Board of Directors

Michelle Cretella, MD, FCP
Westerly, Rhode Island 


Dr. Michelle Cretella was elected to the Board of Directors for the American College of Pediatricians in 2005. She is a board certified general pediatrician with a focus in adolescent health. She received her medical degree in 1994 from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics in 1997 at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She and her husband then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia for fellowship training. After completing a fellowship in College Health through the University of Virginia, she and her husband settled in Westerly, Rhode Island to be close to family. She and her husband (a busy nephrologist) have three boys and a girl.

Dr. Cretella is thankful to have always had the opportunity to practice in a part-time capacity that allowed her to put her family first. She initially spent 11 years working in a family-centered health clinic dedicated to providing care to the underserved. During this time she also spent one year as a school physician for the Exeter Job Corps Academy that serves underprivileged students from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The students ranged in age from 16 to 25. Most students had difficult family circumstances with histories of physical and/or sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addictions, and teen pregnancies. Dr. Cretella found that many were eager to discuss all areas of their health – including, in some cases, spiritual aspects, and were committed to change their behaviors. Due to increasing family demands, Dr. Cretella recently took a sabbatical from private pediatric practice to spend more time with her family.

Dr. Cretella has been a dedicated pro-life and family advocate for many years, contributing opinion pieces to various local and national publications. Dr. Cretella believes that the deconstruction of traditional marriage, abortion, and values-free sex-education are the greatest threats to the well-being of our children today and therefore chairs the College’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality.

Dr. Cretella’s professional memberships include the American Academy of Pediatrics in the hope that this organization will one day return to protecting “all children” and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. She is also a member of Feminists for Life and an abstinence educator with Creating Positive Relationships, Inc.


Dr. Van MeterQuentin Van Meter, MD, FCP
Vice President
Atlanta, Georgia


Dr. Van Meter, a longtime member of the College, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1969, and received his M.D. in 1973 from the Medical College of Virginia. While in medical school, he entered the Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship and went on to a pediatric internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology in 1980 at Johns Hopkins.He completed 20 years of service in the Navy Medical Corps, retiring as a Captain in 1991. His final tour of duty was back at the Naval Hospital in Oakland where he was Pediatric Department Chairman and director of the Pediatric residency program. After the Navy, he moved to the Atlanta area to join a multi-specialty private practice, providing general pediatric and pediatric endocrine services, as he had in the Navy. He has maintained academic affiliations throughout his career, at LSU, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Emory, and Morehouse Schools of Medicine. Since 2003, he has been practicing full-time pediatric endocrinology in private practice and is actively involved in clinical research with growth factors.

He has a long history of advocacy for children through the American Academy of Pediatrics where he served as Chairman of the Uniformed Services West Chapter. Once he moved to Georgia, he became active in that AAP Chapter as Legislative Chairman and Newsletter Editor. He is continually frustrated by the political bent of the National AAP and wants to continue his advocacy role with the College as an organization that actually works for children and their families by strengthening the role of the family without using a lens that focuses only on what is politically correct or expedient.

Dr. Van Meter has been working with local educators to bring about a transformation in the educational opportunities for children with learning disabilities. In addition, he is particularly focused on reversing the constant drone of blame that is focused on the population of obese children and their families, providing instead, a very optimistic option for effective lifestyle changes which empower the obese child and his family to solve the problem. He has volunteered for Camp Kudzu (summer diabetes camp) since 2004, currently serving on the Board of Directors for that organization.

Dr. Van Meter and his wife, Kathy, have four grown children. His youngest daughter, Mary, serves as his nurse. He is an active parishioner of the Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church in Atlanta and is a founding board member of the Archdiocesan Festival Choir of Atlanta.


Den Trumbull, MD, President

Den Trumbull, MD, FCP
Past President
Montgomery, Alabama


Dr. Trumbull is a native of Panama City, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, his medical degree from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Alabama Children’s Hospital. After serving in the United States Air Force for four years as a pediatrician, Dr. Trumbull entered private pediatric practice in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Trumbull was a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 22 years until 2003 when he resigned to help create the American College of Pediatricians. Along with Drs. Tom Benton, Gerry Boccarossa, and Joseph Zanga, he is a co-founder of the College and has since served on the Board of Directors. Dr. Trumbull served as Treasurer of the College for two years, then as the Vice President before becoming President. He has written, or helped write, several Position Statements for the College. His primary area of interest is behavioral pediatrics and he has created a parenting website, Dr. Trumbull is in a general pediatric practice, Pediatric Healthcare, in Montgomery, Alabama.  He has served on medical mission trips to Honduras, Belize, Peru, El Salvador, and Uganda in East Africa.

Dr. Trumbull and his wife, Nancy, have five children. They are members of Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL.


