About Us



Cheryl Grace, RN, BSN, CPN

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.

Elise Greene, MS, RDCS (AE, PE)

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.

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 Winn

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. 

Shelby has two fur babies named Ellie and Winston that keep her life outside of work very busy. Shelby is super excited to be a member of Kansas City Pediatric Cardiology!

Rachel Drake, RN, BSN, CPEN

Rachel is co-owner and works as an RN at KCPCA when needed.  Married to Bill for 27 years, they have three adult children, two boys and a girl, who are all currently in college around the country. 

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989, Rachel has spent her career in pediatrics and is currently a charge nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital Urgent Care.  She is pursuing her Master’s of Nursing in Public Health degree from the University of Kansas. 

Along with Dr. Drake, Dr. Carlson, Dr. Swanson, and the entire KCPCA staff, Rachel is honored to serve children and families with cardiac needs in the Midwest.