Our Staff

  • Robert “Bob” Shayne, M.D.

    Dr. Shayne began Chester Pediatrics in the summer of 1981, and has been here ever since. He grew up in the Washington D.C. area, and graduated from Emory University in 1974 with a B.A. in Chemistry. In 1978, he received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He then completed his pediatric residency in Richmond in 1981. He has served as the Chief of Pediatrics at Chippenham hospital, and the President and Vice President of Commonwealth Care of Virginia and the Pediatric Alliance (both local independent practice associations). He has served on the executive board of the Virginia chapter of the AAP. Dr. Bob’s special interests include children with educational and physical challenges, sports medicine, obesity, and patient education. In his free time he enjoys computer technology, photography, and staying physically active. His wife of over 30 years and two grown daughters and their families make his life rich and enjoyable.

  • Kevin Campbell, M.D.

    Dr. Campbell joined Chester Pediatrics in 1986 as the second pediatrician in the group. He grew up in Northern New Jersey, and after moving to Richmond for college, graduated from the University of Richmond. He worked as an orderly at Chippenham Hospital Emergency Room for a year prior to attending medical school. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, and completed his pediatric residency in 1986. Dr. Campbell plays the trumpet, and enjoys kayaking on the local waterways. The Campbells’ have three daughters who are all enrolled in the Chesterfield County Public School System and the family enjoys running, biking, and hiking.

  • Mark Polanshek, M.D.

    Dr. Polanshek joined Chester Pediatrics in 1996. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from University of California at Berkeley. He obtained a PhD in Biology and he taught college and did research for 10 years before going to medical school. He rode around Europe on a motorcycle in 1971. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985, and finished his pediatric residency in 1988, serving as Chief Resident.. He enjoys woodworking, home improvement, car repairs, occasional foreign travel, and time with his wife and daughter.

  • Kerri Steele, M.D.

    Dr. Steele, a native of New Jersey,  joined Chester Pediatrics in August of 1999. She attended Wake Forest University where she  played varsity field hockey, receiving her B.S. in Biology in 1992.  Dr. Steele attended medical school  at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University., graduating in 1996.  She completed her pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1999. Dr. Steele is board certified in pediatrics and  a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She enjoys spending time with her family at Lake Gaston, traveling, playing golf and running.  

  • Bourassa, M.D. Laina

    Dr. Bourassa, a native of Chesterfield County, completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bourassa then joined the United States Air Force, and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She spent the last four years practicing as a pediatrician at Hanscom Air Force Base, where she was also medical director of the Child Development Center and liaison to the local school system. Dr. Bourassa is a board certified pediatrician with special interests in child development, patient education and advocacy.

  • Elizabeth McGill Cross, M.D.

    Dr Elizabeth Cross, a native of North Carolina, is still a Tarheel at heart! She graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. She and her husband love spending time with their four adult children and their families. Her hobbies include hiking in the mountains, exploring the Virginia countryside, volunteering in her church and cheering for the UVA basketball team!

    As her children have grown up Dr. Cross has enjoyed learning to parent in every stage of their journey. She loves caring for children from newborns through college; helping families navigate the challenges of parenting, advocate for their children and promote health and wellness. Dr Cross has a passion for the underserved and volunteers at Elijah House Academy in Richmond.

  • Rachael M. Daniels, C.P.N.P, CLC®

    Rachael joined our practice in December 2018. She grew up in rural central Virginia. She graduated with her BSN from Radford University in 2000. Before graduating with her MSN from Drexel University in 2018, she spent her nursing career in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (Duke University), the Pediatric Intensive Care unit (University of Maryland & University of Minnesota), the Pediatric ER (Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis & Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU), and most recently in Labor and Delivery (VCU). She is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), a Certified Lactation Counselor and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Eta Nu Chapter.

    Her long experience with a diverse pediatric patient population from birth to age 21 has helped shape who she is as a provider. Her experience helping new moms learn to breastfeed after birth, led her to pursue her certification in lactation counseling (CLC). She enjoys supporting new moms at our practice with the many facets of breastfeeding. Whether your journey in breastfeeding is long or short, she is happy to be there offering support in any way she can!

    Rachael is married and has 2 children. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her free time outside with her husband and kids, often watching many of their various sporting events, gardening, staying active, and reading.

    Rachael loves every stage children experience as they grow, from infancy through young adulthood and the many triumphs and challenges life can bring.

  • Kara Cunningham, FNP-C

    Kara Cunningham is a native of Chester. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 2004 before attending George Mason University and earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2018, Kara received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Marymount University. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to earning her Masters degree, Kara worked as a Registered Nurse in the NICU and Pediatric units of hospitals in Northern Virginia. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and spending time with her son.

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*Due to COVID-19, Hours May Vary

Chester Location

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:30 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Chesterfield Location

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed