Staff Spotlight – Shelby Romoser, CGC

Shelby Romoser is a Genetic Counselor in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

I help patients and their families who are at risk for, are being tested for or have been diagnosed with genetic conditions. I have worked at UIHC for 4 1/2 years. I love educating and telling others about what genetic counselors are, what we do, and how we can help your patients.

My husband, Tyler, and I have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter, Ava.

I love “junk-tiquing” and going to craft fairs! I also enjoy hanging out with my sisters, nephews and friends. My hobbies include scrapbooking and singing.

My dream job is to be a broadway performer. During one summer of college, I was a performer at Adventureland and loved singing and dancing on the “Soda & Sounds” stage.

I studied abroad in New Zealand and have dreamed about going back ever since. It was the only place in the world that I know where you can ski in the mountains or surf in the ocean within a 20 minute drive, and there were sheep everywhere!

Favorite restaurant? Olive Garden.

Favorite sports teams? Hawkeyes AND Cyclones (I cheer both on).

Favorite movie is The Notebook.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. More hours in each day 2. Laundry and dishes would clean themselves 3. Christmas occurred more than once a year.

Fun fact: I can yodel.

Staff Spotlight – Haley Stoll, DNP, ARNP, CPNP, AC/PC

Haley is an ARNP in the PICU.

I work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. I have worked for PICU for 3 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner. I was a former PICU bedside nurse for 3.5 years prior.

I feel very lucky to be in my dream job now. I always wanted to be a pediatric nurse practitioner and I am privileged to work with a wonderful team of nurse practitioners and physicians in the pediatric intensive care unit.

I am married to my husband who is in education. I am a mother of two, Emery 3 years and Everett 8 months.

In my free time I love to spend time with my husband and kids. We enjoy traveling especially visiting professional baseball stadiums (we’ve almost been to all of them!).

Favorite place I’ve ever visited? We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon and I would go back in a heartbeat!

Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals.

Favorite book or movie? Every Christmas I love to watch The Family Stone :).

Fun fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose :).

Staff Spotlight – Jill Kinnaird

Jill is a Program Coordinator in the Division of Neonatology.

I have been the division and fellowship coordinator in Neonatology for 15+ years. The last 5+ years has also included working with the Iowa Statewide Perinatal Care Program. Prior to joining Neonatology I spent 11 years working in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (now known as Immunology).

I was born and raised an Iowa girl! I grew up in the small town of Wellman, about 40 minutes southwest of Iowa City. Following HS graduation I attended Kirkwood Community College where I obtained an AA in business. From a very young age I was destined for secretary/administrative type work. My husband, Curt, and I have been married for 24 years and have raised our family in Tiffin, Iowa for the last 13 years. We have 2 daughters, Lexi (22) and Abbi (20) and 2 dogs, Bobo & Bella. Lexi has followed her dream with a softball career throughout her collegiate years. She is set to graduate this December in Finance from Missouri Western State University. Her love of softball remains as she works into an assistant coach position with the MWSU Griffons this season. Abbi followed her dream to the basketball court where she is currently a Junior at Mount Mercy University. She has an incredibly strong passion to help kids at all levels and is pursuing a career in Elementary Education. Abbi’s down time also includes coaching that she hopes to carry through her teaching years.

My free time has always been focused around our girls. While they each had their chosen college sport, they were involved in many activities growing up. Our vacation destinations were usually determined by what and where someone was playing ball!

My all time favorite team is whatever sport and team our girls were playing at that time. Outside of that I would probably throw in the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Vikings.

I wouldn’t say I’m much of a reader, but audio books have become a new favorite. Author Gregg Olsen has recently caught my attention!

Fun fact: I am the youngest of 5 siblings and we all have first and middle names that start with J. D. stemming from our parents middle names, one started with J and one started with D

Staff Spotlight – Lisa Koonce, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC

Lisa is an NNP in the NICU.

I work in the NICU as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Prior to starting as an NNP, I worked as a staff nurse in the NICU for five years.

My husband Jonathan is finishing up his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. We have one dog, Pupsr, who is as quirky as his name but we love him dearly!

My husband and I are obsessed with the Great British Bake Off and it has inspired us to start baking. We love to make cakes and try all sorts of other recipes. I also enjoy running and attending classes at Orange Theory Fitness.

