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Our Staff

What We Stand For

At Independence & Lee’s Summit Pediatrics, we are a well-rounded team of Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Staff that are dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients. We appreicate that you have entrusted us with the healthcare needs of your children.

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Our Staff

Our Doctors, Nurses, and Staff

Weldon Harris, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been with Independence Pediatrics since the 1970’s.

Sheela Ananth, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Ananth received her medical degree from the University of Mysore and completed her pediatric residency at Rush Presbyterian — St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been with Independence and Lee’s Summit Pediatrics since 1998.

James Steffen, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Steffen received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin hospital and clinics. He serves as an assistant professor for the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Steffen is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been with Independence Pediatrics since 2007.

Deana Raby, RN, MSN, CPNP

Deana received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Missouri Western in St. Joseph, Missouri. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from University of Kansas. Go Jayhawks! Deana has been a certified Nurse Practitioner since 1981

Rachelle Buescher, NP

Elizabeth Vasquez,    PA-C

Caitlin Sunderman,   PA-C