Our Doctors in Pediatrics
Dr. Alsentzer is a Nashville native. He attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate and medical school. He then moved to Charleston, SC, where he completed his pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is excited to be back home with his friends and family, serving the population of middle Tennessee.
In his free time, he and his wife enjoy spending time with their 110-pound lab mix. His interests include photography, sports, travel, and trying out new restaurants.
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Dr. Anderson is from Moline, Illinois, and attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison for his pediatric internship and residency. He spent one additional year of training as Registrar in Pediatrics at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in England.
He has been with Children's Clinic since it was in its original building in Donelson and likes to credit Dr. Wadlington, Dr. Doak, and Dr. Gray for teaching him how to provide the best pediatric healthcare. He… Continue Reading
Dr. Bailes has been in Pediatric practice in the Nashville area since 2005, and joined Heritage Medical Associates in July, 2008. Dr. Bailes was a Singletary Fellow at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine graduating with Honors in 2002. She went on to complete her Pediatric residency training at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Dr. Bailes is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She… Continue Reading
Dr. Casilli was born and raised in Wilson County. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She then headed to Johnson City to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine and did her Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida.
Dr. Casilli is a board-certified pediatrician and a delegate of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has a special interest in child development… Continue Reading
Dr. Collada grew up in Miami, where she also completed medical school at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. She and her husband moved to Boston, where she completed her Pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.
She was part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Track in residency given her interest in under-served and immigrant health and advocacy. Her work in residency focused on improving… Continue Reading
Dr. Dykstra started her practice in the Nashville area in the fall of 2001 and joined Heritage Medical Associates in August 2009. She is from Griffin, GA and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in Biology. She returned to Georgia for medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed her Pediatric residency training at Vanderbilt in 2001.
Dr. Dykstra is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow… Continue Reading
Dr. Wendy Hitch, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a board-certified pediatrician who has been with Children's Clinic East since 2001. She graduated from Houghton College in New York with a B.S. in Biology and obtained a Master's degree from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans.
She has a Ph.D. in the immunology of tropical diseases from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. She completed her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Georgia and… Continue Reading
Dr. Jennings was born and raised in Nashville and earned her bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University. She attended East Tennessee State University for medical school and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is board-certified in Pediatrics.
Dr. Jennings joined Children's Clinic East in 2013. She enjoys the education aspect of her job and helping families raise healthy and well-adjusted children.
She loves spending time with her husband and… Continue Reading
Dr. Kirshner is a native of Nashville who finished his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and his medical degree at East Tennessee State University.
He then moved to Houston, TX where he completed his pediatric residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. He practiced in Houston for the following 7 years before moving back home to Tennessee.
Dr. Kirshner is board certified in pediatrics and joined our practice in 2003. He has a… Continue Reading
Dr. Larry Klinsky received his undergraduate training at the University of Illinois before attending Vanderbilt University for medical school. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Northwestern University at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He started a private practice in Nashville shortly thereafter before joining Heritage Medical Associates in 1997. He has been in Green Hills since he started the pediatrics department of Heritage Medical Associates with Dr. Robert Mallard and has seen it grow from just two to eight pediatricians. He lives with his wife… Continue Reading
Dr. LaLonde is originally from Overland Park, Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Cruz in California. She attended the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and also did her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt.
She is board certified in pediatrics and is on the clinical faculty of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Dr. LaLonde and her husband Mike have five wonderful children, Michael, twins - Joshua and Benjamin, Elizabeth Clair, and their youngest Katherine Marie. In her free time, Dr.… Continue Reading
Dr. Lavin is a native of Asturias, Spain, and grew up in Mexico City. She studied medicine at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City, then transferred to the Latin American training program William J. Herrington, at the University of Miami, FL, where she completed medical school with the highest honors.
She completed her internship and Pediatric Residency at Miami Children's Hospital. She then moved to Nashville and completed a sub-specialty fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Vanderbilt University. She… Continue Reading
Dr. Donna Woodall Lett is a native middle Tennessean who has been practicing at Children's Clinic East since 2002. After graduating from Austin Peay State University, Dr. Lett received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences.
