Meet Our Team
Haywood Pediatrics is a group of Board Certified Pediatricians and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. We have been providing health care to the children of Western North Carolina for over 40 years.
- Stephen Wall, M.D., F.A.A.P.
- Steven Hammel, M.D., F.A.A.P.
- Karin McLelland, M.D., F.A.A.P.
- Sarah Evers, M.D., F.A.A.P.
- Tyler Vereen , M.D., F.A.A.P.
- Anne Sarzynski, RN, MSN, CPNP
- Karen Shaw, RN, MSN, CPNP
Stephen Wall, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Wall was born in New York City. He attended the University of Texas Medical School. He then completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Hospitals and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Wall joined Haywood Pediatrics in 1989. He is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Wall practices general pediatrics and has a particular interest in behavioral issues. Additionally, he is a founding member of a multi-disciplinary team to prevent and treat child abuse and has served as a child medical examiner for Haywood County for over 20 years.
He and his wife, Betsy, who served thousands of women in Haywood County as the senior lactation consultant for many years, and together she and Dr Wall have had a great impact on the care of newborns in the region. They moved to Haywood County in 1989 and raised their two daughters here. He enjoys trout fishing in our local rivers, bicycling on the blue ridge parkway, taking part in local theater productions and listening to classical music.
Steven Hammel, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Hammel was raised in the Buffalo, New York area. Dr. Hammel received his undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo and graduated magna cum laude with his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He then completed his internship and residency training in General Pediatrics, especially newborns at East Carolina University. Dr. Hammel joined Haywood Pediatrics in 1997. He is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Hammel’s professional interests include all areas of general pediatrics including well child care and health maintenance. He enjoys watching his patients grow and develop into healthy, well-adjusted young adults.
Dr. Hammel resides in Haywood County with his wife Lori and their three children. His personal interests include spending time with his family and being active in the community through coaching and attending youth and school sports.
Karin McLelland, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. McLelland graduated from Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington, with a BA in biology. She attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She completed her pediatric residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to separating from the Air Force, Dr. McLelland was the Medical Director of Pediatric Services at the 1st Fighter Wing Hospital, Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. McLelland joined Haywood Pediatrics in 2003. She is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. McLelland enjoys all aspects of general pediatrics. In particular, she enjoys working with families of newborns and promoting healthy and active lifestyles across all ages. Additionally, she leads the Quality Improvement Team for the practice.
Dr. McLelland resides in Haywood County with her husband and her school-age twins. She enjoys being outdoors hiking and biking. Her husband, John, is a hospitalist with Mission Medical Associates in Asheville.
Sarah Evers, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Evers grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated cum laude from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology. She completed her medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and her residency training in Pediatrics at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Dr. Evers joined Haywood Pediatrics in 2010. She is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr Evers has a special interest in pediatric asthma and obesity.
Outside of work, Dr. Evers enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, cats and dogs as well as hiking, sewing and baking. She supports community efforts such as Habitat for Humanity and donates her time working with local schools regarding creating healthy eating habits.
Tyler Vereen, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Vereen was born and raised in the low-country of South Carolina. She attended Clemson University for her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry. She completed her medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and her residency training in Pediatrics at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital- University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Vereen joined Haywood Pediatrics in 2012. She is certified by the North Carolina Medical Board and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2010.Dr. Vereen has special interest in the areas of complex medical care/special needs cases, kidney diseases and loves prenatal visits and newborn care/breastfeeding.
She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her husband, Will, and visiting with her family in Clemson, SC. She is also a major Clemson Football fan and likes to follow professional soccer.
"The absolute best thing about being a pediatrician is being able to be present with a child as they grow into adulthood and watching their personalities emerge."
Our Nurse Practitioners
Our Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) use their advanced education in pediatric nursing and health care to promote the health of the children and families in our practice. They treat well and ill children of all ages.
- Provide well child examinations
- Perform developmental screenings
- Diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses
- Provide anticipatory guidance regarding common child health concerns
- Provide childhood immunizations
- Perform school physicals
Anne Sarzynski, RN, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC
Anne Sarzynski was born in Morristown, New Jersey. She attended Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.
She is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner and by the International Board of Lactation as a Lactation Consultant. She has been with Haywood Pediatrics since 1998.
Mrs. Sarzynski uses her advanced training to help new mothers with breastfeeding. She also has special interests in Juvenile Diabetes, Developmental Pediatrics and Nutrition. Anne continues to learn Spanish to help with patients coming to our practice who are primarily Spanish speakers.
Mrs. Sarzynski enjoys being outdoors whenever possible, cooking, spending time with family and is an avid reader.
Karen Shaw, RN, MSN, CPNP
Karen Shaw attended Georgia College and State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006. In 2001 Karen earned her Masters in Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care from Duke University School of Nursing.
Chris Henson, CMA (AAMA)
Kasey Valentine-Steffen, IBCLC
Our administrative and clinical staff work diligently to make your visit to Haywood Pediatrics as comfortable and efficient as possible.
At our practice we have a number of care team members. Included are:
- RNs for Triage