Our Staff

Our pediatric care specialists put the emphasis on “care”

At KinderMender, our highly-trained pediatric care specialists have been carefully selected based on their fun-loving and compassionate nature as much as their medical expertise. Our atmosphere is a collegial one, requiring a special personality.

For us, exceptional health care means more than just writing a prescription. It’s about skilled caregivers and an attentive and welcoming place of business. The need to seek medical care for your child is fraught with enough stress, the last thing a parent needs is an indifferent – or worse, rude – interaction with a team member.

Our pediatric care specialists, both menders and support staff, sought work in the medical profession for two simple reasons: to help and to heal. And the pursuit of those goals is what you will find at KinderMender.

Management Team

  • Keyvan Rafei, MDManaging Director*
  • Eden Woredekal, D.O., Medical Director*
  • Ashley Palumbo, CRNPDirector of Advanced Practice Nursing 
  • Lisa Harris-Green, Practice Administrator
  • Erin Freitas, CRN, Practice Medical Manager
  • Shannon Jones, NP, Practice Medical Manager
  • Sarah Lartey, CRNP, Primary Care Manager
  • Taje Johnson, CMA, Practice Office Manager (Columbia)
  • Brenda Mancia, CMA, Practice Office Manager (Laurel)
  • Heidi Smith, CMA, Practice Office Manager (Timonium)
  • Kenyetta Babers, CMA, Practice Office Manager (Glen Burnie)


Primary Care Providers & Menders

  • Eden Woredekal, D.O., Medical Director (Columbia)*
  • Ashley Palumbo, CRNPDirector of Advanced Practice Nursing (Timonium)
  • Egberto Toro, M.D., Primary Care Provider (Laurel)*
  • Sarah Lartey, Primary Care Provider (Laurel)*
  • Alisha Rabhan, CRNP, Primary Care Provider (Glen Burnie)

Well Child Coordinators

  • Quemeli Portillo, MA, Well Child Coordinator (Glen Burnie)
  • Sharleen Joseph, MA,Well Child Coordinator (Columbia)
  • Stephanie Lainez, MA, Well Child Coordinator (Laurel)*
  • Blanca Bravo, MA, Well Child Coordinator (Laurel)*

Medical Assistants

  • Thomas SnogrenInventory Specialist/Medical Assistant
  • Melissa Solorzano, Medical Assistant
  • Janella Edwards, Medical Assistant
  • Cashmere Bailey, Medical Assistant
  • Desiree Brown, Medical Assistant
  • Chantell Cromwell, Medical Assistant
  • Amber Demby, Medical Assistant
  • Teonna Green, Medical Assistant
  • Laurel Jones, Medical Assistant
  • N’kyva Moultrie, Medical Assistant
  • Ashley Parker, Medical Assistant
  • Jackelinne Platero-Pineda, Medical Assistant
  • Kyanna Vaughan, Medical Assistant
  • Melissa Solorzano, Medical Assistant

 Patient Service Representatives

  • Antonea AlvinPatient Service Representative
  • Torren GravesPatient Service Representative
  • Ryanelle ReedPatient Service Representative
  • Nicholas Adams, Patient Service Representative
  • Ayana Atkins, Patient Service Representative
  • Lolita Silva, Patient Service Representative
  • Helen Cordova-Duran, Patient Service Representative

 Billing & Business Operations

  • Michelle Diggs, Senior Billing Specialist
  • Christian Sierra, Senior Billing Specialist
  • Violetta Reed, Senior Billing Specialist
  • Navid Takhti, Billing Specialist
  • Rajal Borad, Billing Specialist
  • Helen Garcia, Bilingual Operator
  • Ligia Abreu, Bilingual Operator
  • Katie Burr, Medical Records/Operator
  • Henry Garcia, Billing support staff
  • Vansantha Vasu (Michelle), Admin Assistant


  • Edvin Lemus (Franklin), Facilities & Maintenance


*indicates bilingual

Here's What Parents Say

  • “Everything about the visit was outstanding. We are so very happy we found this place. The staff is efficient, professional, and friendly. The facility is bright, clean, and child friendly. This will be our go to medical office…”

  • “Everyone we worked with, from the time we first called with questions through when we left after our appointment, was extremely friendly, efficient, and just overall wonderful and easy to work with. The place was clean, pretty, warm, and inviting!”

  • “Everyone is always patient and kind; it is so important to me that my kids are treated well especially at a doctor’s office because it directly influences their level of comfort and anxiety for the rest of their lives.”

  • “Fast, friendly and efficient service received. The Doctor was very friendly and informative. My child felt comfortable and was at ease by the kind nature of everyone. From the time we walked in we were greeted with a warm, friendly smile and immediate attention.”

  • “Always very welcoming and KinderMender makes it as comfortable as possible for the children. My son is no longer scared of going to the doctor because of his wonderful experiences here. It is so nice to have somewhere to take him that is not ‘scary.’ Thank you!”

  • “Everyone is always very friendly, helpful and sensitive to my child’s needs. They had us in and out in less than 20 minutes which is so important when dealing with a grouchy, sick child.”


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