We're Pleased to Introduce You to our Doctors and Providers
Our physicians are members of the medical staff at Sentara RMH Medical Center They are board certified as Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (F.A.A.P). This certification verifies that the pediatrician has completed at least three years of training in an approved pediatric training program and has passed special tests on pediatric topics. Pediatricians concentrate only on aspects of care that relate to the infant, child, and adolescent.
Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with postgraduate education in health promotion, performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating minor illnesses, prescribing medications and nursing research. Hands on training with individual instructors is a major part of the educational experience.
Our School Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor provide mental health and educational services as part of the practice at Harrisonburg Pediatrics. These providers are involved with the Educational and Counseling Center (ECC) working closely with the pediatricians to assess and treat patients dealing with issues such as ADHD, learning disorders, autism, anxiety, and depression.
All of our physicians and nurse practitioners care for healthy children and adolescents performing physical exams and health counseling. They also diagnose and provide treatment for illness.
Christopher A. Ashton, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Ashton is a graduate of Fairmont State College with a degree in Chemistry and Biology. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine where he also performed his internship and residency. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1996 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He came to the valley from West Virginia University where he spent two years working in a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship. He is married with two sons and two daughters. Dr. Ashton has a wide range of interests in the pediatric field. He especially enjoys the personal interaction with patients and parents. He is an avid gardener, cook, and enjoys wood working.
Frank W. Gearing, III, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Gearing and his wife, Jean, are natives of Harrisonburg. Dr. Gearing is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia. He received Certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in 1980 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Gearings returned to Harrisonburg in 1987 with their 3 children after serving 2 years in the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and private practice for 7 years in Wilson, N.C. Dr. Gearing has special interest in children with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and school problems. Dr. Gearing also serves as the Medical Director of the JMU Child Development Center. In his spare time Dr. Gearing enjoys tennis, travel, photography, and enjoying his grandchildren.
Susan B. Smith, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Smith is a graduate of Bridgewater College and received her medical degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1994. She completed her residency at West Virginia University Children's Hospital in 1997. She was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1997 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has a special interest in early infant development, breastfeeding issues, and hematology (blood and blood group disorders). Dr. Smith is married to Dr. Jon Tomei and they have one daughter and two sons. She spends most of her time outside of Harrisonburg Pediatrics with her family.
Jon R. Tomei, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Tomei is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia. He received his medical degree in 1995 from West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Tomei completed his residency at West Virginia University Children's Hospital in 1998. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tomei is married to Dr. Susan B. Smith and they have three children. In his leisure time, he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Lynne O. McClaugherty, CPNP
Lynne graduated from the Medical College of Virginia Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program with a Master of Science degree in 1988. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years working in all aspects of pediatric care, including general pediatrics and adolescent health. She worked as a Nurse Practitioner for the Medical College of Virginia Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Department until moving to the Shenandoah Valley. She is married with two children. Ms. McClaugherty's special interests are health promotion, well child and adolescent healthcare, adolescent gynecology, and eating disorders.
Holly S. Mason, FNP-C
Holly graduated from the James Madison University Family Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science degree in 2017. She has been a Registered Nurse for nine years working at the Sentara RMH Emergency Department since 2009. She is married with two children. Ms. Mason has special interest in adolescent gynecology, preventative healthcare, and working with moms who have breastfeeding concerns.
Kristin J. Rainey, CPNP
Kristin graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program with a Master of Science degree in 2012. After obtaining her registered nursing degree, Kristin worked as a Pediatric ICU nurse in Richmond. Most recently, Kristin worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for three years at KidMed, a pediatric urgent care center, in Richmond. She is happy to return to the Shenandoah Valley with her husband and two children. Kristin enjoys all aspects of pediatrics but has special interest in working with teenagers and with patients who have asthma and allergies.
Kathryn K. Litten, Ed.S., N.C.S.P.
Mrs. Litten is a licensed school psychologist who joined Harrisonburg Pediatrics in 1997. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and received her Master's and Educational Specialist degrees in School Psychology from James Madison University. Prior to joining Harrisonburg Pediatrics, Mrs. Litten worked as a school psychologist for Rockbridge County Schools. At Harrisonburg Pediatrics, Mrs. Litten conducts psychological and educational assessments and classroom observations. She provides students of all ages (preschool through college) with educational strategies to help them succeed academically. She also serves as a liaison among parents, school personnel, and pediatricians in dealing with students' educational needs. Mrs. Litten has particular interest and experience in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and college disability evaluations. Mrs. Litten is married and has two children.
Matt Benin, M.A.C., LPC
Matt is a licensed professional counselor who joined Harrisonburg Pediatrics in 2010. He received his Master's degree in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University in 2003. He has worked with children, adolescents and families for many years and provides individual and family therapy. At Harrisonburg Pediatrics, Matt performs ADHD & mental health intakes and assessment as well as individual counseling. He is married and has two children.