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

Anna Krull MA, LPCC, LMFT, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Krista Yucuis MS, Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern

Speech Therapy:

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

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Fridley,MN 55432


11107 Ulysses St NE-
Blaine, MN 55434
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Spring Blog 2019


Congratulations! It seems we’ve survived another Minnesota winter.


I know everyone is super excited to get out and finally enjoy the warm weather and sunshine but let’s pause for a safety break. While you’re taking stock of your summer essentials, now is a great time to look at the kids’ bike helmets to be sure they fit properly. I know kids hate to wear them so the best thing to do is make helmets a rule right from the start. Even if your kids are slow. Even if your street is safe. Remember, it’s the hazard you don’t anticipate that gets you. If you are worried about the fit of your helmet bring it with you to your next visit. Any of our awesome providers can check it for you.

  Now is also a good time to remind children how to cross a street safely and watch for other dangers. Don’t forget to tell even older kids that they should never swim alone and life jackets should be worn on any boat.

  Spring is also a time when annoying seasonal allergy symptoms start to show up. If your child has a known diagnosis of seasonal allergies and especially if they have asthma, now is a perfect time to come in and have their prescriptions updated. Asthmatics may benefit from starting medicines before allergy season in order to prevent a more severe exacerbation. We always recommend every child with asthma come in every 6 months to make sure that their symptoms are well controlled. 

  At home, there are a few things you can do to minimize allergen exposure. First is: control the dust, especially in their rooms. Use a damp cloth instead of a duster and vacuum frequently being sure to include under the bed. If possible, remove draperies and instead, use blinds. These are easier to wipe down and don’t trap as much dust. Put all stuffed animals through the dryer every couple of weeks. They tend to sit on beds and shelves and will collect a ton of dust. Get an allergy cover for the bed pillows. These can be found in most stores that sell linens. Changing your air filters regularly will help as well. We would be happy to talk this through with you at your next appointment. If problems persist, sometimes testing for environmental allergies can be helpful. We offer blood tests for this in our offices but more extensive testing can be done at an Allergy Specialist.

 We’re also getting closer to the end of the school year and many parents will be meeting with teachers. If you are concerned about learning disorders or behavior concerns, now is a good time to start the process. Often, we seek input from the teachers and waiting until summer complicates that. Also, schools will often perform testing for learning disorders as well but do not do it over the summer.  We are more than happy to help you navigate the school system and place referrals here in the office. We have talented psychologists seeing patients in both Fridley and Blaine locations who are very proficient in these types of evaluations. A word of caution! These evaluations tend to take time and often several visits are needed.


 Okay, okay…enough lecturing. Go enjoy your spring weather!




Jennifer Rousseau, M.D.

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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