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. 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. 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 ...

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 ...
Jean Howington; IBCLC

Jean Howington; IBCLC

Board Certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Jean is a licensed International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), with a background in parent education and family advocacy and support. She received a Bachelor ...
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 ...
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...
DeVida Autman, Billing Supervisor / Office Coordinator

DeVida Autman, Billing Supervisor / Office Coordinator

Originally from Michigan, DeVida first came to Georgia for college where she attended Morris Brown College. She then graduated from DeVry University in Chicago, and returned to Georgia in 2010.  DeVida brings two decades of experience in medical billing ...
Maggie Million, LPN, Nursing Supervisor

Maggie Million, LPN, Nursing Supervisor

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Maggie moved to Marietta with her family when she was 9 years old.  After attending Kennesaw State University, she returned to Louisiana where she completed nursing school at Louisiana Technical College in 2008.  A...
Shavonn Ring, Customer Service Supervisor

Shavonn Ring, Customer Service Supervisor

A Georgia native, Shavonn grew up right here in Atlanta and graduated from Sprayberry High. She brings more than 20 years of administrative and technical experience to her job as KP’s Customer Service Supervisor. She most enjoys the teamwork and family a...
Kathy Sasser, Communications Director

Kathy Sasser, Communications Director

After growing up in rural Georgia, Kathy attended UGA, then moved to Atlanta after graduation.   Kathy has spent more than two decades in community education, bringing health and science issues to the public in both non profit and private settings.  At...