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.

Abby was born in the Albany area and has lived in New York State her entire life, enjoying all that four seasons have to offer. She received her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008. Prior to medical school graduation, Abby extended her training with a year-long student fellowship in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Rochester.  She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Rochester and was asked to stay on as Chief Resident for the 2011-2012 academic year.

During residency, Abby enjoyed opportunities for community advocacy. She has partnered with the Hall of Justice Children’s Center at Monroe County Family Court to promote health and wellness for children in crisis. Through this collaboration and with local grant assistance, Abby developed and piloted a needs assessment and resource-linkage project, CAREing in Court, connecting families to local services they were not otherwise receiving. 

Since becoming a fellow in 2012, Abby has appreciated serving and learning from children with special needs and their families. She has also participated in several resident teaching opportunities, including Noon Conference Lectures, Morning Report, and Continuity Clinic Teaching. In January 2013, Abby was invited to present her advocacy work at the New York State Pediatric Advocacy Conference at Mount Sinai. As a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellow, Abby was also invited to present a poster at the 2013 American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Conference.

Abby’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, Abby thrives on time with her family. This includes an occasional date with her husband (an Internal Medicine resident), snuggling on the couch with her twin daughters, while reading chapter books together, or playing on the floor with her infant son while the family’s one-eared cat, Van Gogh, watches nearby.

Recent Graduates

Jara Johnson, D.O.
Rochester General Hospital  

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