Brittany Blue, MD

  True confession: even with more than a decade of medical education, I am still guilty of going to Google when my own kids come down with something. And I think my ability to make this confession makes me a better doctor – being a parent has made me a better doctor! I have a 4-year-old son and a daughter who is 7 months, and the two of them have made me more conscientious and empathetic to the families I treat on a daily basis.

I’m a newborn medicine physician, meaning I treat the tiniest and often the sickest babies. I chose this line of work because children are resilient, and I love watching them grow and thrive. When my husband and I aren’t working (he’s also a doctor), we love spending time with our kids, exploring the St. Louis Zoo, the Magic House, or just spending time as a family at the pool.

My best advice to my fellow moms: Go with your gut. Also, perfection is overrated; strive to have fun!

Brittany Blue, MD is a Washington University Physician in the department of Newborn Medicine. She treats patients in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Special Care Nursery at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and at Progress West Hospital. Dr. Blue graduated from Meharry Medical College before beginning her training with Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2011. She became an attending physician in 2017.

Kristen Bruno, MD

Kids are just plain fun! That’s why I became a pediatrician. Well, that, and I love to see people succeed. It’s incredibly rewarding to help a parent or child overcome a struggle such as a disease, a behavior problem or even a breastfeeding obstacle. I wanted a field where I could make a big and lasting difference with families, have fun doing my job and have time for my own family – and I found that as a pediatrician.

I am a mom of two myself; Sophie and Jack are 5 and 8, and the hardest part about being a doctor is spending time away from them. I am recently divorced, and am navigating the same obstacles many parents face as they renew their own definitions of family. When I’m not at work, I soak up every minute I have with my kids, and advise my patients’ parents to do the same. I also remind them – and myself: It takes a village to raise a child. Lean on your friends, family and pediatrician! Not a one of us is alone, and chances are good another mom or dad has asked the same question you are struggling with.

Kristen Bruno, MD, is a pediatrician with Purely Pediatrics, a Washington University Clinical Associates practice located in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Clinic. She received her medical degree and completed training at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. For inquiries and appointments, call 314-454-5500.

Carrie Coughlin, MD

My favorite thing about pediatrics is how unfiltered kids can be. I love hearing their honest thoughts and opinions!

While I did my training with Washington University School of Medicine, I just recently joined the faculty here. In just the last two years, I’ve had the privilege of participating in many new and exciting opportunities, most notably, the creation of the melanoma nevus clinic with Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I like interacting with children and enjoy being able to solve skin problems in some patients who I see only a few times, and developing longer-term relationships with patients I need to see over years.

If I were to give parents a single piece of advice, it would be to make sun protection a habit and something that you always do, rather than something you choose to do occasionally. Making it a habit will help your children be safe in the sun.

Carrie Coughlin, MD, is a Washington University pediatric dermatologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She sees children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Specialty Care Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in history at Yale University and completed both her medical education and training at Washington University School of Medicine. Her research interests include care of transplant patients, cutaneous consequences of immunosuppression, and neonatal dermatology.

Sarah Garwood, MD

I became a pediatrician because of the impact pediatrics has on a person’s entire life. If we can help parents guide children toward best practices and teens toward healthy choices early, then their chances of success are so much greater.

My husband, Jason, and I share three daughters. Becoming a parent myself has deepened my empathy for children and teens who face adversity. As a pediatrician I am able to channel that energy and work toward improvements.

Like any parent, I spend a lot of my “free” time running the girls around to different activities. But when we have downtime, I like to live by my favorite MomDoc tip: Keep track of and limit screen time. Kids will play, create, and engage their imaginations when being “plugged in” is not an option.

Sarah Garwood, MD, is a Washington University adolescent medicine physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri – Columbia, she trained at Children’s and became an attending physician in 2008.

Caitlyn Luecke, Pharm.D.

Even when I was a kid, I was always kind of a “mom.” I grew up in a large family, and I’ve always been drawn to caring for children. That’s why I decided to become a pharmacist – more specifically, a pediatric pharmacist. Kids are incredibly resilient, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing that first hand across almost every department at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Taking part in their journeys is a privilege, and I always remind parents to ask questions. That’s why we’re here!
When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my husband, John, seeing a show at the Fox or spending time wandering through Forest Park.
Caitlyn Luecke, Pharm.D., is a pediatric pharmacist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and joined St. Louis Children’s Hospital for her residency in 2015.

Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, RD

I love my job. I thought long and hard about becoming a teacher, but then had an internship and fell in love with pediatric nutrition and the impact it has on life. I think it’s amazing that I get to help people understand how decisions made from a very young age can help prevent and treat diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

But just because I’m a dietitian doesn’t mean my kids are different than anyone else’s. I have 6 ½ year old twin boys; one eats fruits and veggies, but won’t touch sweets, and one BEGS for “dessert for breakfast” (sweets) and every other meal & snack throughout the day. I just try to take a deep breath and tell myself the same thing I tell the parents I advise: stay calm.

When I’m not at work, I love to play tennis or get caught up in a good book! My husband, Darin, and I also enjoy taking advantage of all the family-friendly fun St. Louis has to offer: the St. Louis Zoo, Science Center, Magic House, libraries, and exploring all the awesome Parks!

Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RDN, LD, FAND, has been a Washington University pediatric dietitian at St. Louis Children’s Hospital since 1990. She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics & human nutrition from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and earned her Masters of Health Science at Washington University.

Tara Todd, RD

I joined the team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2000, just before I had my first daughter. Through the years, I’ve had the opportunity to coach so many families while also learning the mom gig on the job. At work, I spend most of my time counseling families in the IBD Center, working with the feeding team, adolescent medicine program and short bowel syndrome clinic.

When I’m off the clock, my husband I spend our summers on the ball field and our winters on the bleachers. Our two daughters are very active in sports, and we love every minute! And on those occasions when schedules aren’t too crammed, we like to head to the Missouri Botanical Garden to just relax and walk around.

Tara Todd, RD, LD, is a dietitian at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and completed her dietetic internship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Terra Blatnik, MD

I have always loved working with young athletes — which makes my role with the Young Athletes Center such a great fit! It’s so rewarding to see a child who has suffered a setback get healthy and back on the field. I have three kids of my own, who are now 2, 4 and 6. My husband, Jeffrey, and I love to spend our time away from work exploring the city with them. And when I’m on my own, I like to run and participate in obstacle course races — and cook and bake when I can! My best advice to other moms is advice I try to live by, myself: keep your kids active! Set a good example and get out and walk as a family. Dr. Blatnik specializes in the nonoperative treatment of all musculoskeletal sports-related conditions in pediatric and adolescent patients ages 5 and above.