Meet the Cystic Fibrosis Center Team

Pediatric and Adult Physician and Advanced Practice Providers.

Director, Cystic Fibrosis Care Center
Pulmonologist, Cystic Fibrosis Adult Program
Director, Respiratory Intermediate Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Associate Director, Cystic Fibrosis Adult Program

Michael Blundin, MD specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is the director of the respiratory intermediate care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, associate director of the cystic fibrosis adult program, and team member in the hospital's Interventional Pulmonary Program. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and completed his residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Blundin has a special interest in lung cancer, bronchoscopy and airways disease. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine, and is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Angela Dziok, MSN, NP-C
Nurse Practitioner and CF Care Coordinator

Angela Dziok, MSN, NP-C is a nurse practitioner with the Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dziok earned her master of science degree in nursing- family practitioner, from Regis College, Weston, MA. 

Currently, Dziok is the nurse practitioner coordinator at the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals. She has several years of critical care experience, is a registered respiratory therapist who is well versed in administration of medications via humidity and aerosol therapies, and ventilation management. She is an active member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rhode Island Chapter, working locally to raise awareness and supporting patients who suffer from the disease.

Dziok is an AANP board-certified family nurse practitioner.

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Meghan E. Fredette, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Center of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Fredette earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and her fellowship at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Fredette sees patients with a broad range of endocrine disorders, including obesity, growth, puberty and thyroid disorders. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, and the Endocrine Society. 

Director of the Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Vania Kasper, MD, is director of the Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Kasper is an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

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Associate Director, Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program

Kate Elizabeth Powers, DO, is a pediatrician who specializes in pulmonology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She serves as the associate director of the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program.

She is an active participant with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Food Insecurity National Subcommittee and serves as a board member to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rhode Island Chapter. 

Dr. Powers’ research interests include cystic fibrosis, physical activity, chronic lung disease, and early detection of lung disease.

During her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, she developed and piloted an outpatient fitness program called "Do More, B’More, Live Fit," which evaluated how to optimize the habit of exercise in adolescents and young adults who have cystic fibrosis. She is involved in ongoing clinical research studies with the Community Asthma Research Program and the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network as part of the Environmental Influences on Childhood Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society. 

Pediatric Pulmonologist

Daniella Teape, MD, is a pediatric pulmonologist at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She cares for children with a variety of respiratory issues including asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and primary ciliary dyskinesia. During her fellowship training, she began performing basic science research in respiratory ciliary dysfunction, which she continues as an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. She is currently performing research to help to identify the mechanism of ciliary dysfunction in novel primary ciliary dyskinesia genes. 

Dr.  Teape is a board-certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society.

Pediatric and Adult Care Team 

Stacie Caddick-Dowty, RRT, AE-C
Respiratory Therapist
Kathleen Cooney, LCSW
Mental Health Coordinator
Elizabeth Medeiros, PharmD
Marissa Middleton, RN
Kianna Nassersharif, CPhT
Specialty Pharmacy Liaison
Maria Santini, RD (Pediatrics)
Kathleen Santurri
Clinical Facilitator
Karen Swartz, CCLS, CEIM
Child Life Specialist
Jenna Volpe, RN
Lesley Varone, RD
Lindsey Wallace, PT
Camille White, RN
Registry Research
Paula White, RN