Department of Pediatrics - Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship

Our Fellows

Current Fellows

Stephanie Straka D.O. First Year Fellow

Second Year Fellow

Stephanie Straka D.O.

Stephanie was born in Oneonta, NY and grew up in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate degree in genetics, received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2009 and completed pediatric residency training through Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center in 2012.

During residency, Stephanie was one of the liaisons to welcome children and parents to Janet Weis Children's Hospital through their Welcome Video. She also presented her grand rounds on PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome with discussion on its association with autism and intellectual delays.

During her first year of fellowship, Stephanie joined the Kirch developmental  team and recently became the physician leader of the URMC branch of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD).

Throughout her life, Stephanie has worked as a counselor to children and adults with developmental disabilities through Camp Sunrise in Warwick, NY. In addition, she completed an externship at the University of California - Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), was a physician counselor at Camp Victory for children with diverse medical conditions, has been a volunteer for Special Olympics, and has traveled on medical mission trips to Honduras and India.

Stephanie likes to be involved in community events such as runs and walks to raise money for Children's Miracle Network, March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Autism Speaks, other advocacy programs, and cancer research. Stephanie enjoys outdoor activities, especially tennis, and traveling, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Abigail Kroening M.D. First Year FellowSecond Year Fellow

Abigail Kroening M.D.

Dr. Kroening is a Board-Certified Pediatrician who has lived in New York State for her whole life and in Rochester for over a decade. She completed medical school, residency, and a chief residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and is currently in sub-specialty fellowship training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

In addition to providing general diagnostic and follow-up care for children with developmental and behavioral concerns, Dr. Kroening’s professional interests include: medical education, developmental disabilities in developing countries and refugee populations, and developmental disabilities among children in foster or kinship care.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Kroening thrives on time with her family and her one-eared cat, Van Gogh.

Recent Graduates

Jara Johnson, D.O.
Rochester General Hospital
Rochester NY

Kimberly A. Johnson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO

Jessica L. Roesser, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Melissa Thingvoll, M.D.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Olsen-Huff Center for Children, Asheville, NC

Caryn L. Garriga, M.D.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Chesterfield Pediatrics, Chesterfield, MO

Jan M. Walker, M.D.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Wayne Medical Group, Williamson, NY

Lalaine Dimagiba-Sebastian, M.D.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Nienke P. Dosa, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY