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Stephanie Walsh, M.D.
Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
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Stephanie Walsh, M.D.
Medical Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


With more than a dozen years of experience in promoting wellness, Medical Director of Child Wellness Stephanie Walsh, M.D., is a leader in the field. A board-certified pediatrician and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, Dr. Walsh played an instrumental role in establishing the Children’s Strong4Life movement. As a working mom with three boys, ages 16, 14 and 12, Dr. Walsh knows the real challenges of parenting, and it’s her personal mission to help Georgia families become healthier and happier. In fact, her toughest personal parenting struggle is getting her boys to eat their veggies, something she says is a daily battle.

Dr. Walsh received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 2000 and completed a residency in pediatrics at Emory University in 2004.

Dr. Walsh lives in Atlanta with her husband and three sons. She enjoys running and spending time with her family.

Mark Wulkan, M.D.
Surgeon-In-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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Mark Wulkan, M.D.
Surgeon-In-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Surgeon-in-Chief Mark Wulkan, M.D., is an expert in advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques. The exclusive surgeon for the Strong4Life Clinic, he introduced pediatric bariatric surgery to the clinic in 2004. Seeing children’s lives arrested by obesity and working with patients who have turned to bariatric surgeries, like gastric bypass surgery, inspired Dr. Wulkan to play an active part in bringing more specialized support to kids and their families at Children’s Strong4Life Clinic. A parent to three kids, ages 17, 14 and 11, Dr. Wulkan is a huge proponent of role modeling healthy habits beginning early in life. He says his biggest parenting challenge is finding time to eat together as a family.

Dr. Wulkan has been repeatedly recognized by Atlanta Magazine in its annual “Top Doctors” issue. He completed his residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center at the University of Miami in 1994 and graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1989 with summa cum laude honors. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric surgical critical care at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in 1995 and a research fellowship at the University of Alabama and The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in 1996, where he completed an additional residency in pediatric surgery in 1998. 

He lives in Atlanta with his wife and children. An avid running enthusiast, Dr. Wulkan belongs to a running group made up of his colleagues on the medical staff here at Children’s.

Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Bio

Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Sheethal Reddy, Ph.D., joined the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team in 2011 as the clinical psychologist at the Strong4Life Clinic. Dr. Reddy helps patients and families make small but meaningful changes in their daily lives to improve their health and well-being. An expert in weight management, Dr. Reddy is a great source of advice on how to raise kids who feel good about their bodies at any size.

As the mom of a 2-year-old boy, Dr. Reddy says that her biggest challenge is keeping her son entertained while she and her husband make dinner during the workweek.

She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2009 from Kent State University. An undergraduate alumna of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2002.

Dr. Reddy completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at Emory University in 2012 and a predoctoral internship in obesity and behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center in 2009.

When she is not working, Dr. Reddy enjoys reading, cooking and spending time outdoors.  


Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.H.E.S.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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Wendy Palmer, M.S., R.D.N., L.D., C.H.E.S.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Wendy Palmer has been a member of the Strong4Life team since 2011. As a registered dietitian and manager of child wellness, Wendy has been instrumental in the development of many of Strong4Life’s initiatives aiming to impact child wellness in Georgia. 

As a mom to Caden (age 7) and Kellen (age 5), Wendy’s biggest parenting challenge is that her youngest son is a carbohydrate addict. He prefers bread, cereal, crackers, waffles, pancakes — you name it! Even though her oldest son eats veggies and fruits happily, it’s a daily battle to get Kellen to eat his veggies.

She received a Master of Science in health care policy and management and completed a dietetic internship at Stony Brook University in 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College in community health education in 2003.

Wendy lives in Dacula, Georgia, with her husband, two sons and three dogs. When she is not working, she enjoys running, cooking and spending time being active with her kids. 


Cheryl A. Williams, M.P.H., R.D.N., L.D.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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Cheryl A. Williams, M.P.H., R.D.N., L.D.
Registered Dietitian, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Wellness Program Specialist and Registered Dietitian Cheryl A. Williams joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2013 and has served as the project lead for a variety of child wellness programs aimed at promoting healthy habits. With more than eight years of experience in the field, Cheryl has a distinct background in nutrition education and health promotion. She has a passion for teaching parents about the impact of early feeding practices, offering a wealth of advice and quick, easy tips for busy parents. In fact, Cheryl serves as an active role model for her younger siblings, ages 11 and 10, and says her biggest challenge is managing their love of sweet treats.

Cheryl received a Maters of Public Health with a focus in health education, from New Mexico State University in 2016, completed a didactic program in dietetics from Hunter College in 2006 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Long Island University in 2003.

Cheryl is a foodie who enjoys cooking and developing nutritious recipes in her free time.