Our Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The mission of Cambridge Pediatrics, LLC is to excel in Care, Advocacy, and Education.
We accomplish this through:

  • Providing a quality health care experience for our patients and families.
  • Improving health outcomes for children.  
  • Creating a medical home for our patients.

Vision Statement

As the nation’s children’s hospital, we will set the standard of excellence for the care of children. 

  • We will serve as the voice for the most vulnerable among us: our children. 
  • We will lead the quest to cure some of childhood’s most devastating diseases.
  • We will prepare the nation’s future leaders in child health.
  • We will be the children’s hospital against which all others are measured.

Children’s Child-Centered Vision

By incorporating feedback from our families, we have developed our first child-centered vision, which looks at the office experience through a child’s eyes. Healing a child’s body, mind and spirit takes more than medicine: it takes a team to fulfill a family’s dream.

  • My doctor’s office is a bright and happy place that feels like home.
  • My providers, my family, and I are a team, and everyone’s job is important.
  • The way my doctor’s office works is built around me.
  • My providers don’t all look alike.
  • My doctor’s office is my family’s connection to everything I need for my health, whether they provide it or blaze trail it.

Our Providers

Dianna Abney, MD

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.

Sayeed Farooqui, MD

Dr. Sayeed M. Farooqui attended Gov’t Medical College in Aurangabad, India where he earned his M.D. in 1991. He completed a Pediatric residency at Howard University Hospital in 2000. He joined Cambridge Pediatrics in a part time capacity in November 2007, then full time in March 2009.

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.

Alexandra Mountford, PNP

Alexandra Mountford, CPNP-PC attended Colgate University in New York and then obtained her Masters of Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She joined Cambridge Pediatrics in 2022.

Monica Patel, PNP

Monica Patel, CRNP earned her RN at Queen’s University of Charlotte, NC and spent several years as an RN in the Charlotte area hospitals. After relocating to our area, she earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She joined our practice in August 2019

Katherine Stein, PNP

Katie Stein, CRNP attended Clark University in Massachusetts and then obtained her Masters of Nursing at Boston College. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed her training at Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and various outpatient clinics in the Boston area before working at Children’s National Hospital. She joined Cambridge Pediatrics in 2021.

Management Team

Kimberly McNamara, Office Manager

Cheri Kerns, Asst. Office Manager

Grace Smoot, Lab Manager