Led by Craig Zaidman, MD, the pediatric neuromuscular team is a group of experienced clinical and research professionals committed to the compassionate care of children with neuromuscular diseases.
Craig Zaidman, MD
Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics, Adult Neurology
- Phone: 314-362-6981
Craig Zaidman, MD, cares exclusively for children with neuromuscular disorders. A professor of neurology and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Zaidman has more than 15 years of experience treating neuromuscular diseases in children and adults. An expert in neuromuscular ultrasound, he lectures around the work about this pain-free technique. He also services as principal investigator on more than 15 clinical trials. Committed to his patient’s well-being, Dr. Zaidman follows his pediatric patients into adulthood.
Renatta Knox is a physician scientist with a focus on neuromuscular disorders which affect children. She completed a pediatric neuromuscular fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University and a Gene Therapy fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on early onset facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and congenital muscle disease. Her long-term goals are to develop diagnostic tools and innovative therapies to treat early onset muscle disorders prenatally and postnatally. Health equity is at the forefront of her clinical and research practices.
Nurse Practitioner, Neurology, Neuromuscular Division
- Phone: 314-362-6981
Natalie Goedeker is our pediatric nurse practitioner. She has over 10 years of nursing experience and is trained in the unique needs of children with neuromuscular diseases. Focusing on pediatric care, she specializes in the administration of advanced therapeutics for neuromuscular disease and helps monitor participants in our clinical trials. She has a Master’s in Nursing from St. Louis University and currently is working on her doctorate.
Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Leslie Rodick is our clinical nurse coordinator. She graduated from the University of Missouri and has over 15 years of nursing experience. She currently coordinates our multidisciplinary clinic, providing an opportunity for patients to see multiple specialties in one visit, minimizing trips to the hospital. Leslie provides quality communication, follow up and support for our patients and their families. She is available to help with any needs that may arise.
Toni is a physical therapist who serves as one of our neuromuscular team’s clinical evaluators. She is a graduate of St. Louis University’s School of Physical Therapy. Toni has over 40 years of experience of providing treatment and evaluation services to the pediatric population in inpatient, outpatient and acute and rehabilitation settings; she has specialized in caring for children with neurological disorders for the last several decades. Her current role includes evaluating participants in our clinical trials.
Jessie is our Research Physical Therapist and Clinical Research Specialist. She has over 23 years of combined physical therapy and research experience that includes advanced training in treating patients with spine and movement dysfunction. Along with performing physical therapy assessments for our research patients, Jessie also serves as a research coordinator for various neuromuscle trials for both adult and pediatric patients.
Abby is one of our clinic physical therapists. She works with both pediatric and adult patients with neuromuscular disorders. Her role is to help patients maintain function and navigate any physical changes they may experience. Abby also helps facilitate communication with local therapists to provide comprehensive and appropriate care for each individual. Abby is well versed in clinical outcome measures and is a clinical evaluator for adult research as well.
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Pallavi Anand is a senior clinical research coordinator. She has extensive medical training and experience and in particular has been working on pediatric neuromuscular clinical trials for over 15 years. She has helped run a number of pivotal clinical trials for now approved therapeutics for neuromuscular diseases and is particularly skilled in the management of trials for Spinal muscular atrophy.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Diane Mwonga is a clinical research coordinator. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science and minor in Spanish from Emory University. Mwonga has a wide range of experience and skills, including pre-clinical lab research. She is gaining new skills and experience while preparing for her ultimate goal of becoming a physician. In her free time, Mwonga enjoys traveling and getting to meet new people.
Jennifer Ketchum is a precertification coordinator. She primarily works with our clinic patients with Spinal muscular atrophy to obtain pre-service authorizations for gene therapy and other therapeutics. She is a dedicated member of our team and works with our accomplished high cost drug team, which has successfully been among the first in the country to procure newly approved advanced therapeutics for our patients.
Patient Services Representative
Regina is a patient services representative who has been working in healthcare for nearly 20 years and has been a part of the neuromuscular team for nearly a decade. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare Management/Health Information Management and also earned an ABR certificate from National Medical Assistant Association in 2019. She aspires to assist our patients in receiving quality and compassionate care and her extensive experience as well as perseverance on behalf of our patients make her an asset to our department.