I have my dream job — I’m a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner! I love being able to walk with families during such a difficult time in their child’s life and see tiny babies grow up and thrive. I was inspired to work in the NICU after I watched my niece and twin nephews all have NICU journeys themselves. My family was well loved and cared for during that time and I hope I can do the same for others.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? We had an 8 hour layover in Bogotá, Colombia during a trip last spring. We took a train up the mountain there and it was amazing. I know it was a place I probably wouldn’t have visited if it weren’t for that layover!

Favorite food or restaurant? Any Chinese food. Especially the Szechuan House downtown Iowa City.

Favorite book or movie? Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

Fun fact: I’m from Pella and try to go back to Tulip Time every year. I will even put on my Dutch costume!

Staff Spotlight – Richard Young, RN

Rich is a Specialty Nurse with Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I started at UIHC in 1979 as an NA, completed my Nursing degree and started on Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant in January 1987. Remained on that unit after the merger with 3JCW. I transferred to Outpatient Pediatric Endocrinology in November of 2011.

My wife, Diane is a Nurse Practitioner in Gynecology, 2 sons, Graham is an Environmental Engineer with the Iowa DNR. Griffin is studying Electrical Engineering.

Preferred free time activities are reading and cooking. Accidentally discovered that the focus of my mid-life crisis is anime. It’s much more entertaining and cheaper than a Corvette.

I really enjoy where I am in Endocrinology. The entire Endocrine department is staffed with wonderful, dedicated, professional, funny, quirky and thoroughly enjoyable people. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of this team. Second career choice would be Astronomy.

I have not traveled extensively, but I do love New England. As a transplant from Chicagoland, I do appreciate the subtle beauty of Iowa. It is a special place, and each season has it’s appeal.

Favorite food: freshly baked bread. Restaurant: Nodo (all of the sandwiches, and brew city fries with garlic aoli) and Jimmy Jacks (everything on the menu).

Favorite sports team? Chicago Blackhawks, since the 1960s.

Favorite book or movie? Book: The Making of the Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Samurai. Anime: Hyouka Manga: Imperfect Girl, story by Nisioisn, art by Mitsuru Hattori.

One wish: Meaningful Health Care Reform.

I am one of the few people to sign up for Medicare and create a CrunchyRoll account in the same calendar year. Dr. Morgan knows what I’m talking about.

Staff Spotlight – Liuska Pesce, MD

Dr. Pesce is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

I work in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes. I take care of children, adolescents and young adults with hormone problems, with special interest in thyroid problems and pituitary problems. I have built a multidisciplinary collaboration to take care of children with thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and Graves disease and I am also the pediatric endocrinologist in the Pediatric Brain tumor clinic. I enjoy teaching and I completed a Teaching Scholars Program at the University of Iowa. I am also a member of the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program and I served in the Clinical Affairs committee and Clinical Thyroidology for the Public in the American Thyroid Association. Most recently I was named the co-chair for the Endocrine Society Pediatric endocrinology self-assessment program (2020) and will chair the committee starting in 2021. I am currently serving at the American Thyroid Association Patient Affairs and Education committee. I have been working at UI healthcare for 11 years.

I take adult ballet lessons twice a week (when not on call) and try to practice yoga at home. I enjoy writing poetry in Spanish and took one semester of poetry in Spanish at the University of Iowa. I loved cooking, specially Italian food and pastries, but enjoy trying new things all the time and collect cook books. I also love reading.

Most fascinating place I’ve ever visited? Florence. A living, walking museum full of history and art.

Favorite book or movie? Favorite movie: “With Honors” Favorite book: “The Count of Montecristo” by Alexandre Dumas

Staff Spotlight – Catherina (“Cat”) Pinnaro, MD

Dr. Pinnaro is currently a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and will become faculty as Assistant Professor in July 2020.

I am currently a fellow in Endocrine and Diabetes where I do a mix of patient care, research and teaching. I’ve been at Iowa for 7 years (1 in research, 3 as a pediatric resident, 1 as chief resident, 2 as a fellow).

My husband, Alan, works at TransAmerica in Cedar Rapids. We have a 3 year old daughter, named Nellie. And 3 dogs (Penny, Bess and Truman).

In my free time I enjoy going to concerts (Tswift junkie), biking, and crossword puzzles.

Favorite meal or restaurant? Nice meal= Lobster roll, Fast food= Taco Bell.

Favorite sports team? Iowa field hockey.

