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Child Neurology Residency - Faculty and Residents

Current Residents

Class of 2022

Jacob Arends, MD: Medical School – University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine

Hi, I’m Jake Arends, I’m a first year pediatric neurology resident at Children’s Mercy. I’m not quite a native of Kansas City, but I am close, I came here for my undergrad and medical school as well. Some of my favorite things to do outside the hospital include basketball, ultimate frisbee, and watching movies. I also really enjoy hanging out with my fellow residents (no, they didn’t make me say that)! I currently am interested in Child Neurology as a broad field, and do not have a specific subspecialty in mind yet. This is a great program and place to live, I hope you have the chance to spend time with us this year!

Ashley Lepse, MD: Medical School - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
I was born in Evansville, Indiana. I moved around quite a bit growing up but graduated from high school in Topeka, Kansas. I received my B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and then escaped the cold for medical school in Dallas, where I attended UT Southwestern. In medical school, in addition to discovering my interest in Child Neurology, I developed a passion for medical education and graduated with distinction in Medical Education. Within Child Neurology, I'm interested in Neuro-Immunology and Neuro-Oncology. In my free time I love watching football, reading, and eating out at all of the great restaurants in Kansas City!

Class of 2023

Joseph Coleman, MD: Medical School – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

I received my Bachelor of Science from Cameron University Lawton and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. I have a passion for soccer and started referring games when I was 13 years old, officiating over 1,000 games and becoming a division 6A playoff official. This has given me the opportunity to work with many teenagers, helping them understand and abide by the rules of the game! I also enjoy photography, local volleyball events, cooking and board games.

Julie Gianakon, MD: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

I graduated with my Bachelor's of Arts from Princeton and worked as a teacher, teaching Latin to children grades 5-10, all the while attending the University of Pennsylvania to prepare for medical school. I then completed medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. I am conversant in French, Latin and classical Greek and have translated abstracts from French to English for the marketing of published books. I am an artist at heart and enjoy painting and playing several instruments including the piano, violin and viola.

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 2021 – Natalie Katz, MD, PhD, Fellow, Neuromuscular Medicine and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Class of 2020 – Tiffany Barkley, DO, Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
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, OK
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, KS 
Class of 2015 – Tyler Allison, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City 
Class of 2014 – Tammy Hennika, MD Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Class of 2013 – Anastasia Luniova, MD Child Neurologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Class of 2012 – Christoper DeCock, MD Child Neurologist, Fargo, ND 
Class of 2011 – Jennifer Yuen, DO Child Neurologist, Mesa, AZ
Class of 2010 – Kadry Allaboun, MD Child Neurologist, Morganton, NC
Class of 2009 – Mamon Maiteh, MD Child Neurologist, Toledo, OH
Class of 2008 – Husam Kayyali, MD, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia

Rose N. Gelineau-Morel, MD

Program Director: Rose Gelineau-Morel, MD

Dr. Gelineau-Morrel graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and completed pediatric and Child Neurology training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medicine Center. She is boarded by the ABPN in Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology. Her sub-specialization is in movement disorders with a special focus on Deep Brain Stimulation.

Our Child Neurology leadership team

Rose Gelineau-Morel, MD
Program Director
(816) 302-3331

Tyler Allison, MD
Associate Program Director
(816) 302-3331

Rachel Laws, MBA, C-TAGME
Sr. Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 983-6487