Meet Our Team
Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Founder & Medical Director
Dr. Elizabeth Parker is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist who established Parker Place, A Children’s Health and Wellness Center, in 2018.
After completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the College of William and Mary, Dr. Parker went on to study at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, where she developed her love of pediatrics. As a native of New Jersey, she was thrilled to match in the Department of Pediatrics at New York University for her Pediatric Residency program. There she was drawn to the specialty of endocrinology, where she participated in clinical research evaluating an ideal screening test for detecting diabetes risk in overweight children and teens.
Dr. Parker continued her career development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she completed a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her research focus at the NIH was on growth, specifically the endocrine factors affecting growth plate cartilage. Though bench research proved to be interesting and challenging, Dr. Parker decided her true passion was providing direct patient care within in a clinical setting.
Over the next nine years, Dr. Parker learned a great deal about practical, clinical pediatric endocrinology as an attending physician in the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Though the time there was rewarding, Dr. Parker felt she would thrive in a different environment, one in which she could spend more time working with families on lifestyle changes that would benefit their children's health as an important part of their medical care. She opened Parker Place, A Children’s Health and Wellness Center, in 2018 with the hope of bringing this holistic type of care to the greater Annapolis community.
In her free time, Dr. Parker enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and can often be found watching Little League or attending dance recitals. She enjoys being outside, and especially enjoys the opportunity to be in and around the water in Anne Arundel County. In addition, her family takes to the mountains of Western Maryland every so often where they enjoy hiking, biking and skiing throughout the year.
Jennifer Reitmeyer, Office Manager
In her role as Office Manager, Jennifer’s focus is on creating an outstanding experience for everyone who visits Parker Place, as well as ensuring that our medical practice operates efficiently and successfully. Jennifer works closely with Dr. Parker to manage our patients’ clinical documentation and address parents’ questions and concerns, in addition to overseeing marketing, bookkeeping, and fostering relationships with other medical providers and the Annapolis community at large. She is also the first point of contact for families wishing to schedule a new patient appointment here at Parker Place, and is committed to providing caring and compassionate support for kids and parents alike.
Jennifer is passionate about providing the kind of behind-the-scenes management that helps businesses (and the people they serve) to thrive, and she’s done so within a number of industries, including real estate, entertainment, property management, event planning, hospitality and more. She has worked independently as a business coach, marketing consultant and public speaker. Throughout her career she has worked in marketing, business development, training, client service and other functions, all of which she now incorporates into her work at Parker Place.
While Jennifer wears a lot of hats, her favorite is that of dedicated liaison for the families served by Parker Place. Providing a listening ear to overwhelmed parents, inviting kids to paint “kindness rocks” or decorate our office with their original artwork, and welcoming new families to our community here at Parker Place are the parts of her job that she loves most.
Jennifer is also a dedicated advocate for neurodiversity, as well as for supporting positive self-esteem in children and teens. A graduate of Frostburg State University, she spent her college years actively serving her community through organizations benefiting women and girls, and later was a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland. She also served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care through Voices for Children of Howard County. Outside of her time at Parker Place, Jennifer is a devoted “DIY-er,” transforming her 1954 bungalow one room at a time, as well as an avid gardener, reader, random art-maker, and autism acceptance warrior. Most importantly, she’s a mom to two awesome little boys, and loves supporting their ever-changing pursuits, which currently include community service projects, creating YouTube content, and launching a kindness and inclusivity revolution!
Erika Stark, Office Coordinator
Erika Stark joined Parker Place in the summer of 2019 in the role of Office Coordinator, and plays a key role in welcoming patients as well as keeping our practice’s administrative operations running smoothly. When you visit our office, you’ll usually find Erika checking patients in and out, scheduling follow-up appointments, assisting with billing operations and marketing, or completing one of the many other tasks that keep us going at Parker Place!
Previously, Erika worked in a variety of positions in corporate accounting, operations and customer service, with resume that includes fields as diverse as real estate, home improvement, animal care and cosmetology. Erika’s wide range of business skills, as well as her calm and friendly presence, make her a perfect fit for serving our medical patients, wellness program participants and their families! (Fun fact: Erika and Jennifer were previously colleagues in another industry, and their combined dedication makes for a great administrative team here at Parker Place!)
Erika attended Community College of Baltimore County and currently resides in Catonsville with her husband and children. She is passionate about health and wellness and is an avid artist, reader, and animal rescue advocate.