Dianna E. Abney, M.D.
Dr. Abney received her medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Howard University Hospital and DC General Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Medical Association, Maryland state medical society, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
She splits her time between her busy office-- Cambridge Pediatrics, her walk-in clinic-- Pediatric after Hours, and the Charles County Department of Health. She is the medical director for the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program at the Charles County Department of Health. Dr. Abney is also extremely active within the community and chairs or serves on several boards. She has privileges at Civista Medical Center, Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and has served as Chairman of Pediatrics for both of these hospitals. She is a member of the Maternal/Child Health committee and chair of the Healthcare Disparities committee of the Maryland state medical society. Dr. Abney is a co-chair of NMAPedsNet—a practice based research network that is a part of the Pediatric Section of the NMA. She is also a member of PROS, the practice based research network of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her research interests include immunizations, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and decreasing healthcare disparities.
Dr. Abney is married to Dr. Sylvester J. Gates, Jr. who is a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland in College Park. They are the parents of twins - Delilah and Sylvester, III.
Minaxi Shah, MD
Dr. Minaxi Shah attended L.T.M. University College in Bombay, India where she earned her M.D. in June 1972. She completed a rotating internship there then emigrated to the United States. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. She joined our practice in May 1996.
Nikisha Smith, MD
Dr. Smith received her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She spends her time working at the office as well as working as a pediatric hospitalist at Calvert Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Smith is a native of the Washington DC/Maryland area. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and baking in her spare time. She volunteers as an assistant at a local culinary school.
Gina Balayan, MD
Dr. Gina M.Balayan did her undergraduate work in Biology as well as receiving her M.D. at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She completed her Pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY. She also completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at University Hospital at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Tuere Hughes-Kapenzi, MD
Dr. Hughes received her Medical Degree and Masters in Business Administration with a Focus in Healthcare from Wake Forest University School of Medicine & School of Business in North Carolina. She completed her residency at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has special interests in infant and toddler care, adolescent care, behavioral pediatrics, and serving at-need populations. She is proficient in medical and colloquial Spanish.
Dr. Hughes resides in Brandywine with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, leisure reading, boxing, and trying new healthy recipes. She has volunteered with at-need children in many different capacities..
Cynthia Landrum-Tsu, PNP
Cynthia Landrum-Tsu, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, received her B.S.N. from the Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1982, and recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years on active duty. She received her M.S. in advanced practice pediatrics in 1997, and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, with a sub-specialty in Primary Care, as well as the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She joined Cambridge Pediatrics in January 2011.
Jacqueline Bragunier, PA
PA Jacqueline Bragunier attended the University of Michigan and the Rosalind Franklin School of Health Services. She worked with several Pediatric practices in the Detroit area before joining our practice in 2009.
Alexandra Dmuchowski, PNP
Alexandra Dmuchowski attended The University of Richmond where she received a B.S. in Biology. She then earned her B.S. in nursing from Johns Hopkins University and her M.S. in nursing from Catholic University. She is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
Taisha Nolan, RN, BSN
Taisha Nolan, RN, BSN received her undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University she will be returning to University of Phoenix to receive her MSN degree. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN). She worked at a local hospital on a Mother Baby Unit, Labor and Delivery, NICU, and breastfeeding education and support. She participated at Babies R US for breastfeeding information session and teaching. She worked at Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the State of Maryland in Charles County for the Maternal Child health Program and briefly, volunteering with Child Health Immunization Clinic, and School Health program 2015. She is married her husband is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer they have five children.