Meet our Staff

All our physicians are certified by the Board of American Academy of Pediatrics

Fadel Sakkal, M.D.

Dr Sakkal has been working with infants, children and adolescents in the community for over 25 years. Besides doing his general pediatric residency, he has completed one year of pediatric cardiology at the U of M Hospital and three years of pediatric emergency medicine at St Paul Children’s Hospital. He has won a Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and Top Doctor Award for Mpls/St. Paul Magazine. In 2016. Dr. Sakkal was honored to be awarded the William J. Carr Award for providing years of exemplary pediatric care for the local community. He has also been awarded Patient’s Choice, Vitals Top 10 Doctor by State, 2011 Compassionate Doctor, On-Time Physician Award, America’s Most Honored Professionals. Dr Sakkal is married and has three children.

John Hollerud, M.D.

Dr Hollerud is a Minnesota native who went to the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron. He has been  with Child and Teen Medical Center since 1983.  His special interests include ADHD, pediatric psychiatry, asthma, infantile colic and feeding problems.  He is a past Unity Pediatric Vice Chair and Chair and was a former member of the Mercy-Unity Foundation Board of Directors.  He currently serves as a member of the Mercy Mother Baby Center Leadership Committee, Children’s Health Network (CHN) Board of Directors, Children’s Health Network (CHN) Clinic Quality Subcommittee Chair and Children’s Professional Staff Executive Committee.  Dr Hollerud is married and has two children.

Stephen Sitrin, M.D.

Dr. Sitrin earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his medical degree from SUNY-Upstate.  He completed his training in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been in pediatric practice since 2001.  Dr Sitrin has served as Vice President of the Department of Pediatrics for Unity Hospital.  He lives happily with his wife and twin daughters.  He enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking and reading.  The Sitrin family loves to travel and takes every opportunity to go to exciting new places!

Mary Pohl, M.D.

Dr Pohl grew up in St Paul and has been working with children in the Twin Cities for more than 35 years. She earned her medical degree, completed her pediatric residency and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.  She has helped children in Kenya, Guatemala and Venezuela through her charitable medical work.  Dr. Pohl is an avid Minnesota sports fan (especially the Gophers) and loves to travel and garden.

Jennifer Rousseau, M.D.

Dr Rousseau grew up in Michigan and earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, and completed her residency at the University of Texas, Galveston.  Dr Rousseau won the 2017 Rising Star Award in Pediatrics. She is married and has two children and 2 dogs.

Jennifer Benton, C.P.N.P.

Jennifer grew up in Nevada and has been living in the Twin Cities since 2001. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in nursing. She has worked in pediatrics for over ten years and has been a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the last five years. Jennifer is married and has 3 children.

Alexandra Staum, C.P.N.P.

Alexandra is a native of southeastern South Dakota. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Nursing from Augustana University, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Alex is certified as a nurse practitioner through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Alex has a special interest in babies due to several years experience as a nurse in an intensive care nursery.  In her free time, Alex enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Mental Health Providers:

Elena Geiger-Simpson DNP, APRN, CNP, PMHNP-BC Psychiatry


Robert Van Siclen PhD LP, Child and Adolescent Psychologist


Robin McLeod, PhD, LP,  Licensed Psychologist

Krista Yucuis MS, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern

Speech Therapy:

Joann Goiffon, M.S., CCC- Speech and Language Pathologist

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Summer Blog 2019


  Are we feeling the heat? Finally, am I right? We here at CTMC are just as excited to enjoy some much needed sunlight. Before we head out, I wanted to share some tips to keep those little ones safe and healthy this summer. For the wee ones, try to keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, an umbrella, or the stroller canopy.


When possible, dress yourself and your children in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body, such as lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats. Hats should have an all-around 3-inch brim to shield the face, ears, and back of the neck. Limit sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when UV rays are strongest. Last but not least: Use sunscreen! But the sunscreen aisle has like 50 different kinds!

Look for something without a lot of added scent or the ingredient oxybenzone. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 (up to SPF 50). An SPF of 15 or 30 should be fine for most people.


For sensitive areas of the body, such as the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders, choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These products may stay visible on the skin even after you rub them in. Put sunscreen on 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. It needs time to absorb into the skin. Try to use sunscreen any time you or your child spend time outdoors. Remember that you can get sunburn even on cloudy days. Reapply it every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or drying off with a towel. For babies younger than 6 months: Use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face, if protective clothing and shade are not available.


  Now let’s talk hydration. Since they have a higher body surface area compared to adults, children get dehydrated much quicker. Most suggest trying to get them to pause for a few sips of water every 15 min. Many children resist this but you can get creative by offering treats with a higher water content. Think about watermelon, snow cones, popsicles. I don’t encourage sports drinks due to the excessive amount of sugar in some of them but, that being said if your child will be out in the heat exerting themselves heavily you do want them to replace some electrolytes so I suggest diluting a sports drink with water. Keep an extra attentive eye on children with Autism since sometimes they are less aware of their own needs and may not be able to communicate as effectively or ask for water. Be on guard for signs of heat exhaustion and the more severe form of that which is Heat Stroke. Heat stroke is a severe type of heat illness that occurs when a child’s body creates more heat than it can release and is unable to cool itself. This can cause their core body temperature to rise rapidly. If not treated quickly it can cause brain damage or death. Symptoms include body temperature above 104˚ F, headaches, absence of sweating, flushed, hot and dry skin, fainting, dizziness or weakness, fast breathing or rapid heartbeat, vomiting, if especially severe, seizures may occur as well. If your child has been outdoors, or in any hot environment, and shows symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.


   I feel like I’ve lectured a lot already! But just a couple more items! Water! It’s everywhere here in Minnesota and no lifejacket is a substitute for adequate supervision. Teach your children to never enter water without an adult with them. If you happen to be on a boat, everyone needs a lifejacket. No discussion.


 Bugs. There’s no getting away from them. Most are simply annoying like mosquitos but some can carry disease. Ticks are probably the biggest concern here in MN. Whenever you or your children have been playing outdoors you should check them for ticks, remember to check the hair too since it’s easy for them to be missed if they’re small. We worry about Lyme disease with deer ticks that have been attached longer than 24 hrs. If you find a tick but it is not attached, just remove it. If it’s attached you can remove them with tweezers. The head may remain buried in the skin, this is not a problem, your body will deal with it. If it is engorged and you don’t know for sure how long it was there then give us a call or come in, also put the wee body in a bag so we can identify which species it is. So much fun, eh? Also be on the lookout for the famous “Bullseye Rash”. It can be anywhere not just where the tick bite was, it is generally flat and not painful or itchy. It literally looks a lot like the Target logo.  If you something that looks like this then we do need the child to come into clinic to confirm and decide on the right treatment. Don’t worry too much. Lyme is very treatable especially if caught early.


  I feel like I just made summer sound super scary! Honestly, it’s not, it’s full of opportunity for a great time with the little ones if we just use a little common sense! Even then accidents happen and in that case, we’re here for you!


Jennifer Rousseau, MD

Child and Teen Medical Center

Fall Blog 2018

Greetings Families! We at Child and Teen Medial Center hope summer was amazing and you are full of warm memories because it’s going to get

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