Meet Our Team

Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Founder & Medical Director

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Dr. Parker is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist who established Parker Place, A Children’s Health and Wellness Center, in 2018.

Dr. Parker knows that making the lifestyle choices that support optimal health can be difficult, and she found it challenging to support her patients in this regard in the context of a large, busy clinical setting. She decided it was time to start a new type of medical practice where children and youth who struggle with overweight, obesity, or other endocrine disorders that benefit from healthy lifestyle interventions could come for help: Parker Place!

What started out as a new pediatric endocrine practice has expanded to a complete wellness center where patients can come for medical care focusing on healthy lifestyle changes, and all families can find support in achieving their healthy lifestyle goals. Parker Place features a wide variety of classes, special events and resources for children, adolescents and families. Fitness, nutrition, cooking, home gardening, stress management, sleep habits, and emotional well-being are just some of the offerings at Parker Place. It is Dr. Parker’s goal to foster lifelong relationships with her patients and their families, and to help them develop a lifelong habit of caring for their physical and emotional well-being!

Dr. Parker completed her Pediatric Residency at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City and her Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She then worked as an attending physician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for over 9 years. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Endocrine Society and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Parker enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in their Annapolis-area community, and can often be found watching Little League or attending dance recitals.  She also loves being outside and can be found skiing, hiking and biking throughout the year.

 

Jennifer Reitmeyer, Office Manager

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In her role as Office Manager, Jennifer’s focus is on creating an outstanding experience for Dr. Parker’s patients and their families, as well as ensuring that our medical practice operates efficiently and successfully. When you visit Parker Place, you’re likely to find Jennifer assisting visitors and staff, managing our supplies and systems, or sourcing new opportunities for us to integrate our services within the Annapolis community. Or, equally likely, a combination of all three!

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.

Jennifer is a dedicated advocate for neurodiversity and for supporting positive self-esteem in children, particularly adolescent girls. A graduate of Frostburg State University, she spent her college years actively serving her community through organizations benefiting women and girls, and later served as a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and with Voices for Children, Howard County’s chapter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). 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 breakdancing classes, creating YouTube content, and launching a kindness and inclusivity revolution!

 

Anna Pittinger, Wellness Center Director

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Anna brings to Parker Place a uniquely diversified background in both culinary management and creative dance, making her ideal for her position overseeing our wellness center programs. In collaboration with our management staff and instructors, Anna works diligently to ensure Parker Place’s classes and events are engaging, packed with value, and reflective of our families’ interests and needs. She also creates original resources for our community here at Parker Place, including recipes, culinary guides, and much more.

Anna’s extensive culinary experience has been cultivated through a career that has included work in many fine dining restaurants, as well as management positions for both Marriott and Hyatt hotel properties. In addition to her contribution at Parker Place, Anna is the founder and owner of Apropos Parties Annapolis, a small, party planning and catering service that offers custom menus and carefully crafted culinary inspirations. Anna brings over twenty years of experience and comes from a family that loves to cook and celebrate with food. She believes that food is a language of love, unique to every family and culture in the world.

A graduate of Towson University and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, as well as an alumni of Baltimore School for the Arts, Anna also applies her love for creative expression to the children’s exercise classes she teaches at Parker Place. On any given day, you might find her leading kids in modern dance, hip hop, imaginative movement or other fun, energetic styles. Anna is also developing new programs all the time!

Parents and caregivers will find that, as a mom of two herself, Anna can completely relate to the challenges of encouraging children to learn how to explore healthy foods and experiment with new types of physical activity. She is always ready to offer resources and tips to make the process of implementing positive change easier – and even fun – for everyone in the family.


We’re also privileged to have an outstanding group of talented instructors leading programs in our wellness center – be sure to check out their profiles, too!