Meet the staff
The Michigan Poison Center Hotline is always staffed by medical professionals, known as Specialists in Poison Information (SPI). Our SPIs are nurses, pharmacists and physicians who are specifically trained to help all callers with poisoning emergencies and poison-related questions.
Meet the SPIs
Perri Kern, RN, BSN, CSPI
My name is Perri and I am what some would call a "lifer," "seasoned," or "veteran" at the Michigan Poison Center and am proud to be a member of this organization. I am a BSN and RN and have had the privilege of serving our callers for the past 31 years.
During this time, I have maintained my Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSP) credential for the past 26 years of my career. Initially my career as a RN started in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where I proudly served to treat and care for the most intricate healthcare needs of our sick and hurting little people!
Needless to say, my career in the Poison Center has truly been a rewarding experience for me. The greatest privilege for me is to be able to connect with so many different people daily and help them in their moment of greatest need. Often it is just reassurance and simple treatment recommendations that are needed for resolution of your poison emergency and to restore your peace of mind. However, when the need arises, we also can and will do everything within our scope of power and knowledge to protect the health of you and your loved ones.
At the Michigan Poison Center there is always something to learn on a daily basis. We encounter complex, critical, intense, and collaborative cases every shift and I love the challenge this experience gives me. My career with the Poison Center keeps me professionally and personally engaged, filled with zest and zeal, and empowers my mind and life with tremendous growth opportunities to fuel my passion for toxicology.
Outside of the poison center I am married to my soul-mate and best friend... he is the love of my life! Together we enjoy travelling, boating, biking, gardening, designing landscape projects, serving in our church, anything music, and navigating our way through this life together.
Thanks for stopping by, please do not hesitate to call…we are here for YOU!!
Betsy Adams, RN, BSN, CSPI
I am a RN, BSN, and Certified Specialist in Poison Information – I have been a nurse for 30 years, working in both the hospital and outpatient settings. Pediatrics was my chosen specialty- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Unit, and Pediatric Dialysis and Renal Replacement Therapies.
I started at the Michigan Poison Center 10 years ago. I was amazed at the diversity and complexity of what the job entails. I learned quickly the enormous difference one person can make to a situation for a person at home or in a healthcare setting.
We at the Poison Center, the only one in the state, take a lot of pride in being able to serve the state of Michigan. The staff here, composed of highly competent nurses, pharmacists, physicians and toxicologists, provide high level, expert care. The knowledge and level of expertise necessary for this position is exceptional! I love that I learn something new every day.
Outside of the Poison Center, I am a parent and an aunt. I have pets- 4 golden retrievers that I consider my other children. I enjoy going up North. Family is extremely important to me- so I understand and sympathize when callers are worried about family members being exposed to something potentially dangerous to their health. That is why I do this job and why I love it…to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Tehmina Siddiqui, MD, CSPI
Hello, my name is Tehmina and I am a physician by training. I have been with the Michigan Poison Center for 12 years. Since I have been here, I have continued to appreciate what a valuable service we provide for the public at large; we are just a phone call away to help people during extremely stressful moments in their lives. Our staff are highly trained to handle all types of scenarios from the general public, healthcare professionals, and law enforcement who are looking for help and recommendations about toxic exposures and information about potentially dangerous substances. I love being a part of and contributing to positive patient outcomes and consider it a privilege to serve the state of Michigan and its residents.
Saira Syed, MD, CSPI
My five years at Michigan Poison Center have immersed me in the exciting, fast paced environment of toxicology. I take a lot of pride in the fact that I can directly interact and help resolve acute patient issues. Each case is unique, interesting, and presents its own challenge. This position also allows us poison specialists to 'think outside the box' and gives us the opportunity to brainstorm new patient management and treatment approaches. We are constantly learning every day! It is a rewarding feeling when we are contacted by grateful patients and healthcare professionals. Having worked as a physician for years, I enjoy learning about the many interesting aspects of Internal Medicine.
When I am not in the Poison Center, I enjoy reading, swimming, hiking, gardening, exploring new countries and their cultures!
Jaqueline Kramer, RN, BSN, SPI
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Kramer BSN, RN and I am a new Specialist in Poison Information with the Michigan Poison Center. My background includes extensive experience as an ICU Trauma/Case Manager/Burns/Hospice nurse. I am a parent so I understand the urgency and concern when I answer the call to help you. I love working at the Michigan Poison Center; I find it a rewarding and educational experience and I am always learning on the job. I look forward to continually providing you help, expertise, and guidance through your emergent situations.
Thank you for trusting us in your time of need!
Kimberly Radakovic, RN, SPI
Hi there! I'm a Michigan native, Wayne State University graduate student, and registered nurse (RN) with more than 15 years' worth of critical care experience.
My fascination with toxicology developed while treating rattlesnake victims and bath-salt overdoses in the ICUs of sunny Phoenix, AZ. I joined their poison team in 2013, as a Specialist in Poison Information, and this is where my enthusiasm for all things "tox" grew.
After settling back in Michigan, I joined the professionals at the Michigan Poison Center in the spring of 2020 and am thrilled to be back! I love being able to leverage my ICU experience, communication skills, and passion for toxicology to help my community.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading, and cooking.
It's a pleasure and an honor to serve Michigan in this capacity. Your health is in good hands!
Safia Jafri, MD, SPI
I am an international medical graduate with a wide variety of experiences in the field of medicine. I have worked in clinics, hospitals, and in numerous healthcare settings.
My favorite part about working as a Specialist in Poison Information (SPI) here at Wayne state is the challenge presented with every call. Working as a virtual extension of the ER as well as directly with the patient/caller requires me to be very knowledgeable and have a strong ability to communicate that knowledge to anyone ranging from the average person to an attending physician. I love how actively engaging this position is and the constant opportunities to learn something new are an amazing added bonus.
My hobbies includes cooking, traveling, interior decoration. I love to keep myself busy.