E. Melissa Smith, CRNP, FAAN, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates, LLC (CP&A). Mrs. Smith is a Virginia native and graduated from Riverside Hospital of Nursing in 1974. She was transferred with her husband to New London, Connecticut for the next 15 years where she became certified in pediatric nursing. In 1990, her family relocated to Southern Maryland and she received a BSN from the University of New York in 1997. Mrs. Smith continued in the field of pediatrics and became certified in lactation while completing her Masters in Science from the University of Maryland and her certification as a PNP in 2000. Since that time, she has been practicing in general pediatrics and specializing in lactation. She joined CP&A in July 2009. She continues to have a special interest in lactation support as well as special needs children, autism, ADHD and other learning disorders. Mrs. Smith lives in Southern Maryland with her husband Bill and has two grown daughters and a grandson.