Clinical Staff

Meet our team at Valley Pediatrics Associates, LLC! Please take a few moments to learn about our skilled practitioners and our friendly, nurturing staff.

At Valley Pediatrics Associates, LLC, we consider it both a great joy and responsibility to care for children. Most of us are parents ourselves, so we strive to be understanding and available to the families we are privileged to serve. We are honored that you have chosen us as your child's primary medical provider and are confident that you will be pleased with the quality of care and service that we can provide you and your family.

A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. Not only have they received advanced medical training in pediatrics, they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.

Your child's health is as important to us as it is to you. We look forward to providing you with excellent medical care your child deserves.

 


Dr. Rona L. Stein

Valley Pediatrics Associates

Rona L Stein has been practicing Pediatrics in the Pikesville / Owings Mills area for over 20 years, with Valley Pediatrics since 1996.  Dr. Stein received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.  She moved to Baltimore and completed her training in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland.  After residency graduation, she worked with the Foster Care program in Baltimore City and was Director of the Newborn Nursery at University of Maryland Medical Center, where she also taught medical students and residents in Pediatrics.

Dr. Stein lives in Baltimore with her husband Steve and their two children, Dan and Hannah.  She enjoys cooking (especially baking bread), gardening, and walking the family dog, Diesel.

Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Maryland Chapter of the AAP, and a member of Med Chi, The Maryland State Medical Society.  She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. 


Dr. Shari R. Cohen

Valley Pediatrics Associates

Shari R. Cohen has been practicing Pediatrics at Valley Pediatrics since 1996, but her connection started much earlier, since she was a patient at Valley herself.  Dr. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, where she also completed her training in Pediatrics.   

Dr. Cohen lives in Baltimore with her husband Phil and their three children.  Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Maryland Chapter of the AAP, and a member of Med Chi, The Maryland State Medical Society.  She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.


Dr. Erin K. Hong

Valley Pediatrics Associates

Erin K. Hong joined Valley Pediatricsin 2012.  She moved to Baltimore for her undergraduate degree at Loyola University of Maryland.  She received her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University and returned to Baltimore for her Pediatric training at Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Hong is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Maryland Chapter.  She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Hong is married with 2 young children.


Dr. Priti K. Bajaj

Valley Pediatrics Associates
Dr. Priti Bajaj, born and raised in Maryland, has been with Valley Pediatrics since 2014.  She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland, where her colleagues awarded her J. Edmund Bradley, MD Clinician’s Clinician Award. Dr. Bajaj is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Maryland Chapter.  She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Bajaj is married and expecting her first child in July 2016.  She enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking, and spending time with family.


Kristen A. Kelley, PA-C

Valley Pediatrics Associates

Kristen A. Kelley, PA-C received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Pre-Medicine from Syracuse University, her Master's in Medical Science from St. Francis University and her Physician Assistant degree from Anne Arundel Community College. Kristen is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Before joining us at Valley Pediatrics, she contributed to medical research at Johns Hopkins University in the fields of Neurology, Child Psychiatry, and Oncology. She is a long-time volunteer in the Child Life Department at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Kristen is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA). She is licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Kristen is looking forward to her marriage this fall to her fiancé Sean. She enjoys playing soccer, bike riding, jogging 5Ks, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 


Jodi Dinkin, MS, PA-C

Valley Pediatrics Associates

 


Misty Vass, RNC-NIC, IBLC

Lactation Consultant

Misty is a certified lactation consultant who comes to our office from the Breastfeeding Center of Maryland.  She recently moved to Maryland from Tennessee for her husband’s job with her two girls, four cats, and a dog.  Misty has always loved helping moms breastfeed their babies.  After 16 years of neonatal experience with sick and healthy newborns and nursing her own daughters, she decided to become a IBCLC.  Misty explains: “Through my struggles of nursing I wanted to help other moms after the hospital stay was over. My passion is to help women be successful at providing breastmilk for their babies.”  Misty is a Member of United States Lactation Consultant Association