Medical Advisory Board

Marissa Love, MD, Chair
University of Kansas Medical Center – Allergy & Immunology

Dr. Marissa Love is a 3rd year pediatric resident at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  She is very interested in pediatric advocacy, community education about food-induced anaphylaxis, as well as promotion of food security for underserved children of the greater Kansas City metro.  She is looking forward to collaborating with FEI as she enters Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Fall of 2016.

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Julia M. Bracken, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital-Gastroenterology

I am a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. I completed my undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri – Columbia, followed by pediatric residency and pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Children’s Mercy.  Within the division of gastroenterology, I act as the director of our celiac disease program.  I also serve as the  medical director for the Nutrition Services department at Children’s Mercy Hospital.  I am very passionate about

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Chitra Dinakar, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital- Pediatric Allergy & Immunology

Dr. Chitra Dinakar is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Director, Food Allergy Center, Division of Allergy/Immunology at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She completed her fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and since then has been at Children’s Mercy.

Dr. Dinakar’s passion and expertise include pediatric asthma, food allergic disorders,

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Selina A. Gierer, DO
University of Kansas Medical Center- Allergy & Immunology

After completing my medical education at the University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, I joined the University of Kansas Medical Center for a residency in Internal Medicine. I then went on to do a Chief Resident year followed by a fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  I currently practice at the University of Kansas Medical Center, serving the hospital and clinic for both adult and pediatric patients.  Our practice provides care to the Kansas City metro area treating

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Nahir Mallorquin Saer, BSN, RN
College Park Family Care

I Graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to that, I received my Associate Degree in Nursing from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

I recently joined College Park Family Care as a Nurse Manager. Previously, I worked at the University of Kansas Hospital as a Registered Nurse Care Coordinator Lead in the Gastroenterology Department. I also worked in the Allergy and Immunology Department at the University of Kansas.

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Kylie Vannaman, MD
KC Family Doc

Dr. Vannaman is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who grew up in Raymore, MO and completed her medical training at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  During her career, she has worked in a variety of settings including an underserved health clinic in Columbia, MO, a rural birthing center in Haiti, the Navajo Indian Reservation in Crownpoin, New Mexico as well as several years as a General Practitioner in New Zealand.  These varied experiences have helped shape the type of medicine she

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Melanie Wade, NP
Sunflower Medical Group

Melanie Wade was born and raised in Shawnee, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 2008. She worked at Children’ s Mercy Hospital primarily in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Missouri,  Kansas City in 2014. Melanie is board certified in Pediatric Primary Care.  She joined Heartland Primary Care in Kansas City, Kansas after graduation where she enjoys caring for children of all ages. Her professional interests include preventive care, food allergies, and atopic dermatitis.

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Barbara Warady, MS, RD, LD
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Barbara Warady, MS, RD, LD received her Bachelor of Arts in dance education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Barbara returned to college to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics, and was awarded a Master of Science Degree from the University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS. She worked at Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO with responsibilities of providing clinical care to individuals of all ages. Returning to the Kansas City area, Barbara was employed at the University of Kansas Medical Center – Child Development Unit, to work with children having special health care needs, including

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