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).
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.
Kris joined our practice in 2015 and has served with us in part time and full time roles during this time. 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!
Renee Schneller: Practice Manager
Renee Schneller joined our practice in 2017. She is a native of the Kansas City area, graduated from Shawnee Mission South in Overland Park, and currently resides in Smithville with her daughters Taylor and Lauren. Renee has been in the medical billing field for many years and obtained her certification as a Professional Coder in 2015.
Renee is a key member of our team as Practice Manager here at Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology.
Shelby is a 2011 graduate of Kearney High School and went on to receive her CNA certification in 2013. After finding her love for Pediatrics at Children's Mercy Hospital, she started working as needed for us in 2016. Recently, Shelby has joined us full time at the Front Desk and fills in for our nurse when needed.
Shelby has two fur babies named Ellie and Winston that keep her life outside of work very busy. She met her boyfriend Clayton when they were in middle school and they started dating in 2013. Shelby is super excited to be a member of Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology!
Elise Greene graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She later received her Master's Degree in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound in 2008 at MU. She has been a registered cardiac sonographer since 2009 and enjoys working with both children and adults. Elise met and married her husband, Christopher, in college and together they have a wonderful daughter named Avery. They currently reside in Lee's Summit.
Elise truly enjoys working to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality cardiac care. She loves working with children at all ages and stages of life. She is thrilled to be a team member at Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology.