Laurence Seidman, M.D., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Buffalo (Magna Cum Laude)
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
Dr. Larry Seidman was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and survived the blizzard of 1977! He received his BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Buffalo. He graduated from New York Medical College with an MD In 1986 and completed his internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 1989.
He keeps up with his two teenage children and their sports. He enjoys collecting early children's books, especially pop-ups. He has painted for years; his art can be seen on his website: www.larryseidmanart.com.
Violet Nematollahy, M.D., Springfield Office
Undergraduate: Tehran University
Medical School: Tehran University
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
Dr. Violet Nematollahy came to NOVA Pediatrics in 1996 after merging her solo practice in Burke with ours. She was born in Iran and attended Tehran University, followed by a residency at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Nematollahy is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is also a partner of NOVA Pediatrics.
Dr. Nematollahy chooses newborns and teenagers as her favorite pediatric areas, two of the most challenging age groups! When it comes to her free time, it is filled with tennis and biking.
Allison Rodgers, M.D., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Rodgers joined our practice in 1999 after completing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Rodgers is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rodgers is also a partner of NOVA Pediatrics.
She and her husband live in Montgomery County, and they have two daughters. In addition to caring for her daughters, Dr. Rodgers plays piano. As with any working mom, free time is not often available for other activities, but she does enjoy playing tennis and traveling.
Mona Hanna, M.D., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Cairo University Medical
Medical School: Cairo University Medical
Residency: University of South Alabama Medical
Dr. Hanna joined our practice in 2002. She grew up in Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School.
Before coming to the United States, she worked as a family practitioner in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She also worked as a patient coordinator at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Hanna completed her internship and residency at the University of Alabama. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Hanna has recently become a partner of NOVA Pediatrics. In addition, she has found dermatology and asthma are her favorite pediatric areas.
Dr. Hanna lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys reading, jogging, and listening to music.
Tiffany Meyer, M.D., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: Children's National Medical Center
Dr. Meyer joined NOVA Pediatrics in 2006. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed her undergraduate studies with honors at Dartmouth College with a major in biology. She came to Washington, DC and earned her medical degree at George Washington University. She went on to complete her residency and fellowship at Children's National Medical Center. Furthermore, she earned a master in public health degree from George Washington University.
Dr. Meyer is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Although she completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine, she enjoys caring for children of all ages, especially newborns, school-aged children, and teenagers.
She is married and has two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, creating greeting cards, scrapbooking, and playing tennis.
Gina Schwartz, M.D., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Wesleyan University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency: Monmouth Medical Center
Dr. Gina Schwartz earned her BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then completed her pediatric residency at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, which, coincidentally, is the same hospital in which she was born.
She had been in private practice for seven years prior to joining NOVA Pediatrics in the fall of 2009. She relocated to Northern Virginia from Southern California with her husband and three children. Dr. Schwartz has two sons and a daughter. They are quite happy to be back on the east coast, closer to extended family and friends.
Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Pediatrics, and most enjoys infant well exams and caring for teenagers. While in her previous practice, she provided lectures for pregnant teenagers to improve their knowledge of caring for a newborn. Her goal is to help empower her patients to be confident and take an active role in improving their own health and wellbeing.
Dr. Schwartz enjoys reading historical fiction novels, baking, and crocheting. She most enjoys traveling to Europe on vacations with her family, which should be much easier now that she is back on the east coast
Jamie Zakkak, M.D., MPH, Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Graduate School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Saint Georges University
Residency: Inova Children’s Hospital
Dr. Jamie Zakkak joined our practice in 2016.
She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and her MPH in Epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to attending medical school, she worked in health policy at the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond. She graduated from Saint Georges University School of Medicine in 2012, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Inova Children’s Hospital in 2015. At the time of her residency graduation, Dr. Zakkak was awarded the prestigious Dr. Michael Altieri Award, chosen by faculty and peers alike in recognition of excellence in pediatrics.
Dr. Zakkak is board certified in pediatrics. Before joining Nova Pediatrics, she worked as a pediatric hospitalist at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Maryland. She is a native Virginian, and has now settled in Northern Virginia with her fiancée. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and visiting new places.
Léna Garcia, C.P.N.P., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Graduate/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: The Catholic University of America
Léna Garcia, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP), joined our practice in the spring of 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and her Masters of Science in Nursing and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
She brings a wide variety of pediatric experience, including working in the departments of Pulmonary and Hematology/Oncology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her clinical interests are in primary care/wellness and asthma management. She is a clinical preceptor/affiliate faculty at George Mason University. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
She is married and has two daughters. Léna's hobbies include horseback riding, dancing, skiing, and hiking.
Ginger Beecher, C.P.N.P.-BC, Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Medical College of Georgia
Graduate/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Emory University
Ginger joined NOVA Pediatrics in 2006 and is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has been practicing as a PNP since 1993.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Emory University. Ginger is originally from Macon, Georgia.
She moved to Virginia in January 2006 with her husband, two sons, and two golden retrievers. Her many interests include cooking, sewing, gardening, singing, and playing the mandolin.
Jacqueline A. DeCola, C.P.N.P., Springfield/Woodbridge Office
Undergraduate: Duke University
Graduate/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Georgetown University
We are pleased to announce our new Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Jacqueline A. DeCola. Ms. DeCola joins NOVA Pediatrics with over 16 years of experience in Pediatrics and Healthcare Nursing.
Jacqueline DeCola was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. She graduated with honors from Duke University with a major in Nursing. After college, she served 3 years in the Army Nurse Corps. She attended a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the Medical College of Virginia and later received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University.
Ms. DeCola is the middle child from a family of 5 children. She enjoys reading, antiques and following college basketball.
Virginia Krause, CFNP
Undergraduate: LaSalle University
Graduate/Family Nurse Practitioner: La Salle University, Philadelphia PA
Virginia (Ginny) Krause, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (CFNP) joined Nova Pediatrics in the Summer of 2014. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has been practicing as a FNP since 2009.
She received her Bachelor of Science in the Nursing from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from LaSalle University Philadelphia, PA. Virginia is originally from Pennsylvania.
Her clinical interests are in primary care and the health promotion and wellness as well as adolescent teaching. As a Registered Nurse she worked over 12 years in the CCU working with children with congenital heart defects as St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
She relocated to Virginia in September 2010 with her husband and daughter. She has two additional children a son and daughter in Pennsylvania. Her interest are enjoying time with family and friends, painting, traveling and being part of her daughters busy softball schedule. She is also currently a leader for her daughters junior Girl Scout troop.