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Child Abuse Pediatrics

The Child Abuse Pediatrics team provides care for children, adolescents, and their families when any type of abuse is suspected. Our pediatricians are certified as subspecialists in child abuse care by the American Board of Pediatrics. That means they understand the nuances of helping children recover from abuse, whether the mistreatment has been physical, sexual  or emotional, or involves neglect.


John Melville, M.D. - Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Colleen Bressler, M.D. – Board Certified in Pediatrics, Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics, Board Certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Advanced Practice Providers

Abby Benda, DNP, CPNP-PC, SANE-P – Lead Nurse Practitioner

Shemika Champion, CPNP-AC, MSN, CPN

Kathy Fabrizio, MSN, FNP-C

Erin Hart, DNP, FNP-BC

Kelli Maddox, MSN, FNP-C

Stephanie Petersen, FNP-C, MSN, SANE-P

Mallory Sessions, MSN, FNP-C

Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Sue Wood, BSN-PSANE Program Coordinator

Kelly Beeles, RN

Kathy Fereira, RN

Sandy Stritmatter, RN

Megan Tyler, RN

Telemedicine RN Okatie

Mandie Scott, RN

Program Coordinator and Medical Assistants

Deanna Singleton

Shae Rivers, CMA

Shonda Fordham, CMA

Kenyetta Ladson, CMA


Training Programs

The Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics is active in educating nurses, medical students, physician assistant students, pediatric residents, and has a 3-year fellowship accredited by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Contact Us

MUSC Child Abuse Pediatrics
Attn: John Melville, M.D.
1061 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403