She completed her pediatric residency training in Columbia, South Carolina at Richland Memorial Hospital - USC, Columbia. She practiced pediatrics in South Carolina and later moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where she was an assistant professor of pediatrics… Continue Reading
Dr. Mallard and his wife Marcia have 2 children. He enjoys fitness activities daily. Dr. Mallard is dedicated to teaching medical students and residents at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and is involved in a community effort to improve the quality of healthcare to children in our region.Continue Reading
Dr. Mehrotra grew up in Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi for medical school and residency. He finished his Pediatrics residency in 1997 and served an extra year as Chief Resident at the University of Mississippi. He joined Children's Clinic East in 1998.
His hobbies and interests include tennis, water sports, and being an ardent fan of the Nashville Predators, who coincidentally started playing hockey in 1998 - a very good year! He is also currently serving as… Continue Reading
Dr. Mukundan has practiced Pediatrics in Nashville since 1997. He married his wife, Celeste, in 1994 and has three children, Chathan, Chloe, and Luke. In his free time, Dr. Mukundan enjoys playing tennis and golf, travel, reading, and cooking. He received the James C. Overall Award from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in 2011. Dr. Mukundan is the President of the Board of Heritage Medical Associates.Continue Reading
Dr. Orr is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. He attended undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, then completed his pediatric residency at Scott and White - Texas A&M in Temple, TX, going on to work for Scott and White in Waco, TX for 12 years. Dr. Orr joined the clinic in 2013 to move closer to the family and the Nashville area.
Dr. Orr and… Continue Reading
Dr. Seethaler was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in biochemistry. He received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1996 and completed his pediatric training at the Children's Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio and Wright-Patterson Medical Center in 1999. He then served in the United States Air Force for four years as a general pediatrician and was honorably discharged at the rank… Continue Reading
Dr. Emily Shekarabi attended the University of Georgia in Athens where she earned degrees in Chemistry and French. She then attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her pediatric residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Emily is deeply invested in her family and her church. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Eric, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs football team,… Continue Reading
Dr. Shepherd is originally from Mississippi. He received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi. He also completed his residency at the University of Mississippi.
After completing his training, Dr. Shepherd practiced as a board-certified pediatrician at North Mississippi Pediatrics in Tupelo, MS for five years. He joined Children's Clinic East in July 2004. Dr. Shepherd and his wife have two children. His outside interests include college sports… Continue Reading
Dr. Smith is native to the middle Tennessee area, growing up in Franklin, TN. Since completing her pediatric residency at Vanderbilt in 2005, she has worked as a pediatric hospitalist at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. She is excited to be a part of the pediatric team at Heritage Medical Associates. She is married to Keegan Smith, an allergist who also works with HMA, with whom she has two children, Hudson and Estelle.Continue Reading
Dr. Somers is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She attended Clemson University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Genetics. Dr. Somers then moved to Cincinnati and earned a Master of Science in Medical Genetics. She worked as a Genetic Counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and ultimately desired to follow patients long term in a primary care setting and attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She then completed her Pediatric Residency at Vanderbilt University. During… Continue Reading
Amy Taylor is a native of Nashville, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont University. She worked as a registered nurse for 9 years prior to returning to graduate school. Her nursing experience includes intensive care, outpatient surgery, an allergy and ENT clinic, and an occupational health clinic. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner.
Amy is married to her high school sweetheart,… Continue Reading
A Nashville native and gradudate of Hume-Fogg High School, Dr. Austin Whitaker is excited to be practicing pediatrics in his hometown. After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Dr. Whitaker received his medical degree from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his pediatrics residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In… Continue Reading
Dr. Willard is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She completed undergraduate education and medical school at Saint Louis University. Her pediatric residency training was completed at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. She is board certified in Pediatrics.
She and her husband, Jared, have one daughter. In their free time, they enjoy running, hiking, and any outdoor adventures where their dog, Millie, always joins them! She also enjoys photography, reading, and finding new restaurants.
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Dr. Williams grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and graduated from Franklin High School. She attended Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and graduated magna cum laude. She attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Williams then moved to Charlottesville, Virginia where she completed her pediatric residency at the University of Virginia. While she enjoyed the opportunity to live in several different places during her… Continue Reading