Dr. Robert A. Sullivan, Jr.
Robert is a native of Vienna, VA, but grew up in Atlanta, GA. He attended the Honors College and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina. His medical degree was earned at USC School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. Dr. Sullivan then 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.
Dr. Sullivan enjoys alpine mountaineering, climbing, hiking, bird hunting, fishing, and Revolutionary War history. He is married to Dr. Stephanie Sullivan. They have two children.
Dr. Stephanie K. Sullivan
Stephanie grew up in Camden, SC, and received her undergraduate degree from the Honors College of the University of South Carolina. She then received her medical degree from USC School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. Her pediatric training was completed at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH.
Prior to joining F. Read Hopkins, 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.
Dr. Sullivan enjoys gardening and traveling. She is married to Dr. Robert Sullivan, Jr. and has two children.
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. 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 grew up in Richmond VA. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature at Yale University and attended 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 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 sections on Breastfeeding and Obesity. Dr. Gagen is a passionate advocate for breastfeeding mothers and babies, and has been certified as an IBCLC (lactation consultant) since 2010. She worked with the Centra BestFed team to achieve BabyFriendly certification for Virginia Baptist Hospital in 2015. She is a founding member of Live Healthy Lynchburg
, our community health initiative, and she now serves as Vice Chair for the Central Virginia Quality Care Network. She loves music, theater, and walking on the Blackwater Creek Trail with her husband and two children.
Dr. Katherine V. Nichols
Katherine grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated from the University of Kentucky, with honors. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, and then completed her training in Pediatrics as well as her fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. She also has an additional degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Nichols is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Nichols has lived with her family in Lynchburg since 1996, when she first moved to the area to join Neonatal Services of Lynchburg. She served as the Director of the Central Virginia Health District of the Virginia Department of Health from 2004 until 2008 when she joined F. Read Hopkins. Her professional interests include follow-up care of NICU graduates and early childhood health and development. As an active member of the community, Dr. Nichols has served on a variety of boards and advisory groups concerned with the health and well-being of children. She enjoys travel and reading and is an avid supporter of Glass Theater. She has two sons, Benjamin and Jeffrey.
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 the Maintenance of Certification Committee and has recently been appointed to their Board of Directors. 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 collecting antiques. 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.