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 Reif, 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.

Kaylee M. Adams, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC, CLC

Kaylee has lived in Minnesota her entire life. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica, her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from Creighton University, and her post-graduate certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Minnesota with an additional certificate in Disability Policy and Services. Kaylee has worked for 10 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit both as a nurse and nurse practitioner. She is passionate about caring for babies, children with complex medical conditions, and neurodevelopment. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor, with additional training in tethered oral tissues (TOTs). In her free time, Kaylee enjoys yoga, reading, being on the lake, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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

Paige Jablonski

Areas of interest: Patients 3-22, psychological testing, helping children and families learn new skills to manage emotions, learning difficulties, attention difficulties, school issues, social issues, depression, managing health-related behavior, trauma, family conflict, and anxiety. 

Speech Therapy:

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