Get to know your provider at Wind River Cares – Pediatric Team

Wind River Family & Community Health Care is proud to highlight its providers and showcase the expanded excellence of care it provides to the community. Today we are excited to introduce you to our Pediatrics Team.

Joann Kaplan, MD

Joann Kaplan, MD

Joann Kaplan came to us nearly 3 years ago, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from Maine, and is very excited to continue learning about native people and culture. With over twenty years of experience in pediatrics, she’s been quite an asset. Her professional interests include Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Obesity, Breastfeeding and lactation, Physician Well Being, and Social Determinants of Health. She will even hypnotize patients if warranted.  

She attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, but we’re not sure we can consider her a Spartan. Her training after medical school was in Portland, ME and she was even Chief Resident (a big honor!).  

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She’s been married to Paul Canny for 26 years, with parenting 3 children; 25, 19, and 16 years old. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys Knitting, quilting, cooking, films, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, music, and theology.

Undergraduate: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Medical School: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Residency: Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME


Teri Tesdall, PNP

Teri Tesdall, PNP

Teri Tesdall is originally from the cold Pacific coast and due to lack of sunshine, attended the University of Florida where she received her BSN, MSN, and became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She worked for the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the  University of Florida until 2010 when her husband Michael’s academic center moved to the University of Houston.  

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She attended the University of Texas at Arlington to further her education in pediatric care and graduated in May 2015, and subsequently worked in critical care medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital until June 2017.  

Teri received a phone call about Wind River Family Practice Clinic while shopping for art supplies and was entranced. The rest is history.

Teri loves hiking, cooking, knitting, painting, and her cello. She is married to Michael Sartori and they have two children, Alex and Aurora. The Sartori’s all love each other as well as children in general and dogs.  

Undergraduate/BSN: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Pediatric Nurse Practioner: University of Texas at Arlington


Dr. Carlos E Hernandez Moreno, MD

Dr. Carlos E Hernandez Moreno, MD

In August of 2019, Carlos E. Hernandez Moreno, M.D. and his family moved from Puerto Rico to the “quiet countryside” of Wyoming. Dr. Hernandez’s special brand of compassionate care and years of experience in the field of Pediatrics is a definite plus for Wind River Family and Community Health Care.

His goal has always been to bring compassionate and patient-centered care to the patients he serves.

“Coming from a lot of hardships, people didn’t want to go to the doctor because they were so lacking in compassion and treated the problem and not the patient as a whole,” Dr. Hernandez said of his decision to enter the health care field in the early ’80s. He began Medical School in 1981 at the Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Hernandez entered the field of Pediatrics in 1985 and practiced medicine in Puerto Rico until heading to the states in 2019.

Since moving to Wyoming, Dr. Hernandez says the one thing he has learned to do for his personal health is to simply dress for the elements when it’s cold outside. He is also learning about the similarities and differences between the Latin and Native cultures. In Latin culture, they are very compassionate and love to give hugs while here he is learning to not invade someone’s personal space. As far as similarities, “Laughter is the best medicine. Everyone loves to share in the laughter.”

Dr. Hernandez encourages his patients and their families to advocate for themselves regarding their health. Follow the CDC guidelines to outline a schedule for all of your child’s pediatric care. Always make sure to get a well-child exam and stay up to date on all vaccinations.

Dr. Hernandez is currently seeing patients from birth to 18 at the Riverton Clinic on 12th Street.


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