At Children’s International Pediatrics in Baton Rouge, LA, our pediatricians and nurse practitioners have both the children’s and their parents’ 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 pediatric care possible and Children’s International is Here For You. Call (225) 924-7343 to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or nurse practitioner at our Baton Rouge pediatric clinic.
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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!
Convenient and Quick visits from the comfort of your home. After Hours video visits are available as well!
Baton Rouge 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.
Baton Rouge Pediatric Clinic Providers & Staff
General & Adolescent Pediatrician
Brian P. Despinasse, II, M.D. is a Louisiana native specializing in General and Adolescent Pediatrics. He believes in a holistic approach to treating patients and families, encompassing spiritual, academic, social, developmental, and medical concerns. A committed educator and lifetime learner, Dr. Despinasse has made his goal as a pediatrician and the goal of his practice to nurture our children, in Baton Rouge and around the world, through individualized health care for each child.
Pamela Woods, M.D.
General & Adolescent Pediatrician
Dr. Pamela Woods is a Board Certified Pediatrician. She earned her Bachelor of Science Xavier University and her Doctor of Medicine at Louisiana State University. She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family when not at the clinic. Her favorite movie is Aladdin and her favorite superhero is Iron Man! Dr. Woods’ favorite quote is: “Love the life you live, live the life you love.”
Kristy Dibble, APRN, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristy Dibble is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is Maternal Newborn Certified. She graduated from Lake College in 2002 and University of South Alabama in 2007. Kristy’s nursing background includes Level II and III NICU nursing as well as maternal and newborn care at Woman’s Hospital and surrounding hospitals and Pediatric Primary Care in surrounding Baton Rouge area. Her passion has always been in taking care of the pediatric population and watching them grow from infants to adolescents and being a part of their journey.
Kristy has a son currently in college, a daughter soon to be in college, and Posey Mae; a golden doodle. She loves traveling anywhere new and exciting with her favorite place being the beach. Kristy enjoys anything Disney. Her all time favorites are The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. Kristy’ favorite quote is: “Where there is kindness, there is goodness and where there is goodness, there is magic.” – Cinderella
Rachel Hathorn, APRN, FNP-C
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Hathorn is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Central Florida in 2009, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Central Florida in 2014, and then her Master of Science in Pediatric Health Nursing at University of South Florida in 2017. Prior to becoming a nurse, Rachel was an 8th grade science teacher for several years. Her passion to help children lead healthy lives influenced her to continue her education in the field of pediatrics.
Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking with her rescue dog, bicycling, camping, and spending time with loved ones. Her patients might be excited to know that her favorite superhero is the mighty Wonder Woman and her favorite kid’s movie is The Secret Life of Pets. Rachel’s favorite quote is: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Pediatric Office Manager
Tangie Foster is a veteran pediatric professional with a long time tenure in pediatrics across several positions. She previously worked for Dr. Hedgemon’s office before accepting the Office Manager position with Children’s International. Tangie is happily married to her husband of over 20 years with whom she has a lovely daughter. She enjoys playing football and basketball during her free time and eating seafood. Some of our patients might be delighted to know that Tangie loves Wonder Woman and her lasso of truth! Her favorite quote is: All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
About Children’s International Pediatrics in Baton Rouge, LA
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 Pediatrics in Baton Rouge (East), we have both the children’s and their parent’s best interests at heart. Our pediatricians 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 (Baton Rouge East), 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
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