Medical Director - Mindy Stern, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Mindy Stern is an experienced Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to her role as a practicing pediatrician at Whole Child, Dr. Stern also serves as our group’s Medical Director.
Dr. Stern has been in practice for more than 17 years and spent 11 years at a practice in Reston before joining Whole Child. During that time, Dr. Stern developed a large and very loyal following. Prior to coming to Northern Virginia, Dr. Stern practiced in Northern Kentucky and served on the Board of Directors of Summit Medical Group, a corporation that owns multiple primary care practices in the area.
Dr. Stern is a graduate of the University of Michigan Inteflex program, which allowed her to obtain both her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and her Medical Doctorate in only seven years. She completed her Pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. During her training, she published a peer reviewed paper in the journal Clinical Pediatrics and was selected resident of the year at her outpatient pediatric clinic.
Dr. Stern is a multiyear recipient of Washingtonian Magaziine's Top Doctor Award. She is accepting new patients and practices all aspects of pediatrics. In addition, she has a special interest in ADHD and feeding difficulties. Dr. Stern is fluent in English and Spanish. She lives in Vienna with her husband, a Colon and Rectal surgeon, and is the mother of two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, trying out new recipes, going to the movies and reading.
Maria E. Juanpere, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Maria E. Juanpere is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She joined Whole Child Pediatrics after practicing for more than eighteen years in Northern Virginia, where she is a recognized leader of the pediatric community.
Dr. Juanpere served as Medical Director of Nursery and Pediatric Services for Fauquier Health Systems in Warrenton and prior to that appointment, she spent fifteen years as a practicing pediatrician and co-owner of a community based pediatric practice in Warrenton. Dr. Juanpere served for many years as Chair of Fauquier Hospital's Obstetrics and Pediatrics Committee, as a member of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and quality care committee, as an instructor in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program and as Director of the Fauquier Hospital Special Care Nursery.
Dr. Juanpere also has served on the Northern Regional Child Fatality Review and the National Capital Region Pediatric Mass Casualty Response Plan teams. In April, 2014, she was honored during Child Abuse Prevention Month for her work with the Fauquier County Department of Social Services in educating the public and patients on safe sleep, child safety and prevention of infant /childhood fatalities.
Dr. Juanpere earned her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Boston City Hospital. She also earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Medical Technology and a Master’s of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Management with a minor in hematology/blood bank from Catholic University. Before medical school, she worked for ten years as a medical technologist for Harvard University Health Services, Children’s National Medical Center and Arlington Hospital Center. Dr. Juanpere is fluent in English and Spanish. In her spare time, Dr. Juanpere pursues her passions - photography and animal rescue. She received a certificate in digital photography from the New York Institute of Photography and volunteers for Paws for Seniors Rescue group.
Dr. Juanpere is accepting new patients and practices in all areas of pediatrics. She has a special interest in newborn care, child development and adolescence.
Carrie Kluger, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Carrie Kluger is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has almost 30 years experience as a practicing pediatrician.
Dr. Kluger earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Tulane University and went on to earn a Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, also from Tulane. She then attended St. George's University School of Medicine, where she received her M.D. and went on to complete her residency at Baylor University, one of the top pediatric residency programs in the country. After completing her residency at Baylor, Dr. Kluger completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Cincinnati.
Dr. Kluger spent many years as a practicing pediatrician in Kentucky and Ohio in both General Pediatrics and in cardiology. Over the years, Dr. Kluger also has served in a variety of positions, including on the Steering Committee of St. Luke's Hospital in Kentucky, the Regional Neonatology and Nursery Directors' Board and, for many years, was a member of the Credentials Committee at Children's Hospital of Cincinnati. Dr. Kluger also has done many presentations in cardiology in Ohio and at national meetings of the American Heart Association as well as authored articles published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and in the Journal of Family Practice.
Samyukta Dasika, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Samyukta Dasika is an experienced Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She worked for 5 years at a busy pediatric practice in Delaware before moving to Ashburn and joining Whole Child.
Dr. Dasika graduated in 1998 from Trichur Medical College in India and completed her pediatric residency training program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. After finishing her residency program, Dr. Dasika joined 3 other practitioners in starting a pediatric practice in Delaware affiliated with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and simultaneously became an Attending Pediatrician at the same hospital. As a result of her strong clinical skills, her devotion to patient care and her excellent reputation among her fellow pediatricians, Dr. Dasika was elected Chief of the Pediatrics Department at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and served on the hospital's executive committee.
Dr. Dasika has received multiple honors during her pediatric career, including Gold Medals for both pediatric care and research. She also has been an active volunteer with Camp Happy Times, a summer camp for pediatric oncology patients. Dr. Dasika is fluent in English as well as several Indian languages, including Hindi and Telugu. She lives with her husband and two children in Ashburn and in her spare time enjoys listening to music, reading and traveling.
Dr. Dasika is accepting new patients and practices in all areas of pediatrics.
Lindsay Makara, M.D.
Dr. Lindsay Makara is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she combined her pre-Med studies with a degree in European history and studied abroad at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. Dr. Makara went on to earn her M.D. degree from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where she earned Letters of Distinction in an array of medical fields, including Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Basic and Clinical Sciences and Humanism. She did her pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center, where she excelled as part of the Primary Care Track, specializing in seeing patients in a busy pediatric setting.
In addition to her exemplary training in pediatrics, Dr. Makara has had a wide variety of work experience in healthcare, including having worked as Program Director for the Madison House volunteers in the Medical Services Program of the Acute Pediatrics Unit at the University of Virginia and as an aquatics therapy volunteer at the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Charlottesville. She has a special interest in childhood development and in all aspects of general pediatrics.
Dr. Makara is a native of Ashburn and attended Stone Bridge High School. She is married to her high school sweetheart, also of Ashburn. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, biking, baking, and playing with her adorable puppy. She is thrilled to be returning to her Ashburn roots and seeing her new young patients at Whole Child Pediatrics.