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Our Providers

Dr. Ann Novosel, MD, FAAP

Dr. Novosel joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in January 2021. She grew up in Tonganoxie and went to the University of Kansas for both undergraduate and medical school. She then completed residency at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a board-certified pediatrician. Dr. Novosel chose to be a primary care pediatrician because she loves teaching her patients about healthy living and building relationships with families over time to provide effective and individualized care. Kansas has always been home, and she is so excited to fulfill a long-time dream of living and practicing in Lawrence.

Dr. Novosel is married, has a toddler boy, baby girl, and a black lab named Ellie. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafting, jigsaw puzzling, and rooting on the KU Jayhawks.

Dr. Kristen Jacobs, MD, FAAP

Dr. Jacobs joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in April 2015. After deciding she wanted to become a doctor while still in kindergarten, she completed medical school and residency at the University of California, San Francisco and has practiced pediatrics in Kansas City, Missouri. Her medical interests include asthma, obesity, and the effects of sleep on overall health.

Dr. Jacobs also has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has two "furkids", a dog named Skye and a cat named Cleo, who were both rescues from the animal shelter. In her free time, Dr. Jacobs enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with her nephew.

Dr. Malani Kuiper, MD, FAAP

Dr. Kuiper is a board-certified pediatrician who has worked at Lawrence Pediatrics since November 2016. Dr. Kuiper has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Kansas and attended medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Iowa. After residency, she served as Chief Resident at the University of Iowa. She has worked in private pediatrics practices in Salina and Leawood prior to moving to Lawrence. She enjoys treating a variety of childhood illnesses, interacting with healthy children at their well-child checks, and getting to know their families. Dr. Kuiper is married with two busy school-aged children.

Gretchen Wells, APRN

Gretchen joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in May 2020. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Southwestern College, in her hometown of Winfield, Kansas. She obtained her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2010. As a registered nurse, Gretchen worked in the ICU/trauma units and the emergency department. She moved to pediatrics after earning her APRN, and she has worked in pediatrics for nine years.

Gretchen grew up in a family of healthcare workers, where her interest blossomed at a young age. Gretchen has three children and two dogs, and she has lived in the Lawrence area off and on since attending the University of Kansas in 1990. She enjoys crafting, spending time outdoors with friends and family, kayaking, and playing sports. Gretchen believes she is definitely a kid at heart and realizes she found her calling working in pediatrics.

Our Staff

Cathy, RN, Office Administrator

Cathy has worked in the nursing field since 2006 and at Lawrence Pediatrics since opening day. She is married with two sons, a dog, and a cat. Before kids, she enjoyed playing softball, kickboxing, and spending time with friends and family. Now she enjoys watching her boys play sports, no sleep, and daily victories like not missing the school bus. 

Lauren, RN

Lawrence Native, Lauren, graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in 2016 and came straight to work at Lawrence Peds. She is married to her Jr High sweetheart, has a toddler boy and a baby girl, one dog, and three cats. In her previous life she enjoyed Pure Barre, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Now she enjoys every single moment of mom life. 

Chessica, RN

Chessica has been a nurse since 2020 and joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in July 2021. She is married and has a toddler girl, a baby boy, and two dogs keeping her busy. In her free time she enjoys fishing, watching football, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ashley, RN

Ashley has been a nurse since 2009, after obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Baker University. Her past experience includes hospital work on the Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and most recently in public health at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. She lives in Lawrence with her husband and two children, and in her free time, enjoys running, kickboxing, cooking, and reading.

Ashley is a Certified Lactation Educator and a Certified Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).

Jenn J, RN

Jenn J has been a Registered Nurse since 2020. Prior to pursuing nursing Jenn taught preschool for 10 years. She loves being around kids of all ages and has three of her own, as well as 2 cats. In her free time she loves to read, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

Chandler, RN

Chandler has been a nurse since 2020, after graduating from Neosho County Community College. She recently joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in February 2022. In her free time Chandler loves spending time outdoors with her toddler son and family.

Melinda, RN

Melinda is originally from Texas and now lives in Kansas since she started working as a nurse in 2018.  She married her best friend in 2023 and loves running her pup, Udoka, playing sports and spending time with family. She is learning how to work cattle and garden with her husband and loves hearing tips about maintaining that green thumb!

Sienna, MA

Sienna is from St. Louis, Missouri but lives in Lawrence as a student at the University of Kansas. She hopes to attend KU Nursing in the fall of 2024, with interests in Pediatrics or Nurse Anesthetist. In her free time, Sienna enjoys working out, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

Moriah, MA

Moriah is originally from Hugoton, Kansas but moved to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Moriah will graduate from KU in May of 2025 with a Bachelor's of Science in biology and a minor in nutrition. Following graduation Moriah plans to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. In Moriah's free time she enjoys exercising, being around friends and family, and being outside!

Joanna, MA

Brett, MA

Brett started as a medical assistant at Lawrence Pediatrics in February 2022. He's currently pursuing his nursing degree at Washburn University.  In his free time Brett enjoys watching KU basketball, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Kansas City Royals Baseball.

Anna, MA

Anna graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2023 with my Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science and is now attending nursing school. When not studying or working, Anna enjoys working out, spending time with my family and friends, and watching movies! She's a fan of Sporting KC, KC Chiefs, and the KU Jayhawks!

Front Desk

Taylor,  Medical Receptionist Lead

Taylor joined Lawrence Pediatrics in 2019 and works hard to keep our front desk running smoothly, including making sure we have the exact sticker each child is looking for. She's pursuing an education degree, with interests in history and sociology. Taylor is a true animal lover and currently shares her home with 5 cats. 

Mariesa, Medical Receptionist

Mariesa joined Lawrence Pediatrics in November 2022 after moving to Lawrence from Maine. In her free time she likes to go exploring around the area and Kansas City in search of good food with her Fiance and enjoys spending time with her yorkie, Tobe Bryant. She is a huge Philadelphia Eagles & Sixers fan (disclosed only after she was hired). We let her stay because she also loves going to the KU basketball games. 

Emma, Medical Receptionist / CNA

Emma joined the Lawrence Pediatrics team in August 2023. She is currently a student at the University of Kansas pursuing a Bachelor's degree of Health Sciences and plans to graduate in May 2025. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and her two cats, lifting weights, and being outside! 

Our Practice Owners

Dr. Sara Nelson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Eleni Grammatikopoulou, MD, FAAP

Dr. Holly Serk, MD, FAAP