Ted Abernathy, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Abernathy was raised in Houston Texas and is a true Texan at heart. After a short period in New Orleans, LA, he went to the Virginia Military Institute where he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Dr. Abernathy attended the Medical College of Virginia and after receiving his medical degree, he continued there as a Pediatric Intern and then Resident.
After residency, he completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship and initially worked in the Adolescent Clinic at the Medical College of Virginia. Missing the infants and children, Dr. Abernathy started private practice in Richmond Virginia with a dream and a vision to develop a pediatric practice that could meet all of the needs of his pediatric and adolescent patients.
Dr. Abernathy has three children and currently 7 grandchildren. His early special interests outside of medicine lead him to a commercial pilot’s license and a career in aviation as he developed his medical practice. His hobbies include scuba diving, his grandchildren, and he is currently writing a book about how children grow.
His special interests now are the operation of the office and the growth of the Better Life Center.
Peter P. Blakey, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Blakey was born in Auburn, NY and was raised in large family of 12 children in Massachusetts.
He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate work and after graduation went on the University of Vermont for his medical training. After graduating there, Dr. Blakey made his way South and completed his Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Blakey loves the out of doors and can often be seen riding his bike or running the streets near the James River. Dr. Blakey has 3 children and one grandchild.
His special interests are Complimentary and Integrative Medicine. He has a keen interest in the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity and is currently working to integrate several programs in the Richmond area into an all inclusive obesity program for children ages 6 to 12.
Julia H. Mills, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Mills was born in Athens Georgia and raised in Alexandria Virginia. Dr. Mills attended Mary Washington College as anundergraduate and after graduation completed her medical training at the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Mills also completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia. She joined Dr. Abernathy at the same time Dr. Blakey joined and together they formed what is now known as Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners.
Dr. Mills has two children. Her hobbies include running, golf, and horseback riding. She is an accomplished participant in Tae Kwan Do and has earned her Brown Belt.
Her special interests include Sports Medicine and Obesity treatment and prevention in children.
Joel C. Everett, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Everett was born in Washington DC and grew up in that area. He attended Washington and Lee University and became a true “Mink.” After graduation he completed his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University.
His Pediatric Internship and Residency was also done at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Everett joined the growing group at Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners as the fifth member.
Dr. Everett is a “River Man” — he loves to fly fish in any river he can find. He is also an avid canoeist and enjoys all aspects of a lazy day on the Rivanna River.
His special interests in Pediatric Medicine are Asthma and Infectious disease.
Patricia D. Mulreany, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Mulreany was born in Washington DC and was raised in the surrounding Virginia area of DC. She attended the University of Virginia and after graduation went on to her medical training at the Medical College of Virginia / Virginia Commonwealth University.
Like her partners, she completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Mulreany has three children. Besides her family, her hobbies include walking, reading and vacation.
Her special Pediatric Medical interests are mental health, and promoting children’s abilities and help with their disabilities.
Harry L. Gewanter, M.D., FAAP, FACR
Dr. Gewanter was born in Brooklyn New York and was raised in the same area.
He attended Duke University for his undergraduate studies and then went on to Wayne State University for his medical training.
After graduation, Dr. Gewanter attended the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital for his Pediatric Internship and Residency. He then performed a fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology and General Academic Pediatrics and practiced for 2 years in Rochester, NY before moving to Richmond. He has since worked within other practices and at Children’s Hospital prior to joining Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners. Dr. Gewanter was the first Walter Bundy, Jr. Professor of Community Pediatrics at VCU from 1999 – 2001. His additional training, varied knowledge and experience bring an added and unique dimension to Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners.
Dr. Gewanter has four children. His hobbies include sports, music, electronics and sending emails at all hours of the day and night.
Beyond Pediatric Rheumatology, he has special interests in all issues relating to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), especially the difficulties associated with special education, as well as advocating on behalf of all children and people with disabilities. He is known for his untiring advocacy activities at the local, state and national level.
Christine W. Seliskar, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Seliskar is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Seliskar actually worked on spacecraft designs for IBM / Loral for almost 7 years. Yes, she was a rocket scientist!
Dr. Seliskar received her M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. She enjoys all areas of pediatrics, but has a special interest in early childhood development (both normal and delayed), autism, and Asperger’s syndrome.
Dr. Seliskar lives in Midlothian with her husband and son. She enjoys cooking, being a soccer mom, and volunteering at Woolridge Elementary.
Wendy L. Garrity, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Garrity was born and raised in Rochester, New York.
She completed her undergraduate work at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Dr. Garrity received her M.D. from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Garrity worked in private practice in Northern Virginia for several years prior to settling down in the Richmond area. Dr. Garrity enjoys all areas of Pediatrics with a special interest in the role of early identification and intervention for children with developmental delays.
Dr. Garrity resides in Midlothian with her husband and three children. She enjoys running, travel, and staying involved with her children’s activities.
Jonathan K. Mason, M.D.
Dr. Mason was born in Princeton, West Virginia and raised in Tazewell, Virginia. Dr. Mason attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise as an undergraduate and after graduation completed his medical training at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Mason completed his Pediatric Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He joined the practice after completing his residency in 2010.
His hobbies include road travel, sports and exercise. His special interests include Emergency Pediatrics, Adolescent Health and International Medicine.