Meet the Team

A multidisciplinary team of specialists provides aerodigestive care. Our team includes gastroenterologists (feeding, stomach, liver), pulmonologists (lungs) and otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat), as well as nutritionists, speech pathologists and nurses.

Aerodigestive team 

Gastroenterology (GI)

Benjamin Gold, M.D.
Cary Sauer, M.D.
Jose Garza, M.D.


Dawn Simon, M.D., Aerodigestive Center Medical Director


Roy Rajan, M.D.
Kara Prickett, M.D.


Abby Johnson, M.S., R.D.

Speech pathology

Kristin Hall, M.S., C.C.P.-S.L.P.
Laura Brooks, M.Ed, C.C.P.-S.L.P.
Sarah Harmon, M.S., C.C.P-S.L.P.
Nashifa Hooda, M.S., C.C.P-S.L.P.
Ashley Pugh, M.S., C.C.P-S.L.P.
Anna Vance, M.S., C.C.P-S.L.P.

Respiratory therapy

Donna Williams, C.R.T.T., R.R.T.

Nurse Practitioner

Amy Painter, M.S.N., F.N.P.-B.C., Aerodigestive Center Clinical Program Manager

Nursing Navigators

Nisha Nair, B.S.N., R.N.
Shannon Luetkemeyer, B.S.N., R.N.

Additional resources for aerodigestive patients and families

Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not our employees.