About Us

Kennesaw Pediatrics Newborn Center is devoted exclusively to the care of our youngest patients; a special place where every detail is centered on your new baby and family. Our board certified pediatricians and staff specialize in newborn health and especially love taking care of the needs of your unique family.

At the Newborn Center, each visit is focused on you and your baby. Our staff take the time to ensure that you feel fully informed and ready for each stage of your baby’s first year while making sure that your baby receives the latest and best in medical care.

You’ll find well baby checks, sick care, lactation support, labs, and more in one comfortable, convenient location. From the design of the exam rooms to our 7-day-a-week hours, to our expert staff, Kennesaw Pediatrics has thought of everything to make your visits as easy and worry free as possible.

The very best in family centered care….just for you and your baby.

Meet Our Providers

When it comes to a child’s medical care, experience, education and training matter. At Kennesaw Pediatrics Newborn Center,  you can have peace of mind knowing that your child will always be seen by the best and most qualified providers. Our providers have str...
Dr. Maria Axelrod

Dr. Maria Axelrod

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Maria Axelrod was born and raised in Port Chester, NY. She attended Fordham University followed by medical school at SUNY Upstate. ...
Dr. Briana Brugner

Dr. Briana Brugner

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Briana Brugner was raised in Clearwater, FL, and received her education and training in Tennessee and Georgia. Her education began ...
Dr. Mark Long

Dr. Mark Long

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.Dr. Long was born and raised in a small farming community in rural Tennessee. He learned the value of hard work, integrity and compassion...
Dr. Elizabeth McKinnon

Dr. Elizabeth McKinnon

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Elizabeth McKinnon was born and raised in Spring, TX. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, creating ...
Dr. John Pitts

Dr. John Pitts

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. John Pitts was born in the little town of Toccoa in the North Georgia mountains and has lived in Georgia all of his life. He attended ...
Dr. Peter Strauss

Dr. Peter Strauss

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Peter Strauss was raised in Livingston, NJ. He completed his undergraduate degree at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where he ...
Dr. Lisa Winters – Smith

Dr. Lisa Winters – Smith

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Lisa Winters-Smith was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Children’s National Medical Ce...
Dr. Murali Vathada

Dr. Murali Vathada

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.After completing medical school in India, Dr. Vathada worked for 8 years in Trinidad, West Indies, where he fell in love with pediatrics.  ...
Dr. Sarah Yount

Dr. Sarah Yount

Board Certified Pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Sarah Yount was born and raised in Greer, SC, a suburb of Greenville. She attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, followed ...
Traci Perry, PNP-C

Traci Perry, PNP-C

Board Certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.Nurse Practitioner Traci grew up just up the road, in Ringgold. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University and her Master of Science in Nursing at the...
Carrie Tyner, FNP-C

Carrie Tyner, FNP-C

Board Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners .Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Nurse Practitioner Carrie moved to Atlanta with her family in July 2017.  She earned her BSN at Baker University, then her Masters in Nursing at University ...

Who We Are

Kennesaw Pediatrics Newborn Center is devoted exclusively to the care of our youngest patients; a special place where every detail is centered on your new baby and family. Our board certified pediatricians and staff specialize in newborn health and especially...

Meet our Lactation Consultants

Our Board Certified Lactation Consultants are highly trained and experienced with a variety of feeding methods and special situations.  They are here to help you meet your personal feeding needs and goals through individual consultations, in our office or ...
Nancy Ilgenfritz;  CPNP,  IBCLC

Nancy Ilgenfritz; CPNP, IBCLC

Board Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.Nancy has been supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University ...
Molly Parker, IBCLC

Molly Parker, IBCLC

Board Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.Molly has been supporting breastfeeding families in the Atlanta area as a community-based counselor since 2007. She certified as an International Board Certified Lactation ...
Kathy Sasser, IBCLC

Kathy Sasser, IBCLC

Board Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.Kathy Sasser has been supporting mothers since 2006, initially as a community based counselor, then as an IBCLC after earning board certification in 2010. Before entering...

Shelly Walter, Practice Administrator

As Practice Administrator, Shelly Walter fosters communication between our patients, parents and staff with the goal of enhancing the overall patient experience. She monitors wait times, works with front and back office, and assists our parents. Shelly is...

Kat Jacobs, Nurse Supervisor

A lifelong Atlantan, Kat attended Everest College before beginning a career in healthcare that now spans more than a decade. She brings experience in hospitals, clinics and urgent care settings to her role at KP. As Nurse Supervisor, she provides leadership...

Emily Horn, Front Desk Team Lead

Though she was born in St. Louis, Emily has called Atlanta home for more than two decades and attended Harrison High School right here in Kennesaw! She attended Creative Circus in Atlanta where she was certified in graphic design. Emily has been working...

Haley Howell, Benefits Coordinator

Haley grew up in nearby Dallas, Georgia, attending East Paulding High School and Georgia Highlands College. As a former early childhood educator, Haley brings a love of children and families to her work at KP. She excels at both research and working with...