Our Staff

At PANA, our team consists of experienced, compassionate pediatricians and friendly nurturing staff members.  We take pride in giving our young patients personalized pediatric care.  All of our pediatricians are highly educated, Board Certified, professionals who have undergone specialized academic and clinical training in pediatrics. We maintain a high level of expertise through continuing education in order to provide the most up-to-date care for our young patients.  At PANA, we believe in a team approach to your child’s health and well-being, so all of our doctors collaborate with parents to provide the highest level of care.

Lori Desoutter, M.D., F.A.A.P

Lori Desoutter, MD, FAAP

Dr. Desoutter has been practicing pediatrics in Atlanta since 1995. She moved from her hometown in upstate New York to attend Emory University for college where she graduated with High Honors in Biology as well as a Phi Beta Kappa distinction. She then successfully completed Emory Medical School in 1992 and the Emory Pediatrics Residency Program. After working in a primary care group for one year, Dr. Desoutter found her home at Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta.

Dr. Desoutter is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Desoutter led PANA’s participation in a national clinical asthma study, has served on The Children’s Clinical Network Quality Management work group and continues to be an active member of the Kid’s Health First Quality Management Committee, which creates and updates clinical guidelines for Atlanta pediatricians. She enjoys all aspects of pediatric care, and has a special interest in newborns, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder and ADD/ADHD. Dr. Desoutter and her husband have two sons and she enjoys time with family and traveling.  Dr. Desoutter was named one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.


Sheri Zager, M.D., F.A.A.P

Sheri Zager, MD, FAAP

Dr. Zager has been a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta in Peachtree Corners for 22 years. She received her undergraduate degree at Emory University,  her medical  degree at Temple University Medical School, and then returned to Emory for her  pediatric residency training. During her training she was selected by her peers as a Chief  Resident. After completing her residency she served as the Assistant Program Director for the Emory Pediatric Residency Training Program. "Dr. Z.", as her patients and staff affectionately refer to her, was named one of  Atlanta's Top Doctors for the past 8 years. 

Dr. Zager is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Zager is also passionate about medical education of other young professionals.  She has been a member of the Medical Education Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where she  helps plan continuing medical education events for pediatric providers. She has been a co-course director and on the planning committee for many years for the annual New Horizons in Pediatrics meeting sponsored by CHOA and Emory University.  Dr. Zager has always enjoyed  teaching. She mentors Emory medical students and is a preceptor for Emory pediatric residents during their pediatric training.


Julian Gorvy, M.D., F.A.A.P

Julian Gorvy, MD, FAAP

Originally from South Africa, Dr. Gorvy obtained his MD and his first pediatric degree in Johannesburg. For two years he remained a member of the medical school faculty, with extensive clinical and teaching responsibilities in general pediatrics and neonatology. He was in private practice for eight years before coming to the United States with his wife and three children.

In Atlanta Dr. Gorvy spent two years with the Emory Residency Program. He joined PANA in 2003. He is board certified in Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served in the Quality Utilization Committee with Kid's Health First.  He enjoys working with children of all ages and has a strong interest in the management of children and teens with Attention Deficit Disorder, asthma and allergic conditions.


Sheri Zager, M.D., F.A.A.P

Rachel Knuth, MD, FAAP

Dr. Knuth received her Bachelor of Science in biology at The University of Scranton, and her Doctor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia.  She completed residency training at Inova Children's Hospital in Northern Virginia, before relocating with her husband and dog to Atlanta, a couple of years ago.  Dr. Knuth was practicing in pediatrics, before settling in at PANA in 2022.  

Dr. Knuth is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She enjoys taking care of children of all ages & stages, but has special interest in newborns, childhood safety, and mental health issues (especially ADHD, depression, & anxiety). She completed the REACH program certification in mental health disorders for primary care providers. She is also passionate about community health and advocacy.  In her spare time, Dr. Knuth enjoys cycling and spending time with her husband and dog.

Sheri Zager, M.D., F.A.A.P

Kari Vance, NP-C

Kari is a board certified nurse practitioner with thirteen years of clinical experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  Born and raised in Mississippi, she went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in their nursing program.  Kari also speaks fluent Spanish within the medical setting.

Kari is passionate about providing excellent care for children of any age, but loves caring for newborns and providing lactation education for new mothers.  She also has special interests in treating patients with allergies and asthma. Kari and her husband have three young daughters and they enjoy attending live music events plus exploring the outdoors together.