Who We Are

Our Team

In 2008 after 15 years in practice we decided to start something new. We wanted families to have a different kind of experience in the office: comfortable, welcoming, family-focused care that empowers parents and kids to take control of their health and wellness.

We have built an amazing team of pediatricians, nurse practitioners, RNs, MAs, billing and front office staff as well as a lactation specialist and psychologist all dedicated to partnering with you to provide top notch care in a non-traditional setting.

We can’t wait to meet you!


Cinzia : Administrator



Hi I’m Cinzia, pronounced chin-see-ah. I was born and raised here in Metro Detroit and attended Michigan State University (Go Green! Go White!) where I received my bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science with a Specialization in Health and the Humanities. I am very blessed to be married to my best friend and we pray to have a family of our own one day soon. I love spending time hosting parties big and small for all of our family and friends but also enjoy our quiet time and summer time in Traverse City.

Stephanie : Office Manager


Office Manager

My name is Stephanie S. I've worked in pediatrics since 1998. What I like most about my job (aside from tormenting Tom at the front desk:)) is getting to know our patients and families, interacting with the kids and watching them grow. Never a dull moment when working with children.

Tom : Front Desk


Front Desk

I’m Tom, that “some guy at the front desk/ on the phone”. I love working with children and am proud to have been here since we opened in 2008. My quiz has 3 questions . . .

Brandi : Front Desk


Front Desk

My name is Brandi and I moved to Michigan from Las Vegas 2 years ago. I spent half my life in Southern California and the other half of my life in Vegas so needless to say I'm always freezing!

I love coming to work everyday and play with with all of your children!

Shan : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

Hello my name is Shan, CCMA. I've been in the medical field for 7 years now. I became a part of the Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness family in 2015 and I love everything about this office. I'm also a new mommy to my wonderful son Kobe. Motherhood has been amazing so far and I can't wait to make more memories with my son!!

Laura : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

I'm Laura and I have been a certified medical assistant for more than 20 years, mostly in pediatrics and family medicine.

I am the proud mother of two beautiful, energetic little boys ages 6 and and 2. They are my heart, my joy, my life!

Patti : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

I am very proud to have been a Medical Assistant in the pediatric field for over 18 years. It is so exciting watching all your kids grow from babies to college students. What I enjoy most is helping and guiding in any way I can to make your experience as a parent and patient just a little easier. I am also a parent of a 21 year old daughter and a 17 year old son. I love them!! Can't wait to see you in the office!

Julie : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

Hi my name is Julie.  I have been a medical assistant since 2011 and have spent most of my medical assisting career in pediatrics. I love it!

I have 2 boys- 22 and 19 years old. I am a proud mother of a U.S. soldier.



Courtney : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

I was born and raised in Michigan, but have lived in a few other places as well: California, Tennessee and most recently South Dakota.

My husband, son, and I love to travel and go on adventures. We have been known to just wake up and drive to Indiana or Canada for the day. If you have a new place for us to travel to, please let me know, it could be our next adventure!


Zach, B.S. : Clinical Assistant

Zach, B.S.

Clinical Assistant

Hi, I'm Zach. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a degree in Cognitive Linguistics. I am currently applying to medical schools and enjoying my year off!



Theresa : Registered Nurse


Registered Nurse

Hi, I'm Theresa, RN, and I've been with BP+WC since January of 2010. I've previously worked in Labor & Delivery and the NICU. I'm married and have two kids, 19 & 15, and I'm a die-hard Spartan fan. Go Green!

Debbie : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

I have been in the field of pediatrics as a CMA for 10 years. I love working with kids. In my spare time I spend as much time with my grand kids as possible. I love to travel and have a passion for crochet.

Mariana : Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

My name is Mariana I am a very caring and hardworking Medical Assistant who has a great passion for children and loves helping people.I have a Bachelors Degree in Health Service Administration. There is nothing more important to me than my family especially my two boys.I grew up in Europe and speak three languages.

Providers and More Staff!

Dr Alita Rice : Medical Doctor/Provider

Dr Alita Rice

Medical Doctor/Provider

I attended the University of Missouri for my undergraduate studies and obtained my medical degree from Meharry Medical College. I completed my pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital of Michigan. I have practiced as a board-certified pediatrician in the Metro Detroit area for over twenty years. I love working with children of all ages and their families. During my free time, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, reading, listening to jazz, and spending time with my daughter.

NP Lori Carlson : Pediatric Nurse Practioner / Providers

NP Lori Carlson

Pediatric Nurse Practioner / Providers

My name is Lori. I started my pediatrics career nearly 20 years ago as an RN. I went to U of M and received my masters degree and certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner over 12 years ago. I grew up in Waterford, MI and lived there until moving to Brandon Township 10 years ago. I live there with my husband and two boys. We love sports, especially soccer and baseball. Spare time is spent taking care of our mini farm with 10 chickens , a dog, a rabbit, a guinea pig and a garden.

Dr Tiffney Widner : Medical Doctor/Provider

Dr Tiffney Widner

Medical Doctor/Provider

I was born and raised in Detroit, went away for 8 years to Howard University in Washington, DC for both my undergraduate and medical school studies. I came home to Children’s Hospital of Michigan for residency, and where I have been on faculty teaching the residents and med students. I am very excited to join the team at BP+W. Being a pediatrician has always been my goal, and having the chance to serve in the community that has built and shaped me is very rewarding. Although I don’t have my own children, I have always served as a surrogate mother for the children in my community and enjoy spending time with them. I also love to sing and cook (although I enjoy eating the food even more).

NP Jessica Cooney : Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Provider

NP Jessica Cooney

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Provider

I have a very strong pediatric background of 18 years with combined RN and NP experiences. I obtained my Pediatric NP certification from Wayne State University. I have worked in primary care as well as at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. I spent 10 years volunteering at a cancer camp for children, which is where my initial interest in nursing began. After the first summer I was hooked! I have 3 energetic and fun boys ages 12, 10, and 8. Between their many sports activities (mostly travel baseball) and work that takes up most of my time. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Dr Molly O’Shea : Medical Doctor / Provider

Dr Molly O’Shea

Medical Doctor / Provider

I am Michigan girl through and through! Born and raised nearby, I went to Marian High School and then UofM for undergrad and med school. I loved my residency years at Childrens Hospital of Michigan and have been in private practice ever since. I have been very involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics as a journal editor and wrote for a few years as the Ask the Pediatrician columnist for The Detroit News. I have a great husband and big blended family with 5 kids. Needless to say I cook a lot and luckily I love it!

Stephanie B : Registered Nurse/Lactation Specialist

Stephanie B

Registered Nurse/Lactation Specialist

Hi, my name is Stephanie B. RN, IBCLC. I’m a mother of three and have worked at BPWC since 2010. As a nurse and lactation consultant, I love working with the families at BPWC.

Amy : Billing



Hi my name is Amy and I am a medical biller here at Birmingham Pediatrics. I have worked in the pediatric field for the last 12 years. I love to shop and chocolate is my weakness.

Jessica : Billing



Hi, my name is Jessica and I am one of the Medical Billers here at Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness. I have been in the medical field for 14 years with over 10 years of Medical Billing experience. In my free time I love to travel and go camping with my husband and 8 year old daughter.