About Us


Dr. Bill Drake

Dr. Drake graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1985.
He received his Master's degree in inorganic chemistry with Dr. Larry Dahl from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987, and received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1991. He then completed his Pediatrics Residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in 1994, during which time he met a very bright, pretty nurse who said 'yes' when he asked her to marry him. Dr. Drake and his new bride then moved to England for a year while he worked as a Pediatric Registrar (like a Chief Resident) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. He then finished his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1999.

Dr. Drake started at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in August 1999 and was active in clinical care (inpatient and outpatient), research (clinical and translational) and teaching medical students and residents.

Dr. Drake is now excited to start Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology Associates, LLC located in the Briarcliff III building at 4150 North Mulberry Drive (Suite 150).

He is very excited to welcome Cheryl Grace RN as his nurse, Vickie Hogle RDCS as his echocardiography technician, and Stacy Evans as his office manager. This is a great team, and Dr. Drake is very pleased to work with them.

Cheryl Grace: Registered Nurse

Cheryl Grace graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1990 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began working at Children's Mercy Hospital when she was a student nurse. After graduation, she worked as a registered nurse on the Hematology/Oncology unit. Cheryl has also had experience as a sedation nurse, and most recently as a charge nurse at the urgent care. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse as well as an instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support.

Cheryl is a lifelong resident of Kansas City North. She married her high school sweetheart in 1991 and they currently reside in the area with their three active boys. In 2000, their son Carter died suddenly from cardiac arrest. They started a foundation in his memory called Carter's Gift From the Heart. The foundation works to place Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, churches, and other places where people gather. AEDs provide electrical defibrillation (shocks) and have been designed to be used outside the hospital setting. Lifesaving defibrillation must occur within minutes after cardiac arrest to increase the chance for survival. We hope that because of Carter, others experiencing sudden cardiac arrest may have a second chance.

Cheryl is excited to be a part of the team at Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology.

Vickie Hogle: Echocardiography Technician

"I have worked in the Cardiac Echo field since 1990 holding positions at Northland Cardiology, Truman Medical Centers and Children’s Mercy Hospital. I am registered in Adult and Pediatric echo. I have always been fascinated with the heart and cardiac echo is the best job ever in my opinion.

I was raised in the Northland and graduated from Oak Park High School. I have attended University of Missouri, Columbia and Avila University-currently finishing Healthcare Management degree. I married my high school sweetheart 28 years ago and we currently remain in the northland. We have raised two children, Chandler is a freshman at University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg and Sarah graduated from Missouri State University-Springfield May of 2013. It is exciting to be able to work in Pediatric Cardiology again and I am excited to be involved with Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology which is very much needed in the Northland."

Stacy Evans: Office Manager

Stacy Evans is a lifelong resident of the Northland. A graduate of Oak Park High School, she still resides in the area with her two boys. After starting her medical career at Children's Mercy Northland as a Care Assistant, she (up until recently) worked as the Unit Coordinator at Children's Mercy Northland Urgent Care. Stacy was an active committee member for Northland Urgent Care and is certified in Basic Life Support.

Stacy is a key member of our team as Office Manager here at Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology.

Kris Reith

Kris joined our practice part time in 2015, and transitioned to full time in 2016. We really enjoy having Kris around. A graduate of Missouri State University, Kris uses her psychology major and business minor at the front desk, helping folks and keeping our customers happy.

We are proud to have Kris as our point of contact!