Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: A Commitment to helping you

Pediatric Medical Associates is privileged to have on staff certified pediatric nurse practitioners (CPNP) with years of experience in Pediatric care, who handle their responsibilities with professionalism, dedication and compassion. Our CPNP’s have a nursing background, followed by specialized education in pediatric primary care. They complement your physician’s care by being able to spend extra time with you and your child to discuss wellness and preventive health care programs, and by providing a support system for problems. The nurse practitioners you see are part of your doctor’s team, so you can be assured that they work with your doctor to coordinate, advise and educate in an ongoing manner. Their commitment to patient education lies as deep as their love and understanding of children. When you need a little extra assurance, or have any concerns about your child, our nurse practitioners are there for you.

What are pediatric nurse practitioners?

Pediatric nurse practitioners are “advanced practice nurses.” They are registered nurses with masters degrees or other advanced education specializing in pediatrics. This education focuses on the treatment of primary health care of infants, children, and adolescents. PNP’s focus on the “whole” child, including well child care and anticipatory guidance for physical, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects of development.

PMA’s pediatric nurse practitioners have a total of more than 100 years of experience working in pediatrics, and their practical training in clinical (non-hospital) based pediatrics exceeds that of MD training for a new Doctor. Overall, pediatric nurse practitioners provide solid primary health care to children. Health promotion and preventative medicine are a large part of the role of PNP’s.

Can pediatric nurse practitioners diagnose and treat my sick child?

Yes, PNP’s are able to treat acute illnesses as well as stable chronic illnesses. PNP’s are independent practitioners. PNP’s are able to prescribe and treat your child with medications if needed.

Do the pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners work together?

Yes, the pediatricians and PNP’s work as a team and in consultation to ensure the highest quality of care and access for your child and family.

Helene Pierce

is a board certified PNP who has been caring for children since 1974. She received her R.N. from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1974 and practiced at Tuft’s New England Medical Center in pediatrics until 1977. She then received her PNP certificate from the University of California Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program in San Diego in 1978. She has practiced as a PNP since. She especially enjoys developmental pediatrics and lactation counseling. Her two children have also given her a lot of first hand pediatric experience as well as an understanding of juggling family and career.

Cheryl Dun

is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from California State University, Chico, in 1986. Cheryl worked for 9 years as a pediatric nurse at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate at Sonoma State University in 1994. Cheryl enjoys working in a collaborative relationship with families, and is especially interested in educating parents and children, empowering them and supporting their needs in times of stress/illness. She is married with two children who have taught her hands on the joys and challenges of parenting.

Lauren Wilson

is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who joined us at PMA in 2012. She studied nursing at Yale University, receiving her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in pediatric primary care in 2012. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Lauren is driven by her background in public health, which emphasizes health promotion, prevention, and health education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, and is an avid painter and hiker.

Karen Cleary

is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined PMA in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. Karen worked as a Registered Nurse in critical care and college health. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Sonoma State University in 2015. She loves all aspects of pediatrics but especially enjoys educating new parents and watching children and families grow. Karen is married with two small children of her own. In her free time she likes to go on adventures with her kids and have impromptu dance parties in the kitchen.

Michelle Pelletier, MSW

comes to Pediatric Medical Associates after over 10 years in the child welfare field as a social worker. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work degrees at California State University Sacramento.

Over the years, Michelle has gained an extensive knowledge of community resources that she is happy to share with the patients she works with. Her passion is working with families and providing them with the support they need.

Michelle assisted with the October 2019 implementation of the CHA program at Capital OB/GYN and is excited to launch the program at PMA. The greatest satisfaction she has experienced as a CHA has been being able to build rapport with patients and in turn, provide them with resources and support during challenging times. She has two daughters and loves to spend time with her family. We are excited to be able to offer her expertise to our patients, please join us in welcoming her to the Pediatric Medical Associates family!