Susan Dealy, C-PNP, MSN
“I treat others as I would want to be treated.”
Susan (pronounced “Suzanne”) Dealy is an ANCC board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has been part of La Mesa Pediatrics since 2001. Susan graduated from San Diego State / University of California, San Diego’s Family Nurse Practitioner and Masters degree program. Previously, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Rady Children's Hospital for many years in the ER and specialty clinics.
Susan’s extensive medical background reassures parents that their child’s healthcare is in “good hands” and that her judgment and recommendations are based on years of experience and medical knowledge. She excels in emotionally connecting with kids and their parents, and in easing kids’ anxiety associated with exams. Susan’s authentic, caring, family-oriented approach to care is rooted in her own experience, having helped raise six nieces and nephews. Her free time is devoted to family, friends, her dog, travel and photography. Don’t be surprised if during your visit you get some valuable photography tips!
Meaghan Ngilla McGraw, FNP, MSN, RN
“My goal is for families to leave their visits with their questions answered.”
Meaghan is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a strong background in women’s health and pediatric community nursing. She has been a part of the La Mesa Pediatrics team since 2013. She holds a BSN from Truman State University, and an MSN from Frontier Nursing University. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Meaghan has been an RN since 2004, working in various settings from labor and delivery to public health nursing. Prior to becoming an NP, she was working in community health as an RN for the Nurse Family Partnership; a program for first time pregnant moms and their children. The focus of the program was on health promotion and education, which are two things that remain important to Meaghan in her practice today.
Meaghan is dedicated to providing inclusive care to families of all cultures, lifestyles, and family types. She enjoys developing long term relationships with her patients and their families and enjoys seeing them grow together, raising happy and healthy children.
Outside the office, Meaghan volunteers with various animal rescue organizations. She is married and loves to travel with her wife, and she is learning to speak French.
Recommended resource: Healthychildren.org
Jennifer Ragusa MSN, FNP-C, CPNP-PC
“I am dedicated to helping children and families stay healthy and thrive.”
Jennifer is a pediatric nurse practitioner, and brings years of experience to her work with La Mesa Pediatrics. A trusted pediatric critical care nurse, prior to joining us, she was a Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse with Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, and later in both Los Angeles and at Rady’s Children’s Hospital here in San Diego. After over 6 years in the PICU, she went on to obtain her Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the University of San Diego. Some of Jennifer's most memorable work has been as the Nursing Director for The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp for children with chronic illness, and as a medical volunteer for Whispering Winds Special Needs Family Camp.
Outside of the clinic, Jennifer likes to lead the healthy and active lifestyle she teaches. She and her husband enjoy playing beach volleyball, keeping up with a summer garden, going on hikes, cooking up new recipes in the kitchen and volunteering at church.
Recommended resources: Healthychildren.org and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center