Our Doctors

stethoscopeMaureen A. Kelly M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Kelly is a board certified pediatrician who completed her residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.  She has been practicing pediatric medicine since 1993.  Dr. Kelly is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Oakland County Medical Society, and the Irish and American Pediatric Society.  Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine.  She has once again been recognized as a “Mom-Approved Doc” by Metro Parent magazine in 2018, 2017, and 2016, and chosen by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Pediatricians”.  She is the recipient of the Patient Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award.  In 2012, Dr. Kelly was recognized by the American Medical Association for her commitment to the organization for 20 years. Dr. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Her interests include tennis, boating, gardening, traveling, the Detroit Tigers, U of M football, and rescuing wildlife.

Azra Hakimi M.D., F.A.A.P

Dr. Azra Hakimi is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She is a graduate of MGM Medical College, India.  She completed her pediatric residency as St. John Hospital Medical Center in 1988.  She has worked for several years as an acute care pediatrician at Ascension Urgent Care.  She is also currently working at a teaching facility at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.  She is taking both existing and new patients and enjoys all areas of pediatrics, with special interest in growth, development, and treatment of Asthma.  Her goal is to assist families with their child’s development in order to help them transition into healthy adults.

Val Alef, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Val has been a nurse for over 26 years and a nurse practitioner working in primary care pediatrics for the past 20 years. She has 3 kids ages 9-15. Val enjoys working out, reading a good book, and spending time with her family. She loves her job because she gets to interact with kids, parents, and teenagers. She helps them, along with their parents, to promote health and prevent illness. Additionally, she says that the relationships she forms are the best reward.

Kathleen Asmar, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

Kathleen Asmar is a pediatric nurse practitioner certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.  She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.  Kathleen studied nursing at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  She has been a registered nurse since 2005.  She has worked in postpartum care, newborn nursery and general pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona.  Then she spent six years at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the Emergency Department.  During which time, she went back to school through The University of Arizona College of Nursing.  At U of A, Kathleen was awarded her Masters Degree in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.  She has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2013. Kathleen loves working with children and their families, having the privilege of watching children grow and thrive, which is especially exciting when little ones greet her with a hug and address her by name for the first time!
Kathleen enjoys cooking, baking, swimming, walking/running/hiking with her husband, Antonio, and her rescue pup “Charlie,” and watching football (especially Notre Dame), Tigers’ baseball, and college basketball!