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Randolph Matthews, MD, FCP
Whiteville, North Carolina


Dr. Matthews graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1988. He interned at Bexar County hospital in San Antonio but finished his residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He has practiced and taught pediatrics at family practice residency programs in Jacksonville, FL (where he helped to win the teaching department of the year award) and Williamsport, PA. He opened a private practice in rural Whiteville, NC in 2003 where he has been practicing since.

Dr. Matthews previously served as Secretary for ACPeds and he holds a membership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.  He is president and serves as a speaker for “Living Hope Pregnancy Support Center.”  This ministry works to provide alternatives to abortion and to promote a Biblical approach to sexuality. He is also a Christian magician that uses his skills to alleviate fears in his patients.

Dr. Matthews and his wife, Diana, have one child, Ryan whom they home schooled through high school using a Christian curriculum. Ryan is currently in medical school following in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Matthews and his wife Diana attend Chadbourn Pentecostal Holiness Church.


Patricia Lee June, MD, FCP
Moultrie, Georgia

Dr. June has served on the Board since 2003. In addition to serving as Secretary, she currently chairs the Scientific Policy Committee, and participates on the Adolescent Sexuality Committee.

She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and University of Tennessee in Memphis followed by a pediatric residency at UAB finishing in 1980. She served as Medical Director of a Christian clinic in Bangladesh from 1980-84. Since 1984, she has been in the solo practice in South Georgia. Dr. June has served on the local medical staff including terms as Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff. She previously served as President and is currently Treasurer of the local County Medical Society. She has served the local community by helping establish a crisis pregnancy center, and has served on the local boards of Health, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Covenant Counseling Center, and the Missions Committee at First Presbyterian Church. She also teaches 4th-5th grade Sunday school students at the First Presbyterian Church. She has made mission trips to Haiti, Honduras, and Romania and makes annual trips to Bangladesh to provide oversight to a holistic mission supported primarily by her local church. Since 1986 she has served on the Board of Directors of Presbyterians Pro-Life (PPL), a renewal organization within a mainline denomination, and has found that there are many parallels with the American College of Pediatricians, though PPL works within the church and the College within the scientific community. She previously served in the Georgia Chapter of the AAP in the early 1990’s and on the Executive Committee of the Section of Bioethics of the AAP in the late 1990’s. Dr. June, a member of the College since 2002, appreciates the role of the College because we need an organization to speak within the scientific community with integrity and scientific accuracy on matters where ethical standards may not be popular. We need to call pediatricians to encourage what is best for all children, starting from before they are conceived.


Jane Anderson, MD, FCP
Board of Director
Hillsborough, California


Dr. Jane Anderson was a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, where she practiced for 33 years until her r retirement in 2013.  She continues there as a volunteer faculty member part-time. She has authored numerous articles on general pediatric topics, has presented lectures on adolescent brain development and parenting in both the U.S. and China, and has received teaching awards from medical students and pediatric residents, including the 2011 “Best Resident’s Educator Award” from the University of San Francisco Medical Center.  Dr. Anderson provided testimony on behalf of Alaska’s parental notification law demonstrating in her testimony that parental notification is in the best interest of adolescents, and the judge upheld the law.

She is married to her husband, Karl, and they have four children.  She participates annually in short-term medical missions trips with Project Compassion, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Physician Center. Dr. Anderson has served the College for many years in different capacities.


M. Artigues, MDMichael Artigues, MD, FCP
Board of Director
McComb, Mississippi


I received my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University in ’88 and medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical School in ’92 where I also completed my pediatric residency in ’95.  I practice general pediatrics in McComb, MS where I live with my and our six children.  I have been involved with the Bioethics section of the AAP over the years and currently write a blog for the local newspaper on various topics of interest.  My family and I have been involved with a Catholic father/son organization named Kepha over the past 14 years and I have served as board member and president of the local Crisis Pregnancy and Child Advocacy Centers.  I have an appreciation for music and sports and spend much of my free time engaged in my children’s activities in these areas.  I also have a great interest in theology and matters of faith and recognize the pivotal role religion plays both in my local community and America as a whole.

I share the passion of the ACP to promote what is best for children.  As a practitioner in an underserved and socio-economically depressed population, I see the damage resulting from the breakdown of the family unit and how this affects small town America.  As a private practitioner I also appreciate the affect our economy, organized medicine and government regulations have on small business – good and bad.  I feel responsible to do more than superficially address the immediate needs of my patients and, as a member of the College, I like being a part of a pediatric advocacy group that is willing to do the same.

Dr. Artigues and his wife have five children.


Dr. Tom Benton, MD, FCPTom Benton, MD, MPH, FCP
Board of Director
Gainesville, Florida
Dr. Benton graduated from the University of Florida in 1985. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) in 1988. He has been in private practice in Gainesville, Florida ever since. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida.Along with Drs. Boccarossa, Trumbull, and Zanga, he was a co-founder of the American College of Pediatricians ( He served as the College’s President from the spring of 2007 until the spring of 2011.He served as the medical director of the Gainesville Job Corp (1996 – 2002) and has been a member of a local independent physicians’ association board (FIPA #3, Inc) since 1996.Dr. Benton has served his local community in ways that include: participation in the local Safe Kids organization, serving on the Board of the local YMCA, serving on the board of the Woman’s Resource and Medical Center, and as a member of the Emergency Medical Service Citizens Advisory Board. Dr. Benton is currently Director of Hope on the Move, an international missionary organization.  Tom has been on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Haiti, the Philippines, and Nicaragua.Dr. Benton and his wife, Kathy, have five children and are blessed with grandchildren too. He and his family are members of Servants of Christ Anglican Church in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Scott FieldScott Field, MD
Board of Director
Huntsville, Alabama
Dr. Field grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, where he met his wife of 37 years at Birmingham-Southern College, graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine in 1980, did a pediatric internship there and then finished my pediatric residency in Pensacola, Florida under Dr. Reed Bell.  He worked a few years at Fox Army Hospital (near Huntsville) before starting a private practice with his wife.  They have two grown children.  He enjoys bike riding, sailing, singing in our church choir, and doing construction type work with our church and Habitat for Humanity.  He has done clinical research in recent years.  In June 2014, his first research paper, “Interaction of genes and nutritional factors in the etiology of autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders: A case control study” was published in Medical Hypotheses.He shares the traditional values espoused by the American College of Pediatricians and has helped edit several of their statements. He  also shares Dr. Joe Zanga’s quest to change how both medical and non-medical people refer to the age of infants from the false time (hours, days, weeks, or months) “of life” which discounts and devalues life before birth.  Time “of age” or “after birth” are more valid phrases that don’t imply that life begins at birth.  What is “best for children” is also best for society and the world.
Michael Garver, MDMichael Garver, MD, FCP
Board of Director
Great Falls, Montana 
Dr. Garver completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, attended medical school at Medical College of Georgia, and concluded residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Before entering private practice, he was accepted into the Neonatal Medicine program at the University of Utah.  Although clinical and research were rewarding, he found the confines of academic medicine in neonatology was simply not a good fit.  He is a published author in basic science research related to neuroscience and adhesion molecule expression.Dr. Garver has served children in a variety of medical settings over the past 20 years.  His passion for children’s health has taken him from the orphanages of Romania to caring for Native American children living on the Crow Agency and Lame Deer Reservations in Montana. To classify him as unconventional is somewhat of an understatement. He left a large multi-specialty clinic in Great Falls, Montana in 2007 to start a solo practice during a time when most doctors were leaving private practice to become employed by health systems. Despite early setbacks, his dedication to his patients along with stubbornness prevailed.  Dr. Garver, along with his incredible and talented staff, continue to meet and exceed all expectations, including his own.Dr. Garver is a problem-solver and eight years ago began work on a track and trace module to ease the burden of vaccine administration in the clinical setting.  He patented his workflow module and financed the project solely by revenue generated by his practice. VEMR Inc., the software development company is undergoing final beta testing of version one and will go live in his office by the end of the year.  Discussions are already underway with multiple EMR companies to integrate the module to improve vaccine administration for his colleagues.Dr. Garver’s interests include health information technology and developing novel programs in ambulatory medicine to improve access and delivery of care.  He is a passionate and proud pro-life advocate which ultimately led to his involvement with the American College of Pediatricians.  An early medical mission experience has shaped his desire and has inspired him to return to working overseas.In addition to being a busy pediatrician and innovator, he has been involved as an owner and breeder of Working Cow Horses for the past several years.  His leisure pursuits also include art working, photography, collecting and restoring antiques.
Dr. Hagler2Don Hagler, MD, FCP
Board of Director
Rochester, Minnesota

Dr. Hagler was an undergraduate student at St. Louis University and graduated from St. Louis University Medical School in 1968.  The old time Jesuits were a good source for moral training as well. He completed 2 years of general Pediatric training at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis and subsequently was drafted into the Navy.  After serving two years as a Pediatrician in California, he started a Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at UCLA and subsequently completed the fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He and his wife and still live in Rochester and he continues as a full time consultant in the Divisions of Pediatrics and Cardiovascular Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Their four children are now adults and they have 8 grandchildren. He continues to enjoy the camaraderie and work with the American College of Pediatricians.


