Program Leadership

Dr. Rita Patel, MD, MPH 

Program Director

I grew up in San Diego and went to UCSD for undergrad.  Medical school was at Harvard and I continued there at Boston Children's for my Pediatric Residency.  When my husband got a job in NC, I transferred to Duke for my last year of residency and then followed that with a Preventive Medicine fellowship and an MPH at UNC, CH.  I worked as a Medical Director of a non-profit teen clinic in Raleigh and as an Associate Program Director of the Beaumont Children's Pediatric Residency before moving to Indy in 2019.  I have two kids - a daughter who works in SF as a software engineer for Pinterest and a son who is finishing up undergrad at Northwestern.  I love to travel (especially to California to see my family), eat with friends (preferably with someone else cooking), scrapbook, read, and be outdoors.  My career has taken me a lot of different directions, but I couldn't be happier to have landed at PMCH!

Shivika Jain, MD, FAAP

Associate Program Director
Coordinator Outpatient Pediatrics Rotation
Pediatrician, Pediatric Primary Care Clinic


Although I was born in Atlanta, I essentially grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan as we moved there when I was 4 years old.  I stayed in Kalamazoo for my undergrad at Kalamazoo College, where I double majored in Health Sciences and Economics & Business Administration.  I attended medical school at Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine.  I left Michigan for pediatrics residency which I did at UT Southwestern at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas.  Following residency, I moved to West Lafayette, Indiana where I joined the pediatric group at the Arnett Clinic.  I was there for a little over a year as I met and got married to my husband (of 17 years).  We then moved to Indianapolis where we have been ever since.  I have been at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital since the start of 2004.  I became a part of the pediatric residency program in 2011, first as class advisor, and then moving to Associate Program Director in 2014.  I am one of the faculty in the outpatient clinic where I coordinate the continuity clinics and the outpatient rotation.  I also take care of all of the Special Needs children in our practice.  I have a 13 year old son who is in 8th grade and my husband is an adult GI specialist.  We also have a new puppy, Coconut, who is a year old.  I love traveling and reading.  One of my most favorite parts of PMCH, and the thing that keeps me here, are the people - the diversity as well as the close-knit relationships!

Lauren Brankle, DO, FAAP

Associate Program Director
Pediatric Hospitalist, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Hospitalist


I grew up in Crown Point, Indiana (Northwest Indiana for those not familiar with the "Region" :) and was the youngest of 3 girls. At the age of 4, I proudly proclaimed I was going to be a Pediatrician, and enjoyed a childhood of reading, sports, and competitive dance. I attended Indiana University Bloomington for Undergraduate Education and graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. I followed in my father's footsteps and attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for Medical School, and completed my Pediatric Residency at Advocate Children's Hospital Park Ridge in Illinois in 2014. I joined the team at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in 2014 as a Pediatric Hospitalist, and have since become double boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. I joined the PMCH Pediatric Residency Administrative Group in 2016, served as the Preceptor for the Inpatient Pediatric Rotation from 2015-2019, and became one of the Associate Program Directors in 2019. I have been happily married to my high-school sweetheart Brian since 2007, have two smart and theatrical children Olivia (8 y/o) and Bryce (almost 5 y/o). In my free time, I love to cook and bake (often sharing new recipes with friends and coworkers), exercise, and spend time with family and friends. 

Erika Naylor

Program Coordinator

Erika grew up just outside of Cleveland, OH but spent every summer in Indianapolis. She officially moved to Indianapolis after college in 2011, but she will always be a Buckeye at heart. Prior to being a program coordinator, she managed Ophthalmology practices and worked in Senior Care. When not at work, Erika spends most of her time with her husband and their 2 dogs (Luna and Yoyo), buying plants, hanging out with her grandparents, or checking out the local foodie spots and breweries in the city.