Meet the MDA Clinic Team

Lurie Children’s MDA Clinic is made of a team of experts from a number of specialty areas.


Nancy L. Kuntz, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Neurology; Medical Director, Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Program; Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic

Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Vamshi K. Rao, MD

Attending Physician, Neurology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Amber Buehner, APRN-NP

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Neurology

Kristen Alianello, BSN-RN

Clinical Coordinator

Natalie Blackwood, BSN-RN

Kate Kennedy, BSN-RN


Katheryn E. Gambetta, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Bone Health

Leslie Gamez-Gallo, APRN-NP, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Surgery

Meghan Kostyk, APRN-NP, CPNP, CCD

Advanced Practice Nurse and Certified Clinical Densitometrist, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Genetic Counseling

Jill Frauenheim, MS, CGC

Physical Therapy

Laura Brown

Katie Hoffman, MPT, PT

Carolyn Hyson

Occupational Therapy

Elyse Hahn


Sara Rubinstein, CO-L, CTRS


Jessica Almanza

Social Work

Michelle Erford

Anna Goldberger