Favorite book or movie? To Kill a Mockingbird, Mean Girls/all the Pitch Perfects

Staff Spotlight – Bryan Koestner, MD

Dr. Koestner is a Clinical Assistant Professor and hospitalist in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I work as a pediatric hospitalist. This is my first job out of residency, but I did go to undergrad, medical school, and residency here at Iowa!

I have a pretty large extended family with one niece and six nephews as well as my new dog Apollo. He is a silken windhound, which is like a long haired greyhound.

I enjoy biking and just got my first road bike which has been a lot of fun to ride. I also enjoy playing basketball, lifting, playing video games, and going to the dog park with Apollo.

I have my dream job as a pediatric hospitalist! But in another life I always though about being a writer, specifically science fiction.

Most fascinating place ever visited? Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. It is such a surreal place!

Favorite meal or restaurant? I am going to be very specific in my response to this one: City O’ City, a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. Even more specifically: I get the Chicken & Waffles as well as Seitan Wings. Highly recommended!

Favorite sports teams? The Iowa Hawkeyes, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bulls, and San Francisco 49ers.

Favorite movie of all time is Shawshank Redemption. Favorite book of all time is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Fun fact: I have broken my collar bone three times in the same place: once pretending to be Tarzan when I was in second grade, once in football, and once in basketball.

Staff Spotlight – Ashley Guerrero, RN, BSN

Ashley is the Coordinator for the Adolescent Medicine clinic.

I work for the department in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. I started my role as Clinical Coordinator in September of 2019. I worked the previous 2 years in the General Pediatric Clinic at IRL as a Staff Nurse. Before that I worked at Pediatric Associates for 7 years.

I have been married for 10 years to my husband Saul. We have 3 young sons, Jonah 8, Ezra 5, Micah 2.

With 3 young boys we don’t have a lot of free time. I love to travel. I want to see as much of the world as possible. We love listening to music and dancing! My husband and I have recently gotten into listening to crime podcasts, Sword and Scale is our favorite.

I’m not sure what my dream job looks like. I love being able to help people. I have found great rewards in being able to help LGBTQ youth.

Most fascinating placed ever lived/visited? I loved visiting Cape Cod and Boston. We love going to Sarasota, Florida as family, love time on the beach and in the warmth!

Favorite food? I love Chinese food. My favorite is Mongolian beef.

Favorite sports team? I love the Hawkeye’s of course. My husband is a big Dallas Cowboy’s fan, so I guess by default I like them. 🙂

My favorite type of books are romance or suspense. I really enjoyed reading The Couple Next Door. It was a fast fun read.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. To have happy healthy children. 2. To be able to travel as much as possible. 3. To live a long healthy life.

Staff Spotlight – Kate Robb, MD

Dr. Robb is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Care.

I work in the PICU and the Pediatric Cardiac ICU. I first started working at UI in 2007, when I worked in transplant surgery for a year prior to medical school. I received my MD here, then completed both my pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Iowa before leaving for a year to complete a cardiac intensive care and ECMO fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

It’s just me and a very energetic and mischievous 2-year-old Scottish Terrier. My parents and brother and sister-in-law live in Cedar Rapids.

I love spending time with my dog, Watson. In London we loved finding new places to explore, and I’m always on the lookout for new dog-friendly adventures now that we’re back in Iowa. I enjoy growing things, and my house is slowly being overtaken by succulents and assorted houseplants. I also really enjoy Brazilian jiu jitsu and try to train as often as I can.

At the risk of sounding super lame, the job I have right now comes pretty close – in a lot of centers, cardiac intensivists devote all of their time to that population, and I feel really lucky to have a job where I still get to spend time in the regular medical/surgical PICU as well. I also get to teach and continue my work in education and communication research, all of which I really enjoy. I love to write, so if medicine wasn’t an option, my dream job would be to be a writer.

The most fascinating place I’ve ever visited was Antarctica. It’s truly remarkable to see a place that is still so untouched by humans, and to see how so many species survive in such an unforgiving climate. I have always loved penguins, and seeing them in their natural habitat was incredible. The most fascinating place I’ve ever lived was London. Living in a place where you are constantly surrounded by so much history is incredible, and the juxtaposition between centuries-old landmarks and modern skyscrapers is really interesting. Obviously the language is the same and there are a lot of similarities with the US, but the UK definitely has its own very distinct culture and it was a lot of fun to be a part of that for a while.

Favorite meal – Is cheese a meal?

I love to read, but have never been very good at choosing a favorite book. I adore a number of different books for different reasons, and it feels unfair to choose between them!