Meganne Leach is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner who graduated with her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Her previous work focused on health education, training laypersons how to perform basic medical assessments, and identifying how health care providers can improve patient outcomes by understanding the families’ experience in coming to terms with a pediatric chronic illness. Ms. Leach has extensive clinical experience in evaluating undiagnosed patients with suspected muscle disease, and diagnosing, assessing and treating patients with pediatric-onset neuromuscular disease. She has practiced as a clinician in the Neuromuscular and MDA clinics since 2006 and is part of a clinical research team as part of the Neurogenetic and Neuromuscular Disorders of Childhood Section (in NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health. In her previous and current roles she has followed patients under established phenotype-genotype and natural history research protocols in various pediatric neuromuscular diseases. She has been actively involved in promoting awareness of standards of care in pediatric muscle disease, including the development of diagnostic and management tools for clinicians, helping to communicate the recommendations in family-friendly language, and promoting family members as advocates for their children.