David Olson, MD, FCP
Board of Director
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
 Dr. Olson is a general pediatrician at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After receiving his B.S. degree in Food Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, he earned the MD degree at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Columbia. Following graduation he completed a pediatric residency at the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri in 1996. He practiced locum tenens general pediatrics in the Southeast United States for 2 years following residency. Dr. Olson then began his present position with the US Army, serving as a civilian pediatrician in a military health clinic, first in Germany, then in North Carolina.Dr. Olson has developed an interest in pediatric obesity and pediatric behavioral health. He currently serves as a clinical instructor for both medical students and physician assistant students during their pediatric clerkships at Womack Army Medical Center.He and his wife Nancy live in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dave is now serving as an elder at Providence Presbyterian Church, where he teaches Sunday School classes for adults and children and facilitates a Bible study for men. He also enjoys travel and gardening.

Carl Pfanstiel, Jr., MD, FCP
Board of Director
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dr. Pfanstiel has been practicing Pediatrics full-time since 1972. He graduated from Valparaiso University in 1963, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1967. Medical school was followed by a 3 year Pediatric residency at Charlotte Memorial. After his residency he served at Camp LeJeune and then returned to Charlotte for private practice until 1980. He then attended Rhema Bible College for one year and has been in Tulsa ever since. He was one of the first doctors at Oral Roberts City of Faith from 1981 until 1983, and then opened a practice that he maintain to this day covering the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area.Presently he practices with 2 pediatricians, who are part-time and have been of invaluable assistance to me.He and his wife and celebrated their 50th year of marriage in 2015, and had the privilege of a 2 week trip to Scotland and Ireland. The have been blessed with 6 children, all married and raising their 21 grandchildren. His family has done many mission trips to Central America, Ethiopia, and whenever we they can to their beloved Israel. His interests are his family, his practice (I love practicing pediatrics and see no reason to retire), and jogging. He attends The Assembly Church of Broken Arrow.His passion is family and specifically FATHERS.He is so thankful for his  father and mother. They reared him in the fear of the Lord, and he and his wife have attempted to do likewise with their quiver.
Bill Shaw MDBill Shaw, MD, FCP
Board of Director
Richmond, Virginia
Dr. Shaw grew up in Tampa. Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He went on to complete his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has ~ 5 years of cumulative private practice experience; ~ 1 year of pediatric urgent care work experience; and ~ 13 years of hospitalist/inpatient medicine and ambulatory care work experience in a residency training program setting.  Dr. Shaw moved to Richmond, Virginia with his wife and 3 children in 2005, accepting the position of Medical Director for the resident clinic (stepping down in 2012 after 7 years of service). He continues to work with residents in the inpatient, nursery, and outpatient settings. In addition, for the past three years, he sees patients in a Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic (launched in 2011), staffed with colleagues in Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Child Neuropsychology, Physical Therapy, and an Educational Specialist.Dr. Shaw has served on the ACP’s Pediatric Psycho-social Development Committee since February of 2013. Dr. Shaw also served on the board of Peace in the Home from 2007 to 2010, a non-for-profit para-church organization dedicated to the well-being of families and children. He has volunteered as a baseball and softball coach at the local Little League since 2012. His kids are involved in swimming, scouts, baseball, basketball, arts, and a local leadership institute dedicated to helping inner city youth (Blue Sky Fund). This past summer the family successfully completed an 18-month dog training program for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization out of Yorktown Heights, New York. Another major area of interest is in sustainable living and eating, which Dr. Shaw and his wife enjoy cultivating by visiting local farms, farmers’ markets, belonging to the Virginia Association for Biological Farming, and keeping chickens in a suburban setting.
Nick Yates, MD2Ferdinand “Nick” Yates, Jr., MD, FCP
Board of Director
Buffalo, New York


Dr. Yates has been in the practice of pediatrics in Buffalo, New York for 33 years, serving as managing partner and senior pediatrician for much of that time.  More recently, he was appointed medical director of Neighborhood Health Center – a federally qualified health center in Buffalo – where he assists in the management of 20-practitioners and 6 service lines.

Dr. Yates attended medical school at The University of Virginia – graduating in 1978 – and completed a general pediatric residency in Buffalo, NY. During those decades in Buffalo, he also was affiliated with the State University of New York and the Medical School, and was promoted to Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in 2011.

Dr. Yates earned a Master of Arts in Bioethics at Trinity International University in 2004, and was appointed Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at Trinity in 2008. Subsequently, he became a member of, and was chairman of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations Commission of Bioethics, and served as a member of the AAP Section on Bioethics Executive Committee.  During that time, he wrote numerous articles, submitted several contributions to refereed journals, developed a hospital-based ethics teaching and consultative service, and delivered presentations at local, national and international events.  At the present time, his primary educational responsibilities include the education and training of medical students in his offices, as well as teaching a graduate-level bioethics course in concert with the Trinity International University annual bioethics conference.

Dr. Yates has been a member of the American College of Pediatricians since 2003, and presently serves on the Scientific Policy Committee.

Nick and his wife attend Randall Baptist Church – where he serves as elder.  They have two daughters and twin grand-sons.  Nick’s non-medical-ethical interests include music, golf, photography, and cooking.


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