Dr. Robert A. Sullivan, Jr.
Robert is a native of Vienna, VA, and grew up in Atlanta, GA. He attended Emory University and received his Bachelor of Science degrees from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. He received his MD degree from USC School of Medicine in Columbia, SC in 1993. He completed an internship in General Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is married to Stephanie Sullivan and has two children. He summited Mount Everest in 2012. In 2014, he became the first native Virginian to complete the "7 Summits" by climbing and summiting each of the continental high points.
His interests include mountaineering, hiking, hunting, fishing, and Revolutionary War history.
Dr. Stephanie K. Sullivan
Stephanie is a native of Camden, SC, and attended Emory University and received her BS degree from the Honors College of the University of South Carolina. She received her MD from USC School of Medicine 1993. She did her pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH.
Prior to joining our practice, Dr. Sullivan served as a Clinical Staff Physician in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She is married to Robert Sullivan, Jr. and has two children. She enjoys gardening, traveling, and taking care of her peacocks and chickens.
Dr. R. Skyler McCurley
Skyler was raised in Dallas, TX. He received his undergraduate degree with highest honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina. He participated in research in molecular biology at the University of Texas, supported by the National Science Foundation. His medical degree was awarded with distinction from the University of North Carolina. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He joined our practice in 1999 and was recognized in 2004 as Lynchburg’s “Top Doc” in Pediatrics.
Dr. McCurley is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He competes in Ironman triathlons and runs ultra-marathons. He has three children who, he says, have taught him more about pediatrics than any book or hospital.
Dr. Justin A. Mutch
Justin is a native of Madison, NC, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His medical degree was earned at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and he completed his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, TN. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was honored to be presented the “Best Bedside Manner” award in Pediatrics for Central Virginia in 2008 and 2010. Dr. Mutch and his wife, Lucy, are the parents of three children, Jackson, Annie Boyd and Loulee. Dr. Mutch enjoys sports and spending time with his family.
Dr. Rachel E. Gagen, IBCLC
Rachel spent her childhood in Richmond VA, where her father practiced as a general surgeon and inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature at Yale University, then spent a year teaching preschool in Evergreen, Colorado before returning east to attend the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Medical Center at the Medical College of Georgia, where she was honored with an Educator of the Year award as an intern. She stayed on as Chief Resident for one year, teaching residents and students and working in the diabetes clinic. In 2007, she was delighted to join F. Read Hopkins and move back to the Blue Ridge Mountains. She and her husband love listening to music and chasing their two young children and Fox Red Labrador outdoors. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as a member of the AAP section on Breastfeeding. She is a passionate advocate for breastfeeding mothers and babies, and was certified as an IBCLC (lactation consultant) in 2010.
Dr. Katherine V. Nichols
Katherine grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and is an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky. After graduating from medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, she completed residency training in Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale University caring for pre-term and sick newborns as well as doing research on the genetic control of lung development. She was in the US Air Force, attaining the rank of Major, and was the director of nurseries at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. She joined FRH in 2008 after working for eight years in the Neonatal ICU at VBH, and four years as district director and a pediatrician for the Virginia Department of Health. Her professional interests include follow-up care of NICU graduates and early childhood health and development. In her free time, she enjoys travel, hiking and hot yoga. She has two adult sons, one a recording engineer and the other a biomedical engineer.
Dr. Laura M. Brooks
Laura is originally from Frederick, MD. She attended Haverford College for her undergraduate studies, followed by the University of Virginia, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Brooks completed her pediatric residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. While in Durham, she was an Associate in Pediatrics at Duke Children’s Primary Care. In addition, she was a medical editor for the American Board of Pediatrics. Since moving to Lynchburg, she has continued to work for the American Board of Pediatrics on multiple committees and their Board of Directors, where she served as Chair. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her interests include tennis, hiking, reading and traveling. She and her husband Dr. Joseph Khoury, who practices with Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates, Inc., are the parents of one son.
Dr. Denise Wernersbach Fenton
Denise is originally from Worcester, Pennsylvania, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fenton is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Fenton has practiced general pediatrics her entire career with F. Read Hopkins. After taking time off in 2014 and 2015 to travel the world with her husband and children, Dr. Fenton is excited to return to Hopkins Pediatrics. Her interests include spending time with her family, running, reading, hiking and travel.
Amy Morse, CPNP
Amy is originally from Hendersonville, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina and studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland where she studied pre-medicine for her undergraduate studies. She obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing with highest honors from the University of Tennessee and graduate degree in nursing with highest honors from the University of Texas. While in Texas she worked in school based clinics to promote health within an under-served population. Since moving to Lynchburg in 2011, she continued her work with community health centers at Johnson Health Center where she was the team leader for the patient center medical home project. In 2015 Amy joined the team at FRH. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Amy enjoys teaching and is adjunct clinic instructor for University of Virginia graduate nursing school. When she is not working, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.