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We provide comprehensive care for children and teens with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, tethered cord and caudal regression syndromes. Through our collaborative team approach, we are committed to making a difference for every child in our care and giving him or her the best quality of life possible.

Children with spina bifida will face complex medical issues at every stage of their life, often involving multiple body systems such as the central nervous system, musculoskeletal system, urinary and intestinal systems.

We will be here for you every step of the way to help you make informed decisions about advanced surgical treatments, ongoing therapies, daily challenges and the transition to adulthood.

Our team includes board certified specialists in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, neurosurgery, physiatry, orthopedics, urology and gastroenterology, as well as specialists in physical and occupational therapy and nutrition services.


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NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Akron Children's NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith, MD

Director, Myelomeningocele Clinic; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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Amanda Abou-Fadel, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Accepting New Patients


Hannah Bachtel, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Urologist

Accepting New Patients


Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist


Christine Carter-Kent, MD

Interim Medical Director, Healthy Active Living Program, Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Accepting New Patients


Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Kerwyn Jones, MD

Medical Staff President; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Physician; Department Quality Officer


Joel Katz, DO

Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Eric Massanyi, MD

Pediatric Urologist

Accepting New Patients


Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Spasticity Clinic


Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Emily Kapper, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Jacob Sisko, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelsey Tasker, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Other Providers:

Lauren Hoffman, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Samantha Konen, BSN, RN

Myelo Clinic Program Coordinator

Judy Stickle, PT

Physical Therapist

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

Spina bifida, myelomeningocele, meningocele, myelocystocele, lipomyelomeningocele, sacral agenesis, caudal regression, VATER syndrome, diastematomyelia, spinal cord injuries

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