Dr. Arnold is one of the founding members of The Kidz Docs, and retired at the end of December 2023. Please help us thank her for the many years she has given to serving the children of our community. Please see the following note from Dr. Arnold:
Dear Community, I am sad to be retiring. I have worked in this office since the summer of 1989. I was pregnant with my daughter, Lindsay, and in my last year of residency at Georgetown University.
I had worked with Dr. Larkin during residency and she encouraged me to join this quiet practice outside of Old Town Alexandria.
I did not expect to fall in love with the community, the wonderful parents and families. It has become an integral part of my life and a framework in which I see myself.
It has been an honor to share in your lives over this 35 years. I have been thrilled to watch these tiny babies grow into adulthood and leave for the wide world. You have let me share in the successes and cry with you over the setbacks.
I have tried to treat your children as I would want my children to be treated. I hope I have been successful.
I have identified myself as Dr. Arnold for over one half of my life-In this next chapter I will miss you and know that I am thinking of you all with love. Jacki Arnold
Dr. Remus grew up in Michigan, the Great Lakes State, where she was active in her school band, sports, and youth group. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!). At Notre Dame, she enjoyed touring with the concert and marching bands. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2006, and completed her pediatric training with Dr. Tannous at Thomas Jefferson University and duPont Hospital for Children in 2009.
Dr. Remus is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is active in the Virginia Chapter of the AAP. She has a certification in pediatric mental health from the REACH Institute. Her interests include children with disabilities, medically complex patients, infant feeding, childhood development, and mental health. She enjoys caring for patients from birth through their college years.
Dr. Remus likes spending time outdoors, playing music and tennis, cheering on her kids in their activities, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and four school age children, and volunteers in her school and neighborhood communities.
Dr. Remus has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2009.
Dr. Ferrer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and attended medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. In 2017, she completed her Pediatric Residency through Authority Health in Detroit, MI, serving as Chief Resident in her last year.
Dr. Ferrer strongly favors team decision-making, and partners with parents/guardians to determine the plan of care. She is also a strong believer in patient and parent education and always aims to provide valuable resources.
Dr. Ferrer was born in San Diego, CA but now considers Virginia her home. She speaks English and Tagalog. She loves to travel, enjoys spending time with family, and likes scrapbooking. She lives with her husband and two young daughters.
Dr. Ferrer has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2019.
Dr. Livingood grew up in the mountains of North Carolina but fell in love with the DC metro area after attending Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree. She stayed in DC receiving her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Livingood completed her pediatric training at The Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. She then continued to work at Vanderbilt after residency where she was an assistant professor in the pediatric emergency department.
Dr. Livingood's special interests in medicine include nutrition and obesity. Arlington, VA is now home to Dr. Livingood, her husband, and two children. When she isn’t treating patients, she likes to travel, bake, and enjoy time with family and friends.
Dr. Livingood has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2019. She is not currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Tannous grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and made frequent trips to Northern Virginia to visit family. She completed her undergraduate years at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and received her doctorate in medicine from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency with Dr. Remus at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and AI DuPont Hospital for Children. She began her career in the Philadelphia suburbs followed by Houston, and is glad to have returned to the east coast. In her free time, she enjoys plein air painting, reading, traveling and spending time with family.
As a pediatrician she enjoys having open dialogue and discussion with parents and families. She believes that decisions should be made together after a thorough discussion. She has extensive experience treating children with ADHD, depression, anxiety and also discussing childhood nutrition and obesity. She speaks some Arabic and Spanish.
Dr. Tannous has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2020.
Dr. Fanning was born in England, but grew up in South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University where she studied microbiology, and then completed medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Greenville. She completed her pediatric training at Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she served as the president of the resident advocacy group. Dr. Fanning’s passions include patient advocacy and preventative healthcare. She has completed her certification in mental healthcare through the REACH Institute.
Dr. Fanning loves to cook and try out new restaurants. She also enjoys traveling and biking. Despite attending both Clemson and USC, she remains a loyal Clemson fan (Go Tigers!). She lives in Alexandria with her fiancé and their cat, Sybil.
Dr. Fanning has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2022.
Dr. Patel was born in Canada and grew up in Arizona. She attended Arizona State University (Go SunDevils!) and then completed medical school at the University of Arizona. She completed her pediatric training at Connecticut Children's Medical Center where she did additional training in Advocacy (with experience in lead exposure prevention and injury prevention). After residency, she received a Certificate of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Patel's interests include developmental pediatrics and early childhood, international health, and patient education/shared decision making.
Dr. Patel lives in Alexandria with her husband and two young children. She enjoys spending time outdoors and taking advantage of the different seasons (new for this AZ native!), cooking and exploring the food scene.
Dr. Patel has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2023.
Kathleen Beckman is a native Texan who has lived more than 20 years of her life overseas. After earning her BSN from the University of Texas, she married an Army officer and served military families as a pediatric intensive care nurse/pediatric clinic nurse in military medical centers. Upon returning to the D.C. area, Kathleen trained to become a pediatric nurse practitioner through Catholic University and has worked in private practice ever since.
Ms. Beckman speaks French and Spanish and loves caring for our international families. She has special interests in developmental delays, asthma, newborns, and breastfeeding.
Ms. Beckman loves to read, hike, bike and share travel adventures with her family. She lives in Alexandria with her husband of over 30 years, her golden retriever Salado and kitty Brazos. She has three grown children and three grandchildren.
Kathleen Beckman has been practicing at The Kidz Docs since 2017.
Michelle Barnes grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore and worked with both adults and children in acute care. Realizing her passion for working with children, she later graduated with a master of science in pediatric acute care and a post masters in pediatric primary care from Vanderbilt University.
As a military spouse, she has worked as a critical care nurse in Virginia and California, as a clinical instructor in South Carolina, and as a nurse practitioner in North Carolina. Her special interests include children and youth with special health care needs.
Michelle currently lives in Alexandria with her husband, two children, and their weimaraner. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, reading, and swimming.