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  • Meet the Asthma Education Team

  • Robert Klein, MD, director, Respiratory and Immunology Center. In 2001, Klein moved to Rhode Island to establish the center at Hasbro Children's Hospital as a center of excellence in asthma treatment, research and education. He is professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University. Klein' s research areas of interest include perception of asthma symptoms and treatment guidelines, adherence to treatments in chronic illness, pulmonary function tests in childhood asthma, latex allergy, recurrent infections and cystic fibrosis. He has written articles for such journals as Pediatrics, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and others. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Daphne Koinis-MitchellDaphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD director, Community Asthma Program. Koinis-Mitchell is a licensed clinical psychologist with an interest in pediatric psychology. She has a particular interest in working with urban children with chronic illnesses and psychological concerns. Her primary research interests are in the area of resilience and the identification of child-based, family/cultural, and neighborhood-related protective factors that may minimize children's experience of asthma morbidity across the home and school settings. Read full bio.

    Vehse_Nico_MDNico Vehse, MD, Medical Director Asthma Camp and Consultant to the Community Asthma Program, Director of Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy, Associate Cystic Fibrosis Center Director and Chairman of the Pediatric Respiratory Committee. Vehse is a native of Frankfurt Germany where he received his medical degree from the Johann Wolfgang v. Geothe Univesitaet. He received his pediatric training in New York and was trained in pediatric pulmonology at the University of Virginia. During his fellowship he developed an extensive expertise in airway inflammation research, severe persisting childhood asthma, pediatric flexible bronchoscopy and pulmonary diagnostics. Vehse is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University and board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. He joined Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Respiratory Immunology Center in 2010 and has enthusiastically joined the community asthma education efforts. He has particular interest in furthering the understanding of and improving the treatments for asthma based on the most up to date available knowledge.

    Miosotis AlsinaMiosotis Alsina, Program Manager of the Community Asthma Programs and Co-director of Asthma Cam, CVS/pharmacy Draw A Breath. Alsina has a background in elementary education and development.  She is interested in assisting health professionals and families to improve children's health, particularly children with asthma.  Her prior experience involves assisting with directing recruitment and community outreach for the Childhood Asthma Research Program at Bradley Research Center.  Currently, she enjoys managing the staff at the Community Asthma Program, ensuring CAP provides high quality, state of the art education to children and families, and serving as a resource to families who have children with asthma.

    Daphne Koinis-MitchellBarbara Jandasek, PhD Supervisor of Training, Child Curriculum Development, and Co-director of Asthma Camp. Jandasek is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in child and pediatric psychology. She is interested in health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with chronic illness, patient-physician collaboration, and health disparities. Jandasek is passionate about her work with children and families, and has been teaching children about asthma for over 3 years.

    Catherine Kempe, RRT, asthma educator. Kempe, is a recognized pediatric respiratory specialist. She has been engaged in community health education during the past twenty years, specializing in asthma management and respiratory rehabilitation programs since 1994. She conducts asthma education workshops in English at both the hospital and in the community.

    Arelis Valerio, MDArelis Valerio, MD, community education coordinator. Before moving to the United States, Valerio was a practicing physician in the Dominican Republic. For the past four years, Valerio has worked as part of the Respiratory and Immunlology Center team. Her responsibilities include recruitment, program development and facilitating educational workshops in Spanish. She also coordinates the Hispanic asthma support group for parents of children with asthma. She is a recognized leader among Providence's burgeoning Latino community and serves on board of directors for the HELP Lead Safe Center and Childhood Lead Action Project. Valerio has a son with asthma.

    Pastora MedinaPastora Medina, data assistant. Originally from the Dominican Republic where she worked as a certified public accountant, Medina most recently worked with the Providence School Department to help Spanish-speaking families become more involved in their children's education. Currently, she is responsible for implementing all phases of data collection and follow-up for the Respiratory and Immunlology Center. She enjoys her work because she is able to help families and communities. Medina has two sons who have asthma.