samantha Gronlund, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Provider who has completed a Bachelors degree in nursing, then went on to complete a Masters Degree as well. Because individual states have different licensing requirements, a nurse who earns a state license and has completed the required training courses is eligible to apply for national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
After completing the education and certification, Nurse Practitioners are able to take histories, examine and treat, prescribe medications, and follow patients long-term. NPs also work closely with the Physicians.
We’re proud to have four wonderful Nurse Practitioners on our team of Providers:
Terri Bailey, who previously worked as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee Women’s Hospital, and who sees patients in our Squirrel Hill/Greenfield Office.
Jonette McClelland, who also worked as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee, and who sees patients in our Pleasant Hills Office.
Rachel McCarrison, who previously worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, sees patients at Pleasant Hills and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Lauren Lehman, who previously worked at UPMC Cancer Center, sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
A D.O. is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Similar to M.D.s, D.O.s attends an Osteopathic Medical School for 4 years after completing their pre-medical courses in college. After that, they’re required to participate in a 1-year internship in which they learn more about the core specialties. They rotate in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, along with electives of their choice. Once they have completed their internship, D.O.s enter into the residency of their choice.
Our physicians have all completed 3-year residencies in Pediatrics. The only difference in the training, other than the Osteopathic Internship, is in courses taken in Manipulative Medicine. D.O.’s are required to renew their license every 7-10 years, based on their specialty.
We’re proud to have four fantastic, board-certified Osteopathic Physicians on our team of Providers:
Dr. Alicia Hartung, who sees patients at Cranberry/Seven Fields and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Dr. Lucas Godinez, who sees patients at Cranberry/Seven Fields and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Dr. Amy Maddalena, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Dr. Ditte Karlovits, who sees patients at Cranberry/Seven Fields.
The fourth group of Providers we have at Kids Plus are M.D.s, otherwise known as Medical Doctors. They complete their pre-medical requirements in college, then go on to attend a medical school for 4 years. Following med school, they serve a residency in the specialty of their choice before going into practice. M.D.s are also required to renew their licensure by taking an exam every 7-10 years.
We’re proud to have six wonderful, board-certified M.D.s on our team of Providers:
Dr. Todd Wolynn, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills and Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Dr. Albert Wolf, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
Dr. Sarah Springer, who sees patients at Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
Dr. Ashley Riley, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
Dr. K.G. Pai, who sees patients at Pleasant Hills.
Dr. Mara Richardson, who sees patients at Squirrel Hill/Greenfield.
We hope this helps you understand a little more about the types of Providers you see in the Kids Plus offices. We’re confident in, and truly proud of, our whole team of health care Providers, and of the top-quality care we offer from everyone at every location.