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Child Neurology Residency - Faculty and Residents

Current Residents


Class of 2024

Justin Coogle, MD: Medical School - University of Kansas School of Medicine Kansas City
Hey my name is Justin Coogle! I am honored to be one of the new Pediatric Neurology residents at Children's Mercy, a place where I feel patients struggling with neurological challenges are not only well managed but loved deeply. I am, to quote my wife, a man of many hobbies and had an odd route arriving where I am. I almost pursued a career in professional gaming (League of Legends), have written my own fiction novel and self-published it, edit YouTube videos, am an avid LEGO collector, and love cinema and film history. I am a man of deep Christian faith and love to pour into my local church. I have even spent a few years as a Sunday school teacher! My wife and I love to go on bike rides, walks, or to just laze around with our two adorable lap dogs. I sometimes wonder how a pediatric neurologist was born out of all that, but each day reveals this is a calling I could not ignore. I am still young in this life-long journey, but I try to stick to these simple tenets to foster a fine physician Kansas City can be proud of: listen intently, love deeply, walk humbly, and always dare to hope.

Class of 2025

Amy Hill, MD: Medical School - Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
I grew up in East Tennessee. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee where I also completed the Chancellor's Honors Program, studied abroad in Copenhagen, and worked as a student athletic trainer for the football team (go Vols!). A mentor attended Kansas City University, leading me here to obtain my medical degree. My free time is best spent with my high school sweetheart turned husband, Brandon, and our local shelter puppy, Opie. We were thrilled to match in Kansas City where we enjoy the local parks, attend church at the Church of the Resurrection Downtown, and explore the restaurant scene when not eating food at home prepared by Brandon, a professional chef.

Jaclyn Peraino, MD: Medical School - Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I received my Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Gender and Health from the University of Michigan (go blue!). I’ve always loved the brain, but it wasn’t until I worked at a summer camp for teens/adults with severe autism that I knew I wanted to be a pediatric neurologist. Through medical school, I tried to keep an open mind, but this is what I truly love. Other things I love include my puppy, Woods, spending time by the pool/lake, getting dinner with friends (La Bodega is one of my favorites), and "Stranger Things."

Sarah Paige Davis, MD: Medical School - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Class of 2026

Anne Altschul, DO: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mark Grady, MD: Medical School - Ohio State University College of Medicine
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster and attended medical school at Ohio State University. I enjoy cooking, baking, eating ice cream, painting, watching movies, listening to old records, and walking around the parks of KCMO with my wife and our dog.

Catherine Tran, MD: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine


Class of 2023 – Joseph Coleman, MD, Medical School – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Class of 2023 – Julie Gianakon, MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Class of 2022 – Jacob Arends, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Class of 2022 – Ashley Lepse, MD, Children’s Mercy/Stormont Vail, Topeka, Kan.
Class of 2021 – Natalie Katz, MD, PhD, Fellow, Neuromuscular Medicine and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
Class of 2020 – Tiffany Barkley, DO, Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan.
Class of 2020 – Sonal Sharma, MD, Mitochondrial Medicine Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
Class of 2019 – Andrew Cease, Child Neurologist, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Class of 2018 – Julio Quezada, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Class of 2018 – Deepti Nagesh, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Cincinnati, Children’s Hospital
Class of 2017 – Marcie Goeden, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City 
Class of 2016 – Britton Zuccarelli, MD Child Neurologist, Salina, Kan. 
Class of 2015 – Tyler Allison, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City 
Class of 2014 – Tammy Hennika, MD Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, N.Y.
Class of 2013 – Anastasia Luniova, MD Child Neurologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Class of 2012 – Christoper DeCock, MD Child Neurologist, Fargo, N.D. 
Class of 2011 – Jennifer Yuen, DO Child Neurologist, Mesa, Ariz.
Class of 2010 – Kadry Allaboun, MD Child Neurologist, Morganton, N.C.
Class of 2009 – Mamon Maiteh, MD Child Neurologist, Toledo, Ohio
Class of 2008 – Husam Kayyali, MD, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia

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Program Director: Tyler Allison, MD

Dr. Allison graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed his Child Neurology training at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Since graduating from our program in 2015, he has solidified his love of education through his time serving as the Medical Neurosciences course director at UMKC and as the head of the education committee for the neurology division prior to taking on the role of program director. His primary clinical focus is neuroimmunology and he is the director of our neuroinflammatory and neurology-rheumatology clinics. He is a staunch political advocate for his patients with neurologic inflammatory conditions and loves working with residents on their advocacy goals.