Medical Specialties

Meet the Child Protection Team


The hospital employs a dedicated team of board certified forensic physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of physical, sexual, and medical child abuse.

The physicians are both double-board-certified in pediatrics and “child abuse pediatrics” which is the official name of the nationally recognized board certification. The NPs have focused their practices on child abuse diagnosis and treatment. Most team members have between 12 to 30 years of experience.

The Child Protection Team also partners with city-operated advocacy centers in Glendale, Mesa, Avondale, and Eloy, and also provides inpatient evaluations at three Phoenix-area hospitals.

The Child Protection Team

Jackie Hess, FNP

Cindy Nelson, PNP

Roger Blevins, PNP

Julie Baumgarth, RN

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Wendy Dutton, RN, PhD

Forensics Interviewer

Amy Heil

Forensics Interviewer

Amira El-Ahmadiyyah

Social Worker

Nicole Schuren

Social Worker

Michelle Cortez

Clinical Coordinator

Diane Munoz

Clinical Coordinator

Lori Jones

Medical Assistant

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