Child Abuse Pediatrics

Our pediatricians are certified as subspecialists in child abuse care by the American Board of Pediatrics. That means they understand the nuances of helping children recover from abuse, whether the mistreatment has been physical, sexual  or emotional, or involves neglect.

The MUSC Children’s Health Child Abuse program is recognized throughout the community for its expertise. It provides consultation for clinics at MUSC Health in downtown Charleston as well as MUSC Health outreach clinics, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center and the Dorchester Children’s Center. Our doctors and nurses also work with abused children in the emergency department and continue to care for them in follow up.

In addition to three certified child abuse pediatricians, one board-eligible child abuse pediatrician, and one emeritus faculty member, we have five specially-trained nurse practitioners and six pediatric nurses trained in sexual assault evidence collection. We provide consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services We Offer

At MUSC Children's Health we provide medical evaluation for child abuse and coordination with any necessary medical or therapeutic services.

Child Abuse Conditions We Treat

Our team treats physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse and neglect.


MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital

Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital + Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion

10 McClennan Banks Drive

Charleston, SC 29425

Main: 843-792-2300

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center

1061 King Street

Charleston, SC 29403

Main: 843-723-3600

Scheduling: 843-723-3600

Dorchester Childrens Center

Dorchester Childrens Center

303 East Richardson Avenue

Summerville, SC 29483

Main: 843-875-1551

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More Care Team Members

Our Advanced Practice Providers

  • Ashleigh Benda, DNP, APRN, CPNP, SANE-P
  • Kathy Fabrizio, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
  • Erin Hart, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Misty Lovell, PNP
  • Krystal Mozny, MSN, NP-C, CLC
  • Stephanie Petersen, FNP, MSN, APRN

Our Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

  • Karen Drozd, RN, SANE-P 
  • Consuela Drayton, RN

Our Staff Members

  • Amy Smoak, Fellowship Coordinator
  • Tetre Brown, CMA
  • Shavazae Rivers, CMA
  • Alexus Oliver, CMA