Our Team

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s represents a group of specialists dedicated to delivering comprehensive, interdisciplinary, individualized care to patients with cleft lip and/or palate as well as other craniofacial differences. Under the leadership of Dr. Isaac L. Wornom, III, past president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), a unique team has been created. Our team consists of hand-picked, pioneering specialists in surgery, dentistry, speech therapy and psychology to name a few.

The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St. Mary’s is an ACPA Approved Team and has met the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The ACPA Commission on the Approval of Teams has determined that this team is capable of providing cleft and craniofacial care in a coordinated and consistent manner, that care provided by this team follows the proper sequence and takes place within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. ACPA Approved Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals who work in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system to provide strong and reliable communication between team members, families and referring providers. All approved teams in the U.S. and Canada are listed on the ACPA Family Services website.

plastic surgery

Dr. Sharline Z. Aboutanos is a Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Richmond, Virginia. She completed a fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City with nationally-acclaimed surgeon, Dr. Louis Morales, Jr. She is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her extensive pediatric training included cleft lip and palate surgeries, skull reshaping surgery/ helmet treatment, ear reconstruction, syndactyly/polydactyly hand surgery, skin lesion removal, and vascular malformation treatment. She works closely with members of the team from all disciplines and is committed to providing specialized, inter-disciplinary and family-centered care to her patients in the safest manner while achieving excellent outcomes. She is dedicated to the care of children in Virginia and around the world. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic. She enjoys traveling to Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras to care for adults and children with cleft and craniofacial conditions.

clinical psychology

Dr. Bender received her B.A. in Psychology from Haverford College and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Bender completed her clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she received training in both pediatric medical psychology and family therapy. After relocating to Richmond, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. Her specialty areas include family and marital relationships, coping with medical illnesses, mood disorders, stress management, bereavement, and parenting issues.

facial, plastic & reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology (ent)

Dr. Burke is a graduate of the University of London and the Royal London Hospital Medical College. He completed his Internship at Emory University and his ENT/Head & Neck Residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his Facial Plastic & Reconstruction fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University where he was a member of the Cleft & Craniofacial team training. Dr. Burke is dual board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. He has a particular interest in nasal & facial deformities and functional speech disorders.

speech language pathology

Melissa Haynes earned her M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. In addition to the Cleft and Craniofacial Team, Melissa is an active member of the Developmental Assessment Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital.


Dr. Jennifer Humberson is a board certified Medical Geneticist with special interest in infants and children with features of genetic conditions. She sees patients with a variety of medical problems including cleft lip/palate, facial asymmetry, and craniosynostosis. As an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Geneticist at University of Virginia, she is engaged in medical student and resident education and the diagnosis and management of complicated patients requiring multidisciplinary care. After completing Pediatric Residency at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, she trained in clinical genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked as a medical geneticist at the East Carolina University Medical Center, University of Virginia Hospital, and Bon Secours. She has been recognized in Richmond Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2015,2016,2017, and 2018..


Dr. Iuorno, Jr. received his D.D.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. He completed a unique combination of residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Iuorno is certified in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics.


Dr. Karen McAndrew received her D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her specialty certification and Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds membership in the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointergration, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and the American Association of Women Dentists.

oral and maxillofacial surgery

Dr. Michael E. Miller earned his D.D.S. degree from VCU/MCV School of Dentistry, graduating as Valedictorian of the Class of 1984. Dr. Miller went on to complete a four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at VCU Health Systems/MCV Hospitals, and has been in private practice in Richmond for over 20 years with Commonwealth Oral and Facial Surgery. He maintains a Clinical Assistant Professor position with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at VCU Health Systems School of Dentistry, and in addition to practicing all general aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, concentrates in the treatment of patients with maxillofacial growth deformities/orthognathic surgery as well as dental implant surgery. Dr. Michael E. Miller holds active memberships in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (past President) and the American Dental Association. He is a fellow of the Virginia Dental Association, the American Colleges of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. Dr. Miller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, certified since 1990.

Dr. Miller served as President of the Southeastern Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons from May 2014-May 2015. SSOMS is a 650-member organization representing oral surgeons in eleven states, from West Virginia to Florida and west to Louisiana. The society contributes to the public welfare through advancement of the specialty of oral & maxillofacial surgery.

pediatric neurosurgery

Ann Marie Ritter received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ritter completed her General Surgery Residency at Baylor, a Neurosurgical Residency at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Ritter is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Dr. Ritter’s research focus is craniosynostosis.

pediatric dermatology

Dr. Laurie L. Shinn is a board-certified adult and pediatric dermatologist. Receiving her medical training in both pediatrics and dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia, she is identified as one of the premier pediatric dermatologists in the region. She also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine, formerly known as the Medical College of Virginia, where she trains doctors in residence at the Department of Dermatology and Pediatrics. Dr. Shinn has served as a speaker on pediatric dermatology topics at national and regional levels. Her current board certifications include general dermatology, pediatric dermatology and pediatrics. She is one of the few board-certified Pediatric Dermatologists in the region.

Linda received her nursing degree from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She has over 40 years of nursing experience in children’s services. She is a member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.

pedatric dental surgeon

Dr. John H. Unkel received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and completed his medical residency at Virginia Tech/Carilion. He earned his doctorate of dental surgery from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and went on to complete a pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and his hospital pediatric dentistry fellowship at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Virginia Chapter, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American and Virginia Dental Associations and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

pediatric dermatology

Dr. Hazel Vernon received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and was the first practicing dermatologist in Central Virginia to earn pediatric dermatology board certification status. She was recognized by her peers as a Top Doc in Dermatology for 2006 by Richmond Magazine. Dr. Vernon maintains her edge in the field by regularly providing training to residents from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology and giving lectures on pediatric dermatology regional and national conferences. Current board certifications include the American Board of Dermatology for general dermatology and pediatric dermatology.

plastic surgery

Dr. Isaac L. Wornom received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama and trained in plastic surgery at Emory University. He completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wornom has been a plastic surgeon in Richmond for 20 years and has extensive experience in treatment of cleft lip and palate, congenital moles, and vascular malformations in children. He is also the past president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).

pediatric ophthalmology

Dr. Ed Wortham attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Wortham graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois and later completed his Internship at the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Medical College. For three years, Dr. Wortham served his Residency in Ophthalmology at the Northwestern University Medical Center. With a defined interest in Pediatric Ophthalmology, he spent one year in fellowship at the University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.