At Children’s International (Gulfport), we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart. Our pediatric clinic provides a relaxing atmosphere for our patients while they wait and receive care. Your child deserves the best care possible and Children’s International is Here For You. Call Now to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or nurse practitioner.
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Pediatrician | Gulfport
11240 Hwy 49 Unit C
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 831-8800
Fax: (844) 886-3945
Pediatric Clinic Hours
Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Telehealth Video Visits Now Available!
Medicaid & Private Insurance Accepted
Children's International Pediatrics
Pediatrician in Gulfport MS
Gulfport Pediatric Services
Throughout childhood, children get sick and it’s important that you bring your child in to see us as soon as possible so we can provide your child with immediate, thorough care to help them feel better quickly.
Gulfport Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff
General & Adolescent Pediatrician
Dr. Prashant Dixit is a Board Certified Pediatrician who completed his medical school training at Bombay University in Bombay, India. After medical school, Dr. Dixit completed a post graduate residency in Ophthalmology. He then obtained a Masters of Surgery and Diploma of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery. He also passed his FMGEMS certification exams with high scores.
Dr. Dixit then decided to pursue his education and training specializing in Pediatrics. He attended Pediatric Residency through the Wayne Oakland Child and Adolescent Medical Program working at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Mt. Carmel March Hospital, Pontiac General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. After completing his Pediatric Residency training, he passed his Board Certification with the American Board of Pediatrics with very high scores.
Tera Riddick is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified through American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). She completed her ADN from Meridian Community College in 2005, BSN in 2011 from University of Phoenix, MSN in Nursing education from William Carey University in 2012, PhD in Nursing education and administration from William Carey in August 2015, and her Post Masters Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Southern Mississippi in May 2017.
Tera belongs to several professional organizations including: Sigma Theta Tau International, Mississippi Nurses Association District 7, Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners, and AWHONN. I am involved in community organizations. I enjoy reading, shopping and being of service to others, as well as spending time with my family. She joined Children’s International Medical Group in May of 2018 at our Picayune Clinic location.
Joanne Nguyen, APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Joanne received her Bachelor’s education at university of South Alabama in Biomedical Scien in 2014 her Nursing BS in 2016, and then her Master’s in Pediatric Primary Care in 2019. She has worked 5 years as a Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) nurse at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital as well as contract work in various PICUs in Chicago, Boston and Atlanta. She says, “working with children is not the easiest job but it’s definitely the most rewarding job and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”
Joanne was born and raised in Biloxi, MS and her favorite hobbies include traveling, cooking, trying out new restaurants, shopping, and spending time with her family and 3 dogs. Her favorite quote is: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Pediatric Office Manager
Brianna is a Certified Medical Assistant and the Gulfport clinic mentor. She was born and rasied in Gulfport Mississippi by her mother and currently attends MGCCC to earn her degree as an RN.
Brianna’s biggest inspiration is her mother because she worked three jobs at one point to be sure that her brother and herself had everything they needed, and she never gave up on them. She is married to her best friend and they just adopted their first child that they love dearly. Brianna enjoys camping and spending time with family. Her favorite kids movie is Spirit and her favorite quote is “Never give up, Miracles happen every day”.
About Children’s International Pediatrics in Gulfport, MS
We are more than just a pediatric clinic; we are a family committed to providing our patients with the best pediatric care available. At Children’s International Medical Group, we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart. We promote physical and emotional well-being through comprehensive and personalized medical care and maintain an active role in each of the communities we serve. Call anytime during clinic hours to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or nurse practitioner.
Family-Centered Pediatric Clinics
At Children’s International Medical Group, healthcare is synonymous with family. Once you and your child walk through the clinic doors, you are home and we are here to take care of you the same way we would take care of our own family members.
We offer a large variety of preventative, primary, and specialty care services to ensure that your child receives thorough health care. For more information about the comprehensive medical services we offer, see our pediatric services page.
We are committed to making a difference in your child’s life by offering exceptional patient care in a nurturing and professional environment to our patients, parents, and the communities we serve.
Our vision is to be the number one choice for pediatric services.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatricians And Nurse Practitioners
What Is A Pediatrician?
Pediatricians are doctors who manage the health of your child, including physical, behavior, and mental health issues. They’re trained to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
Pediatricians have an education that gives them special skills to take care of your child’s health. They graduated from medical school and completed a 3-year residency program in pediatrics before working as a pediatrician in a pediatric clinic.
What Does A Pediatrician Do?
They’ll see your child many times from birth to age 2 and once a year from ages 2 to 5 for “well-child visits.” After age 5, your pediatrician will continue to see your child every year for annual checkups (aka well visits). They’re also the first person you should call when your child is sick.
To take care of your child, your pediatrician will:
- Do physical exams
- Give your child vaccinations
- Make sure your child meets milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your child’s illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
- Give you information about your child’s health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
- Answer your questions about your little one’s growth and development
- Refer you to specialists if they think your child needs expert care.
Does My Child Need A Pediatrician?
Some reasons why your child needs a pediatrician are:
- They have years of special training in children’s health.
- They only see children in their practice, so they have a lot of experience in recognizing and treating childhood illnesses.
- If your child was born early or has a health condition that needs close monitoring, a pediatrician may offer more specialized care.
How Much Education Does A Pediatrician Get?
They need to complete four years of college, then four years of medical school, and then three or more years in an accredited residency program for pediatricians. A pediatrician must first graduate from medical school before going on to specialize in the field of pediatrics.
How Much Education Does A Nurse Practitioner Have?
For a Nurse Practitioner, their 4-year degree must be in nursing. After earning a BSN, they complete a master’s degree program that trains them to be a nurse practitioner (NP). NP degrees can take 2 to 4 years to complete