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Vascular Birthmark Team


The vascular birthmarks team incorporates specialists in pediatric care.

An important advantage of this team approach is that this team's professionals are in direct and continuous communication throughout your child's care.

Each team member is fully aware of your child's specific needs and progress and is able to make recommendations for care which are consistent with those given by other team members. The goal of the team is to ensure care is provided in a coordinated, consistent manner with proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments.

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Vascular Birthmarks, Hemangiomas, & Vascular Anomalies Team Specialties:

Care Coordination

Every patient with a craniofacial difference benefits from the efforts of a full-time clinical coordinator, who works to ensure a smooth path from diagnosis through treatment. Treatment plans can be complex and involve many different health care providers. Our clinical care coordinators can help you understand and navigate all aspects of your child’s health care needs. 

Our coordinators are an important resource for families throughout treatment. In addition to helping families coordinate their child’s heath care needs, they provide help and support to families both in and out of the hospital. 

Throughout your child's treatment, our coordinators are available for support and information about the diagnosis and the impact a craniofacial abnormality may have on the family. Working closely with our team psychologists, our clinical care coordinators provides integrated psychological support for your child and family.

Clinical care coordinators can facilitate family-to-family connections and can help you locate resources. They are available to families throughout the course of care to answer questions and give advice.

Ruth Trivelpiece, MEd, CCC-SLP

Ruth Trivelpiece, MEd, CCC-SLP
Program Coordinator, VCU Center for Craniofacial Care at Children's Hospital of Richmond

VCU Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dept of Surgery

Kenya Dawkins
Patient Care Coordinator
VCU Center for Craniofacial Care at Children's Hospital of Richmond

Child Psychology

Craniofacial disorders often create a difficult adjustment for the child and family.

Our psychologists assist in providing evaluation and support for your child at all stages of your child's life. They can help determine how a craniofacial condition is affecting your child's life and provide support and guidance.  They will also discuss your child’s learning skills and school abilities.

Differences in appearance can cause a wide variety of emotional reactions for your child and family. The key role of psychologists is to help families and children reach their potential. Our psychologists serve as resources when you are making decisions about whether your child needs more surgery, help you and your child prepare for procedures, and for any hospital stay. They are also available to work with you and your child during hospital stays.

Jaee Bodas, PhDJaee Bodas, PhD
Assistant Professor
VCU Department of Psychiatry

Interventional Radiology

Malcolm K. Syndor, MDMalcolm K. Sydnor, MD
Director Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Department of Radiology


Brian J. Strife, MDBrian J. Strife, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Department of Radiology


Laurie Shinn, MDLaurie L. Shinn, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Dermatology
Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Our pediatric otolaryngologists are surgical specialists with expertise in treating disorders of the head, neck, ears, nose and throat in children. They assess and monitor your child's hearing, ears, breathing and speech development.  They also work with the team to provide medical and surgical therapy for disorders and anomalies of these areas.

Rajanya Petersson, MDRajanya S. Petersson, MD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
VCU Medical Center
Kelley Dodson, MD, Assistant Professor, VCU Dept of OtolaryngologyKelley Dodson, MD
Associate Professor
Dept of Otolaryngology
VCU Medical Center

Plastic Surgery

Craniofacial surgeons perform plastic and reconstructive surgery on the soft tissue and bones of the face and skull.  They have completed additional specialized training beyond their training as plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Your child may need multiple surgical procedures to address the function and appearance of the face and head due to the complex nature of many of these conditions. Craniofacial surgeons follow your child and can assist you during your child's growth and development.

Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD, Craniofacial Surgeon, Director of the VCU Center for Craniofacial CareJennifer L. Rhodes, MD
Director, VCU's Center for Craniofacial Care at Children's Hospital of Richmond

Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
VCU Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dept of Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Victoria G. Kuester, MDVictoria G. Kuester, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Claudio Oiticica, MDClaudio Oiticica, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery


Nancy Thompson, NP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Department of Surgery
Division of Pediatric Surgery