Children’s health and high-quality pediatric services go hand in hand. Finding the right healthcare provider for your child can be an extremely daunting and personal decision. You need to find a healthcare provider who can connect with your child, speak their language, and understand their habits and concerns. The Center offers pediatric services in English, Spanish, and other languages so your child feels right at home even when they are at the Center. We are committed to fostering a safe and open environment where your child can grow and develop in a healthy way.
Comprehensive Pediatric Care
Pediatric services cover a wide range of health issues. Children are more susceptible to disease and require more medical attention than most adults. We encourage both health education and frequent medical checkups while offering parents the tools they need to maintain a healthy household. Some of the pediatric services we offer include:
Parents should not have to travel far to take care of their children. The Center works to serve the parents and children in our area while making all those in need feel welcome.
Understanding Your Child’s Medical Needs
Sometimes children can be more difficult to diagnose than adults because they struggle to articulate their medical symptoms. Our trained pediatric healthcare providers know how to communicate directly with children to understand what they are going through. Whether your child has a simple fever or a more serious condition, our pediatric healthcare providers have seen it all. Our facility is prepared to handle any of your child’s needs. We create a space where your child feels safe and free to express their feelings. We want to be your medical home. Once your child matures out of our pediatric services, we offer comprehensive adult wellness and prevention services so you can stay at the same healthcare facility you know and trust.
Meet Our Providers
Dr. Renato Daing
Dr. Renato Daing and his wife live in Alexandria and have 3 boys, all of whom were born in Australia. He began his studies in the Philippines and completed his Doctor of Medicine there at Far East University. Dr. Daing moved to Tasmania, Australia for 3 years where he was the Resident Medical Officer at the Northwest Regional Hospital. In addition, he completed his Pediatric Residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC and has been practicing Primary Care Pediatrics since 2003.
Dr. Daing’s favorite genre of music is classical and pop rock. He plays the guitar, enjoys karaoke and detective movies (especially James Bond). Dr. Daing also enjoys swimming and completing DIY projects around the house.
Fluent in Tagalog.
Dr. Hussein Al-Shammaa
Dr. Al-Shammaa graduated from Faculty of Medicine , Cairo University. He completed his pediatric residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City in 1993. He is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics. Since 1994, he has been practicing General Pediatrics as a solo practitioner. He joined the Center in November 2017.
In his free time Dr. Al-Shammaa enjoys running and traveling.
Fluent in Arabic.
Carmen Martinez, PA-C
Pediatric Physician Assistant
Carmen Martinez, PA-C is originally from New York. She attended the City of New York - City College/ Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant Program. She has practiced in New York, Georgia and in Virginia for the past 13 years. She has background experiences in Newborn and Intensive Care Units and several Pediatric private practices in New York and Virginia. In the last 7 years, she has dedicated her work in community health and has been at GPW Health Center for 3 years.
In her free time, Carmen enjoys attending basketball games and traveling with her family.
Fluent in Spanish.
Debbie Risco, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Debbie Risco, FNP lives in Lake Ridge with her two boys. She was born and raised in Peru before moving to Virginia and is fluent in Spanish and English. She earned a B.S. in Biology at Marymount University, a B.S. in Nursing from George Mason University followed by a Masters Degree in Family Medicine at Marymount University and she is board certified in Family Medicine. She has worked for 13+ years at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Inova Cares for Children.
Her clinical interests encompass all aspects of pediatric care from newborn to adolescence.
Fluent in Spanish.
Dristi Basnet, PNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Dristi Basnet was born in Bhutan and moved to the United States in 2001, living in Virginia since. Dristi earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and worked as a clinical research coordinator for Cystic Fibrosis studies. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University followed by master’s degree in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. She has worked with pediatrics in the Northern Virginia and DC area for the past 7 years. Dristi joins our team with experience from working at another local Federally Qualified Health Center to working at large scale hospitals such as Children's National Medical Center and INOVA Children's Hospital.
She currently lives in Fairfax with family and her golden-doodle dog. Dristi enjoys traveling, photography, trying new food and learning about cultures. Has traveled to 13 countries so far.
Fluent in Nepali, understand Hindi.